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:  Spring 2019

Sessions will be held on Mondays: February 25, March 4, March 11, and March 18

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

Monday, February 25:
Daniel E. Ehrlich, Research Associate, MWU Dept. of Anatomy

Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology
How do you determine age and sex without a medical chart? When forensic anthropologists and archaeologists find unidentified remains they must rely on osteological methods to assess an individual's age at death, and biological sex. Lecture will focus on growth and development of the human dentition and long bones and how that information is used to determine age at death. Additionally, biological variation will be discussed and how it relates to assessment of biological sex. Students will then have the opportunity to apply these methods to skeletal remains from our teaching collection. 

Monday, March 4 (session to be held at Multispecialty Clinic - 3450 Lacey Rd, Downers Grove, 60515):
Janey Prodoehl, PT, Ph.D., Assitant Program Director, Midwestern University Physical Therapy Program and Janet Helminski, PT, Ph.D., Professor, Midwestern University Physical Therapy Program

Physical Therapy: Mobile device use, neck pain and all things dizzy
Physical therapists treat individuals with movement dysfunction across the life span. Physical therapists use techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. This two-part presentation will discuss 2 aspects of physical therapy (1) how device use may predispose an individual to postural dysfunction and pain, and (2) how inner ear dysfunction (vestibular system) may lead to dizziness/imbalance.   Increasing use of mobile computing in the form of cell phones and tablets is associated with increased pain among adolescents in the upper part of the body, specifically the neck and arm. This presentation will discuss the factors associated with the development of neck and arm pain attributed to mobile computing and will offer suggestions for prevention. The second part of the presentation will discuss a mechanical disorder of the inner ear, BPPV. The targeted clinical examination provoked vertigo and nystagmus (movement of the eyes) with positional testing (change in head position) and video-oculography.  The video-oculography is a camera system that enables the eye movements to be observed and recorded.  Interpretation of the direction of the eye movements determines the part of the inner ear involved based on anatomy and physiology.  Once the canal involved is identified, it may be effectively treated with specific positional changes of the head relative to gravity.

Monday, March 11:

John Gialousakis, O.D., FAAO, Director of Curriculum Development, Midwestern University Chicago College of Optometry

Introduction to Optometry: More Than Just 1 or 2
A comprehensive eye exam includes examinations that evaluate a patient's vision, eye-teaming skills, and ocular health. This session will provide a glimpse into the day of an optometrist, by participating in an interactive, hands-on laboratory (including virtual reality) where participants will learn some basic optometric skills from each category of a comprehensive eye exam.

Monday, March 18

Anne Kiraly-Alvarez, OTD, OTR/L, SCSS, Assistant Professor, Midwestern Occupational Therapy Program, Monika Robinson, DrOT, OTR/L, Assistant Professor, Midwestern Occupational Therapy Program, Sarah Zera, OTD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor, Midwestern Occupational Therapy Program

Occupational Therapy: Living Life to its Fullest
Occupational therapy is an exciting and growing profession that promotes participation in everyday activities when disability, illness, or other barriers create difficulty in living life to its fullest. Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners collaborate with people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health and prevent-or live better with-injury, illness, or disability" (American Occupational Therapy Association). This presentation will provide students with an interactive presentation, short video, and some hands-on experience to learn about the occupational therapy profession.


Most sessions will be held at the Downers Grove campus at 555 W. 31st Street. Free parking is available. Visit Google Maps for directions. Some sessions may be held at the Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic at 3450 Lacey Rd. 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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Call 630/515-7421 and ask for Renee, or e-mail us at