For Immediate Release
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September 19,  2000
For More Information Contact:
Roxane M. Geraci at (219) 980-6686
Indiana University Northwest
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Mini Medical School Offers Free Education on Medical Issues

Community members interested in learning about some of the medical issuesconfronting society today are invited to attend a free four-session MiniMedical School sponsored by the IndianaUniversity School ofMedicine, NorthwestCenter for Medical Education. In its fifth year, the Mini MedicalSchool will be on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at theLake County Public Library inMerrillville. 

The sessions include: Sept.27 – Infectious Diseases That Can No LongerBe Controlled by Antibiotics; Oct. 4 – Diseases of Vision and Waysto Keep Our Eyes Healthy; Oct. 18 – An Update on Diabetes and NewApproaches to Treatment of the Disease; and Oct. 25 – Colon Cancer:How This Deadly Disease Can be Detected Early and Cured. Facultyfrom the Northwest Center will present the sessions. 

“The popularity of medicine in television dramas, on the nightly news,or in the health section of newspapers show that nearly everyone is concernedabout and is interested in medical issues,” says StephenEchtenkamp, associate professor of physiology and biophysics. “TheMini Medical School can help satisfy a sense of curiosity about some ofthe issues medical students confront in the classroom. Although graduatesof this program will not be eligible to practice medicine, they will receivea certificate upon successful completion of the program.”

The Northwest Center for Medical Education is located on the IndianaUniversity Northwest campus and is one of the eight regional centersof  Indiana’s only School of Medicine. At IU Northwest since 1972,the Northwest Center is composed of scientists and clinicians who teachmedical students in their first two years of medical school.

The Northwest Center’s Mini Medical School is free of chargeto the community, but reservations are requested. For more informationand/or to make a reservation, telephone 219-980-6550 or at

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