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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2010


CONTACT:

Tressa Kirby
202-687-8865
tk275@georgetown.edu


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

CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE EXAMINED


Washington, DC – Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) 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 2010 Mini-Medical School Program, open to the public and members of the media, begins Tuesday, March 9, 2010.

The GUMC Mini-Medical School, in its 13th year, follows the traditional disciplines that medical students encounter during their four years of medical 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 prior 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.”

This semester, GUMC is pleased to offer a series on Conventional Medicine. Topics include: diabetes and obesity, genetics, nutrition, pharmacology, aging, sleep, surgery and neurodegenerative diseases. The series runs for eight consecutive Tuesdays beginning March 9th and ending April 27th.

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 register early!

Cost: $100.00 per series (if registration is postmarked by Friday, March 12, 2010)
$125.00 per series (if registration is postmarked after Friday, March 12, 2010)
$75.00 for Georgetown University, Georgetown Hospital and Medical Center employees

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