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Free Mini Medical School Offers Insight Into the Human Body

Updated 1022 days ago

The body can function like a fine-tuned machine and its various systems are fascinating but they don’t have to be mysterious.

For those who have always wanted to know more about how the body takes in oxygen and expels carbon dioxide, how the body fights off infections, or how blood circulates throughout the body, among other topics, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is hosting a Mini Medical School.

“Our goal with Mini Medical School is to help participants gain a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, biomedical research and academic medicine,” said Rebecca Trout, executive director, community relations, Office of Health Policy & Legislative Affairs.

A series of seven lectures beginning on March 23 will cover topics such as the respiratory system, the immune system, the nervous system, the cardiovascular system, the digestive system and health equity. All classes will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at UTMB’s Levin Hall, 1006 Market Street, Galveston.

“We also hope the program encourages students to become better patient advocates for both themselves and their loved ones,” Trout said. “In addition, our goal to make the public more aware for the incredible research and patient care performed by the outstanding clinicians and faculty members throughout UTMB.”

UTMB started the program in the 1990s. It was put on hiatus for several years but was brought back thanks to a UTMB President’s Cabinet award.

The series is free, open to those 16 and older and those interested can attend one or all sessions. But space is limited and registration is required. The registration deadline is March 16. To register visit or contact Rebecca Trout, 409-747-2734 or

If you go:

Levin Hall on the UTMB Galveston Campus
1006 Market (at 10th St.)

Free parking: The parking lot will be open to class attendees at 11th and Market

Course dates:

Article written by Raul Reyes

Raul Reyes, director of media relations at UTMB, has an extensive background in communications with more than 30 years experience in journalism. Before joining UTMB in 2007, he was an editor at The New York Times and also worked as an editor at the Dallas Morning News and the San Antonio Express-News. When he and his wife, Linda, worked at the Houston Chronicle in the 1980s, they used to dream about living and working in Galveston. Some things do come true. Raul is at UTMB and Linda edits a couple of Dallas magazines from their home in Galveston.

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