12:30 – 2:00pm

Berkshire Community College



1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7 2/14



CATALOG UPDATE: There will be no class on Friday 2/21

Medical discoveries are being made faster than ever. This course features three local doctors who will discuss the latest treatments and research in a variety of areas.

JANUARY 17 & 24 • Oncology

Oncology is both one of the oldest and newest of the medical specialties. Cancer has been known for thousands of years, while at the same time the treatments represent the cutting edge of medical science and technology. A glance at the TV shows a barrage of ads for the latest breakthroughs in treatment in oncology and hematology. Dr. Nisar Ahmad will tell us how the fields came to be, where we are today and what lies ahead.

Dr. Nisar Ahmad is a board-certified and fellowship-trained hematologist oncologist. He received his medical degree from King Edward Medical College, Pakistan, and completed his residency in internal medicine at the Mt. Sinai/Bronx VA Residency Program. He was fellowship-trained in hematology oncology at the University of Cincinnati.

JANUARY 31 & FEBRUARY 7 • Tick-borne Diseases

Tick-borne diseases are a constant and growing problem in the Berkshires. In the first class, Dr. Paula Aucoin will discuss Lyme disease, including diagnosis and treatment. The second will cover the other, growing number of tick-borne diseases.

Dr. Paula Aucoin is a board-certified internist and consultant in infectious diseases. She is a graduate of Georgetown University, trained in Internal Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, and completed her fellowship in infectious diseases at UMass Medical Center. She is now semi-retired, having served as Chairman of the Infectious Disease division at Berkshire Medical Center and Medical Director of Infection Control.

FEBRUARY 14 • Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases are among the most important and interesting types of disease today. Dr. Leonard Sigal will tell us about some of the rheumatological diseases that fall into that category, and then explore in depth the concept of autoimmunity itself.

Dr. Leonard Sigal is a board-certified and fellowship-trained rheumatologist. He received his medical degree from Stanford University, completed his residency in internal medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, and was fellowship-trained in rheumatology and clinical immunology at Yale University. Before coming to the Berkshires, he was Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at the R.W. Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J.

CATALOG UPDATE: There will be no class on Friday 2/21

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