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Mini Med School 2012

Alpert Medical School’s First Mini Med School

Saturday, March 31, 2012
9:00am - 5:00pm
222 Richmond Street
Providence, RI 02903
Walk a mile in their shoes! Join us for Alpert Med's Mini Medical School.Walk a mile in their shoes! Join us for Alpert Med's Mini Medical School.

Would you like to see what it’s like to study medicine in a state-of-the-art building?

You’re invited to experience the fun and excitement of medical school, but none of the hard work!

Come learn in small group sessions taught by world-class faculty, spend time with current medical students, and enjoy all the new building has to offer. You’ll conclude the day with a celebratory reception, where President Ruth Simmons will be presented with the Brown Medical Alumni Association’s highest honor, the Artemis Joukowsky Award.

Registration is now closed, as capacity has been reached. If you are interested in participating in this program in the future, please contact Carlen Adler at AlpertMedical_Events@brown.edu or 401 863-6030.

Schedule of Events

9 – 10 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
9:15 – 10 a.m.
Medical School Tours (self-guided or student-led)
10 – 10:30 a.m.
Welcome and Orientation
10:40 – 11:40 a.m.
Small-Group Learning Session 1
11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
12:40 – 1:40 p.m.
Small-Group Learning Session 2
1:50 – 2:50 p.m.
Small-Group Learning Session 3
3 – 4 p.m.
Small-Group Learning Session 4
4 – 5 p.m.

Speakers & Topics

Welcome and Orientation
Philip Gruppuso, MD
Associate Dean for Medical Education, Alpert Medical School

Dr. Gruppuso will provide an overview of the preclinical and clinical curriculum, and will discuss the impact of the new building on medical education. Alpert Medical School’s goal is to train physicians who will provide informed and compassionate care while at the same time serving as leaders and change agents for the health care system.

Surgical Solutions: Repair, Regeneration, and Replacement in Joint Diseases
Roy Aaron, MD ADE’02 hon., P’98RES’10
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology, The Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University
Director, Brown/VA Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine and the Brown Program for Recovery from Trauma

Orthopedic conditions such as ligament injuries of the knee and arthritis are the leading cause of disability in this country and are increasing in prevalence. Despite intensive research efforts, much remains unknown about the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of joint diseases, and we are often faced with changing paradigms and product failures. We will review some of the highlights of new diagnostic and therapeutic interventions that provide insight into the causes of arthritis, and new biologic and prosthetic solutions to the loss of joint function. We will have a glimpse at functional diagnostic imaging, minimally invasive arthroscopic and computer-guided surgery, stem cells and instructive biomaterials for tissue engineering, internal and external prosthetics, and rehabilitation in virtual reality environments.

From Hasbro’s ER to the Palliative Care Center and the Classroom: What one clinical instructor is learning and teaching
Angela Anderson, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, The Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University
Director of Pediatric Palliative Care and Consultant in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Clinical Toxicology, Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Dr. Anderson tackles difficult questions every day: How do you care for your young patient and support their families? What do you do when you just can’t fix it? What services, both big and small, can help? The answers are layered and Dr. Anderson is working with Alpert medical students to ensure that they understand the complexity of serving the young and sick. Therapies to meet the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs are a top priority and a key focus in her presentation to students. In this discussion, Dr. Anderson addresses approaches to providing the best possible quality of life for her patients and how today’s doctors can approach medicine with increased mindfulness.

The Human Artificial Ovary
Sandra Carson, MD
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University
Director of Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, Women & Infants Hospital

Join Dr. Carson as she discusses the breakthrough which earned one of Time Magazine's top 10 medical breakthroughs in 2010. Modern cancer therapy has resulted in an impressive cure rate. It's not surprising that cancer patients want to preserve their fertility to conceive post-cure. A human artificial ovary may provide the ideal environment for such cultures. Learn how Dr. Carson's work could change the future for cancer survivors.

