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Another Successful Year for Our Annual Mini-Med School!

Friday, September 09, 2011

 Happy "graduates" show off their diplomas.

Our 11th annual Mini-Med School kicked off on September 7, 2011, with nearly 200 participants venturing out in the pouring rain to join us, many for the first time. In later weeks, as the weather improved, the number of attendees swelled to nearly 300. 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 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,” 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, has said. “This is something we believe we have an obligation to do,” he adds. “To the extent we can educate our neighbors about their lifestyles and making healthier choices, we can help them live longer, healthier lives.”

Mini-Med School ran every Wednesday night from 6-8pm from September 7 until October 5. The topics on this year's agenda: Smoking Cessation (Dr. Kevin Ferentz, Associate Professor of Family & Community Medicine); Stroke: Warning Signs and Treatment (Dr. Barney Stern, Professor of Neurology); Back/Shoulder Pain (Dr. Dan Gelb, Associate Professor of Orthopedics); Disorders of the Thyroid (Dr. Richard Horenstein, Assistant Professor of Medicine); Osteoporosis (Dr. Marc Hochberg, Professor of Medicine), Heart Health (Dr. Mike Miller, Professor of Medicine), Pancreatic and Colon Cancers (Dr. Peter Darwin, Associate Professor of Medicine), Glaucoma & Macular Degeneration (Dr. Lily Im and Dr. Amir Guerami, Assistant Professors of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences), and Traumatic Brain Injury/Head Injury/Concussion (Dr. Alan Faden, the David S. Brown Professor of Trauma).

A graduation ceremony was held on the final evening, with diplomas going to those who attended at least four of the five classes. Check http://medschool.umaryland.edu/minimed/ in the Spring for more information on next year's program.

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