Often in the high-tech, fast paced arena of health professions education, community engagement may be ignored. One rural, Southern university with a large health sciences division did not allow this to occur and has provided an opportunity for engagement and scholarship through a Mini-Med School. This multi-session education experience introduces members of the general public to academic and professional experiences of a medical education, and includes an interactive health fair session. The health fair session relies on the collaboration of multiple health professions – medicine, nursing and dietetics, thus promoting faculty and students from these health professions to engage in dialogue, training and interaction with each other and the community participants. This activity has been deemed extremely successful in promoting engagement of individuals and groups on multiple levels and thus provides an exemplar for others to follow.
Peery, Annette I. and Kolasa, Kathryn M.
"Mini-Med School: Developing Partnerships with the Community and Between Health Professions and Students,"
Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship: Vol. 4
, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/jces/vol4/iss2/7