The Brain Drain in Pediatric Bipolar Disorder
Daniel Dickstein, MD, FAAP '93 MD'97
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior and Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, The Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University
Director, Bradley Hospital PediMIND Program

Bipolar disorder (BD) is a devastating illness whose incidence is up 40-fold in the past decade among children and adolescents. Why are so many kids being diagnosed with bipolar disorder? What is going on in the minds of these children? Please join Daniel Dickstein, MD, for a discussion of clinical controversies and cutting-edge research being conducted at Bradley Hospital/Brown University. This talk will also provide glimpses about a new research effort to create a novel brain-based treatment for bipolar disorder.

How the Brain Commands Movement
John Donoghue PhD’79, P’09, ‘12MD’16
Henry Merritt Wriston Professor of Neuroscience and Engineering
Director, Brown Institute for Brain Science

Our nervous system is capable of producing extraordinary actions – from playing piano to gymnastic feats to speech. When our brain is damaged the consequences on our ability to move can be devastating. Please join Dr. Donoghue for an overview of how our brain controls our muscles. This discussion will include one of the latest approaches to restoring movement following damage to the motor system, the brain computer interface.

Fixing Healthcare in America: The New Primary Care Model
Paul George, MD '01 MD'05 RES'08
 C0-Director of the Pre-Clinical Curriculum and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, The Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University
Staff Physician, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island

Join Dr. George for an engaging conversation about the state of healthcare in America, a topic affecting us all. In this session you will learn about integrated health systems which emphasize transformed primary care – with a specific focus on what is being done at Brown and in Rhode Island. Healthcare in America is broken and needs to be fixed. Share your thoughts on this thought provoking and widely debated topic.

Global Health: A Clinical Experience in Sub-Saharan Africa
Star Hampton, MD, FACOG
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director, Core Clerkship in Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University
Attending Physician, Women and Infants’ Hospital

Dr. Hampton travels annually to sub-saharan Africa with a team of physicians and physicians-in-training to operate on women with Obstetric Fistula, and to educate local surgeons and care providers on treatment options.  Be part of a discussion of the challenges of providing clinical services in a developing nation and the important role it plays in physician education. Hear firsthand accounts and see photos from her recent trip.

The National Children’s Study
Maureen Phipps, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Interim Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Epidemiology, The Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University
Interim Obstetrician and Gynecologist-in-Chief, Women & Infants Hospital
Interim Surgeon-in-Chief, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Rhode Island Hospital

The goal of the National Children’s Study is to learn how to improve the health and well-being of children. To do this, the National Children's Study will examine the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of 100,000 children across the United States, following them from before birth until age 21 years. By studying children’s health and development from before they are born into young adulthood, the Study hopes to determine what makes children healthy. Researchers also hope to better explain how the environment can impact children’s ability to grow into healthy adults.

Under the leadership of Professor Stephen Buka and Dr. Maureen Phipps, Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital have teamed together to conduct this research study in Rhode Island. The National Children’s Study Rhode Island will look at how children’s health and development are affected by their family health history and the social, natural, and physical environment of the places where they live, learn, and play. By contributing to the information doctors and scientists have about the role various factors have on health and disease, families in Rhode Island will help future generations for decades to follow.

The Anatomy of Anatomy
Dale Ritter, PhD
Morphology Course Director, The Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University
Senior Lecturer in Biology, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

During this session, participants will learn about the Medical School’s anatomy curriculum and see the lab firsthand.  Discussion will include Brown’s anatomical gift program: you’ll learn about how donors become part of the program, the preparation and use of cadavers during the anatomy course, and what happens to the cadavers when the course is finished.  In addition, current first-year medical students will discuss their experiences in the anatomy course.  Those interested will have the option to view an anatomical animal specimen demonstration, which is presented to all first-year students.

Dean's Circle


This fiscal year is the first for the Brown Medical Annual Fund’s Dean’s Circle recognition program. New donors of $5,000 or more to the BMAF in the 2012 fiscal year (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012) will be honored as inaugural members. Dean’s circle members will receive a complimentary registration for the first Mini-Med School and an invitation to an intimate dinner that evening at the home of Dean Edward and Professor Rena Wing, both scheduled for March 31.


The Mini Med School is supported by a bequest from Mrs. Ruth Cooke Peterson to establish an endowed lectureship (The Charles O. Cooke, MD, Distinguished Visiting Lectureship) in any branch of medicine which can hold promise of significant and lasting benefit to medical education at Brown or to the community or the delivery of health care services.