TMH offers residents chance at medical school
September 21, 2001
By JOSH NICHOLS
Daily Press writer
For those who have always dreamed of going to medical school, they can do it this month in Craig.
Starting Tuesday, via a distance education video conferencing system, The Memorial Hospital will be the site of a Mini Medical School from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. each week through Nov. 13 in the conference room.
No one will walk away from these classes with a medical degree, but they will learn more about preventative healthcare, said Catlin Carlon, director of special events at CU Health Science Center, sponsor of the program.
The free weekly class will provide participants with a better understanding of the human body and demonstrate the relationship between biomedical research and patient care. The objective is to enable people to be more knowledgeable healthcare consumers and advocates, according to the CU-Health Sciences Center’s Office of Public Relations.
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The classes, developed in 1989 by Dr. J. John Cohen, professor of immunology at the CU-School of Medicine, are based on the curriculum taught in the first two years of medical school.
Different weekly topics include anatomy, physiology, cell biology, cancer and others.
Carlon said the class has been taught in Denver since 1990 and the outreach program began in 1995. This is the first year the class has been taught in Craig.
“The class serves as one of our missions for community outreach,” Carlon said. “We are the only medical school in the region that can give out this type of information from a quality source.”
Actual medical school professors teach the classes.
“The main objective is to interest people in preventative health care and educate them about the body and how the systems work,” she said.
Educating people about health leads to better community health, she said.
“The more you know about how a system works, the more you’ll be interested in taking care of it,” she said.
Many people who are interested in the medical profession take the class, she said. People who have spouses or family members in the medical profession take the class so they can communicate with their family member better.
Mainly, she said people take the class so they can better relate to their doctor.
“It gives them an opportunity to be on better footing with their physician,” she said.
The session kicks off Sept. 25 with a class on Anatomy and Physiology.
Those interested can get information or reserve a class slot by calling (970) 826-3290.