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.

Faculty Development Workshop

On May 11th and 15th, 2012 the Family Medicine Faculty completed half day workshops to improve their skills at asthma management, spirometry use and interpretation, and use of a new platform in PRISM called a SmartForm. Dr. Jacobs hosted Dr. Anne Dixon of Adult Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine and Dr. Keith Robinson a pediatric per diem physician who himself developed the Asthma SmartForm. Didactics included an asthma review, a spirometry practicum and interpretation, and a presentation of the SmartForm. These sessions launched a new phase of chronic care management collaborating across health care services and using the full power and reporting of our electronic medical record to improve outcomes and cost of care.

Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO)

The department co-sponsored an ALSO provider course July 15 and 16, 2014, in Burlington, Vermont. 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, the University of Vermont Family Medicine Residency, and several labor and delivery nurses from Vermont, New Hampshire and New York. Faculty from Vermont and New Hampshire served as instructors: Anya Koutras, MD, Course Director, Steve Genereaux, MD, Advisory Faculty and Approved Instructor, Angela Yerdon, MD, Sarah Hudson, MD, Kevin Rodgers, MD, and Nellie Wirsing, MD, ALSO Approved Instructors, Michelle Cangiano, MD, John King, MD, and Melisa Gibson, MD, ALSO Instructors.

The next course will be held in July 2015, in Concord, New Hampshire.

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Vermont Family Medicine Review Course

The 40th Annual Family Medicine Review Course was held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center from June 10-13, 2014. 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 June 2-5, 2015.

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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