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Baystate begins registration for 'Mini-Medical School' classes

SPRINGFIELD Sometimes, with shows like "Grey's Anatomy" and "House" on the air their respective characters routinely spitting out medical jargon it seems like the world expects everyone to have gone to medical school. Baystate Medical Center's Mini-Medical School, which begins its spring session on March 18 and is now accepting registrations, gives the local public the opportunity to learn about medicine in a comfortable and friendly environment. Many of the "students" participate due to a general interest and later find that many of the things they learned over the semester are relevant to their own lives. The goal of the program is to help members of the public make more informed decisions about their health care while receiving insight on what it's like to be a medical student minus the tests, interviews and admission formalities. The Mini-Medical School program is an eight-part health education series featuring a different aspect of medicine each week. Class topics this spring will include sessions on various medical topics including pediatrics, pathology, surgery, infectious diseases, emergency medicine, sleep, neurology and total joint replacement. Designed for an adult audience, each course is taught by medical center faculty who explain the science of medicine without resorting to complex terms. Baystate Medical Center is the Western Campus of Tufts University School of Medicine and is the region's only teaching hospital. All classes meet Thursday nights starting at 6 p.m. at Baystate Medical Center's Chestnut Conference Center in Springfield. No basic science knowledge is needed to participate. Each participant is required to attend a minimum of six out of eight classes in order to receive a certificate of completion. Among the topics and speakers slated for the spring semester are: March 18 "Welcome to Mini-Medical School" with Dr. Hal Jenson, senior vice president, Academic Affairs, and chief academic officer, BH; and "Hey, I Finally Got into Medical School!" with Dr. Michael Rosenblum, medical director, Baystate High Street Health Center, including a general tour of the hospital March 25 "Pediatrics It's Not Just Little Adults" with Dr. Lindsey Grossman, chair, Department of Pediatrics, Baystate Children's Hospital April 1 "Pathology" with Dr. Richard Friedberg, chair, Department of Pathology, Baystate Medical Center, including a tour of the lab April 8 "Surgery" with Dr. Richard Wait, chair, Department of Surgery, Baystate Medical Center, also including a tour of the Simulation Center and Goldberg Surgical Skills Lab April 15 "Infectious Diseases" with Dr. Richard Brown, senior clinician, Infectious Diseases Division, Baystate Medical Center April 22 "Emergency Medicine" with Dr. John Santoro, vice chair and chief of Emergency Medicine, Baystate Medical Center April 29 "Sleep" with Dr. Paul Walting, neurologist, Department of Neurology, Baystate Medical Center, including a tour of the Neurodiagnostic and Sleep Center May 6 "Total Joint Replacement" with Dr. Richard Fingeroth, chief of Baystate's Hip and Knee Replacement Program; including a graduation ceremony with with Dr. Loring Flint, senior vice president, Medical Affairs, Baystate Medical Center. Tuition is $95 per person and $80 for Senior Class and Spirit of Women members. Registration for the spring semester of Mini-Medical School is now available by calling Baystate HealthLink at 794-2255 or 1-800-377-HEALTH.

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