The Brief  
Stanford Medicine
January 2020
Health Trends Report
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Message from Dean Minor
Dear Colleagues,

People are amassing unprecedented amounts of health data, opening new possibilities for the future of care. In our 2020 Health Trends Report, we explored how U.S. medical students and residents are preparing for this data revolution and found that we’re witnessing the Rise of the Data-Driven Physician.

Nearly half of physicians and three-quarters of medical students surveyed say they are seeking additional training or classes to better prepare themselves for health care innovations.

While this commitment to education is promising, there are concerning trends that threaten to undermine this development. One in five physicians and residents would abandon their medical career if they could start over — citing deteriorating work-life balance and growing administrative burdens.

What the report shows is that academic medical centers and other stakeholders must support life-long learning for physicians and strive to humanize medicine in the face of mounting practice pressures. I look forward to addressing these challenges with the Stanford Medicine community. Read more in LinkedIn and Inside Stanford Medicine.
Lane Donnelly
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Lane Donnelly Awarded Dawes Director in Quality Endowed Directorship
Im delighted to share that Dr. Lane Donnelly has been named the inaugural Christopher G. Dawes Director in Quality for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. At Stanford Medicine, we strive to create a culture of continuous improvement, and Dr. Donnelly will undoubtedly build upon our recent successes in patient care and safety. Read more.

Students Tutoring Students
Credit: Timothy Archibald
Students Helping Students: Schools in Session at Children’s Hospital
Nothing, not even illness, should interfere with a child’s education. I’m so proud of our LABSci tutor program, which pairs Stanford undergraduate and graduate students with school-aged patients. Not only do our tutors selflessly invest their time, they also find creative solutions that enable hands-on learning while adhering to our hospital’s safety standards. Read more in Scope and Stanford Medicine magazine.

Team Building
Credit: Timothy Archibald
Building Better Emergency Care – With Toys
We’re better when we work together, but that simple idea often runs counter to the top-down culture found in many professional environments, including medicine. I applaud our emergency department for developing outside-the-box solutions, including a Lego-building competition, to create a more collaborative atmosphere that enhances patient care. Read more in Scope and Stanford Medicine magazine.

Doctors in Antarctica
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Practicing Medicine at the Bottom of the World
I admire how members of our Stanford Medicine community follow their passions to all corners of the world. Next month, Dr. Julie Parsonnet and her husband, Dr. Dean Winslow, will conclude a half-year stint as the only civilian medical doctors for the inhabitants of a research station in Antarctica. Like so many here, Drs. Parsonnet and Winslow embody our mission to bring Stanford-level care to people around the globe. Read more
Precision Health News
Novel Cancer Drug
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Antiviral Treatments Inspire Development of New Kind of Cancer Drug
For years, Stanford virologist Dr. Jeffrey Glenn’s lab focused on viruses like the ones that cause the common cold, but lessons from these efforts may have led to the development of a novel class of cancer drugs. Read more.

Mike Sndyder
Credit: Paul Sakuma
Ageotypes’ Open Window into How People Age
Research led by Stanford’s Dr. Michael Snyder identifies biologic pathways along which people age. This knowledge will help target health-risk factors and build better predictive models. Read more.

Spina Bifida
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Fetal Surgery Changes Narrative for Infants with Spina Bifida
In early 2019, surgeons at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford performed in utero surgery to close a baby’s spinal cord defect. At six months, Illiana is impressing doctors with her development. Read more.

Aaron Newman
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Single Number Helps Data Scientists Identify Cancer Stem Cells
Biomedical data scientists, including Dr. Aaron Newman, found that the number of genes a cell uses to make RNA is a reliable indicator of how developed the cell is, potentially making the targeting of cancer-causing genes easier. Read more.
Community Health Symposium
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18th Annual Community Health Symposium
In addition to showcasing community health work emerging from Stanford, this event will discuss incidences of community health trauma and methods for prevention and intervention. 

Thursday, February 13
4:00—8:00 pm
Berg Hall

Learn more and register.

Courtesy of V.S. Ramachandran
The Sensorium
Stanford’s Women’s Health and Sex Differences Center and Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute present a basic and translational research symposium focused on sex differences in neurosciences that features keynote speaker V.S. Ramachandran.

Friday, February 21
12:30—5:00 pm
Clark Center Auditorium

Learn more and register.
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