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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2004

Fall 2004 Mini-Medical School Series
Begins October 5

DAYTON, OHIO-Wright State University School of Medicine will present a six-week Mini-Medical School Series for the entire community on Tuesday evenings, October 5 through November 9. The series will be held in the medical student auditorium of the Frederick A. White Health Center on campus, from 7 to 9 p.m. Anyone age 16 and older is welcome! Registration is required. The cost of $25 per person includes materials, a snack, and parking.

The series will give an inside look at how we train medical students, share accurate up-to-date health and science information, and provide hands-on learning experiences. So join us, and follow in the footsteps of our first- and second-year medical students to 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.
The scheduled program includes:

October 5 •"Human Structure: Form Follows Function," presented by Drs. Frank Nagy and Gary Nieder. Considered the first scientific medical discipline, anatomy is an intense learning experience for first-year medical students. Learn about the history of anatomy and take part in a series of lab exercises that involve real human organs and dissection demonstrations.

October 12 •"Diary of a Hospital-Based Pathologist," presented by Dr. Paul Koles, along with pathology experts from around the Miami Valley. This session will provide a panoramic view of one week in the life of a hospital-based pathologist, revealing pathologist's role in patient care as a diagnostic consultant serving other physicians.

October 19 • "Proteomics: New Frontiers Beyond the Gene," presented by Dr. David Cool. Proteomics is a new field of science that studies how proteins function in cells and tissues. Because proteins are the result of the information coded in DNA, proteomics is closely linked to the study of the genome. By studying how defects in these proteins cause malfunctions in cells and tissues, we can develop new and better methods to diagnose and treat diseases.

October 26 •"Learning that Bedside Manner," presented by Dr. S Bruce Binder. How do medical students become caring, attentive physicians? Clinical and communication skills are honed with the help of a group of highly trained simulated patients. Observe an interactive training session.

November 2 •"Civilian Emergency Preparedness," presented by Dr. Mark Gebhart. Emergency medicine physicians are on the frontline when disaster-whether natural or manmade-strikes. Learn more about disaster planning from a local expert, and find out what could happen if a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community's professional response.

November 9 • "Environmental Fungi and Sick Building Syndrome: Is your building making you sick?" presented by Dr. Laurel Elder, Ph.D., and William (Ike) Northern. This session will discuss the causes of "Sick Building Syndrome" and look at some of the evidence for and against the role of environmental fungi in disease. In the laboratory, participants will have a chance to identify some of these fungi.

Admission is $25 per person and covers parking, refreshments, and course materials and supplies. Registration is required and space is limited, so enroll early! To register and pay online visit http://www.med.wright.edu/whatsnew/mini-med/ . For more information, call the School of Medicine Office of Public Relations at (937) 775-2951 or register by phone at 775-3806 and mail-in your check.