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Mini Medical School

Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove

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Mini Medical School is a four-week medical education program open to anyone in the community interested in personal and public healthcare issues. It is an opportunity to learn about topics discussed in medical school.

Each lecture is presented by a health care professional at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. Midwestern University is the home of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Chicago College of Pharmacy, the College of Health Sciences, and College of Dental Medicine-Illinois.

Mini Medical School welcomes students from the community of all ages (adult, college, and high school) who are interested in learning about interesting and important healthcare topics.

Dates and Topics: Winter/Spring 2014

Sessions will be held on Thursday, February 27th, March 6, 13, and March 20th in Room 202, Alumni Hall. The session starts at 6:30 p.m. and will end by 8:15 p.m.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

How being a D.O. is unique and beneficial for patients

In this talk, my student and I will discuss the unique training and skills a D.O. student acquires becoming a physician and how that knowledge and skill is applied in actual patient care.

Speaker: Dr. Kurt Heinking is a 1994 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU). Dr. Heinking currently holds the position of Chair and Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Family Medicine at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine / Midwestern University. Dr. Heinking practices Family Medicine/Sports Medicine & Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at the new MWU Multispecialty clinic in Downers Grove, IL.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

"Taste of Dentistry"- Midwestern College of Dental Medicine-Illinois

After a presentation highlighting the CDMI preclinical and clinical programs, dental students from various classes will divide our audience into groups and provide a hands on demonstration of our dental simulation lab featuring patient mannequins, projects in radiology, plaster lab, placing dental restorations, using dental microscopes and our audio visual system.

 Speaker:   Dr. Gary Drahos DDS CDMI and student dental participants from our CDMI1, CDMI2 and CDMI3 dental classes.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Anxiety and Depression: Biopsychosocial Issues

Medical, behavioral and emotional problems associated with anxiety and depression can exact significant costs to individuals, families, and the community at large. These costs can include personal distress, lowered self-esteem, family discord, a compromised immune system, and increased healthcare expenses. This presentation is designed to highlight the most common clinical issues surrounding anxiety and depression in the general population and review effective intervention strategies to mitigate the negative consequences.

Speaker: Frank Prerost, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Clinical Education at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine / Midwestern University. He oversees the behavioral medicine and psychiatry curriculum for the osteopathic medical students.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Beauty of the Human Heart-- an Anatomist's point of view

 In this lecture you will learn about a brief history of gross anatomy and basic anatomy of the heart, followed by a demonstration in the gross anatomy laboratory. The anatomical structure and function of the heart will be the primary focus of the laboratory, and students will be guided through a hands-on opportunity to explore the human heart.

 Speaker: Dr. Sandra Inouye is a Professor in the Department of Anatomy in the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to teaching Human Gross Anatomy to students at Midwestern University, she conducts studies on anatomical variation and its implications for surgical procedures of the lower limb. Dr. Inouye obtained her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Northwestern University.


All classes are held on the campus of Midwestern University at 555 31st Street in Downers Grove, IL. Free parking is also available. Visit Mapquest for directions


The cost for the four-week program is $25. Participants are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Sign up today.

Need more information?

Call 630/515-7421 and ask for Renee, or e-mail us at minimed@midwestern.edu

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