Welcome to Community Medical School

Where: Carpenter Auditorium in the Given Building at the Larner College of Medicine
When: 6:00-7:30 pm, including a Q+A Session.
Cost: FREE! Please note that these are not ticketed events.

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.

Join us for our Fall 2018 Community Medical School series.

benjamin lee

PAST: Tuesday, September 4 | All about Flu: The Virus & the Vaccine

Presented by Benjamin Lee, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Vaccine Testing Center Investigator

During the 2016-17 flu season in Vermont, 47.3 percent of residents received flu vaccines to prevent the annual dreaded virus that wreaks havoc in the upper respiratory system. Examine the various types and behavior of influenza virus, how it spreads, and what determines a pandemic versus regular seasonal influenza. In addition, aims and challenges of the annual flu vaccine, as well as new vaccines on the horizon, will be discussed.

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karen lounsbury and peter jacksonPAST: Tuesday, October 2 | How Cannabis Affects the Body & the Brain

Presented by Peter Jackson, M.D., Assistant Professor Psychiatry and Karen Lounsbury, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology

Since July 1, 2018, recreational marijuana has been legal in Vermont, but what do we know about the positive and negative effects of cannabis in the body and the brain? Gain an understanding of the biologically active chemical components of the cannabis plant - CBD and THC - and how they are processed in the body, as well as the impact of cannabis on the developing brain in youth vs. adult brain. Discussion will also include the medical value of cannabis chemicals and risk of addiction.


matthew gilbertUP NEXT: Tuesday, November 13 | Pumps, Sensors & Meds, Oh My! Treatments for Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes

Presented by Matthew Gilbert, D.O., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Medicine

Well over 30 million Americans currently have a diabetes diagnosis, including more than one million children and adults with type 1 diabetes, with the majority being adults with type 2 diabetes. With a reported $327 billion in total costs associated with this disease, better prevention and treatment approaches are critically important. Learn about the difference between these two diseases, the wide array of treatment advances, and the new options and technologies available to patients.


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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.  

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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

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