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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 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 UVM's Given Building from 6:00-7:30 pm, including a Q+A Session.

The Spring 2017 Community Medical School series includes the following presentations:

March 7 - Happiness: Exploring the Science of Well-Being

Scott Perrapato, D.O.Andrew Rosenfeld, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Can money buy happiness and do we have the ability to change our minds? Learn about the history of positive psychology, the brain's ability to reorganize itself, and the science behind relationships and happiness.


April 4 - Battle of the Bacteria: Antibiotic Resistance and the Evolution of Superbugs

W. Kemper Alston, M.D.,M.P.H., Professor of Medicine and Division Chief, Infectious Disease

Explore a brief history of antibiotics and the mechanisms that lead to antibiotic resistance. Gain an understanding of "superbugs" - the bacteria that are resistant to many common antibiotics - what they are, how they evolved, and what we need to do to slow their spread.

May 2 - Conversations in Serious Illness: Improving Clinician-Patient-Family Communication

Sean Diehl, Ph.D. and Kristen Pierce, M.D.Robert Gramling, M.D., D.Sc., Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Holly & Bob Miller Chair in Palliative Medicine

Encouraging highly effective communication between clinicians and seriously ill patients and their loved ones is at the core of the Vermont Palliative Care Communication Initiative. Find out about the rationale, design, and implementation of this innovative and timely public health project from a national expert and UVM's first endowed chair in palliative medicine.

June 6 - Facilitated Book Discussion: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Debra Leonard, M.D.Robert Macauley, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director, Clinical Ethics

Head to your local library, e-reader or bookstore and get a copy of When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, M.D., a neurosurgeon diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer who died in 2015. The group will discuss such issues as how we deal with an unexpected and undeserved impending death, determine the legacy we leave behind, and how we wish to be remembered.

To view videos, slides and resource information from the Fall 2016 presentations and other past lectures, visit the Community Medical School Archives Page.

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