LEWISTON — Central Maine Medical Center and the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute will sponsor a six-part mini-medical school educational series entitled “The Future of Health Care,” beginning in October.

The series will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 6, with “Exercise: The Best Medicine,” featuring sports medicine specialist Peter E. Sedgwick, M.D., who will discuss the role of exercise in maintaining good health and preventing chronic disease. Medical fitness is increasingly being recognized as an effective approach to improving long-term health, and “exercise as a prescription” is a viable treatment option for many individuals.

Sedgwick practices with Central Maine Sports Medicine. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at Maine Medical Center in Portland, where he also served family medicine residency training. A graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., he earned a master’s degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla.

He completed a one-year pre-medicine curriculum at Harvard Extension School in Cambridge, Mass., and was awarded his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass.

His experience in sports medicine includes service as assistant medical director of the 2006 and 2007 Maine Marathon in Portland and as team physician at Bonny Eagle High School and St. Joseph’s College, both in Standish. He has worked as part of the Portland Pirates medical team, and has interest and experience in wilderness medicine.

He is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, American Association of Family Practice and the American Medical Association.


He will make his presentation from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at G65 Pettengill Hall, Bates College.

Other installments in the mini-medical series include:

Oct. 13, “Health Information Technology in Maine,” with Susan Thomas, M.D., an expert in the use of digital technology in health care information management.

Oct. 20, “Heading Home: The Transitional Care Model,” with Julie Shackley, president and chief executive officer of Lewiston-based Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice.

Oct. 27, “Star Trek Meets Grey’s Anatomy: Surgery in the 21st Century,” with bariatric surgeon Jamie Loggins, M.D., of Central Maine Bariatric Surgery.

Nov. 3, “Health Reform and Public Health in Maine,” with Dora Anne Mills, M.D., director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nov. 10, “Better Care, Lower Cost” with Edmund Claxton Jr., M.D., of the Central Maine Family Medicine Residency Program.

Those wishing to register for any of the programs or seeking more information, may call 795-8448 or e-mail prevention@cmhc.org.

All programs will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Pettengill Hall, Room G65, at Bates College in Lewiston. They will be presented at no charge. Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

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