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ĎMini-Medical Schoolí to be broadcast in Zapata (3-28-00)

Zapata High School will serve as a distance-learning site for the upcoming "Mini-Medical School" provided by The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

The third annual Mini-Medical School, a gift to the South Texas community from the Health Science Center, is free and geared to people of all ages. It will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on four consecutive Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Seats for the broadcasts are filling up fast. To check availability, call 765-5855.

Information on all South Texas sites is available at the Health Science Centerís Mini-Medical School Web page at <http://minimedschool00.uthscsa.edu>.

The first evening includes breakout sessions with hands-on activities in the fields of medicine, dentistry, nursing, research and emergency medical technology. Viewers in Zapata will be interactively "teleported" to one or more of these sessions. Subsequent evenings will focus on the heart, the brain and living with illness.

The Mini-Medical School brings together presenters from the Health Science Centerís 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 a noted pediatric heart surgeon.

The third session, on April 18, describes "The Brain: A Userís 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