The Return of Mini-Med School 2.0

Needles, Bites and Heart: Topics for Spring Mini-Med Series at UA College of Medicine Phoenix

Mini-Med School


Speakers talking about acupuncture, cardiac arrest and snake bites highlight the spring 2015 series of Mini-Medical School 2.0 at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.

Mini-Medical School 2.0 is a community lecture series held by the downtown Phoenix medical school that covers various cutting-edge health topics. The lecture take places on Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Virginia G. Piper Auditorium at the College of Medicine – Phoenix campus. The event is free.

Kicking off the series on March 11 is faculty member Jonathan Cartsonis, MD, who will deliver a presentation on the “Theory and Practice of Medical Acupuncture.” Dr. Cartsonis, a family physician who oversees the Rural Health Professions program at the college, will share his perspective from a traditional MD background in the use of acupuncture. The session will include a live acupuncture session and attendees will have an opportunity to try placing needles on an orange. To register, please click here.

The second spring session, on April 1, will feature a lecture from Bentley J. Bobrow, MD, who has been the medical director of the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma for the Arizona Department of Health Services. He has been instrumental in studies conducted by the university’s Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center. Dr. Bobrow will discuss the dramatically increased survival rates from cardiac arrest as a result of the research being done in Arizona. To register, please click here.

The spring series is capped by the May 6 lecture by Steven Curry, MD, the director of the Medical Toxicology Department at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, who will impart how the body responds to desert animal bites and how advanced research and technology has drastically improved patient care. Along with the lecture, the Phoenix Herpetological Society will showcase multiple exhibits of live snakes, including poisonous rattlesnakes and other animals. To register, please click here.

Check Out a Video from Last Year’s Mini-Med School 2.0


For more information, please go to or contact Barbara Quinlan at (602) 827-2024 or Registering early is recommended as last fall’s series sold out.




The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix admitted its inaugural class of first-year medical students in August 2007 and currently has 301 students training to be physicians. The UA College of Medicine – Phoenix inspires and trains individuals to become exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders who are life-long learners and inquisitive scholars and who will embrace professionalism, innovation and collaboration to optimize health and healthcare for all.


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