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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 from 6:00-7:30 pm, including a Q+A Session.

The Fall 2015 Community Medical School series includes the following presentations:

September 1 - Making it Personal: Using Population Health Data and Incentives to Drive Behavior Change

Christopher Jones, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery and Director, Global Health Economics Unit, Vermont Center for Clinical and Translational Science

The health care of the future is almost completely tied to personal behavioral decisions, and when properly managed, “big data” can help facilitate quality outcomes. Learn about a project that personalizes mathematical algorithms to improve clinical care decision-making and fosters healthy behavioral change using non-monetary incentives, with an overall goal of reducing disease-causing behaviors, such as weight gain and poor adherence to medication.

October 6 - Laboratory Medicine: How Blood and Tissue Biopsies Aid in Diagnosis and Treatment Decisions

Andrew Goodwin, M.D., Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Almost every patient has had laboratory work performed leading to a diagnosis and impacting treatment. In fact, 70 to 80 percent of diagnoses and treatment decisions are based, in part, on lab results. Learn how body fluids and tissue samples are processed by laboratory medical professionals and how pathologists make a diagnosis from these patient samples.

November 3 - Cerebral Consequences: The Impact of Concussions in Youth Athletes

James Hudziak, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Medicine, and Director, Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families

Concussions and related problems are a major concern in professional sports like football and hockey, with little concrete evidence of the long-term consequences. In younger athletes, even less is known, but research using neuroimaging is shedding new light on the impact of sports-related sub-concussive and concussive events on young hockey players’ brain structure and function and behavior. Learn about normal childhood brain development and discuss how concussion affects youth and may impact athletes later in life.


December 1 - LGBTQ+ Health: Ensuring Awareness & Understanding in Education and Practice

From left: A. Evan Eyler, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Pamela Gibson, M.D., Associate Professor of Pathology; Michael Upton, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Leah Cipri, medical student, University of Vermont College of Medicine Class of 2017

Considering the perspectives and needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) members of the community in medical education, public health and care initiatives is critical to ensuring improved health and eliminating health disparities. Panelists include UVM medical faculty members and Gender & Sexuality Alliance advisors and a medical student.

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