Remaining curious about our world keeps our minds active and healthy. Last week, 312 curious community members attended the first of six weekly sessions of our Mini Medical School.
For 21 years, Mini Medical School has been a way for us to reach out to our community and share what we know about different areas of disease, science, and health care. This year, we worked in close consultation with the Masonic Cancer Center (MCC) and their Community Engagement team to develop “A 20/20 View of Cancer.”
That’s an ambitious subject for six weeks, but no one is better prepared to tackle it than the MCC with their history and vision of educating communities on cancer prevention, treatment, survivorship, and clinical research opportunities. Sessions include Cancer 101, Mutations and their Consequences, Causes and Prevention of Cancer, Cutting Edge Cancer Therapies, Cancer in Minnesota, and Cancer Survivorship.
This year, following the model of the Institute for Engineering in Medicine’s INSPIRE program, we invited high school students to attend free of charge. With nearly 100 students participating, there is an opportunity to give them valuable information about cancer and to introduce them to possibilities for careers in science and healthcare.
Many thanks to all the faculty and staff who have worked on planning and presenting Mini Medical School. It takes many different skills to put it all together, and it would not be as successful without each and every one of you.
Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD
Vice President for Clinical Affairs