September 28, 2001
MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Stephenson
Johns Hopkins University Offers Mini-Med School
Get through medical school in 12 hours for less than $150? No quite, but
a new program featuring leading physicians and researchers from Johns Hopkins
Medicine and The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
comes pretty close. Participants get eight 1.5-hour sessions with leading
medical experts discussing everything from cancer to genetics to mysteries
of the mind to human health and environmental change.
Developed in cooperation with The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and
the National Institutes of Health as part of the Odyssey Program at The
Johns Hopkins University School of Professional Studies in Business and
Education, the "Hopkins mini-med school provides community members
and others with the knowledge they need to understand recent advances that
may be crucial to their personal health," says series coordinator Neal
Salomon, M.D., associate professor of surgery at Hopkins. "In addition,
many people just find it fascinating to learn about what's new in medical
research and health care."
The mini-med school idea has become so popular that more than 80 similar
programs have sprung up across the nation, with requests for attendance
far exceeding space.
"People today are thirsty for information about their own health,"
says Thomas Crain, director of the Odyssey program. "The pace of discovery
and the proliferation of misinformation makes it difficult for most of us
to get a clear sense of what is known about AIDS, heart disease, cancer
and other major medical problems. In offering sophisticated information
from some of Hopkins' finest, this series fills an important need and reflects
the University's commitment to life-long learning."
Because the Mini-Medical School program is so popular, those interested
in attending the eight sessions are urged to register early by calling 410-516-8516.
The topics and speakers for individual sessions for the Mini-Medical School
program are as follows: