Community Medical School Kicks Off Spring 2019 February 19
Now more than 20 years old, the UVM Larner College of Medicine’s Community Medical School program offers an opportunity for members of the greater community to share in the medical learning experience. Designed to both educate the public and highlight the skills and work of expert faculty scientists and clinicians, the series offers a wide range of timely topics.
Each semester, Community Medical School features three to four one-hour presentations, each followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session. Topics are selected by an advisory committee made up of College of Medicine and UVM Medical Center faculty, students, staff and other affiliated representatives from a list of suggestions from participants and committee members. Every two years, the group searches for two to three new medical students to join the Advisory Committee. Current medical student committee members include Brian Gross, Matt Tsai, and Matt Lebow from the Class of 2021.
"The degree to which healthcare professionals should involve themselves in public matters is frequently debated,” says Gross. “While some argue that providers should maintain a separation between themselves and the public, others propose these individuals have a social responsibility to their communities -- particularly regarding the promotion of health education.” Gross believes that the Community Medical School program plays an indispensable role in “equipping the public with the knowledge necessary to take an active role in their health and well-being."
The first Spring 2019 session takes place on Tuesday, February 19, with a presentation on enlarged hearts by UVM Professor and Chair of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics David Warshaw, Ph.D., and UVM Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Jonathan Flyer, M.D.
For more information about becoming a student member of the Advisory Committee, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about Community Medical School.