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January 28, 2002

Popular MiniMedical School returns with spring offering

By Ron Sauder


The popular Emory MiniMedical School 101 is back with new talks on the human brain and gastrointestinal system as well as lectures covering the cardiovascular system, the nervous system, genetics, cancer, and other topics.

Some of Emory’s best-known physicians and researchers—the very same people who teach regular medical students—will explain the basic structure and function of organ systems and highlight exciting new advances in each field. Highly visual lectures will be followed by lively and informative Q&A sessions. No science or medical background is needed.

Hosted by Randy Martin, director of echocardiology and a medical expert for WSB-TV, the course starts Feb. 19 and runs for six consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7–9 p.m., with cookies and coffee served at 6:30 p.m.

Tuition is $80 and includes a textbook, an Emory Mini-Medical T-shirt, and a (mini)medical degree diploma. Classes are held in WHSCAB.

To register, call the Evening at Emory office at 404-727-6000 or register online at Emory employees, alumni and past MiniMedical School graduates receive a 20 percent discount.

Lectures include:

Feb. 19

• “Introduction to Emory MiniMedical School,” by Michael Johns, executive vice president for Health Affairs.

• “Brain: Amnesia & Memory,” by Stuart Zola, director, Yerkes Primate Research Center.

• “Nervous System: Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders,” by Ray Watts, professor of neurology.


Feb. 26

• “Breast Cancer,” by William Wood, Whitehead Professor and chair, surgery.

• “Genomics and New Diagnostic and Treatment Options: Breast Cancer & Prostate Cancer,” by Jonathan Simons, professor and director, Winship Cancer Institute.


March 5

• “Gastrointestinal System,” by Vincent Yang, professor of medicine, digestive diseases.

• “Heart,” by Douglas Morris, J. Willis Hurst Professor and vice chair for clinical affairs,


March 12

• “Prostate Cancer,” by Fray Marshall, professor and chairman, urology.

• “Urinary System (Incontinence),” by Niall Galloway, associate professor, urology.


March 19

• “Skin: Melanoma & Aging,” Carl Washington, assistant professor, dermatology.

• “Musculoskeletal System: Knee and Hip Disorders and Replacement,” by James Roberson, professor of orthopaedics and associate medical director, Emory Hospital Medical Staff Services.


March 26

• “Eye,” by Thomas Aaberg, professor and chair, ophthalmology.

• “Ear,” by Douglas Mattox, professor and chair, otolaryngology.

• Graduation ceremony, with presentation of diplomas and t-shirts by Thomas Lawley, dean, School of Medicine.




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