Public Invited Oct. 11 to UAMS ‘Mini Medical School’

By David Robinson

The program, which includes a boxed dinner, costs $10 and is from 6-8 p.m. on the 12th floor of the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute on the UAMS campus. To register, call (501) 526-4232 or email The registration deadline is Oct. 5

The Mini Medical School will teach participants what goes on every day in classrooms, research labs, patient rooms and operating rooms.

The two-hour program will include presentations from two College of Medicine doctors who treat patients and teach medical school students. They will provide the latest scientific news in their fields to help participants make informed decisions about their own health and the health of loved ones.

UAMS’ Alexander “Sandy” Burnett, M.D., chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, will discuss innovative research advances in gynecologic oncology, including a new study of whether search-and-rescue dogs can be trained to detect a specific scent from ovarian cancer. The study has the potential to provide a much-needed screening test for this disease.

Matthew D. Katz, M.D., a urologic oncologist specializing in laparoscopic and robotic surgery, will lecture on the basics of prostate cancer.

Both Burnett and Katz have been the first in Arkansas to offer certain minimally invasive surgeries, significantly improving patients’ pain and recovery time.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Related Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. Named best Little Rock metropolitan area hospital by U.S. News & World Report, it is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,836 students and 761 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit or