What Is Mini Medical School?


2008 Mini Medical School Participant

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine offers community education programs for adults and school-aged students in the form of Mini Medical School and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs.

Mini Medical School provides an insight into the world of medicine featuring world-class researchers and clinicians from the University of Iowa. These courses offer learners that are generally 16 and older the unique opportunity to learn about medical education, biomedical discoveries and cutting-edge research in an understandable and engaging way. Mini Medical School is set up in a lecture format that allows for question and answer time from the participants and often includes hands-on learning activities prior to the program.

Students in K-12th grade can participate in our STEM Education Programs.

What people are saying about Mini Med

"Great community outreach program!"

"I liked learning about the new research and discoveries."

"Information was presented in a way that was understandable to a non-medical person."

"Fun, involving, educational – gives me great confidence in medical training of my physicians."

"Mini Medical School programs make me a better patient."

"Great educational opportunity!"

Mini Medical School is for everyone - you don't need a science or medical background to participate. So whether you're a student, teacher, caregiver, retiree, health care provider, or someone with an interest in research and medicine, Mini Medical School is for you.

Iowa City
Held on the University of Iowa campus in the home of the Carver College of Medicine, this multi-week series held in the spring, showcases biomedical discoveries happening at the University of Iowa. This programs often reaches capacity and fills up quickly.
Statewide and Nationwide
Held in various cities across Iowa and the country, these programs aim at educating our alumni, friends and neighbors about biomedical discoveries happening at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. We often partner with regional hospitals, health care providers and schools to deliver these programs in your communities.
STEM Education Programs for Kids – Statewide
These programs are designed for students in K-12th grade with the intent to inspire appreciation and excitement for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
View PHOTOS from various STEM Education programs!









For more information, contact UI Health Care Marketing and Communications, Division of Collegiate and Community Relations via phone 877-MED-IOWA or direct (319) 335-8886 or via email at mini-med@uiowa.edu.

University of Iowa Health Care is a fully integrated academic medical center, uniting the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and UI Physicians, the largest multi-specialty group practice in Iowa. As the state’s premier academic medical center, UI Health Care provides high quality, patient-centered care, conducts groundbreaking biomedical research, and educates the scientists and health care providers of the future.