Currents in Medicine: Mini-medical school kicks off Oct. 13

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LEWISTON — “Currents in Medicine” is the theme of a six-part mini-medical school presentation set for October and November.

Sponsored by Central Maine Medical Center, the programs will be presented on successive Mondays beginning Oct. 13.

The series begins with “Trends in Cardiac Valve Disease Treatment: Noninvasive Valve Surgery,” a presentation by cardiothoracic surgeon Paul Weldner, M.D., of the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute.

Other programs in the series are:

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Oct. 20: “Battling Bugs” with S. Tyler O’Sullivan, D.O., a resident physician at the Central Maine Family Medicine Residency in Lewiston.

Oct. 27: “The Effects of the Environment on our Health” with Steve Johndro, executive director of Healthy Androsocoggin; Kathy Low, clinical psychologist and professor at Bates College in Lewiston; and Rumbie Gondo, executive program assistant for the Environmental Health Strategy Center/Prevent Harm.

Nov. 3: “The Big Picture: Where Do You Fit In?”, a program about patient-centered medical homes, making wise healthcare choices and maintaining an active role in the healthcare process. Family physician Edmund Claxton, M.D., will make the presentation.

Nov. 10: “Genetic Testing: How Much Do I Want to Know?” with Sandhya Tagaram, M.D., a hospitalist at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Nov. 17: “Integrative Medicine and the Mind-Body Connection” with Greg Thibodeau, M.D., an expert in traditional Chinese medicine.

Each installment will be presented from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing and Health Professions, 70 Middle St.

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

Anyone wishing to register for any of the programs, or seeking more information, is urged to visit www.cmmc.org/events, call 795-8448 or email prevention@cmhc.org.

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