For more information contact: Boonshoft School of Medicine, Judi Engle, Office of Public Relations, (937) 775-2951

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2002

Wright State Mini-Med School Lecture Series
Focuses on Societal Issues in Medicine

DAYTON, OHIO--Wright State University School of Medicine will present another of its popular Mini-Med School programs April 16 through 30. "Societal Issues in Medicine" is designed for a broad audience, ranging from the 17-year-old who wants to become a doctor to the 70-year-old fascinated by medical issues. Admission is free, but advance registration is required.

"What IS a Trauma Surgeon?" will open the series on Tuesday, April 16. Lisa A. Patterson, M.D., assistant professor of surgery, will give the audience a first hand look at how a trauma surgeon handles burns, fractures, soft tissue damage, spinal and neurological injuries and organ systems damage as well as giving her perspective on injury prevention. Dr. Patterson is surgical director of the Intensive Care Unit and associate trauma director at Miami Valley Hospital.

On April 23, a certified firefighter and paramedic who became an emergency medicine physician will present "Bioterrorism: Preparedness and Response." Mark E. Gebhart, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine and EMS and Disaster Medicine Services coordinator at the School of Medicine, will discuss the scope of the biological and chemical threat facing humanity and share some of the ways physicians are helping minimize the danger.

In "Child Abuse: The Role of the Physician" on April 30, associate professor of pediatrics Ralph A. Hicks, M.D., will discuss the nature and frequency of child abuse and neglect and explain how he trains medical students to address the problem. Dr. Hicks is medical director for Child Abuse Services at the Children's Medical Center and medical director for CARE House, Montgomery County's child advocacy center.

Talks will take place in the medical student auditorium of the Frederick A. White Health Center on the Wright State campus, at 7 p.m., Tuesdays, April 16 through 30. All sessions will allow ample time for audience questions.

To register, call (937) 775-3806 or visit www.med.wright.edu/whatsnew/mini-med/. For more information, call the Office of Public Relations at (937) 775-2951.