January 29, 2007
Contact: Larry Parker
Phone: (973) 972-7265
It’s Mini-Med Time Again at UMDNJ!
Seminar Series Gives Laypersons Taste of Medical Profession in Class Setting
NEWARK — UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School’s Institute for the Public Understanding of Health and Medicine is proud to announce the 2007 edition of its annual Mini-Med seminar series. Mini-Med, a weekly series of lectures over a nine-week period early this spring, allows anyone with an interest in health care to learn about the latest research, and about what it takes to succeed in the medical profession.
This year’s seminars will take place on Wednesday evenings at the Medical Sciences Building (185 South Orange Avenue, Newark) on the UMDNJ campus from February 28 to May 2. Seminars will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. each night. (Class will not meet on April 4 in observance of Passover and Easter.) Meals will be available before each class.
Weekly topics of discussion will include humanism in medicine; the threat of bioterrorism and epidemics; molecular and microarray technology in medicine; malpractice issues; ear, nose and throat medicine; lung and heart surgery; infertility; allergies; and finally, in celebration of Mini-Med’s longtime slogan that “an educated patient is a physician’s best ally,” a closing lecture on how patients can better make their own health care decisions.
Jacob Jay Lindenthal, Ph.D., Dr.PH., director of the Institute for the Public Understanding of Health and Medicine, noted that Mini-Med’s 4,200 graduates have included anyone from patients dealing with their own chronic health conditions and caregivers for relatives, to those who are seeking to start a second career in the health care field. “This series is for anyone who wants to learn what medicine is all about,” said Dr. Lindenthal.
Classes will include lectures by leading NJMS faculty members and also small-group discussion sessions with current NJMS medical students, who can relate the topic of the night in the context of their ongoing medical education. Mini-Med students will also enjoy full access to the George F. Smith Library on the UMDNJ campus.
Detailed tours of University Hospital and its various laboratory and operating facilities, as well as hands-on demonstrations of CPR and other non-invasive medical procedures, will be held for Mini-Med students on Saturdays on an elective basis.
Tuition is $125 for all nine weeks. The fee covers the university’s expenses in offering the course as well as the cost of meals. Interested students may sign up in one of two ways: By Internet, at http://njms.umdnj.edu/community/public_education/minimed/. A secure socket mechanism for taking credit card information will be available at the Web site. By mail, at: Institute for the Public Understanding of Health and Medicine, UMDNJ-NJMS, 30 Bergen Street, ADMC 1109, Newark, NJ 07103.
For more information, please call Michael Grabow, senior administrator of the Institute for the Public Understanding of Health and Medicine, at (973) 972-1269.
UMDNJ is the nation's largest free-standing public health sciences university with more than 5,500 students attending the state's three medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and its only school of public health, on five campuses. Last year, there were more than two million patient visits to UMDNJ facilities and faculty at campuses in Newark, New Brunswick/Piscataway, Scotch Plains, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, a mental health and addiction services network.