Med School 101 - Class of 2019


8:30 – 9:00: Registration

9:00 – 9:15: Welcome

9:15 – 9:30: Break

9:30 – 10:40: Session 1

10:40 – 10:55: Break

10:55 – 12:05: Session 2

12:05 – 12:50: Lunch

12:50 – 2:00: Session 3


The Courses

Paging Dr. Gadget

Instructors: Stanford Biodesign fellows

Ever see a device or invention and think to yourself, “I could’ve thought of that” or “I can make this better?” You’re not alone. Stanford’s Byers Center for Biodesign is full of future inventors who are constantly thinking of ways to re-imagine technology to improve medicine and patient care. During this session, you’ll shadow a biodesign fellow and see what it takes to cultivate an idea from the ground up. You’ll identify clinical needs, brainstorm in small groups and deliver your best ideas during a presentation.

Virtual anatomy: Slice and dice on a life-sized iPad

Instructor: Division of Clinical Anatomy

This cool tool takes the "gross" right out of anatomy! During the session, you'll get a chance to see how a life-sized iPad is giving medical students an innovative, high-tech approach to exploring and learning about human anatomy. With the swipe of a finger, you’ll get up-close and personal with the human body — no scalpels or cadavers required. *(Please note: waivers required to participate in this session)

Food allergies: Nothing to sneeze at

Instructor: Tina Sindher, MD

Peanuts, milk, shellfish — you probably know someone who is allergic to these or other foods. An estimated 6 million children in the United States suffer from food allergies, and nearly 40 percent have experienced a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylactic shock. During this session, Stanford allergist Tina Sindher will give the lowdown on food allergies and discuss how immunotherapy can help keep symptoms at bay.

Crisis point: Pain, addiction, and the opioid epidemic

Instructor: Jennifer Hah, MD

Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids, including prescription pain meds, heroin and synthetic opioids such as illicit fentanyl. During this session, Stanford anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist Jennifer Hah will discuss the history behind the current opioid crisis, and how addiction can lead to the spread of diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis C. She'll also discuss interventions and management strategies to prevent chronic opioid use while treating pain, especially after surgery.

Talkin' teen health

Instructor: Sophia Yen, MD, MPH

Let's be honest: no one really understands what being a teenager is like unless you're right in the middle of it. Adults scratch their heads and teens become even more frustrated with them...and that's just the social stuff. Medicine is a whole other story. Good thing we have people like Stanford’s Sophia Yen, an adolescent medicine specialist at the Teen and Young Adult Clinic at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Teenagers definitely aren't little kids, but they're not full-out adults either. During this session, you'll learn how the kind of medical attention young adults need is important and unique. 

“I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV”: A real-life ER physician's take on medical dramas

Instructor: S.V. Mahadevan, MD

Each week millions of viewers tune in to watch their favorite doctors run around and save lives on TV. Their stories are dramatic, and their work is glamorous. But just how realistic are these storylines? During this session, you'll hear from Stanford ER doc S.V. Mahadevan about what it's like to be on the front lines of emergency medicine, not only in the United States but around the globe. 

Teens, tweets, and tanning beds: Preventing skin cancer through social media

Instructor: Eleni Linos, MD

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and melanoma — the deadliest form — is increasing, especially among adolescents and young women. What's causing the rise in numbers? Indoor tanning. And strikingly, about one in five teens report using tanning beds. During this session, Stanford dermatologist Eleni Linos will talk about the link between indoor tanning and cancer, and how social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram can be used as public health tools to raise awareness about skin cancer prevention.

Nutrition 101: Concepts and controversies

Instructor: Christopher Gardner, PhD

Nothing about nutrition is simple, and a slew of fad diets makes it ever more complicated to plan our own meals. There’s high-protein, low-fat, no-fat, low-carbs, paleo — the list seems never-ending. So what does it mean to eat healthy, and how do you stick to a good diet? Stanford nutrition expert Christopher Gardner will offer a primer on nutrients, foods, eating patterns and health to bring clarity to the nutrition controversies that we all face.

Breaking and entering, bacteria-style

Instructor: Manuel Amieva, MD

Germs may consist of only one cell, but simple they’re not. Disease-causing bacteria have evolved ingenious ways of penetrating the barriers we erect to keep them out. It’s amazing how many tricks they’ve got up their sleeves! In this class, you’ll get treated to live-action movies that show how the crafty microbes pick the locks that protect our guts — and how they can help us understand how our own bodies work.

Ommmmm: Using yoga and mindfulness to combat stress and manage emotions

Instructor: John Rettger, PhD

Managing stress and making healthy choices is a daily struggle for many of us. But what if, way back in elementary school, we had learned resiliency skills and mind-body practices to cope with anxiety, reduce bullying and violence and boost our concentration? Would this kind of training and mindfulness awareness help us combat stress, manage our emotions and live healthier lives? Researchers at the Stanford University Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program think so. During this session, John Rettger, director of the mindfulness program, will guide students through a meditation and show just how powerful yoga and mindfulness can be!

