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

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 NPR Health’s “Shots” blog asked recently if the stethoscope was a “timeless tool or outdated relic.”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,

Every Patient Has a Story Worth Hearing

Every Patient Has a Story Worth Hearing

Earlier this year, Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail commemorated the anniversary of the death of neurologist Oliver Sacks by taking a look at his legacy. The piece, by author Norman Doidge, aptly reminds us that “the world’s most famous neurologist believed that every patient had a story worth hearing.” And indeed, his work proves

What will bedside manner look like for new data-driven physicians?

What will bedside manner look like for new data-driven physicians?

Earlier this year, Managed Care magazine published a cover story on young doctors. Praising them for their ability to collaborate, their openness to measurement and consciousness related to cost-effective care, the article advanced the idea that these “newly minted” physicians are just what health care needs. However, it had one main question: “How well will

Slow Medicine Versus Fast Medicine

As we watch medicine unfold, there is a lovely debate emerging around slow versus fast medicine. It would seem that emphasis on the bedside falls very much in the category of the former. This debate also is reminiscent of the work of David Orr and his lovely books, THE NATURE OF DESIGN and DESIGN ON

The Flipped Patient

Many of us in the Program in Bedside Medicine are deeply involved in the medical students pre-clerkship curriculum. Each week the students interview hospitalized patients, perform physical exams, give presentations, followed by a written H&P note. These students enter the patient room with only pen and paper, as they have not yet gained access to

An Image For the Day

Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Portrait of Dr. Farill (1951). This interesting image raises all sorts of questions. What was Frida trying to say? Was it a comment about presence or about lack thereof? Was it a way of sanctifying the doctor? We know he operated on her many times and she thought he had saved her life. What does

Clinical Medicine Article by Dr. Andy Elder

A member of our Stanford 25 team, Dr. Andy Elder, recently published his thoughts about his visiting professorship to Stanford last year. Dr. Elder is now the Medical Director of the MRCP(UK) examination​, one part of which is the PACES​ bedside skills examination – ​which, with ​5,000 candidates sitting per year in ​fifteen​ countries around

The Internet: The Elephant in the Examination Room

Damiana Andonova Peter Conrad, a sociologist at Brandeis University, spoke of the rise and fall of the medical authority in the doctor patient office encounter in his many scholarly articles. With the internet becoming the “elephant in the doctor’s office,” the dynamic of medical authority has certainly changed. As the internet evolves into a virtual space for

Interview with Dr. Eric Topol (editor-in-chief of Medscape)

The editor-in-chief of Medscape, Dr. Eric Topol, visited Stanford to sit down and do an interview with our Dr. Vergese for the Medscape One-on-One online video series. During this visit I got to meet with him to ask him a few questions. Dr. Topal is a cardiologist, geneticist and researcher. He has also been a