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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 2003

Fall 2003 Mini-Medical School Series
Begins September 23

DAYTON, OHIO-Wright State University School of Medicine will present a six-week Mini-medical school image
Mini-Medical School Series for the entire community on Tuesday evenings, September 23 through October 28. The series will give you an inside look at how we train medical students, share with you accurate, up-to-date health and science information, and give you hands-on learning experiences. So join us and follow in the footsteps of our first- and second-year medical students and gain a better understanding of how they learn to diagnose and treat disease and learn about the crucial role of basic science and research in supporting and advancing medicine in today's world.

Each session features easy-to-understand teaching and hands-on labs, focused on one topic followed by ample time for questions from the audience. The series will be given in the medical student auditorium of the Frederick A. White Health Center on campus, from 7 to 9 p.m. The scheduled program includes:

September 23 • "Human Structure: Form Follows Function," will be presented by Drs. Frank Nagy and Gary Nieder. Just like medical students, you will begin your studies with anatomy, considered the first scientific medical discipline. Learn about the history of anatomy and take part in a series of laboratory exercises.

September 30 • "Principles of Disease: Immunology," will be presented by Drs. Sherman Alter, Nancy Bigley, and Laurel Elder. The garbage disposal cells of the human body-phagocyte cells-are programmed to consume debris and foreign material. What happens when they fail? You will gain an understanding of infections and how our bodies fight them, and see effects for yourself in the laboratory.

October 7 • "Cardiovascular System: The Beat Goes On," will be presented by Drs. Paul Koles, and Arthur Pickoff. Our curriculum is structured around organ systems, such as the digestive or reproductive system. This presentation will give you the physiology, anatomy, and pathology of the cardiovascular system, focusing upon the heart, heart function, and blood vessels.

October 14 • "DNA: What It Is and What It Does," will be presented by Drs. Steven Berberich and Michael Leffak. During this session you will be introduced to the building blocks of DNA and how DNA structure affects the traits that we display in health and disease. In the laboratory section, there will be computer interactions with virtual DNA and a hands-on opportunity to isolate a sample of DNA.

October 21 • "Simulated Patients: Teaching Tomorrow's Doctors," will be presented by Dr. S. Bruce Binder. How do medical students learn to be caring, attentive physicians? Clinical skills and that "bedside manner" are honed with the help of a group of highly trained simulated patients. This learning experience will give you an understanding of the importance of this clinical training.

October 28 • "Night Surgeon: Life in a Level 1 Trauma Center," will be presented by Dr. Mary McCarthy. Experience a typical Saturday night with a trauma team. You will "follow" a patient from EMS rescue in the field, through the Emergency Trauma Center, the operating room, and the Intensive Care Unit, and through to rehabilitation.

Admission is $20 per person and covers parking, refreshments, and course materials and supplies. Registration is required and space is limited, so enroll early! To register, call (937) 775-3806 for information, or register and pay online at: www.med.wright.edu/whatsnew/mini-med/.