“Aging and Medical Science: A Mini Medical School to Prepare for Life’s Second Half”
2013 Course Schedule
Saturday, February 2
9 a.m. Polypharmacy: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of having Lots of Drugs to Treat Lots of Diseases
Calvin H. Hirsch, M.D.
Dr. Hirsch, a Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine and Geriatrics as well as the Mini Medical Program interim director, talks about Polypharmacy (defined as taking 5 or more medications on a regular basis) and what drugs that should be minimized or avoided in old age because of their potential for adverse reactions.
10 a.m. The Nosology of the Runny Nose from Someone Who Knows: An Allergist’s Perspective on Rhinitis in Older Persons
Suzanne Teuber, M.D.
A Professor of Medicine specializing in Allergy and Rheumatology, Dr. Teuber will present on rhinitis in older persons and how the different types of rhinitis can be diagnosed and treated.
Saturday, February 9
9 a.m. Obama care & you: What the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Means for Medicare Patients
Patrick Romano, M.D.
Dr. Romano, a leading expert on assessing the quality of health care, will walk you through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and what it means to you or your loves ones who are now on Medicare.
10 a.m. Untangling the Tau of Memory Loss: New Hopes for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Alzheimer Disease
Dan Mungas, Ph.D.
A leading expert and researcher in Alzheimer's disease, Dr. Mungas is the associate director of the UC Davis Alzheimer Disease Research Center. During his lecture, he will describe what's been learned about Alzheimer Disease that gives us hope that newer, more effective, and perhaps even preventive therapies might be on the horizon.
Saturday, February 16
9 a.m. Alternatives to Open Heart Surgery for People Who Are Too Sick or Too Frail for Major Surgery
Jason H. Rogers, M.D.
Dr. Rogers, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and Director of Interventional Cardiology at UCDMC, has been at the forefront of recent innovations in interventional cardiology. Here, he will show you slides of what these innovations are, and how they have enabled frailer individuals who are not candidates for a major surgical procedure to receive therapies that can enhance the duration and quality of life. Warning! Some of these slides are graphic and not for the squeamish! But then again, learning about diseases of aging is why you’re Mini-Medical Students!
10 a.m. The Mini-Medical School Magical Medical Mystery Tour
Dr. Faith Fitzgerald, MD
A Professor of Medicine and a Master and former Regent of the American College of Physicians, merges her skills as a history buff, raconteur, and one of the world's foremost clinical diagnosticians to take you on the ultimate foray into historical forensics. If you loved Quincy, can't wait until the next episode of CSI, or enjoy a good mystery, pull out your magnifying glass and deer-stalker cap, concentrate hard, and see if you can come up with the diagnosis before she reveals it to you!
Saturday, February 23
9 a.m. Keeping Going with Failing Joints: Non-Operative Management of Symptomatic Osteoarthritis of the Hip & Knee
Barton Wise, MD
Dr. Wise, an Assistant Professor of Medicine and a rheumatologist, will discuss non-operative management of osteoarthritis, including what you can do to keep yourself as functional as possible. If you or someone you know has painful hips or knees due to osteoarthritis, you'll want to pay attention to this informative lecture by this very talented researcher and clinician.
10 a.m. Depression in Older Adults: What Causes It, How It Presents, and How It’s Treated
Dr. Ladson Hinton, MD
Dr. Hinton, a Professor of Psychiatry, researcher, and geriatric psychiatrist, will explore clues and biological factors that can contribute to old-age depression, and how it can be treated. One thing is certain, if you miss this lecture, you will be depressed!
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Commencement and Awarding of Diplomas
Closing reflections from Dr. Lee Jones, M.D. Refreshments and taking of the 2013 class photograph.