Midwestern University’s Mini-Medical School Open to Community Members

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February 11, 2020 | Downers Grove, IL

Learn more about current topics in healthcare at Midwestern University’s Mini-Medical School. The Mini-Medical School is a four-week medical education program open to community members (adult, college, and high school students). The program is designed for people who want to learn more about topics taught in medical school or other professional healthcare program s at Midwestern University. The Mini-Medical School will be held on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on February 24, March 2, March 9, and March 16. All sessions will be held at the University’s campus located at 555 31st Street, Downers Grove, IL.

A Midwestern University faculty member or student will present each session. The University is the home of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Chicago College of Pharmacy, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois, the Chicago College of Optometry, and the College of Graduate Studies. The cost of the entire program is $25; a single session is $10. Topics to be covered include:

  • Occupational Therapy: Living Life to its Fullest – Discover why occupational therapy is an exciting and growing profession and how occupational therapists promote participation in everyday activities when disability, illness, or other barriers create difficulty in living life to its fullest.
  • Welcome to the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois – Learn more about the history of dentistry, the College of Dental Medicine – Illinois (CDMI), and participate in a hands-on workshop to gain an understanding of general dentistry equipment and materials. Students from CDMI will also be available to provide information and answer questions.
  • Exploring Drug Mechanisms through the Pharmacology of Taste Perception – In this lecture and laboratory, participants will use various taste-able substances to manipulate receptor pathways, as a specific point of discussion in a larger conversation about the mechanisms of drugs used to treat human disease.
  • Introduction to Optometry: More Than Just 1 or 2 - Gain a glimpse into the day of an optometrist by participating in an interactive, hands-on laboratory (including virtual reality). Participants will learn about the optometric skills needed to conduct a comprehensive eye exam, which evaluates a patient's vision, eye-teaming skills, and ocular health.

Individuals interested in attending the Mini-Medical School can register by visiting the program’s website at https://online.midwestern.edu/public/eventreg.cgi?event_no=7045 or by calling 630-515-7421. A complete schedule of speakers and topics is available on the website. Please e-mail questions to minimed@midwestern.edu.