May 4, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 18

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Mini-Medical School hailed as success

Photo of Yerkes and Thornton talking San Antonio Express-News columnist Susan Yerkes chats with Dr. Joe Thornton, assistant professor of psychiatry, prior to the Mini-Medical School session held April 17 on campus. Yerkes was a presenter along with Dr. Thornton and Dr. Margaret Brackley, associate professor of chronic nursing care. The three discussed "The Alcoholic Patient in Society." Yerkes recounted how alcohol affected her life and how she was able to overcome her addiction. The session drew approximately 250.

The fourth annual Mini-Medical School brought more than 1,000 spectators to the Health Science Center campus during April to learn about transplants, implants, gadgets and gizmos, and alcohol addiction and treatment. Offered by the UTHSC as a yearly gift to the community, the Mini-Medical School is scheduled on the four Tuesday evenings in April.

Many South Texas and Hill Country residents enjoyed the program via video-teleconferencing. Remote sites included Dimmit County Memorial Hospital, Carrizo Springs; Corpus Christi Medical Center and Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial, Corpus Christi; United Medical Centers Inc. and C. C. Winn High School, Eagle Pass; Hill Country Memorial Hospital, Fredericksburg; Dr. Leo G. Cigarroa High School, Laredo Community College, Mercy Health Center, Mid Rio Grande Border AHEC and J.W. Nixon High School, Laredo; The University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg; Uvalde High School, Uvalde; and Zapata High School, Zapata.

The Mini-Medical School is free and open to the community. The program is supported in part by an educational grant from Pfizer.


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