Lunch & Dinner Seminars (Fall 2017)

This is an *OLD* list of seminars from Fall 2017, for reference only. Please navigate to the "Lunch and Dinner Seminars" link on the left side of this page for the most current list of this quarter's seminars.

Multiple Days

Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Contact Information
T/Th 12:30-1:20pm EMED 220 Intro to Emergency Medicine

Who: Dr. Jennifer Kanapicki Comer (EM Residency Assistant Program Director), Prominent Stanford EM faculty, EM sub-specialty fellows and residents

Requirements: 1-2 units. Pass/Fail, take-home (online final). For 2 units, you schedule two 4-hour shadowing shifts in the ED.


Robyn Shaffer (


N/A MED 282 Early Clinical Experience at the Cardinal Free Clinics Registration for MED 282 allows you to volunteer for additional shifts at the free clinics beyond those required for PoM or your Family Medicine Rotation. Furthermore, registration helps provide valuable support to help keep our doors open year to year. Lunch will be provided for all clinic volunteers! Jeff Wang (
W 3:30-6:30, F 12:30 - 1:30 BIOE 273 Biodesign for Mobile Health In a collaborative environment, students learn about health needs and the innovation process that meets them through the understanding of relevant and timely industry-wide perspectives, opportunities and challenges -- with a focus on the mobile health industry. Each year, over 50 mobile health experts from the entrepreneurial and venture capital community of Silicon Valley join Stanford faculty as speakers in lectures, panels and breakout sessions. Students work in diverse teams on a project, supported by mentors and coaches, towards final presentations made in December to a panel of mobile health innovators and investors. The best-in-class team receives an award and the opportunity to continue their project (with extension funding) as part of the “Biodesign NEXT" program. Enrollment is by application only. Applications will be in two rounds for up to 28 and 8 spots, respectively. The first round is available now and closes early in September.

Marta Gaia Zanchi ( Shiqin Xu (


Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Contact Information
M 12:30 - 1:20 PM MED 228 Physicians and Social Responsibility Social and political context of the roles of physicians and health professionals in social change; policy, advocacy, and shaping public attitudes. How physicians have influenced governmental policy on nuclear arms proliferation; environmental health concerns; physicians in government; activism through research; the effects of poverty on health; homelessness; and gun violence. Guest speakers from national and international NGOs. Ryan Brewster (
First Monday of each month 5:30 - 7:20 PM INDE 290A Walk With Me: A Patient Centered Exploration of Health and The Health Care System This innovative dinner seminar series is designed for busy MS1s. High yield and relevant, it places patients front and center in the exploration of the challenges to managing optimal health in a complex healthcare system. All sessions include food, brief talks by experts about hot topics, patient and family perspectives, and hands-on skills building. In addition to a monthly workshop, students are matched with a patient/family partner for the duration of the course, and meet on a monthly basis to explore together the impact of the hot topics at the individual level.

Candice Kim (

Kristie Hsu (



Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Contact Information
T 12:30-1:20pm MED 223 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Sciences Seminar The focus of MED223 is to fine tune critical thinking skills by analyzing original publications and understanding the current complexities of the cardiovascular system. Students will attend a lecture series presented by prominent external speakers on Tuesdays and learn new approaches and technology from Stanford faculty on Thursdays. Assigned reading will be discussed and interpreted in class (1-2 papers per class). Hana Lee (
T 12:30-1:20pm PEDS 227 Pediatric Specialties Each week a different pediatric sub-specialist (ex. Peds cardio, peds infectious disease, peds heme-onc) will come and discuss their career path, daily work life, etc. and give advice to anyone considering going into pediatrics or general advice on how to decide what specialty to pursue/how to best navigate medical school and residency. Tatiana Rosenblatt (
T 12:30-1:20pm EMED 205 Film and Television Emergencies EMED 205 will explore the way medicine (particularly emergency medicine) is portrayed in the media. Topics will include the doctor-patient relationship, discrimination in the hospital, technology in the ER, power dynamics, student wellness, costs of care, disability, etc. Hannah Rasmussen (
T 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM PEDS 281 Childhood Chronic Illness: Impact on Family Development The Pals Program is a volunteer activity serving Lucile Packard Children's Hospital chronically ill patients and their siblings. Modeled after the Big Brother/Big Sister Program, Pals matches first- and second-year medical students with pediatric patients or their siblings. The patients and/or their siblings enjoy the support and companionship of their Pals, and the medical students learn firsthand about the emotional and social aspects of chronic illness during childhood. Osama El-Gabalawy ( Katie Dickerson (
T 12:30-1:20 MED 219 Becoming Their Doctor Patients and caregivers tell you what they want you to know about becoming a doctor. Learn about communication, empathy and the realities of medicine from the people who matter the most. Katie Dickerson (


Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Contact Information


Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Contact Information
Th 12:30-1:20pm HRP 243 Health Policy & Delivery This seminar will feature a series of speakers discussing current health policy & public health issues facing our nation - and, of course, will also offer free lunch! The course counts towards the Health Policy concentration, so is a great option for anyone considering that, but will also be relevant to anyone wondering how they can make a larger impact on our health care system beyond just clinical care Emmy Shearer (
Th 5:30-7pm MED 232 Discussions in Global Health The goal of this interactive series is to encourage students to think broadly about the variety of activities encompassed within global health and the roles of various entities, including NGOs, governments, and healthcare providers, in responding to large-scale health crises, building health systems, and caring for patients in developing countries. Examines challenges in global health such as organizing medical responses to natural disasters, providing healthcare to societies in conflict, and integrating traditional and modern approaches to healing. Case studies are used to critique strategies employed by organizations that work to improve medical care in poor settings. Amee Azad (
Th 12:30-1:20 pm ANES 211SI Themes in the History of Science and Medicine What exactly is a diagnosis, and what is the history of that term? Why do Institutional Review Boards exist, and what atrocities in human medical experimentation occurred to prompt their creation? What is the role of narrative, social construction, and storytelling in medicine? This course will shed light on the ways physicians and scholars grapple with these and other important questions through a series of lectures from historians and philosophers of science, as well as bioethicists and scholars of narrative medicine. These perspectives on how scientific knowledge emerges and changes over time offer invaluable insights and frameworks for anyone aspiring to practice medicine or contribute to the collective body of scientific knowledge.


Julie Barzilay (

Th 6:30-7:30 PM MED 248 Student Rounds Preclinical students meet 4-6 times per quarter with a clerkship student who presents the history and physical of an unusual, educational, or otherwise meaningful case that they recently encountered on the wards. Course participants then work together under the clinical student's guidance to develop a problem list and plan, which are then compared with the problem list, plan, and orders made by the actual admitting team. In the course of presenting the cases, the clinical student describes personal experiences and practical components of ward work and daily clinical routine. Adele Xu (; Daniel Berenson (
Th 12:30-1:20pm PSYC 225 Klingenstein Fellowship Program Lunch seminar on child and adolescent health where different doctors teach on various psychiatric conditions and then bring a patient in the following week to talk about their experience. 2/3 quarter participation gets you the title of Klingenstein Fellow and a trip to a conference in southern California. Katie Dickerson (
Th 12:30-1:20 pm NENS 206 Introduction to Neurology Neurologists with different specialties will come in each week to speak about their specialty and path to neurology. Featured specialties include: neuro-radiology, sleep medicine, neurosurgery, headache/facial pain, neuro-oncology, neuromuscular, hypnosis, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, as well as a resident panel!

Free lunch! Counts toward the Neuroscience Application for your scholarly concentration. 
Rosa Yu (
Th 5:30 - 7:20 PM SOMGEN 275 Leading Value Improvement in Health Care Delivery Successful leaders on the journey to better care delivery methods with lower total spending inevitably face pivotal crises. What confluence of attitude, strategy, and events allows them to prevail? Contexts will include entrepreneurship and early stage investing, spread of higher value care delivery innovations, health care delivery system management, and private and public policy making to reward value. Guest faculty will include nationally recognized leaders and change agents, who will invite students to recommend alternative approaches to managing pivotal challenges. Instructors are Arnie Milstein and Ed Sheen. Madeline Grade (


Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Contact Information
F 12:30-1:20pm SURG 204 Intro to Surgery Surgeons from different specialties come in every week to talk about their specialty, path to surgery, and social/professional lives and answer any questions students might have. Natasha Abadilla (