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 10 & 11, 2012, 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, Teri Brehio, MD, and Nellie Wirsing, MD, ALSO Approved Instructors, John King, MD, Kevin Rodgers, MD, and Bryan Bannister, MD, ALSO Instructors.

The next course will be held in July 2013, in Concord, New Hampshire.

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Vermont Family Medicine Review Course

The 38th Annual Family Medicine Review Course was held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center from June 5-8, 2012. There were over 200 attendees on "Vermont Day". The course faculty was drawn almost exclusively from Fletcher Allen Health Care / University of Vermont 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 10-15, 2013.

Annual Cultural Awareness Workshop

The 10th Annual Cultural Awareness Workshop, International Health Care: Lessons from the Field, was held Wednesday, May 4, 2011, with about 120 in attendance.

The agenda was:

  • “Vermont to Bangladesh: Lessons Learned.” Rycki Maltby, PhD
  • “International Cross-Cultural Ethical & Professional Challenges to Effective Practice, Consultation, & Collaborative Relationships: Perspectives from Kenya.” Jane Okech, PhD
  • Poster session and questions/answers for course faculty
  • Breakout Sessions: panel discussions on “Lessons from the Field.”
    • Public Health – moderator Michelle Paavola, MD; Rycki Maltby, PhD, RN; Sarah Abrams, PhD, RN; Burton Wilcke, PhD, SM (ASCP)
    • Perspectives on Cross-Cultural Mental Health – moderator Debbie Lieber, MD; Jane Okech, PhD, Anne Geroski, EdD
    • Emergency/Relief Projects – moderator Sahmon Fallahian, MD; Kevin Rodgers, MD
    • Medical Development Projects – moderator Marie Walsh, MD; Patti Fisher, MD; Omar Khan, MD, MHS; Karen Burke, MD
  • “What ARE those skin ulcers and what can they teach us about the clinical work we are doing.” Kevin Rodgers, MD
  • Keynote Presentation – “Social Determinants of Health: Applications in Global Health Training and Practice.” Omar Khan, MD, MHS

This workshop was presented by the Department of Family Medicine and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. The course director was Kevin Rodgers, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine.

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