Fear factory: Flipping the switch on stress, anxiety and fear

Instructor: Andrew Huberman, PhD

What makes a mouse mighty? Stanford neuroscientist Andrew Huberman has found two clusters of brain cells in mice that are linked to how they respond to a visual threat. One cluster generates fear, the other manufactures courage. During this session, you'll learn about the neuroscience of how what we see influences our emotions, especially fear, and how virtual-reality technology is being used to identify ways for people to overcome their anxiety. His lab has created a "fear factory" —a virtual-reality chamber in which us humans can get exposed to scary situations, such as being surrounded by hungry sharks, so a team of scientists can measure our responses (heartbeat, increased pupil size in our eyes, perspiration, etc.). The goal is to help people learn ways to overcome their fear and convert it to courage.

Disaster docs: Firsthand accounts from the Camp Fire

Instructors: Justin Lemieux, MD; Barbie Barrett, MD; and Phillip Harter, MD

Disaster and disease can strike anywhere, to anyone, at any time. Established in 2010, the Stanford Emergency Medicine Program for Emergency Response (SEMPER) has sent teams of physicians and nurses to areas around the world hit by earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters . Last year, SEMPER and other Stanford health care providers were on site to help people and animals affected by the Camp Fire — the most destructive wildfire in California’s history. During this session, you’ll hear firsthand accounts from these emergency medicine docs and learn about mobilizing a quick-response medical team when every minute counts.

Hard knocks: The growing concern over concussions and brain injuries

Instructor: Angela Lumba-Brown, MD

Whether it’s sports or just kids being kids, the rate of brain injury is on the rise. Angela Lumba-Brown, a pediatric emergency medicine physician with Stanford Children’s Health, and the Co-Director of the Stanford Brain Performance Center, treats young patients and conducts brain-injury research. She also wrote new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that advise how concussion and other similar brain injuries should be treated in pediatric patients. During this session, you’ll learn what exactly a concussion is, how to prevent it, and what to do when someone is injured.

Breaking barriers in neurosurgery

Instructor: Odette Harris, MD

Odette Harris was the only black woman in Stanford School of Medicine’s class of 1996. Today she's one of the first black female professors of neurosurgery in the nation. During this session, she'll discuss what it’s like to be a a woman in the traditionally male-dominated field of neurosurgery, the importance of having mentors to guide you along the way and her hopes for the next generation of doctors and scientists.

Surgery? What surgery? VR distracts kids in pre-op

Instructor: Samuel Rodriguez, MD

Going through surgery and anesthesia can be a stressful experience for anyone, especially kids. But a team of pediatric anesthesiologists at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford have found a fun and effective way to distract young patients before difficult medical procedures. During this session, members from the CHARIOT team will talk about how virtual reality, video games, and apps can transform anesthesia into a fun game or reduce anxiety before going into surgery. 

What's the buzz around Juul & vaping?

Instructor: Adrienne Lazaro, MS

When e-cigarettes hit the market more than a decade ago, they were supposed to help smokers quit smoking. Fast forward to today, when Juul and other vaping device companies are marketing to young people, and teen nicotine use is on the rise. During this session, creators of the Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit will talk about what these products are made of, the effects on your health, why these companies are targeting young consumers, and what you can do about it. 

Keepin’ it chill: How to stay cool under pressure

Instructor: Manpreet Singh, MD

Kids are growing up in a fast-paced and hyper-connected world, especially here in Silicon Valley. So, what can you do to handle the stresses you face every day? Dr. Manpreet Singh specializes in mood disorders and has developed strategies based on neuroscience to help young people adapt to stress and build resilience. During this presentation, she'll discuss stress management and how to recognize and destigmatize mental health issues.


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Med School 101 is an invitation-only event. Please register only if you have been instructed to do so by your teacher.

The Sessions

  • Session 1:
  • Paging Dr. Gadget
  • Virtual anatomy: Slice and dice on a life-sized iPad
  • Food allergies: Nothing to sneeze at
  • Teens, tweets, and tanning beds: Preventing skin cancer through social media
  • Crisis point: Pain, addiction, and the opioid epidemic
  • Talkin' teen health
  • Session 2:
  • Paging Dr. Gadget
  • Virtual anatomy: Slice and dice on a life-sized iPad
  • “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV”: A real life ER physician's take on medical shows
  • Breaking and entering, bacteria style
  • Nutrition 101: Concepts and controversies
  • Ommmmm: Using yoga and mindfulness to combat stress and manage emotions
  • Session 3:
  • Fear factory: Flipping the switch on stress, anxiety and fear
  • Disaster docs: Firsthand accounts from the Camp Fire
  • Hard knocks: The growing concern over concussions and brain injuries
  • Breaking barriers in neurosurgery
  • Surgery? What surgery? VR distracts kids in pre-op
  • What's the buzz around Juul & vaping?
  • Keepin’ it chill: How to stay cool under pressure

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