Lunch & Dinner Seminars (Fall 2019)

This is an *OLD* list of seminars from Fall 2019, 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.

Click here for a list of Department of Surgery courses offered throughout the year


Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Course Location Contact Information
M 12:30-1:20P 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. LKSC & Alway  
First Monday of each month (except 9/23) 5:30-7:20 INDE 209A/ PAS 280A Walk With Me: A Patient and Family Centered Exploration of Health & The Health Care System Walk with Me is a dinner seminar that provides students an opportunity to experience healthcare from the perspective of a patient or caregiver through a year-long paired partnership. Students will gain further understanding on the challenges of managing optimal health in a complex healthcare system through monthly workshops, lectures from Stanford and community experts, and discussions to explore patient-centered solutions to real-world healthcare system problems. This course fulfills the ECE requirement for MD students. TBD

Fulfills ECE requirement for MD students
Year-long commitment (1 unit per quarter: INDE 290A-C; PAS 280A-C)
Enrollment code needed to register
Request application (due 9/6/19) from Lydia (

Monday 12:30-1:20 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 experience hands-on immersion in 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, prestige, rigor of clinical practice, and career opportunities. Alway M112;;

Oct. 14, Nov. 11 (5:30-7pm)


Winter and spring quarter sessions will be held same time and room (5:30-7pm, Alway M112) on Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Mar. 9, Apr. 13, and May 11 (second Monday of each month).

INDE 240 Humanistic Medicine: Engaging Difference by Design How do our own unique identities as healthcare practitioners intersect with those of our patients? Our colleagues? This year-long, dinner seminar series (8 sessions total from Sep-May, 3 during fall) is designed to use story, narrative, and interactive activities to engage MD and PA students across difference to provide meaningful opportunities to appreciate the diverse identities represented among the student body - and build an overall inclusive learning environment grounded in acceptance and humility for each other's lived experiences. This 1-unit course counts toward the Community Health Scholarly Concentration. Alway M112


Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Course Location Contact Information
Tues 12:30-1:30pm PEDS 227 Introduction to Pediatric Specialties Introduction to Pediatric Specialties CCSR 4205
Tues 12:30- 1:30pm SURG 204 introduction to Surgery SURG 204 introduces students to the range of surgical subspecialties and career options available to them while learning some basic concepts in the surgical management of patients. Alway M112
Tues 12:30-1:30 PSYC 225 Stanford Klingenstein Fellowship Program PSYC 225: Stanford Klingenstein Fellowship Program
A mentoring program 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 issues. Offers a year-long program wherein medical students are paired with child and adolescent psychiatrists, meeting bimonthly for clinical experiences and mentoring. Also provides opportunities for the students to get involved in cutting-edge scientific research, networking opportunities, and opportunities to attend professional conferences.
LK 308
Tues 5:30PM - 6:50PM 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. Alway M114
Tues 5:30-6:50 SOMGEN 120 Compassion, Dignity and Empathy-Physician Communication Skills As medical technology advances, research shows the human touch and the provider-patient interaction retains a critical role in the practice of medicine. This class uses fun and novel techniques to enhance communication skills and build empathy with others. Beyond clinical communication skills, we will learn how to be better communicators of complex medical and scientific skills with broader audiences, including the media. The class will meet with physicians who use social media to improve health literacy and with journalists who transform data into compelling stories about health and medicine. Alway 218


Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Course Location Contact Information

Wed 6-8pm

Course only meets 5 times (9/25, 10/2,
10/16, 10/23, 10/30)

EMED 231 Peer Counseling for Medical Students

This course meets for 5 total sessions, and covers topics including compassionate listening, problem solving, understanding imposter syndromes, role of emotions in decision making, implicit bias training, professionalism, and ethics and boundaries. Students will engage in dedicated interactive sessions to prepare them for common scenarios and potential approaches for resolution. Faculty mentors from the Office of Medical Student Wellness, Counseling and Psychological Services staff at the Vaden Health Center, and Ear4Peer (E4P) upperclass student team leaders will collaborate each week to lead the sessions. Students will also receive training on campus resources and appropriate channels for referring peers to professional services. This course is a pre-requisite for students interested in becoming an E4P. Prerequisites: Must be a currently enrolled medical or PA student

MSOB 303


Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Course Location Contact Information
Th 12:30-1:20PM NENS 206 Introduction to Neurology This course introduces first- and second-year medical and PA students to the diverse subspecialties of neurology. Each week features a different Stanford Neurology faculty member who will present exciting clinical cases, ongoing research, and their path through medical education.

This course is a relaxed way to learn about the field and identify potential clinical and research mentors. It also counts as elective credit towards the Neuroscience, Behavior, and Cognition (NBC) Scholarly Concentration!
Alway M112 (most sessions); Alway M214 (first session)
Tuesday/Thursday 12:30-1:20PM EMED 220 Intro to Emergency Medicine An introduction to the specialty of emergency medicine, including the emergency stabilization of patients in both the pre-hospital phase and in the emergency department. The course will include both lectures and hands on practical sessions. Topics consist of management of trauma patients and common medical emergencies, with hands on sessions including how to manage airway emergencies, suturing, and ultrasound. Course is great for students who are looking to explore emergency medicine more, medicine in general or just interested in learning important life-saving skills to use in their daily lives. 2 units includes two four-hour emergency department shadow shifts. Alway M106, LK120, LK130


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



Day/Time Course Code Course Name Course Description Course Location Contact Information
Saturday/Sunday Morning