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Scope, 09/19/18

--How AI can improve end-of-life care

This post highlights a story from the current issue of Stanford Medicine magazine about a Stanford pilot program that marries technology and compassion, artificial intelligence and palliative care, so doctors can help patients die on their own terms. Stephanie Harman, clinical associate professor of medicine, and Nigam Shah, associate professor of medicine and of biomedical data science, are featured here.


Science, 09/19/18

--‘Journalologists’ use scientific methods to study academic publishing. Is their work improving science?

This piece discusses the field of journalology, which has highlighted important problems in scientific literature and triggered reforms in academic publishing. Steven Goodman, professor of medicine and of health research and policy, provides comment here.


Scope, 09/18/18

--Journal editor aims to prompt thoughtful review of ethics in precision

The American Medical Association’s recent Journal of Ethics issue edited by Jason Neil Batten is highlighted here. Batten is a fifth-year medical student and Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics graduate fellow. 


Scope, 09/17/18

--A look inside the child detention centers near the U.S. border

In this Q&A, Paul Wise, the Richard E. Behrman Professor in Child Health and professor of pediatrics, discusses his trip to the border region this summer to interview children and tour the detention centers. Nancy Ewen Wang, professor of emergency medicine, and Ryan Matlow, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, also took part. 


Scope, 09/10/18

--Opioid overdose rates highest directly after surgery, new research suggests

Following surgery, the risk of overdose from opioids is highest during the first month, according to new research from Sesh Mudumbai, staff anesthesiologist at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, and Randall Stafford, professor of medicine and director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices.


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Advance Health Care Information

California law give you the ability to ensure that your health care wishes are known and considered if you become unable to make these decisions yourself. Completing a form called an “Advance Health Care Directive” allows you to do a number of things:

Appoint another person to be your health care “agent”

Delineate your health care wishes, such as:

  • Health care instructions, including life support, organ and tissue donation
  • Revoke prior directives

A sample form is attached for reference. Acknowledgment before a notary public is not required if two qualified witnesses have signed this Directive in Part 5. In other words this is a free legally binding document.

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SCBE Brown Bag

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, Noon
Aaron Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, Harvard University
Topic: Regulation, Therapeutics and Law (Via Zoom)

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28th Annual Jonathan J. King Lectureship
Dr. Amy Berman, RN, LHD, FAAN
Topic: What Matters Most to People Living With Serious Illness
Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 5:30pm
Berg Hall, Li Ka Shing Center

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Stanford Pegasus Physician Writer's Forum
Life After Medical School: What is it Really Like?
October 4, 2018, 6:00pm
Li Ka Shing Center

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