Resident Education

We have regular didactics for our Stanford internal medicine residents called "Stanford 25 Sessions" that teach a specific exam topic each session.

What are the goals of a Stanford Medicine 25 hands-on teaching sessions?

We realized that not all bedside education can be done at the patient's bedside. These Stanford 25 sessions aim to bring the bedside to the classroom setting. 

In these sessions, we demonstrate a physical exam technique , then have our learners perform, demonstrate, practice what they learnedOur goal is to increase  the repertoire of bedside skills a resident has so that they feel at home and have plenty to observe, demonstrate, and teach.

We work to create an appreciation for technique and thereby inspire residents to add more skills to their repertoire.

Some examples of sessions topics include:

  • Lymph Node Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Shoulder Exam
  • BMT Exam
  • Pulsus Paradoxus
  • Abdominal Exam
  • Foot Exam
  • General Neuro Exam
  • Thyroid Exam
  • Lower Back & Hip Exam
  • Neck Veins
  • Capillary nail bed
  • Neuro-Muscular Exam
  • Neuro-Ophthalmic Exam
  • Dermatology Exam
  • Movement Disorders
  • Rheum, Scleroderma
  • Pulmonary Exam
  • Vision Fields
  • Fundoscopy
  • Ankle Brachial Index
  • Bedside Ultrasound
  • Heart Sounds
  • Pituitary Exam

We use both real patients and standardized patients as needed to recreate the bedside exam environment.

Real Patients

Standarized Patients

Residents watch a demonstration, practice and will often teach what they learned to younger residents and students with feedback.

Demontration & Practice

Teaching with Feedback

Stanford 25 Sessions are run by a number of faculty. This collaborative effort allows us to cover many topics and take advantage of the strength of many doctors.

Hepatologist, Dr. Mindie Nguyen leads a session on the abdominal and GI exam. 

Rheumatologist, Dr. Mark Genovese teaching residents the approach to the knee exam. 

Stanford pioneer and hematologist, Dr. Saul Rosenberg leads a Stanford 25 session on the lymph node and spleen exam.

Results of our Stanford 25 Post-Session Survey (2015)

Stanford Professor, Dr. Arthur Bloomfield (far right), leading a session similar to our Stanford 25 sessions over 60 years ago.