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January 8, 2010

SIU Med School Brings Back Popular “Mini Medical School” Series

SIU Mini Medical School, a five-week series of 10 lectures for the public on various medical and health care topics, will return to Springfield on consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning January 27.  A program of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, the lectures are presented in an easy to understand format and cover a variety of topics.

The series is being offered again in recognition of the 40th anniversary this year of the medical school’s founding.  “Diplomas” will be presented to those completing the program.

Two lectures will be given from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings January 27 through February 24, in the School’s South Auditorium, 801 N. Rutledge St. (second floor), Springfield.  Refreshments will be served before each session beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Mini Medical School lectures will be given by SIU faculty physicians selected in part because of their good teaching style.  This year’s topics are breast cancer, childhood obesity, chronic diseases, colon cancer, health care reform, influenza, preventive medicine, and new treatments for depression, infertility and stroke.

The SIU faculty presenters are: 

The cost is $10 for the lecture series and can be paid by check or in cash.  Pre-registration is preferred and can be done by calling the School’s Office of Student Affairs at 217-545-2860 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.  If space is available in the class, registration also can be done at the door.  Parking is available in the School’s parking lots on the north side of the 801 building or to the south of the building on the second floor of the parking ramp behind the SIU Clinics and Baylis Medical Building, located in the 700 block of Rutledge.

Established in 1970, SIU School of Medicine’s mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health needs through education, patient care, research and community service.  Its Web site is and its main number is 217-545-8000.