Beginning Wednesday, April 23, the Indiana University School of Medicine — Northwest will offer its annual Mini Medical School program to the Northwest Indiana community. Topics include urinary incontinence, menopause, prostate disease, and heart disease. All sessions will be held on successive Wednesdays beginning at 6 p.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium, located in the southeast corner of the main campus parking lot of Indiana University Northwest at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary, Ind.
The theme for this year’s Mini Medical School program is “Medicine for Women AND Men.” Women and men share many of the same health problems; however, conditions such as heart disease often affect the sexes differently. Other conditions, such as menopause or prostate disease, are exclusive to a particular sex. This year, the popular annual program offered by Northwest Indiana’s only medical school will address the causes, symptoms and treatments of these various ailments or conditions.
“In addition to training Indiana’s future physicians, we have made a commitment to provide medical and health information to the citizens of Northwest Indiana,” said IUSM-NW Assistant Dean and Director Patrick Bankston, Ph.D. “In past years, hundreds of Northwest Indiana residents from more than 20 different communities have attended this public lecture series.”
This year’s schedule of sessions and speakers includes: on Wednesday, April 23, “Urinary Incontinence,” featuring Dr. William Kobak, M.D., of Valparaiso; on Wednesday, April 30, “Menopause and Perimenopause,” featuring Dr. Crystal Strickland, M.D., of Portage; on Wednesday, May 7, “Prostate Disease,” featuring Dr. Bruce Yalowitz, M.D., of Merrillville; and, on Wednesday, May 14, “Heart Disease in Men AND Women,” featuring Dr. Nazzal Obald, M.D., of Merrillville.
IU Northwest and IUSM-NW invite the Northwest Indiana community to participate in this free, informative series of seminars with some of the region’s finest physicians. These lectures are designed to be fun and accessible to a general, non-medical audience. Anyone who attends all four sessions will receive a certificate of completion.
“’Graduation’ from this program will not make its participants medical doctors, but it will make them better able to make important decisions about their own healthcare and the health of their families,” said Stephen Echtenkamp, Ph.D., coordinator of the Mini Medical School at IUSM-NW.
For more information about Mini Medical School, or to reserve a seat, call (219) 980-6550.