Lunch & Dinner Seminars (Winter 2019)

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Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Course Location Contact Information
M 12:30-1:20PM OBGYN 216 Current Issues in Reproductive Health Class will cover a range of reproductive health issues, including but not limited to: maternal mortality, high risk obstetrics care, contraception + abortion, menopause, and reproductive endocrinology & infertility LK 308
M 12:30-1:20PM PSYC 226 Asian American Culture and Medicine In this lunch talk series, students will explore the interaction of Asian-American culture and the practice of medicine, through personal and professional perspectives and narratives of physicians and others in healthcare. Topics will vary from year to year, including Asian-American influences on providers, medical trainees, patients, populations, the doctor-patient relationship, and diseases. A particular emphasis will be placed on mental health and the psychology of Asian-American culture. Of note, this course may touch on sensitive topics in mental health including suicide, psychosis, addiction, child abuse, sexual assault, violence, and mental disorders. Alway M112
M 12:30-1:30PM MED242 Physicians and Human Rights Weekly lectures on how human rights violations affect health. Topics include: regional conflict and health, the health status of refugees and internally displaced persons; child labor; trafficking in women and children; HIV/AIDS; torture; poverty, the environment and health; access to clean water; domestic violence and sexual assault; and international availability of drugs. Guest speakers from national and international NGOs including Doctors Without Borders; McMaster University Institute for Peace Studies; UC Berkeley Human Rights Center; Kiva. Alway M114
M 6:00-7:30pm (1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25, and 3/4) FAMMED 200SI United States of Healthcare: A Geographic Survey of American Healthcare Disparities

This dinner seminar will describe the various ways in which healthcare is experienced and practiced across the country. Each class will focus on one region of the nation and examine the socioeconomic, geographic, historical and cultural factors that contribute to one present-day disparity localized to the region. By examining several topics in depth, this course aims to illustrate how community and state-level discrepancies affect individual experiences and the role physicians can play in making healthcare more equitable and accessible to all. Topics include: Native Health, Refugee/Immigrant/Undocumented Health, Women's Health, Medicare and the health insurance gap, Homelessness + Health, and Mental Health.

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LKSC 308


Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Course Location Contact Information
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. LK308
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 5:30pm-7:30pm ORTHO 201 Musculoskeletal Exam Practicum

Student initiated course. Opportunity to enhance knowledge and skills for conducting musculoskeletal exams. Sessions led by Stanford Orthopaedic Surgery attendings and residents. Didactic introductions followed by hands-on practice of specific aspects of the musculoskeletal exam. Dinner will be served.

LK 203/204
W 5:30-7:20pm  FAMMED 216 Caring for Individuals with Disabilities  Over 61 million individuals in the US (25%) have a disability and face significant healthcare disparities, stigmas, and difficulty accessing care. This interactive seminar course has been designed to better prepare MD and PA students to care for individuals with disabilities throughout their careers. Throughout the course, individuals with disabilities, caregivers and physicians will discuss a variety of topics including: disability framework, medical model vs. social model of disability, healthcare disparities, language and disability, communication, ethics, government and non-governmental services, laws and policies, and coordinating complex care. Students will be matched with a patient partner whom they meet outside of class at a mutually convenient time to learn about the patient and caregiver journey, and to further explore the impact of topics discussed in the course at the individual level. Upon finishing this course, students will have a fundamental knowledge of common disabilities, understand patient-centered care for people with disabilities, and foster skills necessary to improve the lives of their patients. Alway M112


Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Course Location Contact Information
Th 12:30-1:20PM NENS 204 Stroke Seminar Standing at the intersection of many fields of medicine, including neurology, internal medicine, cerebrovascular surgery, diagnostic and interventional radiology, and emergency medicine, as the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability, stroke is a critical topic for all practitioners of medicine. This seminar draws upon Stanford's leaders in stroke research to present and discuss the causes, presentation, treatment, and imaging characteristics of the disease. Alway M114
Th 12:30-1:30PM RADO 204SI Oncology Beyond Step 1: Economic, Ethical and Other Issues in Cancer Care This is a lunch seminar introducing preclinical students to current topics in oncology, including research, ethics, clinical care, health policies, humanities, etc. Speakers will come from multiple areas of cancer care, research and industry.  1/10 class meets in LK120, 1/24 class meets in ALWAYM106, all other dates M214.
Th 12:30-1:30PM ORTHO270 Orthopaedic Tissue Engineering Lunch seminar inviting a combination of surgeons and researchers to discuss themes in tissue engineering, including cartilage regeneration, limb salvage, and spinal deformities. Counts as credit towards the bioengineering scholarly concentration, option for 2 units and a review paper! Alway M208
Th 6:30- 7:30PM MED 248 Student Rounds Preclinical students meet 6-8 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.  LK 4th Floor Reading Room Maria ( and Jeff (


Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Course Location Contact Information
F 12:30-1:20PM SURG 234 Service Through Surgery: Surgeons with an Impact This is a weekly lunch seminar course with guest lectures and facilitated workshops with the following objectives: 1) Participants will be able to understand the role of surgeons in addressing health inequities, social justice, and poverty, 2) Participants will be exposed to the potential of expert surgeons through lectures from diverse professionals, 3) Participants will reflect on how addressing inequities can align with their career goals in surgery. Health justice topics covered will include: surgery and global health, advocacy and trauma surgery, transplant justice, inequities in pediatric surgery, serving veterans through surgery, accessing surgical obstetrics and gynecology care, women in surgery, LGBTQ advocacy and surgery, and race and surgery; as well as diversity among surgeons themselves. Alway M114
F 12:30-1:30PM OTOHNS 200 Introduction to Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Seminar series designed to expose students to the field, including its subspecialties and commonly performed procedures. Goals: supplement anatomical knowledge with clinical correlates; understand basic diagnosis, pathophysiology, and management of ENT problems commonly seen in primary care practice; how to perform a thorough head and neck examination. Seminars, given by faculty experts, cover major topics relating to each of the subdivisions within ENT. Attendance to a minimum of seven sessions is required to receive credit for the course. May be repeated for credit. CCSR 4107 and
F 12:30-1:20 MED 200 Primary Care Presentations This lunch seminar involves patient case presentations in internal medicine and various subspecialties. During each session, course director Dr. Wendy Caceres presents case information (history, physical exam, labs, imaging, other diagnostic data) to a faculty discussant who has not seen the case before the session. Faculty discussants sequentially work through the case, allowing students to benefit from the discussant's clinical reasoning in real time. This course allows students to hone their diagnostic skills and learn clinical pearls that will help during rotations. Alway M112


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