Washington University School of Medicine’s Mini-Medical School Online offers a unique opportunity for adults to learn about medical education and patient care without homework or exams. The course covers a variety of medical specialties, plus surgery, neuroscience, orthopedics, pediatrics, genomics and more.

You have done an outstanding job of organizing this program! Our attendance at Mini-Medical School has been our single best extracurricular activity of the year. Thank you so very much!


Who is eligible to enroll in Mini-Medical School?

Anyone over the age of 15 may enroll. No prior training or education is required. Past students include police officers, executives, stay-at-home moms/dads, attorneys, teachers, artists and bankers. Although Mini-Medical School is designed for the adult learner, we offer limited seating for high school students in 10th grade and above (see Register for more information.) Learn more about the program »

What topics are covered?

Topics for Mini-Medical School change every year. In past course offerings, topics have included everything from cancer to regenerative medicine and are taught by leading physicians in the country.

When does the next course start?

The next course starts this Fall on September 27, 2022. For the most up-to-date information, please see our course page.

Course director

Cynthia Wichelman MD, FACEP
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Director, Mini-Medical School

Thanks to you for putting together an awesome program. I looked forward to every Mini Med School evening, and can’t wait to attend Mini Med School 2. This program is truly a one of a kind gem for St. Louis. Thanks for doing what you do.

I cannot praise this class highly enough! Each lecture was a wonderful learning experience. I believe Dr. Wichelman did a tremendous job in putting the courses together and overseeing everything. I cannot wait until the next course!