WVSOM offers annual Mini-Medical School to community members

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine will offer community members and high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to gain insight into the medical field by providing a “Mini-Medical School” led by first- and second-year students. The eighth annual Mini-Medical School will take place on four consecutive Monday nights, from 5 to 8 p.m., beginning Feb. 6. 

     Each evening, WVSOM students will educate attendees about medical themes that include superbugs and antibiotic resistance; addiction and the opioid epidemic; memory and forgetting; and understanding cancer. At the start of each class, participants will hear a mock patient presenting symptoms, which pertain to the class topic. The class will close with a resolution to that same patient case. For example, during the opioid epidemic evening, the Emergency Medicine Club will be presenting a case where a patient has overdosed on an opioid. 

     Second-year student Lisa Smith and her fellow classmates are excited to work with local community members during Mini-Med School. “It is a wonderful opportunity for community members to forge relationships with students from the osteopathic school and learn about current, important health topics,” Smith said.    

    Andrea Nazar, D.O., the faculty advisor since the program’s inception, encourages local residents and high school students to participate in this unique opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the medical field. Additionally, this experience offers high school students an understanding about the path to medical school. 

     The fee is $25 and includes course material and dinner each evening. The registration deadline is Jan. 31. Limited spots are available. High school students must have parental consent. Mini-Med School will take place at the Clinical Evaluation Center on the WVSOM campus.

     Register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MiniMedSchool2017 or call 304-647-6401 for more information.