20th Annual Mini Medical School

This program happened in the past, and no dates are currently scheduled.

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Course Director/Academic Coordinator

Rebecca Bascom, MD, MPH, FAAAAI, FACCP
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
Director, Pulmonary Fibrosis Care Center

Dennis Gingrich, MD
Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Humanities
Distinguished Educator of Penn State College of Medicine


There is no fee for this program, but registration is required.


March 5, 2019: Unlocking the Secrets of the Human Microbiome

  • 6 p.m. | Check-In
  • 6:15 p.m. | Opening Remarks
    Milind J. Kothari, DO
    Professor of Neurology
    Associate Dean, Student Affairs
    Distinguished Educator
  • 6:20 p.m. | Welcome and Introductions
    Rebecca Bascom, MD, MPH, FAAAAI, FACCP
  • 6:30 p.m. | Bench to Beside: A Story of Microbiomes and Personalized Medicine
    James Broach, PhD
    Distinguished Professor and Chair, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Institute for Personalized Medicine
  • 7:30 p.m. | Break
  • 7:50 p.m. | The Microbiome in Health and Disease
    Guy Townsend, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Penn State Cancer Institute
  • 8:50 p.m. | Adjournment

March 12, 2019: Patient Simulation Lab

  • 6 p.m. | Check-In
  • 6:20 p.m. | Welcome and Introductions
    Dennis Gingrich, MD
  • 6:30 p.m. | Learning How to Take Care of Patients Through Simulation-Based Experiences
    Elizabeth Sinz, MD, MEd
    Associate Dean for Clinical Simulation, Penn State College of Medicine
    Professor and Associate Vice Chair for Simulation, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
    Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
  • 7:30 p.m. | Break
  • 7:50 p.m. | Patient Simulation Demonstrations
    David L. Rodgers, EdD, EMT-P, NRP, FAHA
    Manager, Clinical Simulation Center
  • 8:50 p.m. | Adjournment

March 19, 2019: Graduate Education and Culinary Medicine

  • 6 p.m. | Check-In
  • 6:20 p.m. | Welcome and Introductions
    Rebecca Bascom, MD, MPH, FAAAAI, FACCP
    Dennis Gingrich, MD
  • 6:30 p.m. | PhDs: Creating New Knowledge to Improve Medical Care
    Ralph L. Keil, PhD
    Chair, Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program
    Distinguished Educator of Penn State College of Medicine
    and PhD students from Penn State College of Medicine
  • 7:30 p.m. | Break
  • 7:50 p.m. | Food for Thought: Delicious Biochemistry
    Eileen Hennrikus, MD
    Professor of Medicine
    Co-Director of Scientific Principles of Medicine
    Distinguished Educator of Penn State College of Medicine
    and medical students from Penn State College of Medicine
  • 8:50 p.m. | Closing Remarks and Recognition of Special Attendees
  • 9 p.m. | Adjournment

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