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RCSI announces Mini-Med School 2007

13 November 2006

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has announced today that the highly popular Mini-Med School will return for another term from January to March 2007. The Mini-Med School is an informative and entertaining public education programme for people who are interested in learning more about medicine, health and the delivery of healthcare in Ireland.

Run over a ten-week period from 16th January to 27th March, the RCSI Mini-Med School comprises a series of lectures delivered by Ireland’s leading healthcare experts. The event comprises two lectures, one evening per week on a broad range of medical and health related matters including sexual health, forensics, pathology, anatomy, cardiovascular medicine, psychiatry, cancer, medical ethics and law.

The first evening’s lecture will examine Psychiatry and Schizophrenia and will be delivered by Prof. Kieran Murphy, Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, RCSI and Prof John Waddington, Professor of Neuroscience, RCSI.

Week two will see the State Pathologist and RCSI Professor of Forensic Medicine, Dr Marie Cassidy deliver a lecture on the fascinating areas of Forensics and Pathology with Professor David Croke, Professor of Biochemistry, RCSI following with a talk on DNA fingerprinting.

In the following weeks a number of topical issues will also be addressed such as stress related illness, heart disease and sexual health. Previous years have attracted widespread public interest with demand for places far outstripping availability.

Speaking prior to today’s announcement, Dr Kevin McGuigan, Director of the RCSI Mini-Med School said, “Mini-Med school offers a rare opportunity for people to learn more about health related issues from leading experts and to gain an insight into medical terminology, medical research and patient care. The lecture programme aims to introduce the science of medicine to a wider audience and provide the public with general medical and health related information.”

“In an age of increased patient participation and greater health awareness the course serves as an important self-empowerment tool for the general public. No medical or science background is required and there is no homework and no exam, all you need is a sense of curiosity and a few free evenings.” He concluded.

Mini-Med school forms part of the RCSI Outreach strategy which aims to increase awareness of health related issues in the general public. This is the fourth time for RCSI to host this novel educational event, which was originally introduced to Ireland in 1997.

A registration fee of €275 applies for the full course of ten weeks. Applicants can register here or contact Ms Sheelagh McGrath in the Medical Faculty Office at 01-4022215 or email minimedschool@rcsi.ie. Enrolment will close on Dec 20th and will be allocated on a first-come first served basis.