Merle began with the most obvious question: What are Mini Med Schools? They are a public education program generally consisting of a lecture series on medical topics. Currently, there are more than 70 medical schools, institutions, and hospitals that have Mini Med Schools.
The What: UM Mini Med School is intended to provide the community with information not otherwise readily available in an informal manner.
It is a 6 week course that meets once a week and includes a lecture and an opportunity to speak with the lecturer. There was a variety of topics, including Cancer, Infectious Disease, The Cardiovascular System, Genetics and Medicine, Gastrointestinal System, and more.
The library became involved in 2003, beginning a collaboration by providing supplemental list of resources on the topics covered in the course. Although initially using more print resources, the current list is mostly electronic resources.
Mini Med School From the Horse’s Mouth:
As the liaison librarian to the Internal Medicine division of Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Diabetes, Mark MacEachern had the opportunity to attend the 2010 Mini Med School.
Mark meet with the faculty (ranging from academic to clinical faculty), listen to faculty discuss their research/clinical interests, and provided a better understanding on the faculty needs. He also gained insight into the medical school itself and how it’s structured.
For additional information, contact Merle Rosenzweig or Mark MacEachern
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