SOLD OUT: Mini-Medical School I is full for Spring 2019.

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Students in Mini-Medical School I, which is offered in the fall and spring, attend lectures and participate in the following hands-on training:

  • Suture Lab:  Learn operating room protocol and practice surgical techniques of the future. Learn from surgical residents how to suture and guide minimally invasive surgical instruments using a miniaturized video camera.
  • Walking tour of Washington University School of Medicine, given by the medical students, some of the brightest in the nation.
  • Attend the Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives and Rare Books tour – view our renowned collection of rare medical books covering major medical authors and ideas from classical antiquity to the present.  You’ll see the 1543 first edition of The Fabric of the Human Body by Andreas Vesalius.  The tour will also feature highlights from the archival collections that document the many significant contributions of Washington University’s medical school to modern medicine.  Of note, you’ll be able to hold in your own hands the two 1947 Nobel Prize medals awarded to WU faculty members Carl and Gerty Cori for their discovery of the catalytic conversion of glycogen. 

Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm (8 sessions)

Enrollment limit: 110
Cost: $185.00 per person


Spring 2019: March 26 – May 14

Tuesday Evenings, 7-9pm (8 sessions)

March 26

Am I Losing My Memory? 
  A Primer on Alzheimer’s Disease,
  with patient presentation
Erik S. Musiek, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Principal Investigator, Knight Alzheimer’s Disease
  Research Center

The Restless Brain
Marcus E. Raichle, MD, PhD
Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished
  Professor of Medicine
Professor of Radiology, Neurology, Neurobiology
 and Biomedical Engineering

April 2

When Kids Get Cancer:  A Night of Pediatric
  Oncology, with patient presentation
Jeff J. Bednarski, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

April 9

Up in Smoke:  An Update on Marijuana
Laura J. Bierut, MD
Alumni Endowed Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Health and Behavior Research Center
Varicose Veins:  Can They Be Harmful?
  New Treatment Options
Jeffrey Jim, MD, MPHS
Associate Professor of Surgery
  Section of Vascular Surgery
Program Director, Vascular Surgery Fellowship

April 16

Emergency Medicine: Real Cases From the ER
Cynthia Wichelman, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Course Director, Mini-Medical School
Regenerative Medicine: Regrowing Our Own
  Body Parts
Farshid Guilak, PhD
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery,
  Developmental Biology, and Biomedical Engineering
Director of Research, Shriners Hospital for Children
Co-Director, Center of Regenerative Medicine

April 23 (6:30-9:00pm)

High-Tech Minimally Invasive Surgery
Michael Brunt, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief, Section of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Director, Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery
Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship

Suture Lab: Surgery Techniques and
  Laparoscopic Simulation

April 30

Stop the Bleed:  The Live You Save May
  Be Your Own
Laurie J. Punch, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Acute and Critical Care Surgery Section (Trauma)

The Evolving Health Care Landscape
Richard J. Liekweg, MBA, MHA
President and CEO of BJC HealthCare

May 7

Obstetric Emergencies:  Top 5 Reasons Home Births
  Make Obstetricians Anxious
Camaryn E. Chrisman Robbins, MD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Co-Director, Labor & Delivery

Nutrition for Healthy Aging:
  What You Have Heard May Be Wrong
Bettina Mittendorfer, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Geriatrics & Nutritional Science

May 14

Medical and Surgical Ethics:  Tough Issues
Shuddhadeb Ray, MD, MPHS
Fellow, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Clinical Medical Ethics Fellow
Department of Surgery

Graduation and Reception