Seven-month-old Quinn perched on Jay Perman's lap, pulling off the doctor's glasses and cooing.
Perman sat at a table, surrounded by students from the University of Maryland, Baltimore's schools of medicine, social work, pharmacy and nursing. Amanda Mahle, a third-year medical student, ran down the baby girl's medical history: Almost from birth, she arched her back and screamed in pain after eating. No treatments have helped, including an acid reflux medicine and a nonallergenic formula that costs her parents $500 for a 12-can supply.
It's a teaching moment for Perman, the university president.
"Important lesson for everybody," he said. "These formulas,...