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Spring 2018 Community Medical School Series

This spring we're excited to host three new and exciting presentations on timely topics chosen from suggestions by attendees of the last three lectures.

Community Medical School presentations occur on the first Tuesday of every month from March 6 - May 1 in the Carpenter Auditorium on the University of Vermont campus from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.

We hope to see you here!

The Story of HPV: Cervical Cancer, Genital Warts, the Vaccine & More

Tuesday, March 6

Elisabeth Wegner, M.D., Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

Originating millions of years ago, HPV - Human Papilloma Virus - is among a small group of known infectious agents that can cause cancer. Learn about the serendipity, scientific achievements, medical ethics, and challenges generated by the sexually-transmitted types of HPV. Learn how and what types of cancers HPV can cause in men and women, and prevention and treatment approaches, including the political and societal controversies over the highly effective HPV vaccine.

Watch the presentation (YouTube)

View the PowerPoint presentation (PDF)

View the Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center resource list (PDF)

SPECIAL PANEL PRESENTATION: Transgender Health & Healthcare: Transitioning to Affirmative Care

Tuesday, April 3

A. Evan Eyler, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry & Family Medicine; Kate Jerman, M.P.H., Director, LGBTQA Center at UVM; Eli Goldberg, Medical Student, Class of 2020; Lola Houston, UVM Standardized Patient; Relationship Coach

How are gender identity and expression different from birth sex (male/female) and why do they matter in healthcare?  What are the specific healthcare needs of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and what barriers to care do they face?  This panel will address these concerns from a life-cycle perspective.  Gain an understanding of what it means to be transgender, the negative health effects of stigma and discrimination against trans people, and how medical providers and community institutions are working to support the well-being of this emerging population. 

Watch the presentation (YouTube)

View the PowerPoint presentation (PDF)

View the Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center resource list

View the resources suggested by our panelists

The Microbiome: How It Keeps You Healthy...Or Not!

Tuesday, May 1

Jessica Crothers, M.D., UVM Research Fellow, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Over the past decade, new technologies have enabled scientists to study the communities of microorganisms that call our bodies home. Learn what we currently know about the human microbiome, how it is connected to digestive and overall health, how it may be related to various diseases and how we can use it to potentially treat diseases. Fecal microbiota transplants and other emerging "smart" microbiome-based therapeutics will be addressed.

Watch the presentation (YouTube)

View the PowerPoint presentation (PDF)

View the Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center resource list

What is Community Medical School?

Designed to share the medical learning experience with our greater community, Community Medical School is a public lecture series featuring relevant topics presented by University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine/University of Vermont Medical Center faculty experienced with delivering scientific information in an engaging, easy-to-understand manner.

Community Medical School is held on the first Tuesday of each month in Carpenter Auditorium in the Given Building at the Larner College of Medicine from 6:00-7:30 pm, including a Q+A Session.

Please note that these are not ticketed events.

If you have any questions about an upcoming Community Medical School presentation, please contact Michelle Bookless at

Downloads & More

The Archives

Were you unable to attend a past Community Medical School or enjoyed a particular one so much so that you'd like to re-watch it? Find videos of, handouts from, and resources for past presentations here.  

Suggest Topics

Do you have a topic you'd like us to focus on in our next Community Medical School series? Click here to suggest your topic. 

Borrow a DVD

Would you prefer to view a past Community Medical School presentation via DVD? Community Medical School DVDs are available to borrow from these locations.

Watch on Public Access Cable

Did you know you can find Community Medical School on public access cable? View broadcasting channels here.