WVSOM offers Mini-Med School to the community

The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) will offer a “Mini-Med School” to community members and high school juniors and seniors. Mini-Med School provides the opportunity for individuals to learn more about the medical field. First- and second-year students will lead the two-night event from 5 to 8 p.m., Jan. 22 and 23, at the Clinical Evaluation Center on the WVSOM campus.

Each evening will focus on a different medical theme with an introduction to the topics to be discussed, an informational session and an interactive activity. The first evening will concentrate on prevention and self care. Attendees will learn about vaccines, osteoporosis and the opioid epidemic. The second evening will emphasize detection of diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer and stroke symptoms.

Second-year student Loc Tran is excited to return as one of the student teachers for Mini-Med School. He expressed that educating patients is equally important as diagnosis and treatment.

“I’m excited to know that WVSOM students offer such a great opportunity in a providing Mini-Med School to our community here in Lewisburg to inspire and educate community members about promoting health and well being. I feel that this event empowers others to become more proactive about their own health, and I personally welcome anybody to attend,” Tran said.

In its ninth year, Mini-Med School is overseen by faculty advisors Andrea Nazar, D.O. and Hilary Hamric, D.O. Nazar said that Mini-Med School is a unique way for the community to learn about staying healthy and allow residents to have a more personal experience with WVSOM students. The program also provides information to high school students about the path to medical school.

The fee is $10 and includes course material and dinner each evening. A preregistration option is available as well as registration at the door on Jan. 22. To preregister or for more information, email gmorton@osteo.wvsom.edu or call 304-647-6422. Limited spots are available. High school students must have parental consent. If classes are canceled due to inclement weather, the makeup date will be Jan. 29.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018 to Wednesday, January 16, 2019