News Release

REF NO.: 30

SUBJECT: Mini Med School doubles offerings

DATE: October 3, 2006

The Mini Medical and Health Sciences School is back for another great fall season, with a new format to increase your exposure to exciting presentations by experienced health educators. Each week there will be two presentations on a related theme with a refreshment and discussion break.
This series of six evening presentations is designed for members of the community who've always wanted to learn more about the knowledge and practice of health sciences. The Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education (CCHPE) developed the program to bring the expertise of Memorial University's health professional schools and faculties to the community in a new and accessible way. Previous series have attracted enthusiastic audiences which included high school students, a keen group of people aged 50 and over, and more. Such a diverse group makes our question and answer sessions lively and informative.
The series starts off Nov. 1. The theme for the evening is Blood and Guts for Halloween. Dr. Mary K. Wells, a surgeon and teacher, will give a surgeon’s eye view of trauma surgery.
“For example, think about a moose-vehicle collision,” says Dr. Wells. “We will follow a patient from accident site through the ER to the surgical suite and beyond. It can be a frightening and challenging experience for patients and medical staff alike as we work to get the patient stable and, eventually, well enough to return to everyday life.”
In the second talk for the evening, Dr. James Connor, associate dean of Community Health and Humanities, explores the twilight ground between art, science and education in a talk titled Dr. Gunther von Hagens’ Bodyworlds Exhibitions: Ghoulish Trick or Educational Treat?
Topics for the rest of the series include bugs and drugs, diabetes, mental health and the workings of the brain, palliative care and ethics, and aching bones – what causes them, and what you can do to manage and relieve pain.
The Mini Medical and Health Sciences School runs Wednesday evenings Nov. 1 to Dec. 13 (no class Nov. 8), with each session running from 7 - 9:30 p.m.  in Lecture Theatre A on the first floor of the Faculty of Medicine, Health Sciences Centre. The cost is $25 for the series of six sessions or $12 per session drop in registration available. Parking is available in Lot 9 of the Health Sciences Centre, off Clinch Avenue. for $2 per evening.
Advance registration on or before Oct. 30 is preferred for the series. Registration can be sent to Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, Room 1775, Health Sciences Centre, St. John's, NL A1B 3V6; Fax: (709) 777- 6032. Or register online at www.med.mun.ca/cchpe.

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