Mini-Medical School

The Mini-Medical School, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, is an invitational series of lectures about biomedical issues relating to aging. The Mini-Medical School program should be of interest to all non-medically trained scholars whose research relates to the aging process and the medical treatment of elderly.

The program is organized as a series of lectures, each with a distinct theme. Topics will be drawn from the diverse fields of biomedicine, including biology, genetics, patient care, psychiatry, and other areas. Expert clinicians and researchers will lecture on how the practice of medicine can inform, and improve, social science research. Participants will gain insight into the science of aging and a greater understanding of relevant medical issues.

The 2014 conference will be held July 7–8, just prior to the workshop in Demography, Economics, Psychology, and Epidemiology of Aging. Participants attending RSI are encouraged to attend both sessions. The Mini-Medical School will pay travel and living expenses for as many of the invited attendees as funds allow. This program affords a unique opportunity to learn about the practice of medicine in an informal setting with other social science researchers.

How to Apply

We are now accepting applications. Applications and supplemental materials are due March 21, 2014

If you are thinking of applying for 2014, please consider the following:


Qualified applicants must hold a Ph.D. or have completed two years of a Ph.D. program and be actively working on a dissertation. Only applicants working in the field of aging—or actively considering this research field—will be considered.


Applicants may request fellowship support that will cover all expenses associated with participation, including travel and accommodations.


Contact: Sharon Koga (

2008 Conference: Video Presentation of Featured Speakers

sinclair presentation

Featured speakers from the 2008 Mini-Medical School for Social Scientists included David Sinclair, Judith Campisi, Caleb Finch, David Bennett, and Steven N. Austad. The full presentations are available in video format on the RAND website.