AURORA, Colo. – Mini Med, a free course on science and medicine that began at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and has caught on in more than 100 cities, returns in September.
The eight-week course, a community service offered by the University of Colorado's School of Medicine, involves no tests, fees or credit hours. Those who attend regularly receive an unofficial “diploma.” Thousands of Coloradans have gone through the course.
Who attends Mini Med? Youngsters, grandparents, Aurora school kids, anyone with curiosity about the science that is the basis of modern medicine. It’s fascinating and sometimes practical. One woman learned the symptoms of a heart attack, then recognized them in a relative and likely saved his life.
Lectures offered by medical-school faculty and other experts include anatomy and physiology, cell biology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology and cancer biology. Classes start at 7 p.m. with an hour-long lecture, followed by roughly a half hour of questions and answers. Participants get a book of lecture notes. Mini Med teachers make complex material understandable, but not “dumbed down.”
The originator of Mini Med, Dr. J. John Cohen, a CU medical school professor, recently received the 2010 Award for Public Understanding of Science & Technology, given by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Mini Med School will be held starting Wednesday, Sept. 7 on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. It’s fed by satellite to the CU campuses in Boulder and Colorado Springs and other sites around the state. More information and registration information is available at http://medschool.ucdenver.edu/minimed/
Faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine work to advance science and improve care. These faculty members include physicians, educators and scientists at University of Colorado Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver Health, National Jewish Health, and the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The school is located on the Anschutz Medical Campus, one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system. To learn more about the medical school’s care, education, research and community engagement, please visit its web site. For additional news and information, please visit the University of Colorado newsroom.