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Spring Mini-Medical School begins March 20

March 05, 2014

Media Contact: Keith.O’, 413-794-7656


SPRINGFIELD – Baystate Medical Center’s Mini-Medical School, which begins its spring session on March 20, will give area residents a reason to come out of hibernation from the long, cold, snowy winter and join others interested in the expanding field of medicine.


The Mini-Medical School program is an eight-week health education series featuring a different aspect of medicine each week. Classes this spring will include sessions on various medical topics such as surgery, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, pathology, and several others.


Many of the “students,” 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 – offered in the comfortable and friendly environment of the hospital’s Chestnut Conference Center, 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 Western Campus of Tufts University School of Medicine and is the region’s only teaching hospital.


All classes are held Thursday nights starting at 6 p.m. and run until 8 or 9 p.m. depending on the night’s topic. 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 speakers slated for the spring semester are:


March 20 – “Hey, I Finally Got into Medical School!” with Dr. Michael Rosenblum, director, Internal Medicine Residency Program. includes a general tour of the hospital


March 27 – “Vascular Surgery/ TAVR/ Ablations” with Dr. Neal Hadro, interim chief, Baystate Vascular Services


April 3 – “Medical Research” with Dr. Kevin Hinchey, senior vice president and chief academic officer, Baystate Health


April 10 –“ Urogynecology” with Dr. Oz Harmanli, chief, and Dr. Keisha Jones, urogynecologist, both of the Division of Urogynecology & Pelvic Surgery


April 17 – “Surgery” with Dr. Richard Wait, chair, Department of Surgery; includes a tour of the Baystate Simulation Center and Goldberg Surgical Skills Lab\


April 24 – “Anesthesiology” with Dr. Michael Bailin, chair,Department of Anesthesiology


May 1 – “Pathology” with Dr. Richard Friedberg, chair, Department of Pathology, includes tour of the lab


May 8 – “Emergency Medicine” with Dr. Joseph Schmidt, chief, Emergency Medicine; including a graduation ceremony.


Tuition is $95 per person and $80 for Senior Class and Spirit of Women members.


Registration for the spring semester of Mini-Medical School is now in session by calling 1-800-377-4325. For more information, visit