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No pop quizzes here - just a fun learning experience in BMC's Mini-Medical School beginning March 24

January 26, 2016

Baystate Medical Center’s Mini-Medical School will begin its spring session on March 24, offering adults a glimpse into the expanding field of medicine without resorting to complex terms.

What you'll learn

The Mini-Medical School program is an eight-week health education series featuring a different aspect of medicine each week. Classes this spring will include sessions on various medical topics such as geriatrics, breast cancer, stroke/rehabilitation, surgery, anesthesiology, pathology, infectious diseases and several others.

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 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 pop quizzes and late night study sessions. Participants won’t walk away with a license to practice medicine, but will have a better understanding of the human body, how it works, and how medical advances affect our lives.

Each course is taught by the teaching hospital’s faculty, who explain the science of medicine without resorting to complex terms. All classes are held Thursday nights starting at 6 p.m. and run until 8 or 9 p.m. depending on the night’s topic. It is offered in the comfortable and friendly environment of the hospital’s Chestnut Conference Center. 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.

2016 dates

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

How to register

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 1-800-377-4325.