Stanford 25 Bedside Teaching Symposium
Save the Date: November 1-2, 2019

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Poonam Hosamani demonstrates exam technique

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2018 Symposium Participants

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Sponsored by Stanford University Department of Medicine and the Society of Bedside Medicine


The 2018 Stanford Bedside Teaching Symposium is an annual event which brings together medical educators from around the world to foster clinical teaching skills. We aim to build a sense of community among all those who attend and to increase both individual physical examination skills as well as the ability of those in attendance to teach and evaluate the clinical skills of their learners. We accomplish this with lectures by expert clinicians, live demonstrations and hands on workshops using both real and standardized patients. The content is aimed at early and mid-career physician educators, but would also be appropriate for chief residents and senior residents looking for a career in medical education. This year we are excited to offer a poster session for attendees to present research and clinical cases that are related to bedside medicine and physical examination.

One of the highlights of the symposium is the 5 Minute Bedside Moment, an opportunity to, as Poonam Hosamani, MD, puts it, "reframe the way we teach at the bedside into little units, what we like to describe as the basic teaching unit of medicine.” This is "a hands-on, collaborative setting for sharing tips to cultivate – and promote – a culture of bedside medicine." 

This symposium, the 4th annual, will continue to build on the goals of the first: In this age of increased reliance on technology, how can health practitioners reconnect with their patients at the bedside? And how can medical educators promote a culture of hands-on medicine?

The demand has only increased during the four years that the symposium has operated. Physicians, residents, and nursing educators from around the world have attended the symposia, participating eagerly in discussions and voicing frustrations that the bedside is not emphasized as much as it should be. Practical as well as human concerns are at stake.

As Abraham Verghese, MD, put it way back in 2010, "The irony is that these skills have been around for at least a hundred years. The problem is that they have fallen into disuse.”


Abraham Verghese, MD, MACP

Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor of Medicine 

Stanford University

John Kugler, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine

Stanford University

Sonoo Thadaney, MBA

Executive Director, Presence and Program in Bedside Medicine

Stanford University

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