19th Annual Mini-Medical School

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

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March 6, 2018: 6-8:50 p.m.
What’s New in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation?

  • 6 p.m. | Check In
  • 6:15 p.m. | Opening Remarks
    Eileen M. Moser, MD, MHPE, MACP
    Associate Dean for Medical Education; Professor of Medicine
  • 6:20 p.m. | Welcome and Introductions
    Dennis Gingrich, MD
  • 6:30 p.m. | Spinal Cord Injury Exercise and Nutrition Conceptual Engagement (SCIENCE)
    David R. Gater Jr, MD, PhD, MS
    Professor, Chair and Residency Program Director; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • 7:30 p.m. | Break
  • 7:50 p.m. | Back Me Up: Non-Surgical Spine Care for All Age Groups
    Everett Hills, MD
    Associate Professor; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation;
    Medical Director, Penn State Spine Center
  • 8:50 p.m. | Adjournment

March 13, 2018: 6-8:50 p.m.
Sleep Disorders

  • 6 p.m. | Check In
  • 6:20 p.m. | Welcome and Introductions
    Rebecca Bascom, MD, MPH, FAAAAI, FACCP
  • 6:30 p.m. | The Importance of Sleep for Cardiometabolic Health
    Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, PhD, CBSM
    Associate Professor; Penn State Sleep Research and Treatment Center
  • 7:30 p.m. | Break
  • 7:50 p.m. | How to Identify and Treat Sleep Disorders
    Venkatesh Basappa Krishnamurthy, MD, D, ABSM
    Assistant Professor; Penn State Sleep Research and Treatment Center
  • 8:50 p.m. | Adjournment

March 20, 2018: 6-8:50 p.m.

  • 6 p.m. | Check In
  • 6:20 p.m. | Welcome and Introductions
    Rebecca Bascom, MD, MPH, FAAAAI, FACCP
  • 6:30 p.m. |
    • Brief Introduction to Addiction
      Sue Grigson, PhD
      Professor, Neural and Behavioral Sciences; Director of the Penn State Addiction Center for Translation
    • Substance Use Disorders in the Hospital Setting
      William Milchak, LCSW, CADC, CCDP
      Senior Instructor; Certified Addiction Counselor; Psychiatry, Consult Liaison
    • Drugs of Abuse as False Messengers
      Kent Vrana, PhD
      Elliot S. Vessell Professor and Chair; Pharmacology
  • 7:30 p.m. | Break
  • 7:50 p.m. |
    • Opioid Use Disorder: Treatment and Challenges
      Sarah S. Kawasaki, MD
      Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Internal Medicine; Director of Addiction Services
      Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute
    • Preventing Adolescent Substance Use: Health Care, Community and Advocacy Partnerships
      Leslie Walker-Harding, MD
      Professor and Chair, Pediatrics
    • Panel Discussion
  • 8:50 p.m. | Adjournment 

Course Directors

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

Dennis Gingrich, MD
Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Humanities


Free and open to the public.

Parking and Directions

Edward P. Junker III Auditorium

To reach the Junker Auditorium, park in the employee lots B, C or D (directly in front of the crescent’s North Entrance), and walk to the North Entrance. Take the elevators to the ground floor; the Junker Auditorium is straight ahead as you come off the elevators.

Special needs assistance and handicap parking is available, please call 717-531-6483 if arrangements need to be made.

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It is our policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of our educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to resolve any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program participants at the beginning of the activity.

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