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Mini-Med School Wraps Up Another Successful Session of Educating Our Neighbors

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 Dr. Pierson handed out graduation certificates to our proud students.
 

More than 200 Baltimore-area residents participated in the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s 13th annual Mini-Med School. Mini-Med School is a series of free courses aimed at helping our neighbors in West Baltimore and beyond learn ways to improve their health. The program - which runs every Wednesday from 6-8pm during five weeks each fall - is conducted by top physicians and researchers from the School of Medicine and is offered free to everyone. Attendees are provided with a class manual summarizing all they have learned, which they can take home to study and/or share with their families. This important Community Outreach project is sponsored by the Office of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

A wide range of health issues were covered in this year’s series:

  • Session 1 - The Affordable Care Act: Vincent DeMarco, President, Maryland Healthcare for All (subbing for Claudia Baquet, MD, MPH, Professor, Department of Medicine, Associate Dean for Policy and Planning and Director of the Center for Health Disparities); and Basic First Aid: Benjamin Lawner, DO, EMT-P, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine.
  • Session 2 - Improving Balance and Avoiding Falls: Linda Horn, PT, DScPT, MHS, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science; and Problem Gambling: Christopher Welsh, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, and Medical Director, Center of Excellence On Problem Gambling, and Joanna Franklin, MS, NCGC II, the Center's Program Director.
  • Session 3 - Caring for a Family Member Diagnosed With Mental Illness: Ann Hackman, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry (special extended presentation).
  • Session 4 - Heart Valve Disease: James Gammie, MD, Professor, Department of Surgery; and Diabetes 101: Alan Shuldiner, MD, the John Whitehurst Professor, Department of Medicine, Associate Dean for Personalized Medicine, and Director of the Program in Genetics and Genomic Medicine
  • Session 5 - Kidney Disease: Matthew Weir, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine; Graduation

The final session was also graduation night, where each participant who attended four of the five classes was called to the stage to receive a “diploma,” presented by Richard Pierson, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Mini-Med School attracts Baltimore-area residents of a variety of backgrounds and ages who have a common interest in gaining a clearer and more complete understanding of diseases, symptoms and treatments. Past participants have said that after attending the free sessions, they became empowered to make a difference in their own lifestyles and health care. Many also share the information with their family and friends in hopes of inspiring them to make changes.

Since its inception in 2001, Mini-Med School has provided health information to thousands of Maryland residents. Because of its popularity, the University of Maryland School of Medicine expanded Mini-Med School to include occasional programs on the Eastern Shore and in southern and western Maryland, as well as a Spanish-language version in Montgomery County. Our medical students also participate in Mini-Med Schools for high school students.

Want to get in on the fun? Find out how you can join us next year by checking out our Mini Med School site at http://medschool.umaryland.edu/minimed/

Contact

Caelie Haines
Manager, Public Affairs
(410) 706-7508
chaines@som.umaryland.edu

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 Dr. Lawner teaching about handling emergencies at home.
 




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 Tee shirts that declare they are Mini-Med School graduates are very popular with the attendees.
 


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 A boxed meal keeps the students alert during these evening sessions.