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Registration in progress for fall Mini-Medical School, classes begin Sept. 17

July 21, 2015

While you may be enjoying the summer months, it’s not too early to think about Baystate Medical Center’s Mini-Medical School – which begins its fall session on Sept. 17. It is now accepting registrations for the eight-week health education series.

About the program

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, stroke and rehabilitation, cancer, anesthesiology, medical ethics and more.

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 are held Thursday nights starting at 6 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.

The Fall line-up

Among the topics and speakers slated for the fall semester are:

Sept. 17 – “Hey, I Finally Got into Medical School!” with Dr. Michael Rosenblum, director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, Baystate Medical Center, including a general tour of the hospital.

Sept. 24 – “Anesthesiology” with Dr. Michael Bailin, chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Baystate Medical Center.

Oct. 1 – “Pathology” with Dr. Wayne Duke, vice chair of the Department of Pathology, Baystate Medical Center, including a tour of the lab.

Oct. 8 – “Cancer” with Dr. Wilson Mertens, vice president and medical director of Cancer Services, Baystate Medical Center.

Oct. 15 – “Surgery” with Dr. Neal Seymour, chief of the General Surgery Division, Baystate Medical Center, including a tour of the Simulation Center and Goldberg Surgical Skills Lab.

Oct. 22 – “Cardiac Surgery” with Dr. John Rousou, chief of Cardiac Surgery, Baystate Medical Center.

Oct. 29 – “Stroke/Rehabilitation” with Dr. Rajiv Padmanabhan, Neurology Division, Baystate Medical Center.

Nov. 5 – “Medical Ethics” with Peter DePergola, PhDc, MTS, clinical ethicist, Ethics Services, Academic Affairs, Baystate Medical Center, also including a graduation ceremony.


Tuition is $95 per person and $80 for Senior Class and Spirit of Women members.

Registration for the fall semester of Mini-Medical School is now in session by calling Baystate Health Link at 1-800-377-4325 or visiting