In 2012, twenty years after the original Mini Med School launched, Drs. Dennis Boyle (rheumatology) and Stephen Wolf (emergency medicine) decided that Mini Med School II: The Clinical Years, was past due. An instant hit at its inaugural run in 2012, the program features some of the best teachers in the CU clinical faculty telling us about their specialties. Want to know what a day in the life of a pediatrician is like? Or what the latest is on hypertension? Having trouble getting enough sleep? Answers to all that and more are yours at MMS II-and the price (free) is right, there's no homework, and it's suitable for anyone from high school on. And you can get a famous Mini Med "diploma!"
Now organized by the dynamic duo of Dr. Boyle and Dr. Kristin Furfari (family medicine), the course includes some new award-winning teachers and subjects, so even if you've attended before you are welcome back.
Talks take place on Wednesday evenings in the fall, and it's necessary to register so we can make sure you get all the updates and information. The lectures take place on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, and if that's not convenient for you, there are sites all around Colorado where you can watch (and interact!) by live video broadcast.
We look forward to seeing you at the Mini Med!
The CU Mini Med School was founded in 1989 by
Dr. J. John Cohen (Immunology & Medicine). With more than 21,000 graduates through a run of 20+ years, the program was the most popular and anticipated outreach event offered by the University of Colorado School of Medicine. It grew from a single site on campus to a network of video locations far and wide in Colorado. In 2012 it went on "sabbatical" so that its organizers, Dr. Cohen and Helen Macfarlane (medical illustrator and Director of Educational Technology) could realize a long-term dream: to make the course accessible to everyone in the world.
As anyone could have told them, the planned 6-month conversion took over 18 months of 60 and 70-hour weeks, but finally the Mini Medical School went live on the Canvas Network platform in September 2014, with 4,500 students from 150 countries on board. A second session ran from June to August 2015.
The course is organized in 7 modules covering Anatomy, Physiology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Immunology, Infectious Disease, Neuroscience, and Cancer Biology. It is ADA-compliant, and open to all: there are no prerequisites except curiosity.