Stanford Medicine 25 Skills Symposium Hosted by Program of Bedside Medicine

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October 1, 2015

This week, the Stanford Medicine 25 hosted its first skills symposium for educators by educators focusing on clinical skills in a effort to bring together some of the world’s leaders and educators in medicine. Doctors from various specialties, who have a passion for medicine at the bedside and teaching the physical exam, came together for a 2-day conference that focused on exam technique and practice.

Below is the documentary of our first Stanford 25 Skills Symposium.

More stories on this symposium are to come but here a few highlights:

The symposium was led by Stanford Assistant Professor, Hospitalist and Stanford 25 Core Team member, John Kugler:


The 120 participants came from 12 countries and many states throughout the US!

On Day 1, participants saw a number of lectures and demonstrations on how the Stanford 25 teaches bedside medicine.

After watching demos, participants got to practice and share their skills on the physical exam in small groups.

Abraham Verghese, Vice-Chair of Education for the Department of Medicine, Co-Director the Symposium and leader of the Stanford 25 Program led the symposium with lectures about the importance of teaching the physical exam and demonstrated his bedside technique.

Master clinician Andrew Elder, Medical Director of MRCP(UK) which runs the largest postgraduate clinical skills examination (PACES) in the world, came from Scotland to talk about and demonstrate the importance of medical assessment.

Another master clinician, Steve McGee, who is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington and author of Evidence-based Physical Diagnosis talked about using evidence-based medicine in the physical exam and demonstrated his bedside teaching technique.

Panelists from many institutions led a discussion on creating a culture of physical exam teaching at ones home institution:

Jerome Kassirer, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, lectured on the use of clinical images for education.

At the end of the symposium, participants got to create their own unique teaching moment using the Stanford Medicine 25’s “5 Minute Moment – Bedside” and present to the whole symposium:

All lectures and demonstrations were recorded live and will be available to participants soon! (Interested in learning more? Join us next year!)

This symposium took great effort by many great people, especially for two special members of the Stanford 25 team… Sonoo Thadaney is Executive Director of the Stanford Medicine 25 Program and responsible for managing the operations that led to the creation of this symposium. Nicole Jeffery, our Stanford Medicine 25 Skills Symposium 2015 Coordinator and an aspiring doctor, spent countless hours towards the organization of the symposium. We are in great debt to them both!

This is just the beginning of something big!

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