Spring 2020

February 11, March 10, April 7

Where: Carpenter Auditorium, Given Building, UVM 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.

Since 1998, Community Medical School at the Larner College of Medicine has created a venue for the greater Vermont community to learn about relevant and impactful health-related topics from leading experts and educators at the College, the University of Vermont, and the UVM Medical Center. The program shines a light on the excellence and expertise of Vermont's only academic medical center while providing attendees with a taste of what it's like to be a doctor-in-training. 

Presentations occur four times during each academic semester and typically attract between 80-200 attendees as well as a large live-stream audience. 


Tuesday, February 11

Megan Malgeri, M.D., Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Christine Vatovec, Ph.D., Fellow, Gund Institute for Environment and Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Rising sea levels, hurricanes, and drought — these extreme weather events aren’t just altering the land and air around us, they’re also impacting our bodies. Learn how global climate change is affecting Vermonters’ health and the many things we can do to minimize risks while supporting health at individual and community levels.


Tuesday, March 10

Timothy Lahey, M.D., M.M.Sc., Professor of Medicine and University of Vermont Medical Center Director of Clinical Ethics

Since 1981, the HIV pandemic has been a lightning rod for public policy and disputes about sexual ethics. Today, thanks to modern technologies like pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and potent treatments for people living with HIV, the conversation has changed dramatically. Using a learning format that parallels ethics education at the Larner College of Medicine, we will discuss the many ways HIV has influenced public and private ethics of sex.

Prepare for Dr. Lahey's lecture as though you're a UVM Larner College of Medicine medical student by reviewing these "course pre-readings" before his presentation.


Tuesday, April 7

Beth Zigmund, M.D., Associate Professor of Radiology
Garth Garrison, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and, according to a 2018 study by the Vermont Department of Health, affects more Vermonters than any other type of cancer. Now, screening tests may help reduce lung cancer mortality. Learn about the rationale for lung cancer screening, how it works, and who is eligible.

Questions or Concerns?

If you have any questions about an upcoming Community Medical School presentation, please contact the Office of Medical Communications at medcomm@med.uvm.edu.

Watch Community Medical School LIVE!

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Access PowerPoints, Videos, and Handouts from Past Presentations

To access PowerPoint presentations, videos, and handouts from the presentations this semester, visit the Community Medical School archive.

The Fall 2019 series which included the following presentations has come to an end: 

  • Tuesday, September 10 | Solving the Mystery of Sleep: Patterns, Habits, & Tools | Pamela Swift, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Thursday, October 10 | Opioids, Cannabis, and Chronic Pain: What Doctors Do & Don't Know | James Wolf, M.D., Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Tuesday, November 12 | How Knowledge, Belief, & Truth Impact Medical Practice | Eike Blohm, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Tuesday, December 10 | Stem Cell Therapies: Hype & Hope | Daniel J. Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine