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REF NO.: 92

SUBJECT: Memorial's Faculty of Medicine offers its first Mini Med School

DATE: Jan. 5

It's an innovative idea with a unique start. Anatomist Dr. Shakti Chandra and interdisciplinary artist Lori Clarke will present Body of knowledge: Human anatomy, medical studies, and art, as the first in a series of evenings in the first Mini Med School offered by Memorial's Faculty of Medicine. The Mini Med School is a series of six evening presentations for members of the public who've always wanted to learn more about the science and practice of medicine.

The Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education (CCHPE) developed the Mini Med School to bring the expertise of the Faculty of Medicine to the community in a new and accessible way. Participants will discover how students in an interdisciplinary health education course benefit from the HIV/AIDS research of retired dean of Medicine, Dr. Ian Bowmer; learn more about what's behind a basic physical examination with Dr. Bill Eaton; gain a deeper understanding of Parkinson's and related disorders with Dr. Alan Goodridge; and explore the links between diet and hypertension with Dr. John Smeda. Mini Med Schools are offered through numerous medical schools in North America and play an important part in their mission of community outreach.

The set of six sessions will take place on Wednesday nights from Feb. 18 to March 24, 2004, and cost $25. The series is patterned after the curriculum studied by medical 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 Health Care Corporation of St. John's, and the Department of Health and Social Services worked with the CCHPE in planning this exciting new outreach program to the community.

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