SPRINGFIELD – School bells may have rung for the last time this summer, but Baystate Medical Center's Mini-Medical School – which begins its fall session on Sept. 19 – is now accepting registrations for the eight-week health education series.
Offered in a relaxed atmosphere in the hospital's Chestnut Conference Center, the special program is designed to help 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, late night study sessions and interviews and admission formalities.
Mini-Medical School, designed for an adult audience, features a different aspect of medicine each week. Classes this fall will include sessions on various medical topics including surgery, pathology, psychiatry, infectious diseases, anesthesiology, thoracic surgery, and total hip and knee replacements.
Each class is taught by Baystate 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., with the exception of one Wednesday evening class. 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 fall semester are:
• Sept. 19 – "Hey, I Finally Got into Medical School!" with Dr. Michael Rosenblum, director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Baystate Medical Center, including a general tour of the hospital.
• Sept. 26 – "Anesthesiology" with Dr. Michael Bailin, chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Baystate Medical Center.
• Oct. 3 – "Total Hip & Knee Replacements" with Dr. Jordan Greenbaum, attending surgeon, New England Orthopedic Surgeons.
• Oct. 10 – "Psychiatry" with Dr. Benjamin Liptzin, chair, Department of Psychiatry, Baystate Medical Center.
• Oct. 17 – "Pathology" with Dr. Richard Friedberg, chair, Department of Pathology, Baystate Medical Center, including a tour of the lab.
• Oct. 24 – "Infectious Diseases" with Dr. Andrew Artenstein, chair, Department of Medicine, Baystate Medical Center.
• Oct. 30 – "Surgery" with Dr. Richard Wait, chair, Department of Surgery, Baystate Medical Center, including a tour of the Simulation Center and Goldberg Surgical Skills Lab.
• Nov. 7 – "Thoracic Surgery" with Dr. Rose Ganim, Thoracic Surgery, Baystate Medical Center, also including a graduation ceremony with Dr. Kevin Hinchey, chief academic officer and senior vice president, Division of Academic Affairs, Baystate Health.
Tuition is $95 per person and $80 for seniors and Spirit of Women members.
Registration for the fall semester of Mini-Medical School is now in session by calling Baystate Health Link at 794-2255 or visiting baystatehealth.org/minimed