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Publish Date: 08/30/02
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Community Offered Health Awareness in Fourth Mini Academic Health College

Cincinnati--Continuing technological advancements have given people the power to explore their health and better manage their overall healthcare. The University of Cincinnati (UC) Mini Medical College, a four-week course taught by various UC professors and researchers, offers Cincinnati community members further opportunity to explore heathcare issues.

The UC Medical Center is hosting its fourth Mini Medical College, open to the public, held annually in October. The series educates participants about medicine and disease prevention. This year, the curriculum will include end-of-life care, alternative medicine, hypertension, blood banking, genetic therapies, the colon, microorganisms and the biology of sexual development.

Faculty from the UC College of Medicine will present eight medical topics on Tuesday evenings in October (1, 8, 15, 22) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The presentations will be held in Room E-351 of the Medical Sciences Building, located at the UC College of Medicine, 231 Albert Sabin Way.

The fourth Mini Medical College offers a new curriculum, so participants from past sessions are welcome to return. "We have had an excellent response to the past mini medical colleges," says Mary Sue Cheeseman, assistant senior vice president for development and alumni affairs. "This year, with our outstanding curriculum presented by leading UC physicians and researchers, we expect an even greater response."

Registration for the course is $69, which includes a notebook of materials, T-shirt and certificate of participation 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:

October 1
On Tuesday, October 1, the program begins with "End-of-Life Care: Current Perspectives" presented by Eric J. Warm, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine. Dr. Warm's lecture will be followed by "Alternative Medicine: Do Complementary Therapies Compliment Your Health?" by Steve Amoils, MD.
October 8
October 8, Ronald A. Sacher, MD, FRCPC, director of Hoxworth Blood Center, will present "Blood Banking - Beyond Chicken Soup" followed by Donald C. Harrison, MD, senior vice president and provost for health affairs for the UC Medical Center, presenting "Hypertension: Major Risks for Heart Failure, Stroke and Death."
October 15
October 15, the program will consist of "Genetic Therapies: Progress in the Treatment of Cancer" by Lyon L. Gleich, MD, associate professor of otolaryngology followed by "It's the Colon: No Ifs, Ands or Butts About It!" by Janice Rafferty, MD, assistant professor of surgery.
October 22
October 22, Catherine Saelinger, PhD, professor of molecular genetics, will present "Microorganisms: The Good, the Bad and the Very Ugly." The final presentation will be "Is It a Boy or a Girl? The Biology of Sexual Differentiation, Development and Function" given by Andrew La Barbera, PhD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

The mini medical college series is listed in the catalog prepared by Communiversity, a UC sponsored community education program which 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. Ask for course #7704-01. Online information available at

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