Lunch & Dinner Seminars (Fall 2018)

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Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Course Location Contact Information
Tues/Thurs 12:30-1:20PM EMED 220 Introduction to Emergency Medicine Are you interested in or considering emergency medicine? If so, this course is an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to the EM faculty. The sessions every week are run by the Stanford EM faculty in topics ranging from International Medicine, Wilderness Medicine, EMS services, and a Suturing Workshop. In addition, if you are interested, the course assists in scheduling shadowing in the ED with the faculty that you are interested in shadowing. Alway TBD
Sat/Sun 8:00AM-2:00PM 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! Arbor/Pacific Free Clinic Monica Liu <>


Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Course Location Contact Information
M 12:30-1:20PM 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.

Alway M114
M 12:30-1:20PM PSYC 249SI Psyched: Psychiatry Careers and Mental Health Perspectives for Medicine In this lunch talk series, students will explore psychiatry and behavioral science topics relevant to medicine through the personal perspectives of various psychiatrists and other specialists in behavioral health from a variety of practice settings. Some examples of topics have been advances in specialized areas (e.g., child and adolescent psychiatry, psychotherapy, legal issues, mood & anxiety disorders, community outreach, eating disorders), the interplay between social issues and mental healthcare, and the nature of psychiatric work and work/life balance. Of note, this course discusses sensitive topics in psychiatry including suicide, psychosis, addiction, child abuse, sexual assault, violence, and mental disorders. TBA
M 5:30-6:50PM MED 245 Leadership in Medicine: Developing your Moral Identity

In this leadership course students will either view videos of well-known leaders being interviewed or watch a live interview of the leader by a professional communications officer each week. With these interviews we will be highlighting the ethical challenges that these leaders faced and how they rose to these challenges, or fell short. These famous leaders will come from a variety of fields including academia, government, law, public service, the military or journalism. We will then hold small group discussions after the interviews to debate the decisions made by these leaders. Through discourse and deep reflection we aim to prepare students for their own leadership challenges of the future. The course will be held Fall Quarter on Monday evenings 5:30-6:50pm with dinner provided.

The goal of the course is to learn about moral courage through stories from leaders across multiple disciplines. Dinner will be provided, and we plan to have speakers drop-in as well. We hope to make this a rewarding and stress-free seminar-style series that will equip students to take action and lead with integrity as future physicians.

Leaders who will be interviewed include:

1. Gretchen Carlson- HBO Commentator and Advocate for Workplace Equality
2. Kenneth Frazier- Merck CEO
3. Dean Baquet- NY Times Executive Editor
4. Tyler Schultz- Entrepreneur, Scientist Previously with Theranos
5. Dean Winslow- Physician, Academic, and Retired US Air Force Colonel

More leaders to be announced in the future.

Alway M112
1st Monday of each month, 5:30-7:30PM INDE 290 Walk With Me: A Patient Centered Exploration of Health and the Health Care System An engaging, fresh take on medical school and a grounding part of first year, this monthly dinner seminar focuses on healthcare from the patient perspective, with presentations about hot topics like harm reduction and physician burnout followed by patient perspectives and hands-on skill building. Each student will also be paired with a patient partner or caretaker from the community to further discuss these topics and hear about their experiences and challenges navigating the healthcare system. TBD Claire Rhee (


Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Course Location Contact Information
Tues 12:30-1:20PM MED 201 Body as Text This course, conceived by Dr. Verghese, explores the history and practice of the physical exam, with the goal of inspiring an appreciation for its healing and diagnostic potential. Sessions will focus on various topics of the physical exam with both presentations and hands-on practice. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment will be limited to 40 students. Details to enter the course lottery will be sent to class email lists.  LK101 Dylan Peterson (
Tues 12:30-1:20PM PEDS 227 Introduction to Pediatric Specialties Each week a different pediatric sub-specialist (ex. peds cardio, peds infectious disease, peds surgery) 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. CCSR 4205 Jill Anderson (
Tues 12:30-1:20PM PSYC 225 Klingenstein Fellowship Program A year-long course in child and adolescent mental illness and psychiatry. Lunch seminar alternates between patient visits and physician debriefs. Course is also a mentoring program, providing clinical experience, research, networking, and conference opportunities. 2/3 quarter participation earns you the title of Klingenstein Fellow. LK306
Tues 12:30-1:20PM MED 219 What Your Patients Want You To Know About Being Their Doctor A patient partner driven lunch seminar in which patients, caregivers, and medical providers will discuss their experiences in medicine and what they wish their providers had known. Learn about communication, empathy, and the realities of medicine from the people who matter most. Alway M106
Tues (every other) 5:30-6:30PM PEDS 281 PALS: Childhood Chronic Illness: Impact on Family and Development PALS is a Big Buddy/Little Buddy program for medical students and children at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. Medical students will develop year long relationships with chronically ill patients through longitudinal interaction and attend dinner seminars every other week focusing on childhood illnesses and family dynamics. The goals of the program are to nurture compassion in new medical students and provide mentoring and support to children. CCSR 4205 Maite Van Hentenryck ( Samuel Kim (


Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Course Location Contact Information
W 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM (additional section for 3 unit students) MED 232 Global Health - A Virtual Student Exchange between Lebanon & Stanford

Interested in global health? Interested in refugee health? Interested in working with students in Lebanon? Take MED232 led by Michele Barry, Senior Associate Dean for Global Health! Formerly known as Discussions in Global Health, over the past few months Dr. Barry, Ashley Jowell, and I have been working closely with our colleagues at the Modern University for Business & Science in Lebanon to create a component of the class where Stanford students collaborate with students in Beirut to address a problem in refugee health.

