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UVA Offers Free ‘Mini-Med School’

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If you ever thought about becoming a doctor or just want to know more about health, this is your chance. The University of Virginia is offering a free program called Mini-Med School.

The program has all of the positives of medical school without the negatives. You get to learn about healthcare from professors but it’s absolutely free and there are no tests. The course starts September 3 and meets every Wednesday evening for seven weeks.

This is the 21st year UVA has offered Mini-Med School and it attracts a lot of people. Some of the topics include chronic diseases, like diabetes, and the journey a cancer patient takes through treatment. Professors use teaching techniques that make class fun.

“We use active learning strategies, so we will have clickers to answer questions and give them an opportunity to test their knowledge and our med students actually participate and they are instructors, which is fun for them as well,” said Dr. Sean Reed, director of Mini-Med School.

The class also explores hot topics and even holds an informal graduation celebration at the end.

Anyone 15 and older can apply online until August 1.

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