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Feb. 20, 2006

Mini Medical School To Focus On Pediatric Health

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host a four-session Mini Medical School course, "Transforming Pediatrics -- Recent Advances and New Challenges," in April on the UI health sciences campus.

The Mini Medical School sessions will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. April 4, 11 and 18, and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. April 22, in the Dr. Prem Sahai Auditorium in the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF). Mini Medical School is free of charge and open to the public, but is limited to the first 250 registrants. Registration is for all four Mini Medical School sessions. Additional information and registration is available online at www.medicine.uiowa.edu/minimedicalschool or by phone toll free at 877-MED-IOWA (877-633-4692).

Parking is available in the Newton Road parking ramp across the street from MERF. A map of the health sciences campus is available online at www.medicine.uiowa.edu/resources/walkingtour/index.html.

Mini Medical School is designed for anyone who is curious about medicine and the scientific basis of health and disease. No science or medical educational background is needed to take part in the program.

Attendees for the April sessions will learn about the latest health and behavior issues that children face on the road to adulthood. Participants also will learn about some of the latest research being done at the UI Carver College of Medicine to help children and adults cope with the stresses of growing up. The sessions on Saturday, April 22, will consist of hands-on CPR and defibrillator training.

Following is the Mini Medical School schedule:

Tuesday, April 4

Technologic Innovations in Pediatrics

Moderator: Michael Artman, M.D., professor and head of the UI Department of Pediatrics

"I've Got Rhythm: Curing Irregular Heartbeats," Ian Law, M.D., clinical associate professor in the UI Department of Pediatrics.

"Toys for Tots: Robotic Surgery for Children," John Meehan, M.D., clinical assistant professor in the UI Department of Surgery.

"Can You Hear Me Now? Restoring Hearing Through Technology," Richard Smith, M.D., professor and vice department head of the UI Department of Otolaryngology.

Tuesday, April 11

Epidemics in Pediatrics

Moderator: Jeffrey Murray, M.D., professor in the UI Department of Pediatrics

"Obesity: Why the Epidemic and What Do We Do About It," Michael Tansey, M.D., clinical assistant professor in the UI Department of Pediatrics.

"Prematurity and Its Aftermath," Edward F. Bell, M.D., professor and vice chair for faculty affairs in the UI Department of Pediatrics.

"Autism: Causes and Public Health Impact," Gary Gaffney, M.D., associate professor in the UI Department of Psychiatry.

Tuesday, April 18

Behavioral Issues in Pediatrics

Moderator: Stacey McConkey, M.D., clinical assistant professor in the UI Department of Pediatrics

"Why Can't Johnny Sit Still? Is It ADHD or Something Else?" Jody Murph, M.D., associate professor in the UI Department of Pediatrics.

"Separating Fact from Fiction: What Causes Violence in Our Schools," Daniel Clay, Ph.D., associate professor in the UI Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations.

"Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll: Land Mines in the Journey Through Adolescence," James Hall, Ph.D., professor in the UI Department of Pediatrics.

Saturday, April 22

Resuscitation Certification

Overview of life-saving interventions - CPR, arrhythmias and defibrillators, presented by Dianne Atkins, M.D., professor in the UI Department of Pediatrics.

Small-group sessions on life-saving training, including pediatric and adult CPR and the use of defibrillators, presented by the UI Medical Student Ambassador Program.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu; Program: Mitch Overton, 319-384-4206, mitchell-overton@uiowa.edu; Writer: Andrea Schreiber