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The Brief  
Stanford Medicine
November 2017
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Message from Dean Minor
Dear Colleagues,
William Osler, the founder of modern medicine, said, “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.” This simple precept is at the heart of bedside medicine, and one shared by Abraham Verghese (pictured above) at the 2017 Stanford Medicine 25 Bedside Medicine Symposium. A hands-on annual event which brings together medical educators from around the world, the symposium fosters clinical teaching skills and promotes humanity in medicine. Read more in Scope.
The enduring importance of the patient-physician relationship, despite the changes in medicine since Osler’s time, is also the topic of a LinkedIn post that I wrote recently about my experience treating patients with an unknown disease. The discovery came from carefully listening to my patients and observing at the bedside how their eyes moved in a way that provided important clues to the diagnosis. Read more about my discovery of superior canal dehiscence syndrome.
Like many of you, I am deeply concerned about the potentially negative impact of provisions in the U.S. House of Representatives tax proposal on educating future scientific and medical leaders. In a recent email, Vice Provost for Graduate Education Patricia Gumport told our graduate students and postdoctoral scholars that Stanford University is working to assess the implications of the proposed changes and to advocate against these provisions. Please know that Stanford Medicine will be very actively engaged in this process.
Credit: Steve Fisch
New Diversity Center Opens at Lane Library
Last fall, Tawaun Lucas (pictured above) and several other students recommended to me that we create a dedicated gathering place for minority students, as well as other members of the Stanford Medicine community interested in diversity and inclusion issues. I enthusiastically supported their idea and, last month, I had the honor of joining these advocates at the opening of the Diversity Center of Representation and Empowerment (CORE). Read more and watch video.

Credit: George Nikitin
New Graduate Students Suit Up for the Future
At a lab coat ceremony and celebration with families last month, I had the pleasure of welcoming to Stanford Medicine our newest cohort of graduate students. I’m thrilled that this year we received the largest-ever pool of doctoral applicants and had the highest acceptance rate in the school’s history. I’m also proud that 25 percent of our new doctoral students come from underrepresented backgrounds in the biosciences. Read more.

Credit: Erin Digitale
Pediatric Caregivers Give Patient Honorary Medical Diploma
A strong patient-provider relationship is not just vital for patients, it’s a source of deep satisfaction for clinicians. Recalling my own bonds with patients over the years, I was touched to hear that a Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford care team surprised Minal Patel with an honorary medical diploma last month. Throughout her cancer treatment, Minal has maintained a positive outlook and has had a tremendous impact on all her caregivers. Read more.

Credit: Rod Searcey
State of Stanford Medicine Draws Faculty, Staff, and Students
At our second annual State of Stanford Medicine town hall meeting, David Entwistle, Christopher Dawes, and I were delighted to see so many members of our community come together to share thoughts and questions, and to learn about some of the new and exciting things happening around Stanford Medicine. Our discussion and updates ranged from diversity and the politics of health care to integrated strategic planning and the launch of Project Baseline. Read more and watch video.


Share Your Stanford Medicine “True North”
In a recent video, members from all three entities of Stanford Medicine provided their input on what our organization’s “true north” strategy should be in the coming years. As the Integrated Strategic Planning process continues, we invite you to contribute your own thoughts about Stanford Medicine’s future, either by emailing the ISP team or by participating in our #SMTrueNorth photo contest.
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How Medical Schools Can Better Fight Burnout
In this piece in The Wall Street Journal, Dean Lloyd Minor shares recent evidence of increased burnout among medical students and offers strategies for how schools and students can work together to help manage stress and make student wellness an organizational and individual priority. Read more.
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Biobank Accelerates Research into a Rare Disease
To promote diagnostic and therapeutic research into their daughter’s rare genetic disease, Matt and Kristen Wilsey partnered with a Stanford Medicine team to create a secure “lending library” of linked biological samples, genomic information, and medical records. Read more.

Credit: Rod Searcey
Conference Advocates for More Female Leaders in Global Health
At the inaugural Women Leaders in Global Health conference last month, more than 400 people from around the world gathered at Stanford to discuss the dearth of women in global-health leadership positions and to begin a movement to fill the gap. Read more in Scope and Stanford Medicine News.
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Health Care Leaders Gather to Examine Physician Well-Being
At the American Conference on Physician Health, Dean Lloyd Minor and health care leaders from around the world discussed the growing epidemic of physician burnout and agreed that organizations and individuals can do more to counter this troubling trend. Read more in Scope and Stanford Medicine News.
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Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia: Then and Now
Tuesday, December 5
8:00 am–6:30 pm
Berg Hall
Experts in neonatal and child lung health — including pediatrician Cristina Alvira (pictured above) — will gather to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original description of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia.
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