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Publish Date: 08/14/00
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College of Medicine Offers Second Mini Academic Health College

Cincinnati--The recent announcement of the mapping of the human genetic code has excited the scientific community and sparked the interest of the general public in medical science. In Cincinnati, people of all ages have an unusual opportunity to learn about genetics and other areas of medical science from physicians and scientists who are leaders in their field at the Second University of Cincinnati (UC) Mini Medical College.

UC College of Medicine faculty will present nine key topics on Tuesday evenings in October from 7-9 p.m. The presentations will be held at Kresge Auditorium located at the UC College of Medicine, Medical Sciences Building, 231 Albert Sabin Way (formerly known as Bethesda Avenue). The mini medical college will be held annually in October, due to the popularity and success of the first program offered in April of this year. Josef Fischer, MD, Christian R. Holmes professor and chairman of the department of surgery and associate dean of community affairs for UC College of Medicine, will return to serve as the moderator for the month-long program.

UC faculty offer participants the opportunity to become "medical students" for a month. The Second Mini Medical College offers a new curriculum, so participants from the April session are welcome to return. "The inaugural mini medical college at UC was a huge success and received rave reviews from participants," said Mary Sue Cheeseman, assistant senior vice president for development and alumni affairs and assistant dean for external affairs at UC Medical Center. "The second course will be even better. I encourage all those interested in attending to sign up early or risk being closed out of the class."

Registration for the course is $69, which includes a notebook of materials, T-shirt, light refreshments, and a certificate of attendance for those who complete all four sessions. There will not be an additional charge for parking.

The following is the calendar of events for the October series:

  • On Tuesday, October 3, the program begins with "Genes: Making Them Fit," by David Millhorn, PhD, chairman and professor of the department of molecular and cellular physiology. Millhorn also taught a gene class during the premier mini medical college in April. Millhorn's lecture will be followed by "Cancer: When a Cell Isn't Well," by Elizabeth Shaughnessy, MD, PhD, assistant professor of surgery.

  • October 10 is led by "Continence: What's the Matter with My Bladder?" by Jong Choe, MD, assistant professor of urologic surgery; followed by "The Brain and Stroke: Gray Matters," by Joseph Broderick, MD, chairman and professor of neurology.

  • On October 17, "Cholesterol and Fats: The Lowdown on High Numbers," a lecture by LeAnn Coberly, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine is followed by "Transplantation: Spare Parts," by Douglas Hanto, MD, PhD, professor of surgery.

  • On October 24, there will be a presentation on "Diabetes: How Sweet It Isn't," by David D'Alessio, MD, associate professor of internal medicine-endocrinology; followed by "Islet Cell: Back to the Future," by Horacio Rilo, MD, associate professor of surgery and pediatrics, and director of the cellular transplant program. The final presentation will be given on the topic "Allergies: Nothing to Sneeze at," by David Bernstein, MD, professor of clinical medicine-immunology.

The mini medical college series is listed in the catalog prepared by Communiversity, which is UC's College of Evening and Continuing Education (CECE) program. Communiversity, a community-educating university, offers informal, noncredit classes and workshops for the public. The mini medical college program is sponsored by the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at the UC College of Medicine. Information to enroll is available by calling the Communiversity information center at 513-556-6932, press 3 to register, or press 1 to be put on the mailing list, refer to course #7704-01. More information is available online at www.uc.edu/cece.



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