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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 20, 2011


CONTACT:

Karen Mallet
215-514-9751
km463@georgetown.edu


Georgetown University Medical Center Announces Spring “Mini-Med School” Schedule

Conventional and Complementary & Alternative Medicine Examined


Washington, DC – Georgetown University Medical Center is inviting Washington-area residents to find out what it takes to become a doctor—minus the long hours and late nights. Georgetown’s eight-week Spring 2011 Mini-Medical School Program open to the public, begins February 22, 2011.

The GUMC Mini-Medical School, in its 14th year, follows the traditional disciplines that medical students encounter during their four years of medical school and offers innovative and timely presentations on a variety of topics related to the biomedical sciences and personal health. The program is open to the general public, and participants do not need to be students at Georgetown nor have any medical training.

“People have an interest in improving their health, and we have an obligation to extend the walls of our School of Medicine into the community,” says Herbert Herscowitz, PhD, co-director of the Mini-Medical School. “Having a basic understanding of medical facts allows people to learn about their bodies, understand more about what their doctors are doing, and to formulate questions for their doctors as they’re being treated.”

Depending on a participant’s interest, two series are being offered this semester: Conventional Medicine Series and Complementary & Alternative Medicine Series. Topics include: new drug discovery, massage therapy, plastic surgery in breast cancer, obesity, mind-body interactions, chiropractic care, the bottom line about drugs, naturopathic medicine, heart disease, nutrition, and emergency medicine.

The Conventional Medicine Series, which includes topics such as heart disease, stem cells, and vaccines, runs for eight consecutive Tuesdays beginning February 22nd and ending April 12th.

All lectures take place from 7:00 – 9:00pm in the Research Auditorium at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Members of the general public interested in registering should email minimed@georgetown.edu . Class size is limited, so send in your fee and registration early!

Cost: $100.00 per series (if registration is postmarked by Friday, March 6, 2009).
$125.00 per series (if registration is postmarked after Friday, March 6, 2009).
$75.00 for Georgetown University and Medical Center employees

For more information, visit the Mini Medical School website at: http://som.georgetown.edu/prospectivestudents/minimed/.

About Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through our partnership with MedStar Health). Our mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis -- or "care of the whole person." The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Health Studies, both nationally ranked, the world-renowned Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization (BGRO), home to 60 percent of the university’s sponsored research funding.

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