It’s time for mini med school in Roanoke, and this year’s theme is focused on military medicine and healing.
The event that is free and open to the public will be held this Thursday and next at the Virginia Tech School of Medicine. A medical background is not required to attend or understand the presentations.
The school is also hosting an art show that pays tribute to military personnel and their families.
This Thursday at 6 p.m., Tara Leigh Tappert, an art scholar who researches art in the military and how it is used to facilitate healing and integration, will begin the presentation. Tappert might be familiar to some in Roanoke as she was the curator in 1990 for the Art Museum of Western Virginia.
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In addition, Rusty Noesner, a former Navy SEAL who participated in art therapy programs at Walter Reed after returning from service in Afghanistan, will talk about the company he founded, War Paints, that provides a place for veterans to sell their arts.
On Nov. 16, local physicians and medical researchers will talk about the type of medical care, programs and resources that are available for veterans in the Roanoke Valley.
The medical school is located on Riverside Circle with plenty of free parking available. The medical school and the research institute hold periodic free public events and lectures to make their work more accessible to people living in the Roanoke Valley.