Welcome to the Community Medical School, a series of evening lectures where you'll learn from the top faculty experts who teach and inspire the next generation of physicians and scientists at the University of Vermont Medical Center, Vermont's only academic medical center.

Each presentation reviews a current medical science topic in an easy-to-understand format, including informational handouts and a question-and-answer session following the lecture. Join us for a lecture this spring in UVM's Carpenter Auditorium.

PLEASE NOTE: This fall, participants no longer need to pre-register. Classes are free and open to the public and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Download the Fall 2015 Brochure.

Community Medical School Fall 2015 Schedule

WHEN: Lectures take place the first Tuesday of each month from 6:00-7:30pm, including a Question & Answer session.

WHERE: The UVM Given Medical Building - Carpenter Auditorium, 89 Beaumont Avenue, Burlington, VT 05405. Plenty of free parking is available.

CONTACT: For more information call 802.847.2886.

Classes are FREE and open to the public.

Christopher Jones  

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

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.

By Christopher Jones, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, UVM Medical Center

DATE: September 1, 2015
TIME: 6:00-7:30pm

Andrew Goodwin  

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

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.

By Andrew Goodwin, MD, Assistant Professor of Pathology, UVM Medical Center

DATE: October 6, 2015
TIME: 6:00-7:30pm

James Hudziak  
Cerebral Consequences: The Impact of Concussions in Youth Athletes

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.

By James Hudziak, MD - Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, Pediatrics and Communication Sciences & Disorders, UVM Medical Center

DATE: November 3, 2015
TIME: 6:00-7:30pm

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

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.


DATE: December 1, 2015
TIME: 6:00-7:30pm

View presentations and materials from previous Community Medical School Lectures.

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