Mini-Medical School Open to Community Members

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October 15, 2019 | 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 programs at Midwestern University. The Mini-Medical School will be held on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on October 21, October 28, November 4, and November 11. 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:

  • Forensic Anthropology – What do bones tell you about someone? When forensic anthropologists and archaeologists find unidentified remains they use clues found in the bones and teeth to understand who this person was and how they lived. This session will focus on human variation and the methods anthropologists use in forensic and archaeological contexts to study skeletal remains. Students will have the opportunity to apply these methods on skeletal remains.
  • Pathology and Medicine – In this session, you will learn how the role of the pathologist has become vital in what today is known as “personalized medicine” – a modern approach for tailoring therapy based on the individual patient and disease characteristics that will improve the success of treatment and lower the risk of undesirable side effects.
  • Osteopathic Medicine: What’s it all about? – Join us for a presentation that will include an overview of the history and philosophy of osteopathic medicine, a demonstration of the unique skills doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) can bring to diagnosis and treatment, a review of a mock patient case, and a question and answer session.
  • Understanding the Role of a P.A. – Physician Assistant (P.A.) students develop the skills needed to be a vital member of the healthcare team at Midwestern University. They learn from caring faculty experts who prepare them to apply evidence-based medicine and compassionate decision making to benefit a diverse community of patients.

 Individuals interested in attending the Mini-Medical School can register by visiting the program’s website at or by calling 630-515-7421. A complete schedule of speakers and topics is available on the website. Please e-mail questions to