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Stanford Medicine
October 2017
A Message from Christopher Dawes, David Entwistle, and Lloyd Minor
Scenes of global devastation and commemorative vigils. 
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A Special Message from Christopher Dawes, David Entwistle, and Lloyd Minor
Recent weeks have brought so much destruction to our area of the globe, from the catastrophic natural disasters in the United States, Caribbean, and Mexico, to the massacre in Las Vegas — the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. From many members of the Stanford Medicine community, we have heard about how these events have devastated families, friends, and hometowns. Our hearts go out to all those affected by these tragedies that have forever changed millions of lives.  
The stories are harrowing and anguished. More than a week after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, the island faces extensive shortages of food and water while widespread power outages have crippled many hospitals. Other islands across the Caribbean and several Texas towns, faced with massive hurricane damage, are also struggling to recover, while Mexico mourns the hundreds who lost their lives in the country’s deadliest earthquakes in decades. Hundreds more were killed or injured in the unconscionable violence that occurred in Las Vegas.
For those who wish to support relief efforts, we have provided a list of organizations that are accepting donations to help those impacted by these disasters. We will continue to update this list with additional aid organizations as they mobilize. The resources included at the bottom of this message also remain available at any time to offer support and counsel for the many distressing events taking place in our world. 
To all members of our community, we thank you for your support of each other and your continuing concern for our fellow citizens around the globe. 

Christopher G. Dawes, President and CEO, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Stanford Children’s Health
David Entwistle, President and CEO, Stanford Health Care
Lloyd B. Minor, MD, Dean, Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University
Vaden Health Center
Faculty Staff Help Center
Office for Religious Life

Stanford University School of Medicine
Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education
Stanford Medicine Office of Faculty Development and Diversity

Stanford Health Care
Human Resources

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Human Resources

Reaffirming our commitment to diversity
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Reaffirming Our Commitment to Diversity
The Stanford Medicine community recently reaffirmed its commitment to diversity through two important initiatives. At the latest meeting of the School of Medicine Faculty Senate, a resolution was passed to continue to promote an open and inclusive academic community that embraces all members. In addition, our Diversity Cabinet recently updated its charge, with Bonnie Maldonado, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity and Diversity Cabinet Co-Chair alongside Associate Dean of Minority Advising and Programs Jose Maldonado, noting, "Among the key objectives of the charge is to establish diversity as a core value of Stanford Medicine, because without it, we would cease to be preeminent across research, education, and patient care, and we could not lead the biomedical revolution in health care." I am extremely proud that our core values as an academic medical center, committed to fostering diversity and respect for every individual, have once again been supported through these efforts. Read more about the resolution and charge.
Shaping the future together with Integrated Strategic Planning
Shaping the Future Together with Integrated Strategic Planning
I continue to be tremendously grateful for the work of all those involved in our Integrated Strategic Planning (ISP) process, a journey we began earlier this year that brought the School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care, and Stanford Children’s Health together to define who we are as an enterprise – and where we want to go. I urge you to continue to provide your input as we shape the Stanford Medicine of tomorrow and accelerate the transformation of human health. Learn more and watch video.
Medicine X spotlights a father’s quest to help his daughter
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Medicine X Spotlights a Father’s Quest to Help His Daughter
At last month’s Stanford Medicine X, providers, patients, technologists, and others involved in reimagining health care told stories of both pain and triumph in medicine. Among the many inspiring speakers were Bodo Hoenen and his daughter, 6-year-old Lorelei, who was struck by a rare polio-like illness that paralyzed her left arm. Bodo developed a cutting-edge robotic device to help Lorelei regain use of her arm. Read more and watch video.
The importance of empathy for health professionals
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The Importance of Empathy for Health Professionals
In my new LinkedIn piece, I talk about the critical role that empathy plays in the care that health professionals give to both our patients, and ourselves. This winter, Rev. Professor Jane Shaw, Dean of Religious Life, and I will further exploring this link between empathy and medicine in a new undergraduate course – Literature, Medicine, and Empathy. Read more.

Precision Health News
RCP panel: Are data and analytics the new medicine?
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RCP panel: Are Data and Analytics the New Medicine?
Dean Minor and Stanford Medicine professor Euan Ashley joined in a recent panel discussion with their UK colleagues at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), where they weighed the enormous impact of data and analytics on the study and practice of medicine. Watch video.
Scientists debate the benefits as well as dangers of open science
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Scientists Debate the Benefits as well as Dangers of Open Science
At a recent Health Policy Forum, McMaster University clinical trialist PJ Devereaux and Stanford Medicine professor Nigam Shah discussed the value of clinical trial data sharing – and the potential drawbacks that the scientific community must consider. Read more and watch video.
Stanford psychologist tests behavioral training to reduce opioid use
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Stanford Psychologist Tests Behavioral Training to Reduce Opioid Use
Stanford Medicine pain psychologist Beth Darnall will use an $8.8 million award to study the impact of cognitive behavioral therapy and pain self-management techniques on helping patients reduce opioid use. Learn more.

State of Stanford Medicine
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State of Stanford Medicine
During this open forum, Christopher Dawes, David Entwistle, and Dean Lloyd Minor will celebrate the year’s accomplishments across Stanford Medicine and discuss opportunities for continued progress going forward.
Tuesday, October 24
Berg Hall
Frankenstein@200: What is Human? What is Monster?
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Frankenstein@200: What Is Human? What Is Monster?
Rev. Professor Jane Shaw will moderate a faculty panel about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein on the 200th anniversary of its publication.
Tuesday, October 17
7:00–8:30 pm
Cubberly Auditorium, School of Education Building
5th Annual Pediatric Education Day
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5th Annual Pediatric Education Day
This event will be a learning and networking opportunity for faculty, trainees, students, postdocs, and staff and will include a Pediatric Grand Rounds lecture.
Friday, October 27
8 am–3 pm
Berg Hall

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