Lunch & Dinner Seminars (Fall 2020)

This page is currently being updated and is not a comprehensive list of all lunch seminars at SMS and Stanford. Continue to check back throughout the quarter. Please reach out to SMSA VP of Operations if you have any questions.


Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Course Location Contact Information
12:30–1:20PM PEDS 227 Introduction to Pediatric Specialties

The aim of this lunch seminar is to provide pre-clinical MD and PA students exposure to the wide variety of medical specialties within pediatrics. Weekly discussions will feature an informal Q&A session with physicians from various fields (pediatric surgery, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, etc.). Physician speakers will discuss their daily work, why they selected their chosen fields, and insights from their career paths and daily interactions with patients.The physicians will also provide students with advice and guidance on how to explore and discover their clinical interests.

No homework assignments, attend when you can!

Zoom link will be shared with students who register in the course. If you are interested in auditing the course, please email the course TA!

Emily Pang

5:30–6:30PM OPHT 201
Introduction to Ophthalmology

This one-credit seminar will provide an overview of the field of ophthalmology, introducing basic concepts of ocular anatomy and physiology, common eye conditions and their treatments, and the latest in cutting edge research. The course will be taught by Dr Ira Schachar, director of the ophthalmology clerkship. The course style is conversational, fun, and topics are directed by student interest.

Seminar runs over 5 sesssions: 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9

Zoom link will be emailed

Olivia Hess

5:30–6:50PM MED 245 Leadership in Medicine: Developing your Moral Identity

Students will view videos of well-known leaders being interviewed or watch a live interview of the chief communications officer of Stanford School of Medicine each week. All this will be conducted through zoom conferencing for students to connect from home. 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, public health, 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.

This course counts towards the Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities scholarly concentration requirements. Students can apply for an additional unit with self-directed reading and a written paper describing important principles of leadership (1-2 units).

Check out our promotional video!

Zoom link available on Canvas

Sam Gyurdzhyan


Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Course Location Contact Information
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. In addition, each lecturer will provide students with a “road map” as to how to successfully enter each specialty field of surgery. Unfortunately, lunch will not be provided. Zoom link shared Joe Johnson
12:30–1:30PM (3 live sessions; exact dates TBD) SURG 214 Medical Etymology (2020-21: Self-paced Canvas content + 3 live sessions spaced throughout the quarter) Why is medical terminology often so abstruse? How can we make sense of the lexicon and the lingo? We'll survey the classical linguistic roots and historical backstories, to help you remember the meanings of the strange words we learn in medicine. Along the way, we'll explore how modern medical terminology reflects the historical development of science and medicine in both hemispheres. Zoom link available via Canvas and shared via email

Vipul Vachharajani

12:30–1:20PM PSYC 225 Stanford Klingenstein Fellowship Program The Klingenstein fellowship is designed to expose first and second year medical students to the rewarding field of child and adolescent psychiatry, and to increase awareness and education about child and adolescent mental health. Each quarter examines a different stage of child development; we focus on early childhood in the fall quarter, school age children in the winter, and adolescents in the spring. Guest lecturers (ranging in age from 6 months- 18years) and their families frequently join the class to share their experiences with students. Numerous opportunities for research, co-therapy, and attendance at National and regional conferences are presented. Last year, 17 Klingenstein fellows were fully funded to attend the national conference in New Orleans. After two quarters of participation, medical students will be eligible for induction into the prestigious Klingenstein Fellowship. Enrollment in PSYCH 225 is open to all medical and PA students. Zoom link will be emailed

Dr. Anita Kishore

5:30–6:20PM NSUR 200 Narratives In Neurosurgery Introduces medical, non-medical graduate and undergraduate students to careers in neurosurgery in an informal setting. Focuses on a progressive walk through the educational milestones of a neurosurgical career, starting with perspectives of 4th year medical students and working up to day-to-day functions and lifestyles of senior neurosurgical faculty. Additional topics covered include: global health neurosurgery, private practice neurosurgery, and academic neurosurgery. Zoom; link and specific class times will be shared via weekly email reminders

Songnan Wang

Sol Savchuk

Michael Jin

Harsh Wadhwa

5:30–6:30PM EMED 225 The ED as a Safety Net

As the sole source of medical care and social services available 24/7 to all patients regardless of insurance status, ability to pay or even complaint, Emergency Departments (ED) are safety nets for local communities. EDs serve as a window into society and offer opportunities for intervention. The field of Social Emergency Medicine uses this unique position to investigate societal patterns of health inequity and develop solutions to decrease health disparities for vulnerable populations. This dinner seminar will explore psychosocial, economic, and medical factors that contribute to human health from the perspective of ED providers. Each session will cover a different topic of societal emergency medicine such as opioid use, human trafficking, firearms, and homelessness. Possible interventions will also be discussed including buprenorphine, screening, and identification tools, medical-legal partnerships, and legislative advocacy.

