EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-EAU CLAIRE PRESS RELEASE) – Learning about the complexities of the human body and cutting-edge health care is at the heart of an innovative Academy of Medicine Program offered this spring thanks to a collaboration between Mayo Clinic Health System and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The Academy of Medicine program offers a unique learning opportunity for anyone who wants to better understand the body and the systems that make life possible. The six-week program is open to everyone from high school students who may be interested in a career in health care to retirees who may want to learn more about what makes them different.
According to Dr. Timothy Young, neurologist and medical director of the Mayo Clinic Health System, “This program is for anyone curious about medical school, showing the path and the content in a stimulating format.”
The Academy of Medicine program will be held for six consecutive Mondays, April 1-May 6, at UW-Eau Claire. Each week, a physician from the Mayo Clinic Health System will provide a 60-minute presentation followed by a 30-minute activity in their area of expertise. Weekly sessions will include topics such as neurology, cardiology and orthopedics. While the academy isn’t the place for attendees to ask specific personal medical questions, Young says the sessions will be filled with important information for people of all ages.
The Medical Academy program is free for students 16 and older, and the six-week program is $50 for all other participants. All sessions will be held from 6-7:30 pm in room 1415 of Centennial Hall at UW-Eau Claire.
Dr. Julie Anderson, director of the UW-Eau Claire Health Career Center, says the Medical Academy Program offers high school and college students a truly unique opportunity.
“Any student considering a career in medicine should take advantage of this incredible opportunity,” says Anderson. “Physicians will learn about important medical topics and lead interactive demonstrations. It will be exciting for participants to get a taste of what medical education is like.”
Young and Anderson say the goal of the program is to help the public learn about the basic systems in the body and how the wonders of modern medicine can improve a patient’s quality of life.
Young, who has worked for Mayo Clinic Health System since 2008, has been the driving force behind the Medical Academy Program. After helping similar efforts take shape in other communities, Young worked with Anderson to form a collaborative team of professionals from UW-Eau Claire and Mayo Clinic Health System to help realize the dream of a medical academy open to the public.
Thanks to years of transformative collaboration between UW-Eau Claire and Mayo Clinic Health System, which recently extended and expanded the research agreement that was first signed in 2017, Young says his ambitious goal to create a program for giving students and the public a taste of medical school is now a reality.
“The Academy of Medicine embodies the educational and research collaboration between our campuses. We want our community to see what we can achieve together, now and in the future.”
The commencement session for the Academy of Medicine Program will focus on neurology, led by Young, whose path to medicine included several detours. The second session will focus on orthopedics and will feature Dr. Amy Rantala. The third session will be in cardiology, presented by Dr. Andrew Calvin, and Dr. Michael Colgan will present on dermatology in the fourth session of the program. Dr. Jason Beckermann will present on surgery and the gastrointestinal system in the fifth session, and Dr. Mark Deyo Svendsen will lead academy participants through a holistic body review in the sixth and final session.
The final session on May 6 will feature a graduation event for academy participants who complete the course.
For more information and to enroll in the Medical Academy Program, visit uwec.ly/medicalacademy.
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