The Washington University Mini-Medical School began in 1999 with the goal of educating the community by sharing the expertise of the medical faculty. With medicine advancing at a rapid rate, many people are increasingly concerned with maintaining good health and receiving the best treatment possible. Mini-Medical School also provides savvy healthcare consumers with the latest information on medical research.
Mini-Medical School sessions include students age 15 and up from a variety of backgrounds: police officers, high school students, executives, stay-at-home moms, attorneys, teachers, artists and bankers. Due to the continuing popularity of the program, Mini-Medical School I is now offered twice a year, and Mini-Medical Schools II and III are offered annually.
Washington University offers an individualized program with approximately
110 students per class. There are also several unique tours and hands-on laboratories for participants.
Each Mini-Medical School consists of eight two-hour evening sessions covering a wide spectrum of medicine. All information is presented in an easy-to-understand style. Each student receives a course syllabus detailing the content of the lectures. Students may speak with faculty after each lecture over dessert. At the final session, graduates receive a certificate of completion, and a graduation reception is held.