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Stanford Continuing Studies is proud to present the Stanford Mini Med School, a series arranged and directed by Stanford’s School of Medicine. Featuring more than thirty distinguished faculty, scientists, and physicians from Stanford’s prestigious medical school, this series of courses will offer students a dynamic introduction to the world of human biology, health and disease, and the groundbreaking changes taking place in medical research and health care.


The fall quarter course will get started with a journey inside human biology. We will start by familiarizing ourselves with the world of very small things. We will take a close look at DNA, stem cells, and microbes, and see how these and other small players form the building blocks of the human body. This will allow us to understand how human organs develop (and can also regenerate), how our nervous and immune systems work, and how diseases can afflict us. From there, the course will move beyond the individual and take a more global view of health. How do pandemics take shape? How does the environment affect our collective health? And how can we finally implement a healthcare system that makes sense for our nation? Various experts from the Stanford School of Medicine will address these and other big picture questions during the first course in the Stanford Mini Med School.



Released with a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license.

Mini Med School: Dynamics of Human Health Stanford

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Stanford Continuing Studies is proud to present the Stanford Mini Med School, a series arranged and directed by Stanford’s School of Medicine. Featuring more than thirty distinguished faculty, scientists, and physicians from Stanford’s prestigious medical school, this series of courses will offer students a dynamic introduction to the world of human biology, health and disease, and the groundbreaking changes taking place in medical research and health care.


The fall quarter course will get started with a journey inside human biology. We will start by familiarizing ourselves with the world of very small things. We will take a close look at DNA, stem cells, and microbes, and see how these and other small players form the building blocks of the human body. This will allow us to understand how human organs develop (and can also regenerate), how our nervous and immune systems work, and how diseases can afflict us. From there, the course will move beyond the individual and take a more global view of health. How do pandemics take shape? How does the environment affect our collective health? And how can we finally implement a healthcare system that makes sense for our nation? Various experts from the Stanford School of Medicine will address these and other big picture questions during the first course in the Stanford Mini Med School.



Released with a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license.

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    1. The Physician in Modern Society (September 22, 2009)

    1. The Physician in Modern Society (September 22, 2009)

    Abraham C. Verghese MC, MACP, Professor of Medicine and the Stanford University School of Medicine discusses the human side of practicing medicine. (September 22, 2009)

    • 1 hr 11 min
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    2. The 3 Rs of DNA: Molecules to Medicine (September 25, 2009)

    2. The 3 Rs of DNA: Molecules to Medicine (September 25, 2009)

    Gilbert Chu discusses how DNA works and recombination works, and how these great discoveries are both advantageous and problematic for medicinal treatment. (September 25, 2009)

    • 1 hr 43 min
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    3. Stem Cells & Tissue Regeneration (October 6, 2009)

    3. Stem Cells & Tissue Regeneration (October 6, 2009)

    Dr. Jill Helms, Associate Professor of Surgery at the Stanford School of Medicine, discusses developments in stem cell research and the future of regenerative medicine. (October 6, 2009)

    • 1 hr 49 min
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    4. Insights Into the Brain of an Autistic Child (October 13, 2009)

    4. Insights Into the Brain of an Autistic Child (October 13, 2009)

    Richard Dolmetsch, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology at Stanford, discusses the functions of the brain and the nervous system as they relate to autistic disorders. (October 13, 2009)

    • 1 hr 48 min
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    5. Genomics and Personalized Medicine (October 20, 2009)

    5. Genomics and Personalized Medicine (October 20, 2009)

    Michael Snyder, Professor of Genetics and Chair of the Department of Genetics at Stanford, discusses advances in gene sequencing, the impact of genomics on medicine, and the potential for personalized medicine. (October 20, 2009)

    • 1 hr 47 min
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    6. The World Within Us: Microbes That Help and Harm (October 27, 2009)

    6. The World Within Us: Microbes That Help and Harm (October 27, 2009)

    Julie Theriot, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford, discusses the different types of microorganisms present in the human body and their functions. (October 27, 2009)

    • 1 hr 51 min

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