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Mini Medical School Provides Insight Into Current Health Topics

The Northwest Center for Medical Education of the Indiana University School of Medicine will kick off its annual 7th medical course series for local community members on October 9, 2002. This popular Mini Medical School presents an in-depth, informative look at some of today’s hottest health topics.

This is the seventh year that the Northwest Center for Medical Education has presented its Mini Medical School for the general public. In past years, hundreds of Northwest Indiana residents, from more than 20 different communities, have attended this public lecture series.

The same faculty who teach medical students will present the four Mini Medical School sessions, held on consecutive Wednesdays in October. Each session is loosely modeled after the curriculum in the medical school, covering topics in anatomy, biochemistry, neuroscience, pathology, etc. The sessions are jointly presented by expert scientists and clinicians in diagnosis and treatment of specific disease. However, the lectures are designed to be fun and informative to a general, non-medical student audience.

Dr. Stephen Echtenkamp, organizer of the Mini Medical School said, “Our audiences are quite sophisticated, their questions show a keen interest in complex medical issues.” He adds, “This program will not make its participants medical doctors, but it will make them better able to make important decisions relating to their own health care and the health of their families.”

The Northwest Center for Medical Education is one of eight regional centers of Indiana University’s School of Medicine, and has been located on the campus of Indiana University Northwest since 1972. Gary’s Northwest Center is composed of scientists and clinicians who teach medical students in their first two years of medical training. The last two years of school are spent in clinical training at the medical campus in Indianapolis.

Assistant Dean of the IU School of Medicine William Baldwin said, “In addition to training Indiana’s future physicians, we have a responsibility to provide medical and health information to the citizens of Northwest Indiana.”

This year’s schedule includes:

· Session one (October 9): Coronary atherosclerosis and the new heart scan test

· Session two (October 16): Thyroid Disease, diagnosis and treatment in 2002

· Session three (October 23): Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, a movement disorder that affects more than celebrities

· Session four (October 30): HIV/AIDS, why everyone should be concerned and informed

The Mini Medical School sessions will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Savannah Center on the Indiana University Northwest campus at 3400 Broadway in Gary. The sessions and parking are free and open to the public. There will be ample time for questions from the audience and refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to reserve a position in one or all of the classes, please call 219-980-6550.



Media Contact:

Michelle Searer

Kim Kintz

Stephan Echtenkamp
Northwest Center for Medical Education

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