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Mini-Medical School

Are you a high-school student considering a career in medicine? Or an adult who wants to learn more about how the body works and how to keep it healthy?

Expand your knowledge and sharpen your skills during our free four-day hands-on educational experience that mimics the four-year medical school experience.

St. Luke’s Mini-Medical School offers a unique combination of access to top medical professionals from St. Luke’s University Health Network and fun hands-on health science education programs that focus on clinical and procedural skills.

The program consists of four, two-hour sessions scheduled on Saturdays in March, with two sessions held at the Da Vinci Science Center and two sessions held at Temple/St. Luke’s School of Medicine. Participants must be available to attend all four sessions. Each Saturday will have an adult and student session from 9-11 a.m. and a student only session from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Registration for this year’s Mini-Medical School is now closed.

This year’s theme was “A Gut Feeling: The Body’s Gastrointestinal (GI) System.”

  • March 3 – Anatomy & Physiology: Study the anatomy and physiology of the GI system through lecture, visual models, and a hands-on stomach dissection.
  • Location: Temple/St. Luke’s School of Medicine


  • March 10 – Imaging and Diagnosis: With the help of a life-size synthetic body, explore the function of the GI system through ultrasound and other imaging techniques. Learn the signs and symptoms of GI ailments, including: abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, belching, and bloating.
  • Location: Da Vinci Science Center
  • March 17 – Benign and Malignant Conditions: Learn about common GI disorders including appendicitis, diverticulitis, and cholecystitis. Take a closer look at GI cancers such as colon, liver, and pancreas.
  • Location: Da Vinci Science Center


  • March 24 – Irritable Bowel Syndrome and More: Delve into chronic disorders of the GI tract such as Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, hepatitis, and pancreatitis. A “final exam” and “graduation” will conclude your Mini Medical School experience.
  • Location: Temple/St. Luke’s School of Medicine


Check out last year’s Mini Medical School.

Mini-Medical School is part of Exploration Medicine, a partnership between Da Vinci Science Center and St. Luke’s University Health Network, which brings St. Luke’s healthcare expertise to science center education programs.


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