To many people, going to the doctor is a frightening experience, but through the Medical College of Georgia's Mini Medical School, patients are able to gain a sense of ease and familiarity with the medical field.
"Our goal is to help the general public feel more comfortable with their medical care," said Diana Flicek, the assistant coordinator of the MCG division of continuing education. "We want to bridge the gap between health care and the people they serve."
Mini Medical School, held in the fall and spring, covers various health topics from dentistry to inflammatory bowel disease. Legal issues such as persistent vegetative state and how doctors recognize a vegetative state and minimal-conscious states also are covered.
At the seminars, attorneys speak about advance directives and paperwork for living wills, Mrs. Flicek said.
The goal of Mini Medical School is to put the medical terms into everyday language so that patients better understand the care they are receiving, she said.
"They will become more confident and comfortable with their care," Mrs. Flicek said of students after attending the school. "They'll know what type of care they are getting and know what kinds of questions to ask."
The classes, averaging about 115 participants per session, include PowerPoint presentations from doctors. Participants also receive notebooks and handouts about the subjects, Mrs. Flicek said.
"The faculty is very anxious to participate," she said. "(The doctors) understand the value of the program. They don't get the opportunity to speak to their patients in this type of setting."
The school is open to the public.
"We've had high school students to seniors who are in their 80s," Mrs. Flicek said.
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Mini Medical School
The Medical College of Georgia's Mini Medical School sessions will begin Feb. 21 for six consecutive Tuesdays, ending March 28. Sessions are held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Medical College of Georgia's School of Dentistry auditorium, Room 1020, 1120 15th St. To register, call 721-3967 or visit www.mcg.edu/ce. Walk-ins are welcome and 1.2 units are awarded to college students. The cost is $50 a person and $70 per family.