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Mini-Med School Visits Hill

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend medical school? (Even if you already know all too well, keep reading anyway.) The third NIH Mini-Med School on Capitol Hill began Apr. 20 and runs for four consecutive Monday afternoons from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Rayburn House Office Bldg. The school is being sponsored by NIH and the Association of American Medical Colleges, using faculty members drawn from NIH and medical schools.

While aimed at congressional staffers, the school is designed for anyone wanting to know more about modern biomedical and behavioral sciences. Students will gain a basic understanding of some of the serious medical issues facing the nation today. They will get their questions answered by interacting with faculty during and after each class. No formal academic credits are granted, although participants receive a Mini-Med School "diploma."

The curriculum and faculty for remaining sessions are:

Apr. 27, "The Contributions of Transplantation to Patient Care and to Basic Immunology," Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, professor of surgery and director of the Transplantation Institute, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

May 4, "Aging: Genes, Cells, and Selves," Dr. Richard J. Hodes, director, National Institute on Aging.

May 11, "Genetics of Breast Cancer: What Is Inherited? What Is Not?," Dr. Mary-Claire King, professor of medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine.

Admission is free. To enroll, call the registration line at 496-0609. If space is available, walk-in registrations will be accepted. For more information call the Office of Science Education, 402-2469.

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