FOR RELEASE: April 19, 2006

GALVESTON, Texas — For many of us, the world of medicine is a mysterious place and yet, it’s more important than ever that we understand medical treatments, technologies and policies that govern health care.

A series of three weekly lectures by prominent physicians and scholars will provide current information on a variety of topics, including advanced directives, connecting with your doctor and attention deficit disorder. The lectures will be held at Galveston College, 4017 Avenue Q, in Galveston. Check-in time is 5:30 p.m. and each program will begin at 6 and conclude at 7. Course descriptions are listed below.

The series begins Tuesday, May 9, with a presentation titled “A Time to Live and a Time to Die: Medical Futility and the Vital Importance of Advance Directives.”

Participants may attend one, two or all three of the sessions. Students taking part in two or more sessions will receive a UTMB Mini Medical School “diploma.” All classes are free. Registration is encouraged and class size is limited. Online registration is available at or by calling (409) 772-4100. Online registration will close May 5. After May 5, walk-in registration is available.

Course Descriptions

Tuesday, May 9
A Time to Live and a Time to Die: Medical Futility and the Vital Importance of Advance Directives
What happens to the human body when death and disease are irreversible? There are many reasons stated in health care about why people should set forth their end-of-life wishes through advanced directives, but what most people don’t know about are the pros and cons. Presenters are Donald S. Prough, M.D., and Harold Y. Vanderpool, Ph.D.

Tuesday, May 16
Fidgety Phil: Attention Deficit Disorder - Fact or Myth?
Fidgeting, interrupting conversations, losing things, forgetting the reason for a trip to the grocery store — everyone acts this way occasionally. However, a long and persistent history of restless, impulsive or inattentive behavior may be a sign of adult ADD. Attention Deficit Disorder is a common behavioral disorder that affects an estimated 4-8 percent of school-age children. Find out how we recognize patterns of these disorders and therapies and treatments designed to help. Presenters are Drs. Ben G. Raimer and Matthew J. Hay

Tuesday, May 23
Can You Hear Me Now — Connecting With Your Doctor
Do you ever feel that your doctor doesn’t spend enough time with you? Are you asking the right questions in order to get the answers you need? Drs. Patricia S. Beach and Barbara L. Thompson will help you learn how to better communicate with your physician and will show you the best way to get the information you need.

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
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