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Baystate's Mini-Medical School begins spring session

SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Medical Center's Mini-Medical School, which begins its spring session on March 29, will give area residents a reason to come out of hibernation and join others interested in the expanding field of medicine.
Many of the "students," who often range in age from 20 to 70, participate due to 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 comfortable 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 such as surgery, emergency medicine, sleep disorders, cardiology, and anesthesiology.
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 on 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 29 — "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.
    • April 5 — "Cardiology" with Dr. Aaron Kugelmass, chief, Division of Cardiology, Baystate Medical Center.
    • April 12 — "The Business of Health Care" with Dr. Mark Keroack, chief physician executive and president of Baystate Medical Practices.
    • April 19 — "Surgery" with Dr. Richard Wait, chair, Department of Surgery, Baystate Medical Center, including a tour of the Simulation Center and Goldberg Surgical Skills Lab.
    • April 26 — "Pathology" with Dr. Richard Friedberg, chair, Department of Pathology, Baystate Medical Center, including a tour of the lab.
    • May 3 — "Emergency Medicine" with Dr. Joseph Schmidt, chief, Emergency Medicine, Baystate Medical Center.
    • May 10 — "Sleep Disorders" with Dr. Carmel Armon, chief, Division of Neurology, including a tour of the Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Center.
    • May 17 —"Anesthesiology" with Dr. Michael Bailin, chair, Department of Anesthesiology, including 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 in session by calling Baystate HealthLink at 794-2255 or 1-800-377-4325.
    For more information, visit www.baystatehealth.org/minimed.
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