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COLLEGE OF MEDICINE TO OFFER EIGHT-WEEK LECTURE SERIES

 

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This community medical school provides an opportunity to learn the clinical and scientific side of medicine with topics such as public health, bioterrorism, cancer and cardiology.

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March 14, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Have you ever wanted the chance to go to medical school? Have you ever wanted more information about common health problems that may run in your family?

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine will be sponsoring its annual Mini-Medical School, an eight-week series of lectures given by the College's faculty. This community medical school provides an opportunity to learn the clinical and scientific side of medicine with topics such as public health, bioterrorism, cancer and cardiology.

"This is a great way for the College to give back to the community," said Mae Marie Quan, associate program director for the Area Health Education Center Program at UK.

"It's a way for us to inform the community about our programs. We want to provide our community with information that will lead to better health and to let them know more about our College and its activities. This year, all of our topics have been chosen by faculty and are highly pertinent topics."

For example, bioterrorism is a current issue of strong importance, and people need to be informed about our ability to respond to bioterrorist attacks, Quan said.

Julie Ribes M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor and director of clinical microbiology for the microbiology department at the UK College of Medicine, will be discussing the recent anthrax scare and the public's concerns.

A two-part series of topics regarding the heart will be presented. Assistant Professor Jennifer Brueckner, Ph.D., from the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the UK College of Medicine will discuss the anatomy and function of the heart. William Abraham, M.D., chief of Cardiovascular Medicine in the UK College of Medicine and co-director of the Gill Heart Institute at the UK Hospital, will discuss diseases of the heart and how to prevent heart disease.

"The lectures will address very important issues," Quan said. "Everyone has been touched by cancer or heart disease, and these lectures will offer the attendees significant information they never knew." Mini-Medical School is also great for students who are thinking about a career in medicine.

The cost of this year's Mini-Medical School is $25, which is a donation to the UK College of Medicine Salvation Army Clinic. This fee covers admission, all materials and parking. Registrants will receive a diploma upon attending the lectures.

The classes will run from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays from April 9 to May 28.

For more information or to register, call UK Health Connection at (859) 257-1000 or (800) 333-8874.


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