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Mini Medical School

Mini Medical School

LVHN and You: Partners in Health

April 1, 8, 15, 22
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest

Mini Medical School is Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) annual month-long, interactive educational series for lifelong learners with an inquiring mind. A medical or scientific background is not needed, and you won’t have to write a paper or take a final exam. 

Although you won’t graduate with a medical degree, you will learn about health and wellness information that can be applied in your own life.  Each year’s unique curriculum offers in-depth, current medical information from experts at LVHN. It’s your chance to take control of your health.

Tuition is FREE.
Space is limited and registration is required.
Call 610-402-CARE or register online.

Course schedule

Program advisor: Robert Motley, MD
Family medicine
Immediate past president, LVHN medical staff

Session 1, April 1: Start Me Up: Birth to Age 12
Lifelong health starts with a solid foundation, right from birth. Learn how LVHN works with parents, area school districts and other community partners to help children stay healthy and develop an understanding and appreciation for wellness. Topics will include:

  • Overview of “Well on Their Way” community partnership
  • The foundation for a healthy child – nutrition, exercise, immunization, dental care and more


Jennifer Jozefiak
Administrative fellow

Kimberly Brown, MD
Pediatric medicine

Session 2, April 8: We Will Rock You: The Teen Years
Becoming a teenager is all about spreading wings. It’s a time to learn, experiment and find your unique place in the world. With so much change happening at once, the road can sometimes get a little rocky, both physically and emotionally. Our experts will show you the best ways to cope and thrive. Topics will include:

  • Adolescent medicine overview
  • Behavioral health/peer issues and parenting strategies
  • Preventing and treating common teen sports injuries


Valerie Lewis, MD, MPH
Adolescent medicine

Mitchell Cooper, MD
Orthopedic surgery

Faisal Al-Alim, MD
Family medicine/sports medicine

Session 3, April 15: Life in the Fast Lane: Age 20-50
School. Work. Kids. Sometimes all three at once. It’s a lot to juggle, so who has time to be healthy? The key is balance. It starts with a good night’s sleep and includes a large dose of fun and relaxation. Our experts will show you how to find balance and simplify your life. Topics include:

  • Work-life balance strategies and tips
  • Everything you need to know about sleep


Mary Kaland, PhD

Richard Strobel, MD
Pulmonary/critical care medicine

Session 4, April 22: Ease on Down the Road: Age 50 Plus
After five decades, life is still exciting. It’s just different. You notice an ache here, then a droop there. When your body starts to change, preserving joint function can help you be at your best. You’ll also learn how planning for the future now can make life down the road less stressful. Topics include:

  • Maintaining healthy joints
  • Advanced directives and end-of-life decisions


Eric Lebby, MD
Chief, division of orthopedic surgery

Kimberly Fritts, DPT
Manager, rehabilitation services

Kristin Bresnan, MD
Family medicine

This is not an accredited course or associated with the University of South Florida.

Learn about last year's Mini Medical School curriculum.

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