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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 UVM/Fletcher Allen faculty experienced with delivering scientific information in an engaging, easy-to-understand manner.

Spring 2014 Community Medical School – NEW SCHEDULE!

When: Carpenter Auditorium at the UVM Given Medical Building. Plenty of free parking is available.
Where: Lectures take place the first Tuesday of each month: April 1, May 6, June 3 and July 1, 2014 from 6:00-7:30pm, including a Question & Answer session.
Contact: For more information call (802) 656-0728.

Spring 2014 Series

View the Spring 2014 brochure. Register now.

  • April 1
    More Than a Snore: Causes, Treatment and Risks of Sleep Apnea
    Garrick Applebee, M.D., Assistant Professor of Neurological Sciences and Pediatrics
    Up to 18 million people in the U.S. are estimated to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, with two to four percent of Americans yet to be diagnosed. Learn about the causes of sleep apnea, common symptoms, how clinicians diagnose and treat this condition, and discuss the immediate and long-term health impacts when this disorder is left untreated.

  • May 6
    Personality or Mental Illness? Understanding the Links between Traits and Disorders
    David Rettew, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry
    What behaviors indicate a mental illness rather than someone’s personality? New psychiatric disorder definitions and school shooting-related media headlines have piqued interest in understanding the boundaries between what is considered a trait and what is considered an illness. Find out what determines temperament and personality and discover the links between personality traits and psychiatric diagnoses.
  • June 3
    Digestive Detail: The Role of the Gut Microbiota in Health and Disease
    Peter Moses, M.D., Professor of Medicine; Rebecca Wilcox, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pathology; and Jessica Wood Crothers, M.D., Instructor in Pathology
    Billions of bacteria populate your gut and have impact on wellness and disease. Explore the critical role of gut bacteria in maintaining health and how manipulation of the gut microbiota may be used for treating illness now and in the future.
  • July 1
    Hitting a Nerve: The Triggers of Sciatica
    Bruce Tranmer, M.D., Professor of Surgery
    The largest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve originates in the spine and then runs from the thigh to the sole of the foot. When compressed, the sciatic nerve can cause severe pain, weakness, numbness or tingling. Explore the anatomical location of the nerve, the conditions that can lead to sciatica and different treatment approaches.


View presentations and materials from previous Community Medical School lectures.

Borrow Community Medical School DVDs

Community Medical School DVDs are available to borrow from the following locations:

Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center, Fletcher Allen Health Care, (802) 847-8821
Dana Medical Library, UVM College of Medicine, (802) 656-2200
Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, (802) 863-3403
Brownell Library, Essex Junction, (802) 878-6955
Richmond Public Library, (802) 434-3036
South Burlington Public Library, (802)652-7080
Pierson Library, Shelburne, (802) 985-5124
Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, (802) 223-3338
Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, (802) 878-4918
Cable Access TV (check your local listings)

Find Community Medical School on Public Access Cable

Check local listings:

BCTV Channel 8, Brattleboro area
KATV Channel 7, St. Johnsbury and Bradford area
Rutland Educational Access Television, Channel 20
NEK-TV, Newport area
RETN Channel 16, Burlington area
LPC-TV, Channel 10 - Ludlow, Plymouth, Cavendish
Falls Area Community TV, Bellows Falls
CATV-8/UVEC-10, Upper Valley

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