February 1, 2007
Contact: Jerry Carey
Phone: (856) 566-6171
New Mini-Medical School Offered at UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine
STRATFORD — There are no cadavers to dissect and it doesn’t require a four year commitment, but the new Mini-Medical School, beginning on March 14 at the UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine, will have a lot in common with the Stratford medical school. The Mini-Medical School will hold its eight, weekly classes in the same classrooms where the university’s medical students learn. Nationally and internationally-known faculty from the UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine will lead the weekly class discussions that include topics such as infectious diseases, biological nanotechnology, anti-depressant medications and menopause.
“The Mini-Medical School is really a great opportunity for a wide range of people from the surrounding communities,” said Dr. Thomas Cavalieri, interim dean of the UMDNJ-School of Medicine. “It can be a starting point for high school and college students who are wondering what medical school is really like. It’s also a wonderful option for those who are just looking for a convenient and inexpensive way to increase their knowledge about an array of medical subjects.”
The Mini-Medical School at the UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine will meet on eight consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning on March 14, with each session devoted to an in-depth discussion of a unique medical topic. Classes will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Academic Center, on the medical school’s Laurel Road campus, in Stratford. Class size is limited and a $25 fee is due upon registration to cover the cost of course materials. A complete list of courses and Mini-Medical School registration forms are available online at http://som.umdnj.edu/education/minimed/ or by calling (856) 566-6738.
UMDNJ is the nation's largest free-standing public health sciences university with more than 5,500 students attending the state's three medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and its only school of public health, on five campuses. Last year, there were more than two million patient visits to UMDNJ facilities and faculty at campuses in Newark, New Brunswick/Piscataway, Scotch Plains, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, a mental health and addiction services network.