News Release

February 8, 2010

Contact: Chris Kaminski, 860-679-4352

Free Programs on Emergency Medicine, Womenís Health

UConn Health Centerís Discovery Series February 23 and 25

FARMINGTON, CONN. Ė The University of Connecticut Health Centerís Discovery Series presents two February programs.

Tales From the Trenches: On the Front Lines of Emergency Medicine
Tuesday, February 23, 7 p.m., Keller Auditorium

People seem to be fascinated by the types of cases that come in to, and what goes on behind the scenes in, their local emergency rooms. Learn about the fascinating, 24-hour-a-day, non-stop world of emergency medicine and how it has changed through the years. Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look from emergency room physicians, as well as life-saving tips and when to call 911.

The UConn Health Center is home to the only full service emergency department in the Farmington Valley serving patients from West Hartford, Avon and surrounding towns. UConnís ED now includes seven new rooms, increasing the footprint by 2,500 square feet and allowing for increased privacy and improved efficiency.

Is Less Better? The Mammogram and Pap Smear Controversies
Thursday, February 25, 7 p.m., Keller Auditorium
(rescheduled from January 28)

Dr. Ursula A. Steadman, an obstetrician and gynecologist, and Dr. Carolyn Runowicz, a nationally prominent expert in gynecologic cancers and womenís health, chair of the National Cancer Advisory Board, and director of the Health Centerís Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, will provide information about the new guidelines for pap smears and mammograms. There will be ample opportunity for audience members to address their questions to the experts.

Both programs are free and require advance registration. Call 800-535-6232 or register online at

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