January 20, 2009 — If you've always dreamed of going to medical school, but settled for weekly infusions of "Scrubs," "Grey's Anatomy" or "E.R ," now's your chance to go for free.
That's right: no cost, no grades, no tests. And you get a certificate stating that you are a graduate of the University of Virginia's Mini-Med School.
U.Va's School of Medicine will again offer its seven-week Mini-Med School from March 26 through May 7. Everyone from high school students to senior citizens are welcome. However, facilities limit enrollment to 139, the size of a medical school class.
Each week, one of the medical school's most popular professors will discuss topics such as anatomy, aging, cell signaling, diabetes, cancer, hypertension and AIDS. Following each presentation, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and talk with the speaker informally. On one evening, small groups will visit research labs
Classes will meet on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. in Jordan Hall at the School of Medicine. Free parking is available.
To apply for admission, call 434-924-2563 or 434-924-5839 or apply online at the School of Medicine Web site.