About the Longwood Seminars
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.
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
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