Wright State University School of Medicine will present a Mini-Med School Lecture Series Tuesday evenings, October 15 through November 5. The four free talks by medical school faculty members are designed to interest 17-year-olds who want to become doctors as well as 70-year-old science buffs who follow medical breakthroughs in the news.
Each session features an easy-to-understand lecture focused on one topic followed by ample time for questions from the audience. Talks will be given in the medical student auditorium of the Frederick A. White Health Center on campus, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The following talks are scheduled:
- Oct. 15: "How Big? Prediction of Adult Stature in Children." Harry Khamis, Ph.D., director of WSU's Statistical Consulting Center and a researcher who helped develop one of the most accurate models for predicting a child's adult height ever designed, will explain how this method works and why it is so important in predicting and treating childhood disorders.
- Oct. 22: "Travel Medicine: Montezuma's Revenge and More." John Czachor, M.D., chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, will focus on the new discipline of travel medicine, which provides care for everyone on the move, and explain how physicians are responding to the ever expanding number of exotic and dangerous diseases confronting world travelers today.
- Oct. 29: "Who Would You Clone If You Could? Ethics & Science." Gary Horowitz, M.D., director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, will reveal the fascinating science behind the debate about human cloning and explore both the theoretical possibilities for medical research and health care and the ethical and legal implications of this new science.
- Nov. 5: "Evidence-Based Medicine" or "It ain't what you don't know that gets you in trouble, but what you do know that ain't so." Gary Onady, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program, will explain how physicians use sophisticated Internet technologies, basic probability and clinical experience to maximize patient care and minimize negative outcomes.
Admission is free, but advance registration is required.