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SUBJECT: Mini Medical and Health Sciences school is back
DATE: March 28, 2005

Cutting-edge cancer research, “real-life” forensic medicine, oxycontin abuse and health, herbal medications, life in the OR, and the good old (or not-so-good-new) flu. The Mini Medical and Health Sciences School returns for a second season starting

April 6. It is a series of six evening presentations for members of the community who’ve always wanted to learn more about the science and practice of medicine and related health sciences.

The Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education (CCHPE) developed the Mini Medical and Health Sciences School to bring the expertise of the Faculty of Medicine and related health disciplines to the community in a new and accessible way. Mini Med schools are offered through numerous medical schools in North America and play an important part in their mission of community outreach. The 2004 program attracted an enthusiastic audience which included high school students with an interest in medical matters and a keen group of people aged 50 and over. As one participant explained, “I enjoyed and appreciated that the medical community has tried to bring itself to the community – well done!” Such a diverse group meant that question and answer sessions were lively and enthusiastic.

Sessions will take place on Wednesday nights from April 6 to May 11, 2005. The series is patterned after the curriculum studied by medical and other health professional students, but is open to members of the community with an interest in becoming more informed about medical matters. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about human biology, current medical research, and the medical sciences underlying the health-related information which is presented through television, print and electronic media.

Representatives from clinical and non-clinical divisions of the Faculty of Medicine, the School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, and Faculty of Education at Memorial worked with the CCHPE in planning this year’s program.

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