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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 College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care, Vermont's 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: Pre-registration helps us plan for the evening's lecture; it does not guarantee seating. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Community Medical School Spring 2014 Schedule

WHEN: Lectures take place the first Tuesday of each month: April 1, May 6, June 3 and July 1, 2014 from 6:00-7:30pm, including a Question & Answer session.

WHERE: Carpenter Auditorium at the UVM Given Medical Building. Plenty of free parking is available.

CONTACT: For more information call 802.847.2886.

Classes are FREE and open to the public.


david rettewRegisterPersonality or Mental Illness? Understanding the Links between Traits and Disorders

What behaviors indicate a mental illness rather than someone’s personality? New psychiatric disorder definitions and school shooting-related media headlines have piqued interest in understanding the boundaries between what is considered a trait and what is considered an illness. Find out what determines temperament and personality and discover the links between personality traits and psychiatric diagnoses.

by David Rettew, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry

DATE: May 6, 2014
TIME: 6:00-7:30pm


peter mosesRegisterDigestive Detail: The Role of the Gut Microbiota in Health and Disease

Billions of bacteria populate your gut and have impact on wellness and disease. Explore the critical role of gut bacteria in maintaining health and how manipulation of the gut microbiota may be used for treating illness now and in the future.

by Peter Moses, M.D., Professor of Medicine; Rebecca Wilcox, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pathology; and Jessica Wood Crothers, M.D., Instructor in Pathology

DATE: June 3, 2014
TIME: 6:00-7:30pm


bruce tranmerRegisterHitting a Nerve: The Triggers of Sciatica

The largest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve originates in the spine and then runs from the thigh to the sole of the foot. When compressed, the sciatic nerve can cause severe pain, weakness, numbness or tingling. Explore the anatomical location of the nerve, the conditions that can lead to sciatica and different treatment approaches.

by Bruce Tranmer, M.D., Professor of Surgery

DATE: July 1, 2014
TIME: 6:00-7:30pm


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