About the Longwood Seminars

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About the Longwood Seminars Mini-Med School Classes:

What is Mini-Med School?

Each spring, Harvard Medical School's Office of Communications and External Relations organizes a series of four free “mini-med school” classes for the general public in the heart of Boston’s Longwood Medical Area. At the end of the seminar series, participants who attend three out of the four sessions receive a certificate of completion. Topics are selected for their appeal to a lay audience and have included the human genome, nutrition, sleep dynamics and health care access. Faculty from Harvard Medical School and its affiliate hospitals volunteer their time to present these lectures to the community.

What do Mini-Med School students and real Harvard Medical students have in common?

  • The same faculty
  • The same lecture halls

How is Mini-Med School different?

  • No science background needed
  • No exams
  • No tuition -- all classes are FREE!

What happens at a Longwood Seminars Mini–Med School class?

  • Harvard Medical faculty present an overview of a medical topic – including basic physiology, state-of-the-art clinical treatments and relevant research
  • During the Q&A session, students have a chance to pose their questions to the experts
  • Students receive a class–specific packet of educational resource materials
  • Students earn a Mini–Med School certificate of completion if they attend three or more classes
  • Public school teachers can earn 10 PDPs if they attend all four classes and complete the assessment form for each session

What will I learn about?

Since 2001, attendees of the Mini-Med School program have learned about a broad range of topics, including: the human genome, nutrition, autism, sleep dynamics and health care access.

2013 Season:

Food and Vitamins and Supplements! Oh My!
Demystifying nutrition: the value of food, vitamins and supplements

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The Power of Zzzzs
Uncovering why sleep is essential to our well-being & how to get more of it

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It’s All In Your Head
Building better brains through neuroengineering

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Beyond Belief
Exploring the connection between personal beliefs and physical health

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2012 Season:

Patience and Patients
Understanding the spectrum of Alzheimer's disease

Singing in the Shower to Shaking in Your Boots
The science of emotion

Panning for Therapeutic Gold
Cancer genetics

Haute Culture
Tailoring stem cells to make us well

2011 Season:

The Race to Grace
Surviving stress

Living Long, Living Well
Aging with flourish

From Vision to Touch
Exploring the five senses

Food for Thought
Genetically modified nourishment