SPRINGFIELD – Baystate Medical Center will bring its popular Mini-Medical School to Northampton for the first time when it holds its spring session beginning Feb. 12 at the Northampton Senior Center.
The Mini-Medical School program – an eight-week health education series featuring a different aspect of medicine each week – will give area residents a reason to come out of hibernation from the cold winter and join others interested in the expanding field of medicine. Classes this spring will include sessions on various medical topics such as sleep disorders, breast cancer, anesthesiology, psychiatry, infertility and several other subjects.
Many of the “students” attending, who often range in age from 20 to 70, participate due to a general interest in medicine and later find that many of the things they learned over the semester are relevant to their own lives. The goal of the program is to help members of the public make more informed decisions about their health care while receiving insight on what it is like to be a medical student—minus the tests, interviews and admission formalities.
Each course is taught by medical center faculty who explain the science of medicine without resorting to complex terms. Baystate Medical Center is the region’s only teaching hospital.
All classes are held Wednesday nights starting at 6 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. No basic science knowledge is needed to participate. Each participant is required to attend a minimum of six out of eight classes in order to receive a certificate of completion.
Among the topics and Baystate speakers slated for the spring semester are:
Feb. 12 – “Hey, I Finally Got into Medical School!” with Dr. Michael Rosenblum, director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Feb. 19 – “Sleep Disorders” with Dr. Karin Johnson of the Division of Neurology
Feb. 26 – “The Lungs, Smoking, Cancer, Anatomy & Surgery” with thoracic surgeon Dr. Rose Ganim, Department of Surgery
March 12 – “Infertility” with Dr. Daniel Grow, chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
March 19 – “Psychiatry” with Dr. Benjamin Liptzin, chair, Department of Psychiatry
March 26 – “Osteoporosis of the Knee and Hip” with Dr. Jordan Greenbaum, attending surgeon, New England Orthopedic Surgeons
April 2 – “Anesthesiology” with Dr. Michael Bailin, chair, Department of Anesthesiology
April 9 – “Breast Cancer/Surgery” with Dr. Holly Mason, director, Breast Surgical Services, including a graduation ceremony.
There is free parking at the Northampton Senior Center, located at 67 Conz St., and refreshments will be provided during the evening classes.
Tuition is $95 per person and $80 for Senior Class or Spirit of Women members.
Registration for the spring semester of Mini-Medical School is now in session by calling 413-794-2255 or 1-800-377-4325. For more information, visit www.baystatehealth.org/minimed.