Preliminary evaluations of Mini Medical School at the University of California, Riverside
A structured conceptualization evaluation is made on the community- based education program called Mini Medical School at the University of California, Riverside. Two surveys were created with the intention of characterizing the socioeconomic and health background of the population that attends the Mini Medical School events in Riverside County. The surveys were distributed to general Mini Medical School venues as well as a School of Medicine Open House event held in spring of 2016. Results of the survey are then compared to similar socioeconomic and health reports of Riverside County through various online databases. We found significant statistical differences in the racial and ethnic breakdown of the Mini Medical School population and Riverside County. We found no statistical differences in the poverty levels between the Mini Medical School population and Riverside County. We found mixed results on the prevalence of each of the health conditions listed on the survey. Further formative and summative evaluations need to be completed on both the population that attends the Mini Medical School events as well as the pre-health students who volunteer for the program to ensure that goals laid out are being met and that the program is being delivered as intended.