School of Medicine Launches Seventh Annual Mini-Med School
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Audience members are drawn to Dr. Anderson's display of lungs, hearts and other body parts.
A record number of participants attended the opening night of the seventh annual Mini-Med School at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. More than 200 “students” came from as far away as Sykesville to learn from top faculty physicians and researchers.
The five-week program, which began September 5th, is designed to help Baltimore area residents improve their health and well being. Mini-Med School is presented in layman’s terms and is free to the public.
Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, said Mini-Med School is meant to be "both educational and enjoyable." If the student response was any indication, then both goals were accomplished. "This is a wonderful way to learn about taking better care of yourself," said attendee Patricia Turner, a former practical nurse.
In celebration of the School of Medicine’s bicentennial year, the series began with an overview of the school’s history, provided by Milford Foxwell, MD. The audience was entertained and impressed by Dr. Foxwell’s presentation, which detailed the contributions of the school’s graduates, including the establishment of the country’s first teaching hospital.
Participants were equally fascinated and impressed by the anatomy lesson provided by Larry Anderson, PhD, who showed a documentary clip that realistically demonstrated what med students see in the anatomy lab. Even more popular was Dr. Anderson's display of actual hearts, lungs, knees, hips and other body parts that have been preserved by a process that makes them look and feel like plastic.
Mini-Med School will continue every Wednesday evening from 6-8pm through October 3. Future topics include: Medication Management in Older Individuals, Multiple Sclerosis, Heart Disease in Women, Cancer of the Female Reproductive System, Palliative Care, Fibromyalgia and Organ Donation & Transplantation. For more information, please visit the Mini-Med website.