2013-14 Mini Medical School Upcoming Programs

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, or simply someone with an interest in research and medicine, Mini Medical School is for you!

4/15/2014 - Mini Medical School (3 week series) - Iowa City

From complex cancer genes to precision treatment schemes –

The Science Behind Personalized Cancer Care

Cancer is a complex disease.  It can originate almost anywhere in the body.  Cancers in individual patients can be very different even if they originate in the same part of the body and look the same under the microscope. Despite its complexity, doctors and researchers are making progress in understanding the science of cancer, and using this science to improve care. In this three-week Mini Medical School series, we’ll discuss how every cancer is unique and how this information is shaping research, diagnosis, prevention and therapy. We’ll also learn how multidisciplinary cancer teams are working together to provide therapies that are both precise and personalized for each patient.

Tuesday, April 15, 22, and 29, 2014 - Iowa City (6.30 - 8:30 p.m.)


Time:  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.- Doors open for check-in and light meal

          6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Educational Program

Where:  University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
            Medical Education and Research Facility
            375 Newton Road
            Iowa City, IA 52242

Tuition: $15/person. Covers all 3 weeks of class, parking and refreshments.


Online registration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome as space allows.

Please call 877-MED-IOWA or direct at 319-335-8886 with any questions.


Course Syllabus

Pre-Program Activities Schedule

Course Presenters


Week 1 Presentation Handouts:

Cancer, Research, Diagnosis and Prevention- George Weiner, MD

Decoding the Cancer Genome - Adam Dupuy, PhD

5/7/2014 - Mini Medical School (Cancer) - Cedar Rapids

Saving your Skin: Advances in Melanoma Research and Treatment

Melanoma is the most dangerous and aggressive form of skin cancer, and is the leading cause of death from skin disease. There is an immediate need for new ways to combat melanoma's resistance to typical cancer treatments, and researchers at the University of Iowa are on their way to finding answers.  

Join us for a special Mini Medical School program to learn what melanoma is, who is at risk, and why.  UI Carver College of Medicine researchers and physicians will also discuss new ways to both prevent and treat melanoma, as well as promising new research breakthroughs.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - CEDAR RAPIDS (7 - 8:30 p.m.)


Time:  6-7 p.m. Doors open for check-in and light meal

          7-8:30 p.m. - Educational Program

Where: The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
           Kirkwood Community College
           7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW
           Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Tuition: FREE.

Register online or call 877-Med-IOWA or direct at 319-335-8886

Iowa City: Important information to know before you go


Parking is available across the street in the Newton Road Parking Ramp. Upon entering the ramp, you will receive a time-stamped ticket. We will provide you a parking voucher when you check-in that you will present with your time-stamped ticket to the cashier when exiting the ramp. 

Do not park in the meters across the street from the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) as those meters do not allow you to park for several hours and you will be ticketed. We can't reimburse you or pay for any tickets that you may receive while parking at the meters.

A map to the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) and Newton Road Parking Ramp can be found here. Click here for printable directions to MERF

Other Info

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