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 2016

Sessions will be held on Tuesdays, February 23rd, March 1, March 8, and March 15th.

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

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Introduction to Principles of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

The purpose of this lecture will be to expose attendees to basic information about Chinese Medicine, with a specific focus on the role of acupuncture in maintaining/restoring the body's energy balance and in treating a variety of ailments or medical conditions.

 Featured Speaker: Felise S. Zollman, MD

Dr. Zollman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosciences at Rush University Medical Center as well as an adjunct faculty member at Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.   In addition to Board Certification in Neurology, Dr. Zollman is a Board Certified Medical Acupuncturist. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Hands That Heal

 Did you know that there's a type of physician whose hands alone can detect the degree of chest movement in a newborn and the presence of respiratory distress?  This physician is someone whose non-invasive diagnostic techniques and treatment hasten the healing of colds, sinus infections, and middle ear infections. The one sought out by athletes with sports-related sprains and strains, and professionals in high-stress fields who suffer from tension headaches and backaches. It's thanks to this physician that senior patients who suffer from arthritis and spinal stenosis have experienced enhanced mobility and improved quality of life. Osteopathy is arguably the most universal, most practical form of medicine. It crosses all generations and all medical specialties and subspecialties. The osteopathic physician is someone you should know as a patient, and the osteopathic profession is one you should consider as an aspiring medical student.

Featured speaker:  Frank Serrecchia, D.O., F.A.A.P., C.S.

Dr. Serrecchia is a 1993 graduate and Osteopathic Fellow of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Postgraduate training included Pediatric and Neonatal/ Perinatal residencies at Lutheran General Hospital. Currently the Course Director of Patient Symptom Presentations in the Department of Clinical Integrative Medicine, and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine as well as a Practicing pediatrician in Wisconsin.

 Tuesday, March 8, 2016

 The cardiovascular system: incredible machinery. 

Approximately 5 liters of blood is pumped throughout your body every minute of every day. In this lecture you will learn how the circulatory system distributes nutrients to the cells of your body, removes wastes, protects your body, and regulates its temperature. The anatomical structures and function of blood vessels, heart, and lungs will be the focus of the laboratory, and students will be guided through a hands-on opportunity to explore all of these features in the human body.  The participants will visit the Gross Anatomy Lab following this presentation.

 Featured speaker:  Karyne N. Rabey, Ph.D.

Dr. Rabey is an Assistant Professor of Anatomy in the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to teaching Human Gross Anatomy to students at Midwestern University, her research interests are found in areas that include both the mechanics of locomotion and human musculoskeletal health. She received her PhD in Biological Anthropology at the University of Toronto.

 March 15, 2016 - this session will be held at the Multi-specialty Clinic - 3450 Lacey Rd

 The Eye 

Have you ever wondered why dilated eye exams are so important?  Is it just because the eye doctor enjoys putting drops in your eyes?  Get an inside look in the human eye and see what we see and why getting an eye exam is so important not only for glasses or contacts, but for your overall health.  Learn about optometry and practice certain optometric skills.

Featured speaker:  Caryn LaBuda, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Dr. Caryn LaBuda is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame for her Bachelor of Science degree and earned her Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry, and received the valedictory award upon her graduation. She completed a residency in full scope primary care optometry at the Marion Veterans Affairs Hospital.  Dr. LaBuda is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.  She is a member of the Illinois and American Optometric Association.  Her primary areas of interest are ocular disease and primary care optometry.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication in the field of Speech and Language Pathology

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is one area of specialty within the Speech and Language Pathology profession.  This area deals with providing communication options for those individuals unable to verbally speak clearly and completely and may consist of use of gestures/sign language, low tech communication books and boards, iPad apps and specific dedicated computer technology that speaks.  Participants will gain an understanding of the population that would benefit from these tools; components of assessment and usage of the tools and have an opportunity to see these options work. 

 Featured Speaker: Kathleen Post, M.S., CCC-SLP

Professor Post is an Assistant Professor at Midwestern University and the Clinic Coordinator at MWU's Multispecialty Clinic, Speech-Language Institute. She has more than 30 years of client care and managerial experience in outpatient speech and language therapy. She is certified as a speech and language pathologist, an assistive technology practitioner and in neuro-developmental treatment.  Her interests are in augmentative and alternative communication and assistive technology for all ages as well as pediatric speech and language service provision.


***Please note: Three of 4 sessions will be held at the Downers Grove campus at 555 W. 31st Street and the March 15th session will be held at the MWU Multi-specialty clinic - located at 3450 Lacey Road in Downers Grove.  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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