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 2017

Sessions will be held on Mondays:  February 27, March 6, March 13th and March 20th

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

February 27, 2017

Obesity: Genes, Biology, Diet, and Health

Obesity is the most prevalent disease in the United States. According to the CDC, over one third of adults are obese with increased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and many other complications. Estimated annual health costs associated with obesity are $147 billion. In this session of the Mini-Medical School, we will examine a number of aspects of obesity. These will include the assessment of overweight and obesity and the associated clinical definitions, the genetic basis for obesity, fat cell biology, the role of the brain in mediating energy utilization and appetite, and the importance of environmental factors such as diet and exercise. 

 Featured Speaker: Sean Lynch, Ph.D.

 Dr. Sean Lynch is a basic science faculty member in Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. As a faculty member at Midwestern University, Dr. Lynch teaches biochemistry and nutrition to students in health profession degree programs. He also conducts laboratory research investigating how inflammation, an underlying aspect of obesity, affects the "good" HDL.

 *** Donna Martin, Midwestern University Admission Counselor will present on "applying to medical school" immediately following the featured speaker.

 March 6, 2017

The Musculoskeletal System in Sports Medicine: Sprains, Strains, and Fractures

Sports medicine is a clinical specialty that centers on improving athletic performance and the prevention and treatment of injuries. Many of these injuries involve the musculoskeletal system, which is made up of the muscles, tendons, and bones that support and move the body. In this lecture we will discuss the joints of the upper and lower limbs and explore the major injuries associated with each type of injury. Participants will also have a chance to visit the Gross Anatomy Lab following the presentation to observe dissected examples of joints discussed.

Featured Speaker: Julie Doll, MS

Ms. Doll is an Instructor of Anatomy in the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University. She teaches human gross anatomy, histology, and neuroscience labs to a variety of health care professionals. Ms. Doll is a recent graduate from The Ohio State University where she studied human anatomy and neuroscience.

 March 13, 2017

 "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?  There is a doctor 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 is thanks to this physician that senior patients who suffer from arthritis and spinal stenosis is 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. Dr. Serrecchia is 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.

 March 20, 2017

 Substance Use Disorder & the Opioid Crisis

In this lecture you will learn about substance use disorder and the opioid epidemic. We will discuss the contributing factors leading to this epidemic, what regulatory policies and financial allocations are in place to combat this crisis, and the essential role of clinicians to treat, screen, and prevent opioid abuse. Substance abuse is growing at an alarming rate among populations unlike prior epidemics with widespread implications on healthcare resources and costs that affect millions each year. As leaders in this effort, healthcare practioners are critical to reducing the devastating impact of this epidemic.

Featured speaker: Tran H. Tran, PharmD, BCPS.

Dr. Tran is an Associate Professor in the Pharmacy Practice Department of Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. She has an affiliated practice site at Loyola University Medical Center where she rounds with hospitalists and medical residents on the general medicine service and precepts pharmacy students on rotation. In 2014, she received the Pharmacist of the Year award from the New York State Council of Health systems Pharmacists prior to moving to Chicago for her current position at Midwestern University. Her interest in opioid abuse research is supported by an NACDS grant she was awarded in 2015. She completed her residency at the University of Illinois Chicago and her PharmD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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.

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