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:  Fall 2017

Sessions will be held on Mondays:  October 23, October 30, November 6 and November 13

Door will open at 6:00 p.m. Each session starts at 6:30 p.m. and will end by 8:15 p.m.

Monday, October 23:

Dr. Ira M. Sigar and Dr. Julie Swartzendruber Assistant Professors, Midwestern University Department of Microbiology and Immunology  

Human Microbiome: your friends and enemies. This lecture will introduce students to the collection of microorganisms that live in and on us and their role in human health and disease.  When the microbiota, or normal bacteria, of the intestine are wiped out by antibiotics, it can open up an opportunity for bad bacteria to overgrow and wreak havoc.  This lecture will discuss strategies to resolve infections and disease, including the use of probiotics and "poop" pills.

Monday, October 30:

Dr. Tran Tran, PharmD, BCPS, Associate Professor, Midwestern University Department of Pharmacy Practice  

Pharmacists on the Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis. Come explore how pharmacists are active participants in combating the opioid crisis. Learn all about the responsibilities of a pharmacists through the lens of one of the most pressing and tragic epidemics facing our country. Whether in the hospital, at your local pharmacy, and or as a community advocate pharmacists are uniquely equipped to play a meaningful role in saving lives, reducing stigma, and preventing overdose.  

Monday, November 6:

 Elan Green, OMS-III and Shubha Mathur, OMS-IV OMM Scholars, Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine CCOM/ Midwestern University  

Osteopathic Medicine: what's it all about? Come join us as we walk through a patient case through the lens of a DO. This presentation will include an overview of the history and philosophy of osteopathic medicine, a demonstration of the unique skills DOs can bring to diagnosis and treatment, and Q&A at the end.  

Monday November 13:

Dr. Mario Ramos, Assistant Professor, Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine  

This session will provide a history of dentistry, a history of the CDMI (College of Dental Medicine - Illinois), a presentation by current dental students, and a hands on workshop of several stations where the participants can see how dental equipment works.


All sessions will be held at the Downers Grove campus at 555 W. 31st Street. Free parking is 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.

Need more information?

Call 630/515-7421 and ask for Renee, or e-mail us at