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ERIC Number: ED502046
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Mini-Med School Planning Guide
National Institutes of Health, Office of Science Education
Mini-Med Schools are public education programs now offered by more than 70 medical schools, universities, research institutions, and hospitals across the nation. There are even Mini-Med Schools in Ireland, Malta, and Canada! The program is typically a lecture series that meets once a week and provides "mini-med students" information on some of the same subjects studied by "real" medical students. Mini-Med School students do not need a science background to attend. Some mini-med schools augment the lectures with laboratory tours, hands-on demonstrations, videos, and more. The criteria shared by most mini-med schools are: (1) the curriculum includes basic science and/or broad biomedical subject areas, e.g., heart disease, not mitral valve prolapse; (2) each lecture builds on the ones before; and (3) people are expected to attend each week. This guide describes the steps necessary to start a mini-med school. These include timely guidelines, goal setting, program overview, cost estimations, location, selecting lecturers and topics, staffing needs, graduation celebrations, and program evaluation.
National Institutes of Health, Office of Science Education. 6100 Executive Boulevard, Suite 3E01, Rockville, MD 20852; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Institutes of Health (DHHS), Office of Science Education
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A