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22nd Annual Mini Medical School

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

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Overview

Mini Medical School offers a unique curriculum on the field of medicine and Penn State College of Medicine’s contributions to research and health care.

The program is free and open to everyone from high school students to retired seniors.

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Planning Committee

  • Reshma Golamari, MD
  • Eileen Hennrikus, MD
  • Kaleigh Krill, MD
  • Sheila Nguyen, MD
  • Hyma Polimera, MD
  • Nevin Yost

Agenda

March 2, 2021: COVID-19 – Bench to Bedside

  • 6 p.m. | Opening Remarks and Introduction
    Eileen Hennrikus, MD
    Professor of Medicine
  • 6:10 p.m. | Potential for Lowering Transmission of COVID-19 Using Oral and Nasal Rinses
    Craig Meyers, PhD
    Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Director of the training program in viruses and cancer
    Penn State College of Medicine
  • 6:35 p.m. | Developing a COVID-19 Vaccine
    Nicholas Buchkovich, PhD
    Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
  • 6:55 p.m. | Questions and Answers: Panel Discussion
  • 7:15 p.m. | Break
  • 7:20 p.m. | Introduction of Topic and Speakers
    Hyma Polimera, MD
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • 7:25 p.m. | COVID-19 Infection in Adults
    Jonathan Nunez, MD
    Assistant Professor of Medicine (Division of Infectious Disease)
  • 7:50 p.m. | COVID-19 Infection in Children – Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome – COVID
    Michael Beck, MD
    Professor of Pediatrics
    Chief, Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine
  • 8:10 p.m. | Questions and Answers: Panel Discussion
  • 8:30 p.m. | Adjournment

March 9, 2021: Cannabidiol, Medical Marijuana and Vaping

  • 6 p.m. | Introduction of Topic and Speakers
    Sheila Nguyen, MD
    Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
  • 6:10 p.m. | Medical Marijuana: Jaw Drop or a Yawn?
    Glenn Buchberger, MD, FACP, FAAP
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
    Director, Interdisciplinary Addiction Medicine Fellowship
  • 6:35 p.m. | Charlotte’s Web: Cannabinoids and Epilepsy
    William Trescher, MD
    Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology
    Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Advisory Board for Medical Marijuana
  • 6:55 p.m. | Questions and Answers: Panel Discussion
  • 7:15 p.m. | Break
  • 7:20 p.m. | Introduction of Topic and Speakers
    Reshma Golamari, MD
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • 7:25 p.m. | Vaping Among Teens and Young Adults
    Sheryl Ryan, MD
    Professor of Pediatrics
    Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine
  • 7:50 p.m. | Vaping Pro-Con: Harm Reduction or Harm Induction?
    Rebecca Bascom, MD, MPH
    Professor of Medicine (Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care)

    Brian McGillen, MD
    Associate Professor of Medicine

  • 8:10 p.m. | Questions and Answers: Panel Discussion
  • 8:30 p.m. | Adjournment

March 16, 2021: Nutrition and Obesity

  • 6 p.m. | Introduction of Topic and Speakers
    Kaleigh Krill, MD
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • 6:10 p.m. | Evaluation and Management of Children and Adolescents with Obesity
    Jennifer Shook, MD
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Division of Adolescent Medicine
  • 6:35 p.m. | Treatment of Obesity in Adults
    Ann Rogers, MD
    Professor of Surgery
    Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Bariatrics
    Director, Penn State Surgical Weight Loss Program
  • 6:55 p.m. | Questions and Answers: Panel Discussion
  • 7:15 p.m. | Break
  • 7:20 p.m. | Introduction of Topic and Speakers
    Eileen Hennrikus, MD
    Professor of Medicine
  • 7:25 p.m. | Culinary Medicine in a Teaching Kitchen and Medical School
    Olivia Weinstein, MS, RD, LDN
    Culinary Nutrition Manager, Teaching Kitchen
    Boston Medical Center

    Tomi Dreibelbis, PhD, MEd, RD
    Senior Director for Educational Affairs
    Course director, Penn State College of Medicine Culinary Medicine

  • 8:10 p.m. | Questions and Answers: Panel Discussion
  • 8:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks and Adjournment

Contact Information

Evaluation

A completed evaluation is required in order to receive a certificate for attending this activity. Please complete and submit the evaluation within the specified time frame.

Cancellations

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund any program registration fees paid but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Program registrants who are experiencing illness or have been exposed to anyone who is ill should contact the Continuing Education office before attending any in-person activities.

Changes

Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Participants who anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or who have questions about the physical access provided should contact the Continuing Education office at least one week in advance of participation or visit.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and Educational Balance)

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

University Nondiscrimination Policy

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