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Eight annual Mini Medical School celebrates 100 years of medical education in Indiana

This year is the 100th anniversary for several important events: The first airplane, the first Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and the first medical class of the Indiana University School of Medicine. The Mini Medical School, held for the general public on the IU Northwest campus every October is only eight-years old, but is also a part of the 100-year legacy of medical service at the IU School of Medicine.

Every Wednesday evening in October, the Indiana University Northwest Center for Medical Education will present an in-depth, informative look at some of today’s hottest health topics. Assistant Dean of the IU School of Medicine William Baldwin states, “In addition to training Indiana’s future physicians, we have a commitment to provide medical and health information to the citizens of Northwest Indiana”. In past years, hundreds of Northwest Indiana residents, from more than twenty different communities, have attended this public lecture series.

The Northwest Center for Medical Education is one of eight regional centers of Indiana’s only 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.

The same faculty who teach medical students will present the five Mini Medical School sessions, held on consecutive Wednesday evenings in October. Each session is loosely modeled after the real medical school curriculum, covering topics in anatomy, biochemistry, neuroscience, pathology, etc. The sessions are jointly presented by scientists expert in the discipline, and clinicians expert in diagnosis and treatment of specific disease. However, these lectures are designed to be fun and informative to a general, non-medical student audience. Dr. Stephen Echtenkamp, organizer of the Mini Medical School notes, “From the beginning, the IU School of Medicine has been about service to the community, this lecture series will allow the whole NW Indiana community to take part in our centennial celebration of Indiana’s school of medicine.” Dr. Echtenkamp adds, “This program will not make its participants medical doctors, but whether they attend one or all of the sessions, it will make them better able to make important decisions about their own health care and the health of their families.”

This year’s Centennial Mini Medical School schedule includes:

Session one (October 1): Osteoarthritis vs. Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Session two (October 8): Alzheimer’s Disease, What Do We Know? What Can We Do?

Session three (October 15): SARS, Monkey Pox and West Nile: Exotic USA Invaders.

Session four (October 22): Hormone Replacement Therapy After Menopause? Yes, No, Or Maybe?

Session five (October 29): Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Kidney Disease.

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

Registration for one or all of the lectures is easy and free: simply call 219-980-6550 to hold a position in the class, or for more information.



Media Contact:

Kim Kintz

Stephen Ecktenkamp
NW Ctr. for Med. Ed.
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