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Mini-med School Returns

By Doug Boyd

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University is opening its doors to the public for six evenings this fall as it hosts the latest rendition of its mini-med school.

Part of the university’s centennial celebration, mini-med school gives the public an opportunity to learn about health issues affecting eastern North Carolina, state-of-the-art tools and techniques to save lives and improve health status, and the science behind medicine. The free sessions, scheduled for each Monday from Sept. 10 to Oct. 15, are led by ECU faculty members, many of them nationally recognized experts in their fields.

This year is not the first mini-med school at Brody. The school offered yearly sessions from 1998 to 2002 with funding from drug-maker Pfizer. More than 500 people completed the program during those years. The university is funding this year’s installment.

Mini-med school includes 18 hours of presentations about medical developments, hands-on learning with new technology and question-and-answer sessions. Participants learn how their bodies work and how to take an active role in maintaining their health. Among the goals are for participants to learn a skill at each session and to become “ambassadors” for health care and the medical school.

Evenings begin with light refreshments at 6 p.m. followed by educational sessions from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Most sessions are held at the Brody Medical Sciences Building on the campus of the Brody School of Medicine. One session will be held at Laupus Library in the new Health Sciences Building.

Mini-med school is for adults 18 years or older who have a desire to learn more about medicine and the body. Class size is limited to 90 participants. For more information or to register, visit or call (252) 744-3078. 


This page originally appeared in the August 24, 2007 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at