University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Family Medicine


Family Medicine Continuing Medical Education

These are Family Medicine conferences. For other upcoming conferences, please visit the College of Medicine CME site.

Primary Care Sports Medicine Conference

The Primary Care Sports Medicine Conference is scheduled for September 30 - October 2, 2015, at The Essex in Essex Junction, Vermont. This course is designed to update knowledge and skills in the diagnosis and management of common sports medicine problems. Primary Care physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other healthcare professionals with an interest in sports medicinie are encouraged to attend. Topics will include discussions of both medical and orthopedic issues, and several hands-on workshops will be conducted featuring joint-specific examinations. There will be ample opportunity for participants to ask questions and interact with faculty.

Faculty Development Workshop

September 23 and 24, 2014, Giving and Receiving Feedback, presented by Cate Nicholas, EdD and Laura McCray, MD, MSCE. This half day workshop reviewed best practices for providing feedback to students and residents to maximize learning in patient care settings.

March 17 and 19, 2015, Provider-Patient Communication Experience Plan presented by John King, MD, MPH. This half day workshop used a group process to develop a plan to meet our FY15 quality goal to improve patient experience scores in the offices.

Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO)

The department co-sponsored an ALSO provider course July 21 & 22, 2015, in Concord, New Hampshire. The two-day course is designed to review topics of importance in the management of childbirth emergencies with an emphasis on hands-on practical skills such as forceps and vacuum assisted delivery, delivery of malpresentation, monitory strip interpretation, shoulder dystocia, basic ultrasound, and counseling in the setting of birth crisis. This year there were participants from the New Hampshire Dartmouth Family Practice Residency and the University of Vermont Family Medicine Residency. Faculty from Vermont and New Hampshire served as instructors: Teri Brehio, MD, Approved Instructor and Course Director; Stephen Genereaux, MD, ALSO Approved Instructor and Advisory Faculty and Approved Instructors, Bryan Bannister, MD, Sarah Hudson, MD, Melisa Gibson, MD, Clara Keegan, MD, and Michelle Cangiano, MD and ALSO Instructor David Conway, MD and Nicole Steinmuller, MD.

The next course will be held July 20 & 21, 2016, in Burlington, Vermont.

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Vermont Family Medicine Review Course

The 41st Annual Family Medicine Review Course was held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center from June 2-5, 2015. There were over 200 attendees on "Vermont Day". The course faculty was drawn almost exclusively from The University of Vermont Medical Center/ UVM College of Medicine medical staff, once again highlighting the incredible depth of talent at our institution.

The course serves a broad cross-section of regional and national physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, residents and medical students with an emphasis on preparation for the Family Medicine Board Certification Exam. Dr. Anya Koutras served as course director and again enjoyed expert support from the Office of Continuing Medical Education at the College of Medicine.

This next course will be presented May 31 - June 3, 2016.

Annual Cultural Awareness Workshop

The 13th Annual Cultural Awareness Workshop, Accessible Healthcare: Caring for Patients with Differing Abilities, was held Wednesday, February 18, 2014, with about 250 in attendance.

The Cultural Awareness Workshop was a half-day symposium designed to introduce health care students and professionals to the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide competent, comprehensive, and sensitive care to individuals with differing abilities.

Educational Objectives:

At the end of this conference, participants were able to:

  1. Define "disability”congenital and acquired, visible and hidden
  2. Appreciate individual's perspectives on their differing abilities and how they affect their life and goals.
  3. Recognize caregiver bias and learn how to mitigate its effect.
  4. Identify patient's level of function and barriers to healthcare access
  5. Define micro-aggression and learn how to avoid it with person-first language and patient-centered care

This workshop was presented by the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Office of Medical Education. The course directors were Karen Burke, MD, and Martha Seagrave, PA-C, Department of Family Medicine.

The next workshop will be held on February 18, 2015.

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