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 2015

Sessions will be held on Tuesdays, February 24, March 3rd, March 10th and March 17th

Each session starts at 6:30 p.m. and will end by 8:15 p.m.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Using Touch to Heal

Osteopathic physicians use a hands-on diagnostic and therapeutic technique that encourages the body's natural ability to heal itself. This is used to treat many physical disorders; such as migraines, back pain, and asthma. This will be an interactive learning lab on the basics of osteopathic medicine. Students will learn about how practicing palpatory skills can enhance the clinical practice of medicine.

Featured speaker: Dr. Miho Yoshida is a physician at the Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic in Downers Grove, IL. She is board certified in Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM). Dr. Yoshida is also a clinical assistant professor in Family Medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM).

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

The Cerebral Cortex

Come learn about the four lobes of the human brain and what types of deficits one may encounter if there is a lesion to different areas of the brain.  A brief introduction to the profession of occupational therapy and a few examples of how occupational therapists may help individuals live life to its fullest will also be provided.

Featured Speaker: Lisa Knecht-Sabres, DHS, OTR/L is an associate professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at Midwestern University. She has provided direct and consultative occupational therapy services to both children and adults for over 25 years. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including, but not limited to: acute care, in-patient rehabilitation, day rehabilitation, out-patient community re-entry, adult day care, and home health. Her areas of clinical expertise have primarily focused on enhancing occupational performance for adults and older adults with physical and neurological disabilities. She has provided numerous presentations at the local, state, and national levels on an array of topics. Her research interests revolve around geriatrics, inter-professional education, and methods to enhance students' readiness for clinical practice.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Neurobiology of Pain

The response of an organism to pain is multidimensional because a noxious stimulus not only leads to the perception of where it occurred but also to a rapid increase in emotional and autonomic responses. Nociception, or the perception of pain, depends on specifically dedicated receptors and multiple pathways that play a coordinated effort in conveying pain information to the central nervous system (CNS). Collectively, these pathways are known as the anterolateral system. In this lecture we will discuss how aspects of pain neurobiology still remain unknown, making it an important area of research.  The presentation will be followed by a trip to the Gross Anatomy lab.

Featured speaker: Dr. Latha Malaiyandi is an Assistant Professor of Anatomy at Midwestern University, where she primarily teaches neuroscience in the medical, dental, PA and masters programs. She received her PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Pittsburgh and spent several years on the faculty of a small liberal arts university in SC. Dr. Malaiyandi's research pertains to the mechanisms of brain cell injury during neurological conditions, such as stroke and epileptic seizures.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) - A new imaging technology and its applications in Dentistry.

When 10 year old Amy began to feel discomfort in upper right of her mouth her mother Laura was desperate to find someone to help her. She had been to the dentist last week and now she suddenly has pain in her left cheek. The pain was sharp and intermittent. Laura feared it was neurological pain. She went back to the dentist and they took radiographs but could not find anything.  At that point the dentist told her about a machine that could do more than the 2- dimensional radiographs.  This session will examine advancements in dental radiology and the most exciting progress with the introduction of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). Learn how CBCT has helped Laura to diagnose the problem and how technology has revolutionized what we see inside human body.

Featured speaker: Dr Reji Mathew is an Assistant Professor in College of Dental Medicine at Midwestern University of Dental Medicine Downers Grove IL. He completed Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology residency and Masters of Dental Science Program at the University of Connecticut. The main focus of his radiology practice is Cone Beam CT (CBCT). His areas of expertise also include intraoral, panoramic and other conventional dental radiographs, maxillofacial CT, and MRI. Dr Mathew has published several articles and has co-authored chapters in book "Nanomaterials in Clinical Dentistry" and Emerging Nanotechnologies in Dentistry. His research interests include studying applications of CBCT and other advanced modalities in craniofacial region. 


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


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

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