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Publish Date: 03/17/00
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Faculty Present "Mini Academic Health College"

Cincinnati--During the month of April, faculty of the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine will share their expertise with participants of the first UC Mini Medical College, sponsored by Pfizer, Inc. "Designed to be entertaining, educational, and easy to understand, the program enables participants to experience medical school—without the long hours and huge textbooks," says Mary Sue Cheeseman, assistant dean of external affairs, UC College of Medicine. Attendees will learn how new trends in modern medicine and disease prevention affect personal health. The only prerequisite for this Communiversity series is a sense of curiosity, an interest in how the human body works, and four evenings in April.

The following eight topics will be discussed on Wednesday evenings in April from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and all topics will be taught by UC College of Medicine faculty. Each program will be held in the Kresge Auditorium at the UC College of Medicine Medical Sciences Building, corner of Eden and Bethesda. The total cost of the series is $49. Registration includes a notebook of materials, a mini medical college T-shirt, light refreshments, and a certificate of attendance for those attending all four sessions (sign-in is required at each session).

April 5
The program includes "Genes and Gene Therapy: Where it all Starts" by David Millhorn, PhD, chairman and professor, department of molecular and cellular physiology; and "Cancer: When Cell is a Four-Letter Word" by Andrew Lowy, MD, assistant professor of surgery, and chief, division surgical oncology.

April 12
The program addresses the "Brain and Nervous System: How Do We Remember the Smell of a Rose?" Michael Privitera, MD, professor of neurology; and "The Neurobiology of Human Emotion: Why Did We Send the Rose?" by Paul E. Keck, MD, professor of psychiatry and vice-chair of research, associate professor of pharmacology and cell biophysics.

April 19
James Augsburger, MD, chairman and professor, department of ophthalmology will speak about "Sight: Oh, Say Can You See?" Angelo Colosimo, MD, assistant professor, orthopedic surgery, director, division of sports medicine, Team Orthopedic Surgeon, University of Cincinnati Bearcats, will discuss "Bones, Joints & Muscles: Beauty is Only Skin Deep."

April 26
Gerald Dorn, MD, associate professor of cardiology in internal medicine will explain "Cardiology System: Getting to the Heart of the Matter." Michael S. Nussbaum, MD, associate professor of surgery, chief of the section of general surgery, director of surgical endoscopy and laparoscopy, and chief of staff at The University Hospital, will present the "Gastrointestinal Tract: Beyond Giggles and Gurgles."

The mini medical college series is co-sponsored by the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs and the Office of Continuing Medical Education at the UC College of Medicine. Call the Communiversity information center at (513) 556-6932, and press 3 to register. Specify that you are registering for Communiversity class #7704-01.

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