University of Vermont

Community Medical School - Spring 2013

The University of Vermont College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care present


WHEN: Tuesday and Thursday evenings, April 16 –May 14, from 6:00-7:00 p.m., followed by a Q&A session

WHERE: Carpenter Auditorium, UVM Given Medical Building

Free and open to the public. Register online at or call (802) 847-2886.

Tuesday, April 16

Top of Mind: The Brain’s Frontal Lobes and their Role in Memory

Deborah Black, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Sciences

Examine the brain’s frontal lobes and determine what makes them different – and similar – to other primates’ frontal lobes. Review the hallmarks of memory loss and find out why these symptoms do not always point to Alzheimer’s disease, and gain an appreciation for how working memory affects the capacity to transmit symbols of culture – from The Iliad to the Eiffel Tower – from generation to generation.

Thursday, April 25

The Coming Changes in Vermont’s Health Care Delivery System

Governor Howard Dean, M.D.

Join Vermont’s former Governor for an enlightening presentation featuring his perspective on such health care reform issues as the Affordable Care Act, the single payer model, health care systems, the role of government in health care, and why Vermont is different than other states in terms of health care reform.

Tuesday, April 30

Hot Off the Press: The Latest News in Menopause

Zaher Merhi, M.D., Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Hot flashes, thinning hair and skin, and abdominal weight gain are common signs of the transition leading to menopause. Review the clinical indicators and find out how doctors determine a diagnosis of menopause. Hear about the variety of available therapies for menopausal symptoms, as well as the latest ongoing research in the field of hormone replacement therapy.

Tuesday, May 7

My Regeneration: Using Stem Cells to Repair the Heart

William Hopkins, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, and

Jeffrey Spees, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine and Director, Stem Cell Core

Learn about how cardiovascular disease impedes heart function, and what takes place during and after a heart attack occurs. Explore the potential of stem cell therapy after heart attack, and review the details of post-heart attack cardiac regeneration therapies currently in development.

Tuesday, May 14

Cancer and Exercise: Improving Function and Fitness During and After Treatment

Kim Dittus, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, and

Susan Lakoski, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine

Cancer and cancer therapy can significantly impair physical function and cardiopulmonary health. This decline can occur during cancer therapy and may continue long after therapy is completed. Discuss the impact of the toxicities of cancer therapy on the cardiopulmonary system and how this leads to loss of physical function. Learn how exercise training can diminish these effects, and review a model of oncology rehabilitation used at Fletcher Allen Health Care both during and after cancer treatment.