Classes are held on 6 consecutive Saturday mornings February 3-March 10, 2018 from 9:00-11:30 AM. All classes are held on the UC Davis Main Campus.

Please Note: We're extending the classes by 30 minutes to accommodate a structured question & answer period after each lecture presentation.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

  • Aging: Embracing the Process and Optimizing Your Health—Barbara Neyhart, M.D.
  • Medication Management in Modern Times—Timothy Cutler, Pharm.D.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

  • The Aging Respiratory Tract and Common Lung Problems—Michael Schivo, M.D., MAS
  • Walking away from the Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes.
    What you can do to lower your risk
    —Pamela Prescott, M.D., MHS, MPH

Saturday, February 17, 2018

  • Osteoporosis, Fracture Risk and Prevention—John Robbins, M.D.
  • Preventing Falls—Christy Adams, R.N., MPH

Saturday February 24, 2018

  • Stroke—Kwan Ng, M.D.,Ph.D.
  • What's Healthy Brain Aging—Charles DeCarli, M.D.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

  • Heart Disease Prevention: what you need to know—Amparo Villablanca, M.D.
  • Aging Eye—Jeffrey Caspar, M.D.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

  • Aging and Sexuality in Northern California: Like a Fine Wine?—Edward Callahan, Ph.D.
  • The Medicare Mysteries: Which plan is best for you and why do drugs cost so much?—Patrick Romano, M.D., MPH and Jeffrey S. Hoch, Ph.D.
    In this talk, Drs. Romano and Hoch from the UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research will help shed light on some of the more common mysteries surrounding Medicare. Dr. Romano is a primary care physician whose research focuses on developing, testing, and validating health care quality measures, and using outcomes data to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care. He will talk about how to make sense of all the information reported on, and how to use the available information to pick the best Medicare Advantage plan for your needs. Jeffrey Hoch has a PhD in health economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and has delivered over 200 invited presentations in 15 countries. He will talk about why the cost of drugs for seniors is so high, and how we could lower Medicare drug costs in the future.
  • Mini Medical School Commencement Address—Bob Dunning

2018 Mini Medical School U.C. Davis Faculty


Barbara Neyhart, M.D.
Geriatrician, Family Physician
Director, UC Davis Health Mini Medical School Program

Timothy Cutler, Pham.D.
Pharmacy Supervisor, UC Davis Health System, Primary Care
Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Pharmacy
Associate Clinical Professor, UCD School of Medicine
link to bio: Timothy Cutler, Pharm.D.

Michael Schivo, M.D., MAS
Pulmonary and Critical Care specialist
Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
link to bio: Michael Schivo M.D., MAS

Pamela T. Prescott, M.D., MHS, MPH
Specialist in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Professor of Internal Medicine
link to bio: Pamela T. Prescott, M.D., MHS, MPH

John Robbins, M.D., MHS
Professor of Internal Medicine
Researcher in Hip fracture, Osteoporosis, Women's and Cardiovascular Health
Link to bio: John Robbins, M.D.

Christy Adams, R.N., MPH
Trauma and Critical Care nurse specialist
Coordinator for UCDHD Trauma Prevention program
Link to bio: Christy Adams, R.N., MPH
Link to relevant article in Sacramento Bee: More boomers at risk for falls; ER rates increase

Kwan Ng, M.D., Ph.D.
Specialist in Neurology
Director of Vascular Neuology
Link to bio: Kwan Ng, M.D., Ph.D.
Link to relevant article: Ng named director of UC Davis Stroke Center

Charles DeCarli, M.D.
Professor of Neurology,
Director, UCDH Alzheimer's Disease Center
Link to bio: Charles DeCarli, M.D.

Amparo Villablanca, M.D.
Specialist in Cardiovascular Medine
Professor and Lazda Endowed Chair, Women's Cardiovascular Medicine
Director and Founder, UC Davis Women's Cardiovascular Medicine Program
Link to bio: Amparo Villablanca, M.D.
Link to relevant article: Spotlight: Amparo Villablanca, M.D.

Jeffrey Caspar, M.D.
Professor of Ophthalmology
Specialist in small-incision cataract surgery
Link to bio: Jeffrey Caspar, M.D.

Edward Callahan, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Researcher
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel at the Schools of Human Health Sciences
link to bio: Edward Callahan, Ph.D.

Patrick Romano, M.D., MPH
Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Link to bio: Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H.

Jeffrey S. Hoch, Ph.D.
Professor and Chief, Division of Health Policy and Management, Department of Public Health Sciences
Associate Director, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
Link to bio: Jeffrey S. Hoch, Ph.D.

2018 Mini Medical School Guest Faculty


Bob Dunning
Columnist, Davis Enterprise and City of Davis Man-About-Town
Link to DavisWiki Page: Bob Dunning

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