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Publish Date: 08/27/01
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UC Offers the Community Health Awareness in Third Mini Academic Health College

Cincinnati--As the school year begins, adults have an opportunity to go back to school at the University of Cincinnati (UC) mini medical college, a 4-week course taught by UC medical professionals who work in hospitals and emergency rooms saving and helping people everyday.

The UC Medical Center is hosting its third mini medical college for the community, held annually in October. The series, educating participants about medicine and disease prevention, is open to adults. The curriculum will include smoking, obesity, aging, depression and other areas of medical science from physicians and scientists who are leaders in their field.

UC College of Medicine faculty will present eight medical topics on Wednesday evenings in October (3, 10, 17, 24) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The presentations will be held in Kresge Auditorium located at the UC College of Medicine, Medical Sciences Building, 231 Albert Sabin Way.

The third mini medical college presents a new curriculum; participants from the past sessions are welcome to return. "This is our third mini medical college at the University of Cincinnati and definitely the best curriculum offered so far," said Mary Sue Cheeseman, assistant senior vice president for development and alumni affairs and assistant dean for external affairs at UC Medical Center. The mini medical college program is co-sponsored by the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at the UC College of Medicine.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for the community to learn what goes on at the UC College of Medicine and to meet some of the best faculty in health care," Cheeseman said. "I would encourage anyone with an interest in learning more about medical education, their own health, or medical issues, in general, to attend the mini medical college."

The course is $69, which includes a notebook of materials, T-shirt and a certificate of attendance for those who complete all four sessions. There is not an additional charge for parking in the Medical Sciences Garage.

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

  • On Wednesday, October 3, the program begins with "Why Do Smokers Drink and Drinkers Smoke?" led by Robert Anthenelli, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the UC College of Medicine and director of substance dependence program at the Cincinnati Veteran Affairs Medical Center. His lecture will be followed by "The Obesity Epidemic: A Disease of the Mind or the Body?" presented by Randy Seeley, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and associate director of the Obesity Research Center at UC.
  • October 10 will start with "Successful Aging: You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks," by Gregg Warshaw, MD, Martha Betty Semmons Professor of geriatric medicine; followed by "Osteoporosis: Getting Down to the Bare Bones," by Nelson Watts, MD, professor of clinical medicine and director of the Metabolic Bone Disease Program, Department of Internal Medicine.
  • On October 17, "Patient-Centered Decision Making: How to Keep the Patient in Medical Decisions," a lecture by Mark Eckman, MD, Posey Professor of medicine and director of the Division of General Internal Medicine and director of the Center for Clinical Effectiveness, followed by "The Pancreas: When Bad Things Happen to Good Organs," by Jeffrey Matthews, MD, Christian R. Holmes Professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery.
  • On October 24, there will be a presentation on "Trauma: When the Light at the End of the Tunnel is a Train," by Jay Johannigman, MD, associate professor of surgery, Division of Trauma and Critical Care and recipient of the UC Silver Apple teaching award. The final presentation will be given on the topic followed by "The Many Faces of Manic-Depressive Illness," by Paul Keck, MD, professor of psychiatry and vice chairman for research, Department of Psychiatry.

The mini medical college series is co-sponsored by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Communiversity, the UC College of Evening and Continuing Education (CECE) program. Communiversity offers informal, noncredit classes and workshops for the public. Information to enroll is available by calling the CECE registration center at (513) 556-6932, press 3 to register, or press 1 to be put on the mailing list, refer to course #7704-01.

The first mini medical college began at the University of Colorado Medical School in 1989. Since then, 70 medical education institutions nationwide offer mini medical classes for the community.

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