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Spring Mini-Medical School will focus on cancer topics

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- This spring the University of Iowa College of Medicine's popular Mini-Medical School will present "Understanding Cancer," a three-session course presented by UI medical faculty covering various aspects of cancer. The Mini-Medical School will be held on three consecutive Thursdays beginning April 17 in the Braley Conference Room, Pomerantz Family Pavilion at the UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

All sessions begin promptly at 7 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 Ames, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Sioux City and Waterloo.

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 last fall with a six-part program that covered a variety of topics in health and medicine. More than 175 persons took part in that program.

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 course was very well-received, and we are very excited about this second Mini-Medical School 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."

The Mini-Medical School is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Cancer Center. To register for the spring Mini-Medical School, call 384-9988.

Spring 1997 dates and topics are:

APRIL 17 -- Introduction to Cancer; How Cells Become Cancerous

APRIL 24 -- Genetics of Cancer; Principles of Therapy

MAY 1 -- Pathology of Cancer; The Human Side of Cancer