Fresno Offers Mini Medical School for the Public


WHO: The Academic Senate at UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program will present a series of health-related lectures for the community.

WHAT: The public is invited to hear and ask questions of leading experts in medicine and health sciences at our sixth annual “Mini-Med School” series of six lectures for the general public on health issues related to the whole family.

WHEN: Tuesday evenings, starting Sept. 5 through Oct. 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: UCSF Fresno Center for Medical Education and Research, 155 N. Fresno Street.

Parking available off of Illinois Street in the UCSF Fresno lot.

For information, please call (559) 499-6421

Mini Med School Course Director: Rais Vohra MD FACEP FACMT
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, UCSF Fresno Medical Center


Session 1: September 5 2017 (5:30 — 7:30 pm)

The Neonatal ICU: The State of the Art 2017

Presenter: Stephen Elliott, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF Fresno
Attending Neonatologist, Community Medical Centers

The Mini Med School journey begins with the smallest and most fragile patients. Neonatology is a subspecialty of pediatrics that consists of the medical care of newborn infants. The role of the neonatologist and other specialists as they work together in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This incredible presentation includes a virtual tour of the NICU.


Pediatric ICU: Exceptional Care for the Sickest Kids

Presenter: Thianchai (Tom) Bunnalai MD
Medical Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, UCSF Fresno Medical Center

The brand new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Community Regional Medical Center admits children of all ages for a variety of common as well as rare disorders, and represents a real advance for families in Fresno who need specialized care locally. Join us as the PICU physicians and staff explain their role in caring for critically ill children in our new, state-of-the-art PICU at Community Regional Medical Center.


Session 2: September 12 2017 (5:30—7:30 pm)

True Tales from Poison Control

Presenter: Serena Huntington PhamD
Specialist in Poisoning Information, California Poison Control System
Assistant Professor, UCSF School of Pharmacy

Every day, California Poison Control fields calls from parents, paramedics, nurses, pharmacists, and doctors who want to discuss a poisoning emergency. Whether you have a question or an acute exposure, the experts at the poison control center are ready to answer your questions and offer expert advice. Well review common poisoning exposures and how you can poison-proof your home.


Snakebite 911: Prevention and First Aid for California Snakebites

Rais Vohra MD FACEP FACMT, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Associate Medical Director, California Poison Control System Fresno-Madera Division
Mark Halvorsen, Directory of Herpetology, Fresno Chaffee Zoo

A snakebite is the last thing any hiker wants while exploring California’s beautiful parks and forests—but preparing adequately for such an emergency could help you greatly in case it ever happens to you.  In a very special collaboration, UCF Fresno has teamed up with the Herpetology team at Fresno Chaffee Zoo to help educate the public about venomous snakes and snakebite. In this talk we will learn which species of venomous snakes are found in California, and how to treat yourself or a companion if a rattlesnake causes an unpleasant surprise out on the Central Valley trails. Fresno Chaffee Zoo staff will be on hand to share their expertise, and they may even bring some fanged friends along for an unforgettable show-and-tell!


Session 3: September 19 2017 (5:30—7:30 pm)

Advances in the Science and Treatment of Cancer

Presenter: Gregory Gilmore MD
Hematology-Oncology Fellow, UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program

Cancer is frequently discussed in the media, but most people may not understand what it really is or how it damages the body. Our understanding of cancer has advanced considerably in recent decades, which has fortunately led to remarkable treatments and, most importantly, given countless families hope after a diagnosis is made. This presentation will explain the basics of cancer and its manifestations, and summarize treatment options for common types of malignancies.


Palliative Care and Hospice Medicine

Presenter: Patrick MacMillan MD
Director, Palliative Care Medicine Division and Fellowship
Associate Professor, UCSF Fresno

Whether caring for a loved one with terminal illness or facing an incurable condition ourselves, we will all someday desire the same thing: a meaningful end to our life’s journey. This presentation will discuss the options and choices for end-of-life care that patients and families should know about to help achieve that most important of life goals, which is to pass to the beyond with dignity and a sense of peace.


Session 4: September 26 2017 (5:30—7:30 pm)

Women and Heart Disease

Teresa Daniele, MD
Director, UCSF Fresno Cardiovascular Fellowship
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Fresno

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in women. Back by popular demand, this encore presentation by Dr Daniele will discuss what heart disease actually is, who is at risk for developing the disease, and how it can be prevented.


Everyday Neurology: Brain Science for the Non-Clinician

Presenter: Mark Stecker MD
Clinical Professor and Director of Neurology, UCSF Fresno

Although the human brain is a remarkable and complex organ, many illness patterns can be detected just by watching how people talk, move and behave. Join us on a fascinating journey of learning as Dr Stecker discusses common disorders affecting the nervous system, and their prevention and cure.


Session 5: October 3 2017 (5:30—7:30 pm)

 Tell Me What’s Bothering You: A World Tour of Emergency Medicine

Presenter: Xian Li MD
UCSF Fresno Emergency Medical Education Fellow
Former Volunteer, Doctors Without Borders

Patients never plan to come to the ER, but you never know when you or a loved one may need to call 911. Knowing what to expect if you do have to visit your local emergency room can help everyone navigate the sometimes chaotic realm of “medicine’s front door.” Dr Li has spent time on the front lines in some of the world’s most under-resourced emergency departments and will share his insights about the core values and general approach that physicians take to emergency care, regardless of setting.


When Skin Tells a Story: Rashes from Near and Far

Presenter: Greg Simpson, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF Fresno
Director, UCSF Fresno Division of Dermatology

Changes in a person’s skin can represent many things from unsafe behavior during a local epidemic to an unlucky transmission from across the globe. In this session, sexually transmitted diseases that are prevalent right here in Fresno as well as a collection of unusual dermatology syndromes from international settings will be discussed.


Session 6: October 10 2017 (5:30—7:30 pm)

Simulation in Medical Education: Hands on Experiences

Stacy Sawtelle Vohra, MD
Director of Education, UCSF Fresno Clinical Skills Lab
Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director, UCSF Fresno

Stuart Maxwell, MD
Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF Fresno Emergency Medicine
Simulation Skills Lab Technical Director, UCSF Fresno
Medical Director, CRMC Emergency Department

Ever wonder how doctors learn to be doctors? Transitioning from medical student to physician requires deliberate practice of medical decision making skills and procedural skills prior to taking care of real patients. Lecture participants will experience firsthand the application of high-tech simulation in medical education. Mini-Med students will have the opportunity to interact with high-fidelity mannequins and task trainers used to teach medical students and physicians.


Medical Informatics for Patient Health: The Future is Now

Ednann Naz, MD, MPH
Physician Engagement & Clinical Optimization
Community Regional Medical Center

Bring your smartphones and tablets as you Join Dr Naz for this unique workshop on consumer health informatics. Among a host of phone and web-based health tools now available, it can be challenging to distinguish the helpful products from the digital “snake oil.” This tech clinic will walk participants through apps and websites that can help patients to understand how to better manage their medications, monitor their progress from home, and meet supportive people with similar conditions online.



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