Community Education

  • What is Mini Medical School?

    Student Demonstration

    Each year, the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine hosts a variety of educational programs, Mini-Medical Schools, locally, across the state of Iowa and nationally, which offer a unique insight into the world of science and medicine at the University of Iowa. For an evening, students – ranging in age from high school students to retirees – with a shared interest in research, medicine and health, embark on a journey examining the scientific foundations of health and disease. Presented in a lecture format and in a language everyone can understand, your instructors are world renowned University of Iowa experts making biomedical discoveries that lead to better treatments, cures and prevention.

    In addition to learning from our world-renowned faculty in the classroom, students have the opportunity to take part in hands-on, experiential activities, or mini-lectures before most classes. Designed to give a glimpse into ways that today’s medical students are learning, activities include exploring the facilities, engaging with current medical students, seeing the latest medical devices, learning about clinical trials and up-close looks at specimens. 

    Enrolling in Mini Medical School will give you the opportunity to:

    • Learn from the University of Iowa's world-class experts
    • Participate in hands-on learning activities
    • Hear about leading-edge research and new medical therapies
    • Engage in discussion with others with a shared interest in the health sciences

    Even better, there is no prerequisite, no entrance exam and no major financial commitment! The majority of the Mini Medical School programs are offered at no cost.

    Iowa City Three-week Series

    Every spring, the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine hosts a multiple week Mini-Medical School series, consisting of three three-hour Tuesday evening sessions covering a wide spectrum of the latest breakthroughs in medicine and science. This is hosted at the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. Simply sign up for this series of affordable evening classes. Tuition covers all three weeks of lectures, course materials, food and parking. This program often reaches capacity and fills up quickly.

    Statewide and Nationwide

    Held in various cities across Iowa and the country, these programs aim at educating our alumni, friends and neighbors about biomedical discoveries happening at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. We often partner with regional hospitals, health care providers and schools to deliver these programs in your communities.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    FAQs: Mini Medical School

    FAQs: Three-week Iowa City Mini Medical School Series