UAMS College of Medicine Mini Medical School Presents Medicine in the Movies

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Four-week Free Lecture Series Brings Medical Education to the Public


LITTLE ROCK – Popular films shown in movie theatres will serve to spark discussions about genetics, vision, nutrition and psychiatry at the 12th annual Mini Medical School presented by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine.


Mini Medical School is a series of free medical education lectures UAMS offers the general public each spring. The lectures will be held four consecutive Thursdays from April 14 through May 5. The programs begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Fred W. Smith Auditorium on the 12th floor of the Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute.


This year’s lectures will be:

  • April 14 – Film discussing vision. Medical experts will discuss vision, blindness and sight restorative surgery.
  • April 21 – Film discussing genetics. Medical experts will discuss bioethical issues surrounding manipulation in humans.
  • April 28 – Film discussing nutrition. Medical experts will discuss the problem of obesity and poor nutrition in Arkansas.  
  • May 5 – Film discussing psychiatry. Medical experts will discuss obsessive-compulsive disorder, its diagnosis and treatment.

See a more detailed description of the movies that will be shown in Mini Medical School this year.


Each seminar will include two lectures with a refreshment break in between. James Pasley, Ph.D., professor and assistant dean in the College of Medicine, is the coordinator of the series. Parking, including handicapped parking, will be at the UAMS Outpatient Parking Deck adjacent to the Stephens Spine Building.

To register online, go to For more information, call (501) 686-8520.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, five centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,200 students and 660 residents and is the state’s largest public employer with almost 9,000 employees. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.1 billion a year.


UAMS centers of excellence are the Arkansas Cancer Research Center, Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy and Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute.