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Fall Community Medical School


By Jennifer Nachbur

Community Medical School attendees

Community Medical School attendees listen to a presentation in the UVM College of Medicine’s Carpenter Auditorium.

What makes yoga – an ancient practice that dates back thousands of years – good for you? University of Vermont Professor of Neurology Helene Langevin, M.D., has a clue. She thinks that connective tissue, which is located throughout the body, may play a role in yoga’s therapeutic effects. Langevin will be the first presenter for the fall 2011 series of Community Medical School. Launched 13 years ago, this free public lecture series provides the community with a glimpse of the work of top faculty experts at UVM and Fletcher Allen – the state’s only academic medical center.  Presentations will take place Tuesdays, September 20 through October 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Carpenter Auditorium in the Given Building at the UVM College of Medicine.

Fall 2011 lecture dates, topics and speakers include:
• September 20, “It’s a Stretch: Is Connective Tissue the Link to Yoga’s Benefits?” by Helene Langevin, M.D., Professor of Neurology and Director, Program in Integrative Health
• September 27, SPECIAL PANEL PRESENTATION: “Bringing Cutting-Edge Medicine to the Community: Clinical Trials at UVM/Fletcher Allen,” moderated by Ira Bernstein, M.D., Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and Senior Associate Dean for Research
• October 4, “A Guide to Breast Imaging: The Latest Technology for Screening and Detecting Cancer” by Sally Herschorn, M.D., Associate Professor of Radiology and Medical Director, Breast Imaging
• October 11, “Biomarkers and Beyond: The Science of Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease,” by William Pendlebury, M.D., Professor of Pathology and Neurology, Medical Director, Memory Center, and Director, UVM Center on Aging
• October 18, “Practice Makes Perfect: Aviation Training Techniques in Clinical Simulation” by Michael Ricci, M.D., Professor of Surgery and Director of Clinical Simulation, Clinical Simulation Laboratory

Free parking is available onsite. Registration and additional information are available at 802-847-2886 or www.fletcherallen.org/cms .

R U Askable? Tips for Better Sexual Health Communication

R U Askable? Ten Simple Steps and Savvy Books to Promote Sexual Health Communication is a new exhibit at Dana created by Gale H. Golden, LICSW BCD. Gale Golden is a clinical social worker in private practice. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where she lectures and consults and has expertise in clinical sexology. Her most recent book is In the Grip of Desire: A Therapist at Work with Sexual Secrets.

In 2010 she was named Social Worker of the Year in Vermont by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

The Society for Sex Therapy and Research (www.sstarnet.org) offers these steps to become ASKABLE about sexual topics:

* Tell people/patients/clients you are ASKABLE about sexual topics.
* Do not expect yourself to have all the answers.
* Do not expect yourself to do the treatment.
* Do expect yourself to validate the person’s concern non-judgmentally.
* Do expect yourself to know there are treatments available for most sexual problems.
* Do remember two people own the same sex life.
* Do remember un-partnered people are sexual too.
* Do expect yourself to recommend a consumer-oriented pertinent book for both parties to read.
* Do follow up with the person and sex partner within a month to see if they have any questions or need a referral to a provider who is knowledgeable about sexual issues.
*Do contact the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (www.sstarnet.org) to locate reliable and knowledgeable professionals who can address sexual concerns.

Come to Dana to see the exhibit, pick up a listing of recommended books or even borrow current books on sexual health.

FREE Blood Pressure Screenings

The Community Health Improvement Office at Fletcher Allen Health Care provides FREE blood pressure screenings the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 10 am – 12 noon. The Community Health Improvement Office is located in Burlington at 199 Main Street, Suite 150. No appointment is necessary. For more information call 847-2278 or see
Fletcher Allen Health Care Community Programs.