Mini Medical School for the Public

Mini Medical School includes programs for the general public and for middle and high school students.

What Is Mini Medical School?

Twenty years ago the chancellor of the University of Colorado (CU) raised a concern about the relationship between the CU Medical School and the surrounding community. He worried that the public did not really understand or appreciate what the medical school was about. The chancellor asked Dr. J. John Cohen to come up with a way to show people what the CU medical school does. With that charge, Dr. Cohen created the first Mini Medical School. The program is typically a lecture series that meets once a week and provides “mini-med students” information on some of the same subjects studied by “real” medical students. Mini-Med School students do not need a science background to attend. Today more than 70 medical schools, universities, research institutions, and hospitals across the nation offer Mini-Med School for the public (NIH, Office of Science Education,

Seattle Mini Medical School

In 2018, Washington State Board of Education approved Tu Luong Medical Mission Foundation application to establish grades 6-12 Seattle Mini Medical School (SMMS) that focuses on STEM and Medicine. In addition, our medical mission provides students with clinical experiences that instill compassion and help students understand the true meaning of medicine and service. SMMS is designed for students who are serious about pursuing a career in medicine. SMMS provides a way to expose high school students to the basic science of medicine and clinical skills very early in their education.

Mini Medical School for the Public

Mini Medical School for the Public’s courses are designed for adult learners and students, who are interested in learning more about diseases and how the body works. The presnters include doctors, professors, researchers, and other healthcare Professional who are changing the way we care for ourselves.

Sample Topics:

Alzheimer’s Disease
Emergency Medicine
Viral Hepatitis
Sickle Cell Disease
Multiple Sclerosis
Prostate and Breast Cancer
Rhythms of the Heart
Collapsed Lung! How to Treat a Pneumothorax
From Aedes mosquitoes to Zika
High-Tech Minimally Invasive Surgery
Urology from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia to Erectile Dysfunction
Hip and Knee Replacement
Physical Therapy
Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
Myths and Realities of Psychiatry: Depression – Diagnosis and Treatment
Psychiatric Drugs
Pathology in the Era of Genomics
Brain Surgery Without the Scars
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia

Mini Medical School for the Public: Non-Credit
  • A fast-paced weekend and/or evening showing the latest research in action
  • Get a taste of medical school without reading, writing, and exams
  • An interactive learning experience
  • This program will explore our current understanding of today’s compelling health issues from diagnosis and treatment to prevention
  • An opportunity to ask questions
  • A celebration of hope for everybody
  • Tuition: $20 per online class or $30 per on-campus class
  • Class duration is between 60 to 75 minutes.
  • Graduates receive a certificate of completion (attending 7 or more sessions)
Online or On-Campus

Highline College
2400 S 240th St
Des Moines, WA 98198


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Tan M. Lam

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