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Mini-Med School Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary

Wednesday, September 9, 2010

 Dean Reece greeted the Mini-Med attendees on the first night of classes.

Our tenth annual Mini-Med School kicked off on September 8, 2010, with nearly 300 participants joining us for this milestone anniversary. Offered as a public service by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Mini-Med School is a series of tuition-free classes designed to help Baltimore residents improve their health and well being. Mini-Med School lectures are presented by faculty physicians from the medical school one night a week for five weeks each fall. They are open to everyone.

The sessions are designed to be casual, informative presentations on health care issues that are important to the community, but they are not all fun and games. “We are not here just to entertain but to educate,” said E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. “This is something we believe we have an obligation to do,” he added. “To the extent we can educate our neighbors about their lifestyles and making healthier choices, we can help them live longer, healthier lives.”

Keyvan Rafei, MD, MBA, assistant professor of Pediatrics, got an overwhelmingly positive response to his talk on Pediatric Asthma, which is of great concern to many local parents, since Baltimore City children are hospitalized for this problem at a rate three times that of the state and national averages. He was followed by a presentation on H1N1 and the Flu by Debbie Ann Shirley, MBBS, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pediatrics.

Mini-Med School will run every Wednesday night until October 6 from 6-8pm. Future topics include Foot Health (Dr. John Shapiro, instructor of orthopedics); Understanding Clinical Trials (Dr. Claudia Baquet, associate dean for Policy and Planning); Losing a Limb and Living with Prostheses (Dr. Melita Theyagaraj, instructor of Neurology); Plastic Surgery as a Medical Necessity (Dr. Sheri Slezak, associate professor of surgery); Geriatrics (Dr. Steven Gambert, professor of Medicine); How Family Issues Affect the Health of Grandparents (Dr. Fred Strieder, School of Social Work); and Breast Cancer (Dr. Susan Kesmodel, assistant professor of surgery). A graduation ceremony will be held on the final evening, with diplomas going to those who attend at least four of the five classes.

See http://medschool.umaryland.edu/minimed/ for more information.

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 Dr. Rafei's asthma presentation was very popular with the crowd.

 Dr. Claudia Baquet is working to encourage more minority participation in clinical trials.

 Dr. Steven Gambert dispelled some of the myths the crowd had about the elderly.

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