Provides a great opportunity to explore EM as a specialty, learn about research, community engagement, and get involved!

Zoom link will be shared via email

Lillie Reed

5:30–6:30PM (mostly likely Tuesdays at this time every 2 weeks; schedule still being finalized) PEDS 281 PALS

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. The pairs will regularly enjoy virtual activities together, fostering a relationship of support. Pals participants will meet regularly as a class to learn more about pediatric chronic diseases and how to connect with patients and siblings over different virtual platforms. The activities and personal relationships are overseen by the LPCH Pals social workers.


- Attendance is mandatory. One absence is allowed per quarter if the TAs are notified in advance.

-Pals is a year-long commitment. You must enroll in the course for all 3 quarters.

-A brief written reflection will be due at the end of each quarter.

Zoom link shared with those enrolled

Erin McShane

David Grimm

6:00–7:00PM SOMGEN 288 Structural Violence & Systemic Racism in Medical Practice Racism is a public health and health crisis. This reading seminar examines the intersection of race and racism with medical care, drawing on historical, anthropological, sociological, public health, and clinical perspectives. By analyzing ongoing system racism that exists in current medical practice, we seek to equip students with concepts and framework to analyze, discuss, and respond to structural violence and systemic racism and to critique the role of race in clinical practice and education. This course aims to be a community of learners who together understand and critically appraise the structural violence and systemic racism in medicine and to enact change in clinical practice. Zoom link will be shared via email

Bonnie Wong


Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Course Location Contact Information
12:30–1:20PM FAMMED 280 Stanford Student Community Outreach Pandemic Support (CORPS)

In a time of crisis and social isolation, reassuring an anxious, panicked patient may be just as impactful on our healthcare system as titrating ventilator settings on a critically ill ICU patient. This course empowers smart, capable and eager pre-clerkship students to participate in hands-on, team-based virtual weekly outreach to our most vulnerable patients (elderly, immunocompromised, those living alone, anxious) under the guidance of an attending physician. Students will obtain skills to implement an inter-professional, community-based practice innovation, with the goal of providing much needed reassurance and emotional support to our neediest patients.

This is an incredible patient-facing experience! Highly encourage all to sign up and join!

Zoom link will be shared Jonathan Lu
6:00–7:00PM ORTHO 250 Orthopedic Radiology Rounds An interactive weekly seminar focused on increasing radiology fluency and early exposure to orthopedic medical decision making. The format will be largely case-based learning with didactic components interspersed as necessary for foundational material. Topics covered include radiology interpretation, orthopedic anatomy and physiology, and the basics of fracture management. While the focus of this class is to build fundamental knowledge in orthopedics, students will be exposed to a variety of subspecialties within the field including pediatrics, trauma, sports medicine, and musculoskeletal tumor. Zoom link will be shared

Jigyasa Sharma,

Ryan Seltzer


Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Course Location Contact Information
12:30–1:20PM NENS 206 Intro to Neurology Exploration of aspects of neurology, including subspecialties. Current issues, clinical cases, and opportunities in the field. Zoom link will be emailed

Annabel Chen

Deepika Kurup

12:30–1:20PM FAMMED 215 Primary Care Defined: Perspectives and Procedures Designed to give pre-clinical MD / PA students a broad overview of the diverse specialties and career trajectories available within the rewarding field of primary care. Students will experience socially distanced, hands-on immersion in one of a few common office-based procedures, including abscess incision & drainage, joint injections, IUD insertion, skin biopsy. Sessions led by primary care leaders, faculty, and residents address important questions and popular misconceptions about the field, regarding salary, lifestyle, rigor of clinical practice, COVID-19 and career opportunities. Alway M112 and Zoom

Jonathan Lu

Dani Pedersen

Gabrielle Nord

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. Zoom link will be emailed. Door dash credit will be provided.

Maria Filsinger Interrante


Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Course Location Contact Information
12:30–1:20PM MED 210 Principles and Practice of Healthcare Quality Improvement This course will introduce students to foundational concepts in healthcare quality improvement (QI), and provide tools for translating these principles into practice. Topics include: current state, A3, SMART goals, root-cause analysis, metrics and measures, PDCA cycles, process controls, systems, and sustainability. Students have the option of completing the course curriculum in conjunction with a QI/patient safety project offered by the SMS Quality Improvement Interest Group. Med 210 counts toward the QI Scholarly Concentration and can be repeated for credit. All are welcomed! Zoom link will be available via Canvas and shared via email

Gaby Ruiz Colón

Emily Pang