Published on April 07, 2015

University of Iowa, Genesis Host Genetics Educational Seminar For Public


Have you ever thought about attending medical school, even for just a day?

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and Genesis Health System are giving the public that opportunity on Tuesday, April 28, at the Adler Health Education Center in the lower level of the Genesis Heart Institute.  Registration, pre-program activities and a light meal will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the educational program  scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The Mini-Medical School program will focus on genetics and personalized medicine. Researchers at the UI are studying the human genome to gain understanding about the entire human genetic blueprint and your genetic risks for various medical problems. But while whole genome sequencing offers much promise, it also raises many questions and concerns.  

“Through this Mini-Medical School program, the general public will be able to step into the shoes of a medical student for an evening to explore the science behind health and disease, and gain understanding of our personal genetics and how that can lead to a more personalized approach to our individual health care,’’ says Jackie Kleppe Williams, Interim Director of External Relations for the UI Carver College of Medicine.  

The University of Iowa Mini Medical School programs attract general health consumers, retirees, health care providers and educators, as well as high school juniors and seniors.  All have an interest in learning about the latest advances in science and medicine and what that might mean for their own health and well-being and the future of medicine.

The program is free, but space is limited, and reservations are required.
Register online at: www.medicine.uiowa.edu/minimedicalschool, or call
877-MED-IOWA.

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