Archives for April 2016

Abraham Verghese Asks: “Why Are We Doing This Teaching?”

Abraham Verghese Asks: “Why Are We Doing This Teaching?”

Errol Ozdalga, MD; @eozdalga Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford School of Medicine We teach bedside medicine. We emphasize the importance of the physical exam and how it can help care for your patient and also create an environment where the person you are caring for develops trust. We have taught this now for over 6 years (when the

Shoulder pain and shortness of breath. Shoulder exam is normal. Diagnosis?

Shoulder pain and shortness of breath. Shoulder exam is normal. Diagnosis?

A 78 year old man with no significant past medical history presents to his primary care physician with 4 days of right shoulder pain. The pain is located over the acromioclavicular joint. The pain is worse at night with lying down and associated with shortness of breath.  He states that the pain is better during the

Will the Healing Touch Go Out the Door With the Stethoscope?

Will the Healing Touch Go Out the Door With the Stethoscope?

As technology advances – putting many valuable tools right in our smartphones and transforming ultrasound machines into portable, handheld devices – some are beginning to question what’s in store for the stethoscope. NPR Health’s “Shots” blog asked recently if the stethoscope was a “timeless tool or outdated relic.” Medical students still use stethoscopes to learn,

Spasticity versus Rigidity (Stanford 25 Skills Symposium, 2015)

Spasticity versus Rigidity (Stanford 25 Skills Symposium, 2015)

Can you differentiate between spasticity versus rigidity? This is our first video release from our 2015 Stanford 25 Skills Symposium. This video is a part of a larger group of videos that were created during the symposium. In this short excerpt, Dr. Steve McGee talks about the approach to differentiating spasticity versus rigidity at the bedside.