Stanford Medicine 25 Blog

  • Using Acting to Connect with Patients in the COVID-19 Era

    In addition to clinical training, medical students at the University of Delaware also participate in a “healthcare theater” to develop communication skills that help them build trust and personal connection with patients.

  • Registration is Now Open for the 2021 Stanford Medicine 25 Skills Symposium

    This year, the 6th annual Stanford 25 Skills Symposium will take place virtually on March 25 and 26, 2021. Registration is now open!…

  • The Internet: The Elephant in the Examination Room

    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…

  • The History of Bedside Ultrasound: From Submarines to Sub-Interns

    Among the myriad of modern diagnostic tools, few can claim the certainty, consistency, and intimacy of ultrasound. In contrast to other dominant types of medical imaging characterized by large, foreign machines and uncomfortable noise and positioning, this sound-based imaging technique is one of the least intimidating and widely-used exam method, applied in fields ranging from Pulmonology and Gastroenterology to Obstetrics and Gynecology.

  • Artificial Intelligence and the Gift of Physician Time

    In a new book Eric Topol explores his belief that AI will go beyond enhancing diagnoses and treatments and “transform almost everything that doctors do.”…

  • Four Physicians Describe the Synergy Between Technology and Bedside Medicine

    Four physicians (Abraham Verghese, Eric Topol, Christopher Maiona and Caesar Djavaherian) are outlining similar solutions that leverage technology to nurture the doctor-patient relationship.

  • The Art and Science of Patient Care

    In a perspective piece published in Wiley Online Library, author Robert Truog conveys the importance of the physical exam, writing that “from the beginning, touching has been integral to doctoring.”…

  • Learning from the Bedside at the 5th Annual Stanford 25 Bedside Teaching Symposium

    Abraham Verghese, MD, MACP, connected his talk at Stanford 25’s 5th Annual Bedside Teaching Symposium to a larger theme: the importance of working, teaching, and learning at the bedside.

  • The Physical Exam Remains an Effective Tool for Physicians

    A new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine highlights the necessity of the physical exam in medicine concluding that “it not only contributes diagnostic information but is a therapeutic intervention in and of itself.”…

  • Register Now for the 5th Annual Stanford 25 Skills Symposium

    This year, the 5th annual Stanford 25 Skills Symposium will take place on November 1 and 2, 2019. Registration is now open!…

  • How AI Can Improve the EHR and Bedside Medicine

    In a recent JAMA Network Viewpoint feature, Stanford Medicine 25’s Abraham Verghese and Sonoo Thadaney readily endorse artificial intelligence (AI) in medicine, describing its promise as “undeniable.” But they also emphasize an overlooked opportunity, specifically how AI can “help clinicians deliver better and more humanistic care.”…

  • Physicians Can Protect the Human Connection in Medicine

    In an episode of Medscape’s “Medicine and the Machine,” Stanford Medicine 25’s Abraham Verghese and Deep Medicine author Eric Topol explain that doctors must come together as advocates for the human connection in medicine.

  • Cultivating The “Golden Minute” at the Bedside

    A Scientific American article authored by Claudia Wallis, explains how the adoption of technology in medicine has “reshaped the doctor-patient relationship.”…

  • Humanizing the EHR

    In a recent CLOSLER feature, Jeffery Millstein of Penn Medicine reinforces a sentiment frequently shared by Stanford Medicine 25, writing that “the clinically excellent clinician makes an effort to know each patient’s unique story, moving beyond the confines of the content within the [electronic health record] EHR.”…

  • Telehealth Tips to Preserve Key Aspects of Patient Care

    To ensure that doctors are able to properly care for and connect with their patients via video, Stanford Medicine professors and faculty have developed guidance and best practices for conducting telehealth visits.

  • Empathy and the Physical Exam Remain Essential Components of Medicine

    A recent article in Quartz says that while machine-learning technology is becoming more “pervasive in the health system,” empathy may be becoming obsolete… even though “it’s one of the reasons why people trust doctors."…

  • Finding Joy in Physical Exam Skills

    In an interview with hospitalist, Twitter personality and “Incident Report” host Zubin Damania, Abraham Verghese discusses the movement to bring physicians back to the bedside.

  • AI is Doing More to Help Keep Doctors at the Bedside

    Prompted by the release of’s “Molly,” a new artificial intelligence (AI)-powered avatar, a Forbes article examined “how humans and machines can work together to improve and transform” health care.

  • As Prices Drop, Point-of-Care Ultrasound May Spark Evolution of Physical Exam

    In a commentary for JAMA Cardiology, John Kugler writes, “The ‘wow’ factor is powerful with the latest generation of pocket ultrasound machines.

  • Teaching the “Intangibles” of Medicine

    An editorial on highlights the importance of “intangibles” in medicine, primarily the connection between patient and provider. In the commentary, Leonard H. Calabrese, a rheumatologist and course director at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, shares concern that empathy and mindfulness are pieces of medicine “we know very little about.”…

  • Why the Physical Exam Remains Valuable in Patient Care

    Although today’s climate has forced physicians to rethink the physical exam, Hyman notes that “not all is lost with the emergence of telehealth” as virtual visits lend themselves to new avenues for patient connection.

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