This is not a course of clinical lectures. We present something
that only a medical school can: basic science as it relates to
medicine. Some schools have packaged a random assortment of lectures
(based it seems on the availability of willing speakers) for their Mini
Med School, but this tends not to be a successful approach. We survey
what a medical student learns during the first two years of an American
or Canadian medical school, and arrange the talks so there is a sense of
continuity. Other schools have varied the program, doing cardiology one
year and cancer the next, for example.
In our first series, topics were cell biology, biochemistry and
metabolism, molecular biology and genetic engineering, immunology,
virology, neurosciences, endocrinology, and oncology. In response to
audience feedback, topics in the second series of classes were anatomy
and physiology, cell biology, molecular biology and genetics,
immunology, virology, neurosciences, endocrinology, and cancer.
Pharmacology and pathology were later additions. It does depend to some
extent on the expertise of your best teachers, and their availability.