Mini Medical School Starts Tonight

March 14th, 2012 · No Comments · Biology, Health, Kinesiology, Media, Medical Rehabilitation, Medicine, News Release, Nursing, Outreach, Research

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend Medical School? Well, now is your chance to find out as the Faculty of Medicine’s 5th annual Mini Med School lecture series begins tonight.

Mini Medical School is a six week lecture series running March 14 to April 18, 2012, where Faculty of Medicine professors and researchers offer the general public an in-depth look into current medical issues. Tonight’s topic, “The Passionate Eye: Looking at our health care system,” includes lectures from Drs. Alan Katz, associate dean, community health sciences and family medicine, and Brian Postl, dean of the Faculty of Medicine.

“Mini Medical School provides the general public with information on the normal human body, disease, disease process and clinical challenges allowing them to become more educated health-care consumers,” says José François, associate dean, continuing professional development, Faculty of Medicine. “It also provides people, including potential future students, an opportunity to appreciate the full scope of activities in which the Faculty of Medicine is engaged.”

This year’s series includes six engaging lectures:
• The Passionate Eye: Looking at our health care system - Future challenges in health, managing our health system
• Back…to the Future - Medical and surgical approaches to back pain
• Trouble in Hell’s Kitchen - Ensuring food safety, food allergies
• An Amazing Race - Organ donation, kidney transplants
• Real Survivors - Managing heart attacks, cardiac surgery
• On and Off the Map - Global and population health

“Medically themed TV shows are, and have always been, popular. But, while the practice of medicine is not always as glamorous as what people may see on TV, it certainly is as interesting,” says François.

All lectures take place from 7:00 pm to 9:15 pm in Frederic Gaspard Theatre, University of Manitoba Bannatyne Campus, 727 McDermot Avenue.

Registration fees are $125/six sessions or $30/individual session. For students and seniors 65+, fees are $75/six sessions. Registration open to those 16 and older. To register, please call 204-789-3238 or visit

For more information contact Ilana Simon, director of communications & marketing, Faculty of Medicine, at: 204-789-3427 or cell 204-295-6777 or email:

Founded in 1883 as Western Canada’s first medical school, the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine has graduated more than 9,000 physicians who have become influential medical leaders, world renowned health researchers and dedicated doctors. As Manitoba’s only medical school, the U of M Faculty of Medicine has educated and trained the majority of our province’s physicians.