Mini-Medical School Fall Zoom 2022
September 27 – November 15, 2022

This Fall we have another exciting line-up for Mini-Medical School! 

Dr. Jennifer Strahle, a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, will teach us about the fascinating world of In Utero Fetal Neurosurgery, including Spina Bifida, a devastating condition, where precision is key to successful repair. 

Dr. Julia Warren, pediatric hematologist/immunologist will teach us about HLH (Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis) in which the immune system attacks the body, with special patient presentation.

Dr. Ryan Jackson of Otolaryngology returns, this time to teach us about The Epidemic of HPV Oral Cancer. Several celebrities have spoken out about their oral cancer caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) and the difficult treatment. (A vaccine is available to lower one’s risk.) 

We will have an entire night on mental health: Dr. Chuck Zorumski, previous chair of Psychiatry, will speak about mental illness’s impact on society, including the impact of Covid-19 on mental health. He will also highlight the latest research on Neurosteroids as Treatment for Mental Illness. Drs. Ginger Nicol and Josh Siegel will then speak on Psychedelics as Treatment for Mental Illness, with ample time provided for Q&A, where you can ask a psychiatrist anything you always wanted.

Dr. Albert Kim, Professor of Neurosurgery, Director of the Brain Tumor Center and the Pituitary Center, will teach us about Pituitary Tumors – the “common” brain tumor with a unique surgical treatment, through the nose.

Dr. Kisha Piggott is back with Hot Topics in Retinal Disease, with another visual journey to the back of the eye, including Retinitis Pigmentosa, a genetic cause of visual loss and blindness in young children.  Her colleague, Dr. Erin Sieck, will cover Cataract Surgery. Most cataract surgeries are straight forward, but some do not go smoothly and can lead to worse visual acuity. Who is at risk? When does this procedure require the most skilled of surgeons to perform complex cataract cases, as she does? Dr. Sieck will also share a video of cataract surgery.

Dr. Tammy Sonn is back by popular demand with Information Your Gynecologist Would Like You to Know, from Sexually Transmitted Diseases to Menopause. 

Dr. Lisker-Melman is back to teach us about the amazing liver, with an Update on Liver Disease – from NASH to Hepatitis C to liver cancer.  

Dr. Doug Schuerer, Chief of Trauma Surgery, will cover Gun Shot Wounds, a trauma surgeon’s perspective. Dr. Sanjay Gupta said his medical school lecture on the trauma of gun shot wounds was one of the most important lectures he has ever received. We hope you will feel the same. 

Dr. Mustafa Husaini will introduce us to the new field of Sports Cardiology. He is the Director of the BJC Sports Cardiology Clinic and will review patient cases, including the use of implantable defibrillators. 

Dr. Amanda Verma will teach us about the distressing symptoms of Long Covid and have a patient share their experience. She has been seeing Long Covid patients since the beginning of the pandemic and has a wealth of experience.

We will also cover Emergency Medicine Cases and much more! In addition, Dr. Jason Newland will join us again in the pre-sessions to keep us updated on Covid-19 and Monkeypox news. 

September 20, 2022
7:00-7:30pm Optional Practice Session to Check Audiovisuals
September 27
6:45-7:00pm Introduction to MMS
Hot Topics in Retinal Disease
Kisha D. Piggott, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Retinal and Vitreous Diseases
Co-Director of the Residency Program

Cataract Surgery: The Good, the Bad and …the Ugly?
Erin G. Sieck, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Weekly, starting October 4
6:30-6:45pm, Open community photo sharing session
6:45-7:00pm, Updates on Covid-19, Monkeypox, etc.
Jason Newland, MD, MEd
Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases
October 4
Sports Cardiology
Mustafa H. Husaini, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases
Director, Sports Cardiology Program
Emergency Medicine Cases
Cynthia Wichelman, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Course Director, Mini-Medical School
October 11
Long Covid-19
Amanda K. Verma, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases

Everything you Knee’d to Know about Hip and Knee Replacements, including the Technology Revolution
Ilya Bendich, MD, MBA
Asst. Professor of Orthopedics, Division of Adult Reconstruction
October 18
Pituitary Tumors: the “Common” Brain Tumor
Albert H. Kim, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurosurgery, Genetics, Neurology and Developmental Biology
Director, Brain Tumor Center
Surgical Director, Pituitary Center
Co-Leader, Neurorestorative Therapy
Update on Liver Disease from NASH to Hepatitis C to Liver Cancer
Mauricio Lisker-Melman, MD
Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology
VA Medical Center, St Louis
October 25
In Utero Fetal Neurosurgery
Jennifer M. Strahle, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Neuro Spine Program
Director, Pediatric Cerebrovascular Surgery

The HPV Oral Cancer Epidemic
Ryan S. Jackson, MD
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Associate Fellowship Director, Advanced Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction
Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery
November 1
Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), with patient presentation
Julia T. Warren, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Hematology
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Perelman School of Medicine/University of Pennsylvania

Gun Shot Wounds, a Trauma Surgeon’s Perspective
Doug J. E. Schuerer, MD
Professor of Surgery, Division of General Surgery
Director of Trauma Services
November 8
The Impact of Mental Illness on Society
Neurosteroids as Treatment for Mental Illness
Charles Zorumski, MD
Samuel B. Guze Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Neurobiology (Chair of Psychiatry until August 2022)
Director, Taylor Family Institute for Innovative Psychiatric Research
Chair, Center for Brain Research in Mood Disorders

Psychedelics as Treatment for Mental Illness
Ginger E. Nicol, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Healthy Mind Lab
Joshua Siegel, MD, PhD
Instructor in Psychiatry
November 15
What Your Gynecologist Wants You to Know from Sexually Transmitted Diseases to Menopause
Tammy Sonn, MD
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
MMS Wrap-Up and Hot Topic TBA
Cynthia Wichelman, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Course Director, Mini-Medical School

Graduation and Ode to MMS