NORTHEAST OHIO NEOUCOM develops lectures for public



Infectious diseases will be addressed.
ROOTSTOWN -- Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine has developed a Mini Medical School for the Community to inform Northeast Ohio residents about various health-related topics.
Infectious diseases will be the topic of the first four-session program scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on four consecutive Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 14.
The classes are tailored to the general public. No math or science background is necessary, and participants will not be asked to complete homework or exams, said Lisa Lambert, NEOUCOM spokeswoman.
The course is free. In lieu of a registration fee, participants are invited to make a $30 tax-deductible donation to the NEOUCOM Foundation. The registration deadline is Aug. 31, Lambert said.
She said lectures will be in easily understood language. There will be hands-on learning exercises and an opportunity to interact with NEOUCOM medical students.
Lecture topics
Instructors for the Mini Medical School, and their topics, are:
Sept. 14: "Overview of Infectious Disease," Dr. John Docherty, Ph.D., chairman and professor of microbiology and immunology.
Sept. 21: "Infectious Disease and the Community," Dr. Marguerite Erme, assistant professor of community medicine at NEOUCOM, and disease control medical officer for the Akron Health Department.
Sept. 28: "Infectious Disease and Your Family," Dr. James Tan, chairman of the infectious disease section and professor of internal medicine at NEOUCOM, and chairman of the department of medicine for Summa Health System, Akron City Hospital.
Oct. 5: "Your Medical School and Its Role in the Community," Dr. Lois M. Nora, NEOUCOM president; Polly Moss, assistant dean for student affairs and admissions; LuAnn Linson Coldwell, coordinator for student professional development, and instructor of community health sciences.
NEOUCOM is a consortium of the University of Akron, Kent State University and Youngstown State University in association with several area hospitals.

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