This class will be offered as a 1-2 unit option and a 3 unit option. Students enrolled in the 1-2 unit option will only attend class on Wednesdays from 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM.

Student enrolled for 3 units will attend an additional 50 minute class that will take place immediately following the Wednesday morning session. Also, 3 unit students will be responsible for an end-of-quarter podcast project about a topic in refugee health. Finally, one of the 3-unit option students will be selected to travel to Beirut to pitch their project idea to an NGO in Beirut. 

LK 320
W 3:30 - 6:20PM MED273 Biodesign for Digital Health n 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.

Enrollment is limited and by application only:
W 6:00 - 7:50 PM MED 285 Global Leaders and Innovators in Human and Planetary Health This invited lecture series, co-convened by faculty, fellows and students collaborating across several Stanford centers, invites the discussion of global problems, perspectives, and solutions in the fast-changing, vital domain of human and planetary health. Guest faculty are leaders, innovators, and experts selected from organizations in diverse sectors such as: healthcare/medical innovation, foundations/venture capital, biotechnology/pharmaceuticals, social innovation/entrepreneurship health, tech/media and artificial intelligence (AI), human rights, global poverty/development, sustainable agriculture/hunger/nutrition. Dinner will be provided. TBA Gordon Bloom (, Sara Singer (


Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Course Location Contact Information
Th 12:30-1:20PM HRP 243 Health Policy Seminar: Health Care Delivery This seminar introduces students to the role of policy in the delivery of health care in the United States; topics range from how policy affects safety net hospitals and health technologies to the role physicians have in shaping policy and the prospect of a single-payer system in California. Speakers are a mix of Stanford faculty and experts in health care policy and delivery from around the bay area, including individuals who have experience working in the California State Legislature. Lunch will be provided! This course also counts towards the health services and policy research scholarly concentration. Alway M112 Nancy Song (
Th 12:30-1:20 PM NENS 206 Intro to Neurology Seminar “Exploration of aspects of neurology, including subspecialties. Current issues, clinical cases, and opportunities in the field” Alway M114;;
Th 12:30-1:20PM MED 217SI Being Mortal: Medicine, Mortality and Caring for Older Adults Mortality is the inevitable, final outcome of human health. Though medical education focuses on treating illness and prolonging life, healthcare professionals in practice must face the fact that patients lives cannot always be saved. This course will explore the difficult issues such as end-of-life planning, decision-making, and cost of care, that figure in hospitals, hospice, and assisted living centers. Guest speakers will include elderly care workers, medical writers and filmmakers, and physicians in geriatrics, oncology and palliative care, who will lead student discussions following their lectures. Upon finishing the course, students will learn how to better handle aging and death in their medical practice, in order to improve the quality of their patients lives and that of their families as well. LK,, Email either Siyu or Siqi for an enrollment code.
Th 5:30-7:20PM ANES 200SI Medicine in the Movies: Visualizing the Illness Experience This dinner seminar will investigate how medicine is portrayed in the media and how to empathetically engage with morally ambiguous situations. Leaders in their fields (oncologists, neurologists, documentary film directors, health policy researchers, etc.) will join us after film screenings to guide discussions. Since the class is capped at 20 students, you will be able to establish meaningful connections with our discussion leaders and each other! We will also be offering opportunities to work together on film projects, attend invite-only sessions with visiting filmmakers, and attend sessions of the United Nations Association Film Festival.

Discussion Leaders Include:

Maren Monsen (MD, Documentary Film Director)
Paul Yock (Founder of the Biodesign Program) and the Biodesign Fellows
Heidi Feldman (MD, Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics)
Holly Tabor (Clinical Ethics)
MSOB X303 Bronwyn Scott (
Th 6:30-7:30PM MED 248 Student Rounds Teams of preclinical students meet weekly with a clinical student to hear the history and physical of a recent case the clinical student encountered on the wards. Following the presentation, the preclinical students work together under the guidance of the clinical student 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. No attendance required! TBD (look for emails every week) Jeff <>, Maria <>


Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Course Location Contact Information
F 12:30-1:20PM SURG 204 Introduction to Surgery This lunch seminar is designed to give preclinical medical students a broad overview of surgical specialties and life as a surgeon. Interactive talks by leading surgeons from the General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery, Transplantation Surgery, and Cardiac Surgery departments will highlight the array of operation types performed and diseases and conditions encountered in their disciplines. Lunch will be provided. TBD


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