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Mini Med School sign-ups begin at WVSOM

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LEWISBURG, W.Va. Beginning Monday, March 4, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine is offering members of the community a dynamic introduction to human health with a Mini-Med School led by second-year medical students.

Participants won't earn a medical degree or the ability to practice medicine, but they will gain valuable insights into how the body functions. During the four-week course, community members will learn about the causes of common symptoms like chest pain, difficulty breathing, abdominal pain and fatigue. Systems examined will include the cardiovascular system, respiratory system and gastrointestinal system.

Andrea Nazar, D.O., is a professor of Clinical Sciences and the faculty advisor for the Mini-Med School program.

"This is WVSOM's fourth year to offer a mini-medical school experience," Nazar said. "It's exciting to see the program evolve and to see deeper connections developing between our students and the community."

One of the event organizers, Matthew White, Class of 2015, expressed enthusiasm about a new program format being introduced this year.

"Each evening will begin with a common symptom presented exactly as a patient would typically present it in their physician's office," he said. "After starting with this common symptom, instructors will take participants through a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of bodily systems and how to recognize indicators of disease or other health conditions."

The school encourages family and friends to come learn together through this four-week program. This is a hands-on experience, which includes exposure to plastinated body organs and robotic patient simulators.  Participants will be exposed to photography and diagrams of internal body systems and invited to use common medical devices like stethoscopes, endotracheal tubes and laryngoscopes.

The program is geared toward curious individuals who want to understand more about how the body works and how to enjoy healthy living at every age. Participants must be 18 or older to attend.

The Monday classes will take place March 4, 11, 25 and April 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Clinical Evaluation Center on the WVSOM campus. A $20 registration fee includes all four lectures, course materials and dinner each evening. To enroll in the program, call 304-793-6818 by Feb. 20.

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