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Mini Med School sign-ups begin at WVSOM


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

Participants won't earn a medicaldegree or the ability to practice medicine, but they will gainvaluable insights into how the body functions. During the four-weekcourse, community members will learn about the causes of commonsymptoms like chest pain, difficulty breathing, abdominal pain andfatigue. Systems examined will include the cardiovascular system,respiratory system and gastrointestinal system.

Andrea Nazar, D.O., is a professor ofClinical Sciences and the faculty advisor for the Mini-Med Schoolprogram.

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

One of the event organizers, MatthewWhite, Class of 2015, expressed enthusiasm about a new program formatbeing introduced this year.

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

The school encourages family andfriends to come learn together through this four-week program. Thisis a hands-on experience, which includes exposure to plastinated bodyorgans and robotic patient simulators.  Participants will beexposed to photography and diagrams of internal body systems andinvited to use common medical devices like stethoscopes, endotrachealtubes and laryngoscopes.

The program is geared toward curiousindividuals who want to understand more about how the body works andhow to enjoy healthy living at every age. Participants must be18 or older to attend.

The Monday classes will take placeMarch 4, 11, 25 and April 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the ClinicalEvaluation Center on the WVSOM campus. A $20 registration feeincludes 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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