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Mini-Med School

What is Mini-Med School?

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Offered as a public service by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Mini-Med School is a series of tuition-free classes designed to help Baltimore residents improve their health and well being. Mini-Med School lectures are presented by faculty physicians in medical school classrooms, but you don't need a background in science to attend.

Mini-Med School is open to everyone. The five weekly sessions are designed to be casual, fun, and informative, while focusing on health care issues that are important to everyone.

Previous classes have focused on glaucoma, diabetes, and hypertension and heart health. Mini-Med School participants have also learned about childhood vaccinations, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. Each class includes a question and answer session. A graduation ceremony is held during the final class and participants receive a special certificate marking the occasion.

The idea to host a Mini-Med School program at the University of Maryland grew out of a desire to reach out to the residents who live in the communities surrounding the School of Medicine.

In addition to providing the public with important health care information, the goal of the University of Maryland's mini-med school is to raise the public's awareness of biomedical research and the importance of enrolling in clinical trials. Mini-med school helps us to give a lay audience a better understanding of the basic terms and concepts used in the biomedical sciences, the processes involved in science and the importance of research to modern society.

Mini-Med School is presented in cooperation with the National Institutes of Health and the Association of American Medical Colleges.


Mini-Medschool will be held in the ballroom of the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center. The campus center is located on the second floor of 621 W. Lombard Street, which is next door to the School of Nursing and across the street from the hospital’s emergency room entrance. This location is convenient to multiple bus lines, including stops at Greene and Lombard Streets, and Lombard and MLK. Complimentary parking will also be available in the Pratt Street garage, located at Pratt and Penn Streets. This location is necessary due to renovations being done in the MSTF auditorium where we held hold Mini-Med in the past.


Mini-Med School will take place this year on Tuesday evenings. The time is still 6pm-8pm. Classes start on Tuesday, October 3, and end with graduation on Tuesday, November 7. 


Public Transportation Information: 

This location is easily accessible via public transportation both on MTA buses and the Circulator by getting off at either the Lombard and Greene Street or Lombard and MLK Boulevard bus stops.

Parking Information 

Free garage parking is available at the Penn Street and Pratt Street Garages.

Directions to the Penn Street and Pratt Street Garages

  • From I-95
          • Take exit 53 for I-395/MLK Blvd (towards Downtown Baltimore) (.5 mi)
          • Merge onto I-395 (.3 mi)
          • Take the MLK Jr. Blvd exit (.4 mi)
          • Slight Left at N MLK Jr. Blvd (.7)
          • Turn Right at W. Pratt St.
  • For Penn Garage: Turn Left at first traffic light onto Penn St; entrance to the Penn Street Garage will be on the left. Guest will walk out of the garage and take a left onto Penn St.; they will then go right onto Lombard St.; the SMC Campus Center will be located about half a block east on your right hand side.

  • For Pratt Garage: Pass through one light, crossing over Penn St.; turn left for the entrance to the Pratt Street Garage. Guests may enter the SMC Campus Center from level 3 on the East side of the garage (when there is security coverage).

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For more information about Mini-Med School, please contact:

Caelie Haines
Public Relations Manager
(410) 706-7508