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 2018

Sessions will be held on Mondays:  February 26, March 5, March 12 and March 19

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, February 26:
Dr. Kirk Dineley, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Midwestern University

Exploring drug mechanisms through the pharmacology of taste perception:
The vast majority of clinically useful drugs bind to specific receptor molecules in cells. Most of those receptors are proteins, many are expressed on the external surface of the plasma membrane, and nearly all rely on second messenger pathways to convert an extracellular signaling event into a biological effect inside the cell. The mechanisms of taste perception offer a convenient and engaging model for the practical consideration of receptor systems. In this lecture and laboratory, we will use various taste-able substances to manipulate receptor pathways, as a specific point of discussion in a larger conversation about the mechanisms of drugs used to treat human disease. 

Monday, March 5:
Dr. Latha Malaiyandi,  Associate Professor of Anatomy,  Midwestern University 

The Neurobiology of Stroke:
Stroke is a cerebrovascular pathology resulting from decreased blood flow to the brain, often causing lasting neurological deficit.  Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide, with etiology rooted in both genetic and modifiable risk factors.  In this lecture, we will discuss different types of stroke, their presenting symptoms, and resulting pathophysiological changes.  We will also discuss current and emerging treatment strategies.  After the lecture, there will be an opportunity to see and handle preserved human brain specimens.

Monday, March 12:
Dr. Mario D. Ramos , Assistant Professor, Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois  

This session will provide a history of dentistry, a history of the College of Dental Medicine - Illinois (CDMI), a presentation by current 2nd and 3rd year dental students, and a hands-on workshop of several stations where the participants can have a glimpse of general dentistry' equipment and materials.

Monday, March 19 :
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.


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