Mini Medical School

TL Foundation provides mini medical school courses for students through Seattle Mini Medical School and for the general public audience through Mini Medical School for the Public.

History of the Name
In 1989, the chancellor of the University of Colorado (CU) in Denver 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 and his own inspiration and wisdom, 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 (NIH, Office of Science Education,

Seattle Mini Medical School
Hello, my name is Tan Lam.  I am the founder and president of TL Foundation and Seattle Mini Medical School.  Why did I establish these two organizations? TL Foundation’s first purpose was to organize medical teams to provide free medical services to Vietnamese refugees in Southeast Asia.  When the last Vietnamese refugee camp closed, TLF reincorporated in Washington State in 1998 to support medical missions, education, and other nonprofit organizations.

After graduating from Dartmouth College, I went back to my alma mater to teach Science.  My goal was to teach for three to five years and then return to medical school.  That was 24 years ago. It was then that I altered my trajectory from becoming a Physician to becoming a Teacher. As a former refugee, a school dropout, and an English language learner, my teachers went the extra mile to help me.  I believe that becoming a teacher is one of the best ways to honor these teachers from times past.  I chose a path “less traveled” by most Vietnamese.

As my teaching career winds down, I have begun to think about what legacy I will leave behind when my life has passed. School Dropout, War Refugee, Ivy Leaguer, and Classroom Teacher; these four phrases also form the titles for three chapters of my graphic novel and memoir.  I would be honored if you
would join me for my final chapter of Dreams from Vietnam.

What is my final dream? In 2019, the Washington State Board of Education approved the TL Foundation to establish the Seattle Mini Medical School (SMMS), which provides full curriculum for grades 6-12.  SMMS will be a blended learning college preparatory school that focuses on STEM, Medicine, and Medical Mission.  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 early on in their education.  Our medical mission will provide students with clinical experiences that instill compassion and help students understand the true meaning of medicine and service.  My final chapter of Dreams from Vietnam is to guide, encourage, and educate the future physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to have compassion for the poor and needy both locally and globally.

So that by joining me we can accomplish my final dream: to live out new chapters of this journey and create a never-ending story in which you are the new author.

Would you please consider make a donation to the Tu Luong Foundation? Please click on Paypal button or scan the QR Code the button below to make a donation through Paypal.  Thank you.


General Public Audience
TLF provides mini medical school courses designed for the general public, who are interested in learning more about diseases and how the body works. 

Who are the Mini Med School Teachers?
Doctors, professors, researchers, and other healthcare Professional who are changing the way we care for ourselves.

Sample Topics:
Alzheimer’s Disease
Emergency Medicine: Real Cases From the ER
Viral Hepatitis
Sickle Cell Disease
Multiple Sclerosis
Prostate Cancer
Keeping the Beat: Restoring Rhythms of the Heart
Collapsed Lung! How to Treat a Pneumothorax
From Aedes to Zika: the Resurgence of Mosquito-Borne Viruses in the Americas
High-Tech Minimally Invasive Surgery
Advances in Urology from BPH to Erectile Dysfunction
Human Hardware: Hip and Knee Replacement
Physical Therapy: Optimizing Movement Through the Ages
Flaps R US: Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment, with patient presentation
Myths and Realities of Psychiatry: Depression – Diagnosis and Treatment
Psychiatric Drugs
Pathology in the Era of Genomics
Neuroendovascular Coils and Stents: Brain Surgery Without the Scars
Rheumatology: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia

General PUblic Audience (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: $30 per class
Class duration is between 60 to 75 minutes.
Graduates receive a certificate of completion (attending 7 or more sessions)

In Person Lecture:
Highline College Campus
2400 S 240th St
Des Moines, WA 98198

Online Lecture: Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, and/or Zoom

Contact Us
Email is the preferred method for initial contact. Thank you for your understanding and consideration.
Tan M Lam
2116 SW 152nd St Box 974
Seahurst, WA 98062