The History of the Name
In 1989, the chancellor of the University of Colorado (CU) in Denver raised a concern about the relationship between the CU Medical School and the surrounding community. He worried that the public did not really understand or appreciate what the medical school was about. The chancellor asked Dr. J. John Cohen to come up with a way to show people what the CU medical school does. With that charge and his own inspiration and wisdom, Dr. Cohen created the first Mini Medical School. The program is typically a lecture series that meets once a week and provides “mini-med students” information on some of the same subjects studied by “real” medical students. Mini-Med School students do not need a science background to attend (NIH, Office of Science Education, https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED502046).
Tu Luong Medical Mission Foundation and Seattle Mini Medical School
|Seattle Mini Medical School is a part of the Tu Luong Medical Mission Foundation (TLF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. TLF was established in 1992 by Tan Lam and his friends at Dartmouth Medical School in honor of his mother and father, Tu and Luong, respectively. Our first purpose was to provide free medical services to Vietnamese refugees in Southeast Asia. When the last Vietnamese refugee camp closed, TLF reincorporated in Washington 1998 to support education.
Seattle Mini Medical School (SMMS) is a blended learning college preparatory high school approved by Washington State Board of Education. SMMS focuses on STEM, Medicine, and Medical Mission. Our medical mission provides students with clinical experiences that instill compassion and help students understand the true meaning of medicine and service.
Blended learning is a formal education program in which students learns in both traditional classroom and live online lecture. Live streaming allows us to bring doctors, guest lecturers, or experts from anywhere in the world to the classroom. SMMS is designed for students who are serious about pursuing a career in medicine. SMMS provides a way to expose high school students to the basic science of medicine and clinical skills very early in their education.
Certificate of Approval
Certificate of 501(c)3 Tax Exemption