Designed for individuals who want to gain a deeper understanding of the world of medicine, Mini-Medical School is a free, six-week series of lectures for adults of all ages and high school students co-sponsored with the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association. Attendees learn about important trends in diagnosing and treating illness and general health topics. Faculty will provide in-depth lectures and allow time for questions to enhance the experience. There are no tests or grades. No previous medical training is required. Participants who attend all six sessions will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

There is no cost to attend this event which is co-sponsored by Christiana Care Health System and the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association.

2016 Delaware Mini-Med

(This year's series is fully subscribed)

Heart Failure:  What is It, Who Has It and How to Treat It

Thursday, March 10

The doctor has just used the words: "Heart Failure" to describe a patient’s condition.....what does this mean and what are their options? This talk will explore the implications of this diagnosis, what steps are taken to evaluate it and what treatment options are available.

Mitchell T. Saltzberg, M.D., FACC, Medical Director, Heart Failure Program, Christiana Care Health System


Gene Editing: Is the Age of Genetic Surgery Upon Us?

Thursday, March 17

It is now possible to alter the sequence of human genes in a precise and efficient way, similar to using spell-check on a Word document. Learn how new genetic technologies are changing medicine from both a scientific light and ethical perspective. 

Eric Kmiec, Ph.D., Director, Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute’s Gene Editing Institute at the Center for Translational Cancer Research (CTCR)


Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction – 
Re-Considering Addiction: Lessons from Other Chronic Illnesses.

Thursday, March 24

Learn about the signs and symptoms of opioid withdrawal, what is low-risk drinking, how do alcohol and drug use affect the human body, is addiction a chronic illness, and if so is addiction any different from other chronic illnesses?

Mark Lanyon, Ph.D., ICADC, ICCDPD, LCDP, LPC, Project Engage clinical program manager, Christiana Care Health System


The Impact of Stress and How to Cope

Thursday, March 31

This session will explore how stress affects our bodies and will identify coping strategies that help mitigate those effects.

Margaret Keenan, Ph.D., Psychologist, Christiana Care Health System


Concussions – Getting Your Head Out of the Game

Thursday, April 7

This session will focus on how sports-related concussions are diagnosed on the field and in the office. Learn about the process of returning the athletes to school and to their sport.

Kristopher Fayock, M.D., Assistant Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Christiana Care Health System

Tom Buckley, PhD, Assistant Professor of Athletic Training in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at the University of Delaware.


Geriatrics – A Specialty for Complex Primary Care

Thursday, April 14

What is normal and abnormal when it comes to aging? This session will differentiate the two and discuss common syndromes encountered in geriatrics and how to evaluate and manage them.

Ina I. Li, M.D., Associate Director, Geriatrics; Medical Director, Visiting Nurse Association; Value Institute Scholar, Christiana Care Health System


Location: John H. Ammon Medical Education Center, Christiana Hospital
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19718 (directions)

Registration 6:30 p.m.
Lectures 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served.

Christiana Care Health System

800-693-CARE (2273)     PO Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899

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