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Public invited to ‘Mini-Medical School’ (3-10-00)

Have you imagined yourself in the middle of a real-life "ER" or "Chicago Hope," the physician or nurse saving the life of a critically ill patient? Or have you wondered what it is like to be a scientist, cooking bacteria or splicing genes on the way to becoming a leading expert in your field?

"Inquisitive" South Texans of all ages are invited to get a rare glimpse of the biosciences during the first night of the 2000 Mini-Medical School to be offered throughout April at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. This four-week course, free to the public, will be offered Tuesdays from April 4 to April 25.

The first evening includes breakout sessions with hands-on activities in the fields of medicine, dentistry, nursing, research and emergency medical technology. Subsequent evenings will focus on the heart, the brain and living with illness.

Each Tuesday’s program starts at 7 p.m. in lecture hall 3.102B next to the Health Science Center’s Dolph Briscoe, Jr., Library. The public is invited to any or all of the four sessions, but early registration is encouraged due to limited seating capacity. To register, call (210) 567-1925 as soon as possible or access the Health Science Center’s Mini-Medical School Web page at <http://minimedschool00.uthscsa.edu>.

The Mini-Medical School brings together presenters from the Health Science Center’s Medical, Nursing, Dental, Allied Health and Graduate Schools. The first session, "Exploring the Health Sciences: An Evening with a Health Professional," is an evening of interaction with different health professionals, affording participants the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of a specific area of clinical activities, teaching or research.

The second session, on April 11, will focus on "The Heart: Health and Repair." This discussion will center on diseases of the heart and innovative treatment approaches coming into use. Presenters will include noted pediatric heart surgeon John Calhoon, M.D.

The third session, on April 18, describes "The Brain: A User’s Guide." The discussion will concentrate on diseases of the brain and innovative treatment approaches, with presenters including a cell biologist, neurologist and neurosurgeon.

The final session, on April 25, is called "Living with Illness." Patients with heart and brain disease will share their accounts of how they have learned to live with their illness. Health professionals who work with chronically ill or terminally ill patients will contribute their perspectives.

The Mini-Medical School is supported in part by an educational grant from Pfizer.

Contact: Will Sansom