Free forums connect community, medical center

Community programs present medical concepts to a non-medical audience

UVM Medical Center hosted a number of different community forums in 2017 to share knowledge and provide an inside peek into our academic medical center. These events allow us to connect with our neighbors and help them understand the complex world of health care.

Our breakfast briefing series for community leaders and elected officials featured health care-related topics:

  • Opioid-use disorder and the science of addiction
  • Vermont’s new All-Payer Model, which will shift to paying providers based on quality and patient outcomes rather than our current pay-per-procedure model
  • Discussion of the potential impact on Vermonters of changes to federal health and human services funding

Our Community Rounds program is now in its 24th year in collaboration with our colleagues at the Larner College of Medicine at UVM and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. This year, Community Rounds brought a new group of community leaders to campus for a two-day deep dive into the academic medical center. Activities included shadowing opportunities and a chance to perform a virtual colonoscopy in the Simulation Lab.

We also joined with our colleagues at UVM to host members of the general public for Community Medical School during the fall and spring. This popular, long-running program features evening lectures in the College of Medicine’s Carpenter Auditorium about a variety of medical topics for a non-medical audience.

UVM Medical Center representatives also stepped out into the community to talk at Rotary Clubs, attend community walks and fundraisers, and volunteer at events sponsored by our community partners.