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Mini Medical School

Mini Medical School was originally designed as a community education tool for adults and was later restructured to shift the focus to the high school science classroom. The goal of Mini Medical School is to provide resources that teachers can use to supplement and enhance the curriculum that has already been established.

What is Mini Medical School?

Physicians and experts serving as faculty for KU Medical Center and Kansas State University have helped to create nine modules with corresponding DVD lectures that focus on different aspects of the health field. Each module includes a hands-on, teacher-developed activity with all the necessary supplies included.

The Modules

Activities in this module were created to demonstrate the importance of collagen in the bone. Students will also examine the relationship between structure and function in bone and analyzing the effect of diet and weight-bearing activities on bone mineral content, bone strength and bone health.

With this module, the use of positron emission tomography (PET) images are used to help understand the function of the brain.

In this unit, students will learn about the different parts of the ear and their role in hearing. They will also learn about common disorders of the ear and the profession of audiology. The activity will focus on Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) through testing the decibel levels of different areas.

There is a very strong connection between diet and the potential for the development of diabetes. This activity gives students a look into their own diet and encourages them to think about how the choices they make that affect their health.

In this activity, students will demonstrate the natural antibiotic resistance that has developed in certain bacteria commonly found in everyday life.

The malaria module teaches students about the transmission of malaria through mosquitoes, the global impact of the disease and the efforts being made to control and prevent the spread of malaria. During the module, students can look at the different stages of a mosquito's life cycle and watch how malaria is being researched in the United States.

The influenza module builds on students' understanding of DNA and RNA structure and function, the general virus structure and function, and antigen/antibody interactions. Students are led through a case study involving an interactive step-by-step progression of an epidemiological study as professionals unravel the mysteries of a new influenza virus (H3N2).

Students learn the process behind preparing for and responding to a natural disaster situation by working through a tabletop exercise.

Students examine the difference in tobacco use over the years. Students take a look at the changes in advertising, demographics and trends.

What's in it for You?

If you participate in the Mini Medical School program, you will receive a kit that includes a videotaped presentation given by a physician or faculty member for each of the 9 modules and all of the materials and instructions for the accompanying hands-on activities. Teachers have the freedom to use any or all of the modules at their convenience and work them into their lesson plans as their curriculum allows. Evaluation forms are included in the kit for each module, for both teachers and students to complete and return to us. All of the materials for the program meet criteria from the National Science Education Standards, the Kansas Science Standards and Benchmarks, the National Healthcare Foundation Standards and Accountability Criteria and the Kansas Health Science Education Standards.

Mini Medical School aligns best with higher level biology classes such as Anatomy and Physiology or with a Health Science class. Presently, Mini Medical School is used in 17 high schools across the state.

Community Engagement

University of Kansas Medical Center
KU Area Health Education Center
1501 S. Joplin
4th Floor, Shirk Hall
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Phone: 620-235-4040