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No pop quizzes here - just a fun learning experience in Baystate Medical Center'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.

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 – 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 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. 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 – “Hey, I Finally Got into Medical School!” with Dr. Michael Rosenblumdirector, Internal Medicine Residency Program, includes a general tour of the medical center

March 31 – “Surgery” with Dr. Neal Seymour, chief, General Surgery Division, includes a tour of the Baystate Simulation Center and Goldberg Surgical Skills Lab

April 7 –“Pathology” with Dr. Richard Friedberg, chair, Department of Pathology, includes tour of the lab

April 14 –“Breast Cancer” with Dr. Grace Makari-Judson, chair, Baystate Health Breast Network

April 21 – “Geriatrics” with Dr. Maura Brennan, chief, Geriatrics and Post Acute Medicine

April 28 – “Stroke and Rehabilitation” with Dr. Rajiv Padmanabhan, Division of Neurology

May 5 – “Anesthesiology” with Dr. Michael Bailin, chair, Department of Anesthesiology

May 12 – “Infectious Disease” with Dr. John Schreiber, president, Baystate Medical Practices and chief physician executive.

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. For more information, or to register online, visit