News at Medicine - June 2014 - Success for 2014 Mini-Medical School

 
Success for 2014 Mini-Medical School
June 6, 2014
Memorial University’s spring Mini-Medical School Spring drew an enthusiastic response from the 42 people who enrolled. 
 
One of the participants in the 2014 spring Mini-Med School observes skeltons.
Over a six-week period starting in mid-April, high school students, undergraduates, seniors and other members of the general public tuned in weekly to listen to experts from the Faculty of Medicine speak about topics ranging from tuberculosis to the importance of breastfeeding.

Covering relevant themes for an aging population, subjects such as palliative care, the complete blood count and dementia were widely appreciated among the audience. Other topics related to staying healthy now, medical myths, vitamin D, nutrition, teaching medical students interview skills and finding reliable health information online. Students were even able to get up-close and personal with a wide variety of real, preserved human specimens as part of a presentation on Body Works. 
 
Whether attending in person at the medical school in the Health Sciences Centre, or logging on to the live webcast, participants from all over the province – and even as far away as New Brunswick – enjoyed this unique opportunity. “While those enrolled in Mini-Med Spring 2014 did not end the six-weeks with a license to practice medicine, they did gain a wealth of knowledge on the health care system, and built relationships with peers and faculty members that will be beneficial in their personal lives,” said Fran Kirby, director of PDCS.  
 
Mini-Medical School Spring 2014 was the second installment of what is expected to be an annual or semi-annual professional development program offered to the general public. To find out more information about this and other exciting Medical Education Programs, check out the PDCS website, www.med.mun.ca/pdcs.