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UI Mini-Medical School returning to Iowa City

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa's popular Mini-Medical School is returning to Iowa City. This fall, faculty members from the UI College of Medicine will present six new topics. The Mini-Medical School will be held on six consecutive Thursdays beginning Sept. 18 in Braley Auditorium, lower level, Pomerantz Family Pavilion, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

All sessions begin promptly at 6:45 p.m. They are free and open to the public, but registration is required. The Mini-Medical School will also be transmitted via the ICN to sites in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Mason City, Sioux City and Waterloo.

This fall's schedule:

Sept. 18 -- Obesity and Nutrition

Sept. 25 -- Human-Centered Research and Ethics

Oct. 2 -- Substance Abuse and Smoking

Oct. 9 -- Rheumatology and Viruses: What Your Doctor Sees

Oct. 16 -- Diabetes and Hormones

Oct. 23 -- A Road Map for Managed Care

In the Mini-Medical School, faculty members from the UI College of Medicine present health information that is understandable to the general public. It was initiated at the UI a year ago with a six-part program that covered a variety of topics in health and medicine. More than 175 persons took part in that program. Last spring, a three-part series on cancer was presented.

Dr. Allyn L. Mark, associate dean for research and graduate programs in the college and director of the Mini-Medical School project, says the program should appeal to persons who have been curious about medical science and health.

"The first two courses were very well-received and we are very excited about this new Mini-Medical School course from the College of Medicine," Mark says. "We hope that a better understanding of scientific medical advances and medical education will help the public participate more effectively in the health care system. "The Mini-Medical School will bring together some of the best teachers in the college who will present material in a way that is understandable and interesting to the general public," Mark says. "We think the people who attend will find it enlightening and enjoyable."

To register for Mini-Medical School, call 1-800-691-2323.