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Baystate Medical Center will host Mini-Medical School

SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Medical Center's Mini-Medical School, which begins its spring session on March 24, offers the perfect opportunity for area residents to get out of the house after a long, snow-filled winter to join others interested in learning more about the ever-expanding field of medicine.
Many of the "students," who often range in age from 20 to 70, participate because of a general interest in medicine and later find that many of the things they learned over the semester are relevant to their own lives. The goal of the program — offered in the com-fortable and friendly environment of the hospital's Chestnut Conference Center, is to help members of the public make more informed decisions about their health care while receiving insight on what it is 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. Classes this spring will include sessions on various medical topics including surgery, pathology, infectious diseases, emergency medicine, sleep disorders, cardiology and psychiatry.
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 take place Thursday nights starting at 6 p.m. and run until 8 or 9 p.m. 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 24 — "What is Medical School?" with Dr. Michael Rosenblum, medical director, Baystate High Street Health Center. Program includes a general tour of the hospital
  • March 31 — "Emergency Medicine" with Dr. John Santoro, vice chair, Emergency Medicine, Baystate Medical Center.
  • April 7 — "Surgery" with Dr. Richard Wait, chair, Department of Surgery, Baystate Medical Center. Program includes a tour of the Simulation Center and Goldberg Surgical Skills Lab.
  • April 14 — "Pathology" with Dr. Richard Friedberg, chair, Department of Pathology, Baystate Medical Center. Program includes a tour of the lab.
  • April 21 — "Psychiatry" with Dr. Benjamin Liptzin, chair, Department of Psychiatry, Baystate Medical Center.
  • April 28 — "Infectious Diseases" with Dr. Daniel Skiest, chief, Infectious Diseases, Baystate Medical Center.
  • May 5 — "Cardiology" with Dr. Aaron Kugelmass, chief, Cardiology, Baystate Medical Center.
  • May 12 — "Sleep Disorders" with Dr. Karin Johnson, neurologist, Department of Neurology, Baystate Medical Center. Program includes a graduation ceremony.
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 being accepted. Please call Baystate HealthLink at 794-2255 or 1-800-377-4325.
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