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 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?

Mini-medical school is no longer being offered.

Course director

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

Sort of speechless because I was so engaged and hung on all the words from doctors, patient and family.  Thank you to everyone for sharing their journey.  I have walked away from this session moved, engaged and hopeful … it has touched me … where that goes I do not know … but certainly will never forget.

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.

Each week I think you found the two most interesting presenters and then you go and do it again!

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!

I have attended many semesters of Mini Med (maybe 6 now?) and this was the best ever lecture.  I cannot thank you enough too for bringing such amazing programming and content to us.

I greatly appreciate this Fantastic opportunity!

I can’t thank you enough for all you do to educate and inform us. This is truly a valuable program and look forward to many more “semesters” in the future. THANK YOU! 

Superb evening on the fast track, Dr. W. Thank you, thank you!

Mini-Med is a gift to everyone attending!