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2016 program


9:00 a.m.
Registration Begins
Health Pavilion (Alumni Lawn)

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Health Pavilion
Health Pavilion (Alumni Lawn)

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Stanford Life Flight Helicopter Display

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Breakfast Food Truck Meals Available for Purchase from Capelo's Barbecue.
Health Pavilion (Alumni Lawn)

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch Food Truck Meals Available for Purchase from Capelo's Barbecue, El Porteño, SAJJ Mediterranean, Sanguchon, and Little Green Cyclo.
Health Pavilion (Alumni Lawn)

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Session 1
*Will be live tweeted via @StanfordMed

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Session Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Session 2
Clark Auditorium
*Will be live tweeted via @Stanford

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Session 3
*Will be live tweeted via @StanfordMed

2:00 p.m.
Health Pavilion Closes
Health Pavilion (Alumni Lawn)

So You Want to Go to Med School? Is a Career in Medicine Right for You?

Med School Morning
Neil Gesundheit, MD, MPH

Are you a high school student considering a career in medicine? Are you wondering how to increase your chances of being accepted to medical school? Dr. Gesundheit and Stanford medical students will answer your questions about what the application process is like and what it's really like to be in medical school.

Students must be in high school to attend.

"I'm Not a Doctor, But I Play One on TV": Real-Life ER Physicians Examine the TV Show "ER"

Med School Morning
S.V. Mahadevan, MD

Are you thinking of becoming an ER doctor? In this engaging discussion, Dr. Mahadevan will present short clips from the TV show "ER" to his panel of two real-life ER physicians and question them about the management of each case. What went wrong in this case? What could have been done differently? Was the patient treated appropriately? Is that really where the needle should have been inserted? We'll separate the facts from fiction.

Students must be in high school to attend.

Lights, Camera, Simulation!: Educational Techniques That Help Turn Med Students into Doctors

Med School Morning
Alexandra Buchanan, MD, and Teresa Anne Roman-Micek

Have you ever wondered what Hollywood and medical school have in common? In this session you will learn about some of the techniques and technologies that help medical students learn how to become doctors. You'll even get the chance to try some of these out for yourselves!

Students must be in high school to attend.

Passport to Stanford Community Day

Med School Morning

Visit the Health Pavilion, a collection of tents featuring interactive, hands-on exhibits and activities for the whole family. We'll give you a map and a passport to visit at least 3 stations and then exchange your completed passport for a Med School Morning t-shirt. Click here for more information on the Health Pavilion.

Students must be in high school to attend.

Super Genes: Do Exceptional Athletes Hold the Key to Health?

Euan Ashley, MRCP, DPhil

Fascinated by the extremes of human physiology, Dr. Ashley and his team are exploring new genetic pathways to discover exactly what makes super athletes unusually fast, fit, and strong. Once these pathways are discovered, future scientists may find ways to leverage them to help the average person become healthier.

Watch the video or download the podcast.

Aging Is Not Inevitable: Are Stem Cells the Fountain of Youth?

Jill Helms, DDS, PhD

The good news about aging is that you gain wisdom and patience. The bad news is that body parts begin to wear out. Part of the solution to aging lies in our stem cells, but separating science fiction from science fact isn't easy. Dr. Helms will discuss the latest advances in regenerative medicine and give real solutions to help you stay healthy and fit, well into older age.

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Me and My Microbes: What's My Microbiome and How Does It Affect My Health?

Ami S. Bhatt, MD, PhD

Dr. Bhatt will discuss the microbiome—the vast community of trillions of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other tiny life forms that live in and on our bodies. She'll explain the role the microbiome plays in our health and wellness, how changes in it are linked to disease, and how we can keep our bodies healthy. You'll find her enthusiasm for these dynamic microscopic ecosystems is extremely contagious.

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Our Relationship with Food: How to Make It a Healthy One

Maya Adam, MD

In this session, Dr. Adam will discuss the impact of recent dietary trends on human health around the world and the role education plays in rebuilding a positive relationship with the foods that protect us and bring us joy.

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Heartbeats and Tweets: Social Media Support Groups for Promoting Heart Health

Jodi Prochaska, PhD, MPH

What do tweeting, Snapchat, and friending have to do with heart health? Dr. Prochaska will discuss recent research that examines social media for changing heart health behaviors. In this session, she'll explore gender differences in social media group communications. The role of gender in behavior changes and future applications of these findings will also be discussed.

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Precision Health for Women: Why Sex and Gender Matter

Marcia L. Stefanick, PhD

How do sex and gender impact the health of women? From conception to old age, how do health issues differ in women and men? How do the common caregiving roles of women as mothers, spouses/partners, daughters, and friends impact their personal well-being? And why are sex and gender identity important in precision health for women? Dr. Stefanick will answer these questions and more in a lively discussion of how your sex and gender affect your health.

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Women and Heart Disease: Your Risk and What You Can Do about It

Jennifer Tremmel, MD, MS

Dr. Tremmel will discuss heart disease in women as compared to men. She will illustrate how pregnancy can predict the future of cardiovascular risk. She'll also review risk factors and give specific heart-healthy tips that women can start today.

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Recharging the Brain: How Young Blood Might Help Reverse Aging. (Yes, Really.)

Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD

Dr. Wyss-Coray studies the impact of aging on the human body and brain. In this eye-opening talk, he shares new research from his Stanford lab and other investigative teams, which shows that a solution for some of the not-so-great aspects of old age might actually lie within us all.

A Well-Designed Life: Using Brain Science and Design Thinking to Live Your Personal Best

Kyra Bobinet, MD, MPH

In this talk, Dr. Bobinet will use humor and brain science to shed light on why, even though we know what we should do, we don't always do it. She will reveal how to adopt a design-thinking approach to changing our health for the better and demystify why some people succeed while others struggle. Together with the audience, Dr. Bobinet will explore at once the power, beauty, and potential of living a well-designed life.

Aging with Grace: What to Expect as Your Parents Get Older

Rita Ghatak, PhD

More and more people are living longer and longer. This compelling demographic shift comes with challenges, as many people are faced with caring for older parents or family members. In her talk, Dr. Ghatak will discuss how to develop a plan of action not just for our aging loved ones, but also for ourselves. She'll also discuss preventative health practices and the steps we should all take to live a healthy, engaged life.

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Managing Concussions on the Sidelines: Proper Detection, Treatment, and Therapies

Scott Anderson, MA, ATC, FMSC, DNSP and Jamshid Ghajar, MD, PhD, FACS,

Do we really know what brain functions are affected by a concussion? How can we properly screen and assess an athlete on the sidelines for a concussion? When should we put the athlete back in the game? Dr. Ghajar and Scott Anderson will team up to discuss the detection and treatment of concussions, how to go about monitoring recovery, and new therapies that can expedite recovery.

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Breast Cancer: Advances in Screening and Prevention

Anosheh Afghahi, MD, MPH

Who should get tested for a hereditary breast cancer syndrome, and what are the implications of a positive result? What is the role of diet, exercise, and family history in breast cancer risk and prevention? Dr. Afghahi will provide an overview of breast cancer genetic testing and share the latest advances in breast cancer screening and prevention.

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Immunotherapy for Ovarian Cancer: The Future Looks Promising

Oliver Dorigo, MD, PhD

While current therapeutic options for ovarian cancer patients are inadequate, Dr. Dorigo will discuss the importance of using different treatments in combination and discovering new detection and monitoring methods. He'll also talk about how immunotherapy offers a new and promising strategy for treating ovarian tumors.

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Colorectal Cancer: How Precision Health Will Create Better Outcomes

Sigurdis Haraldsdottir, MD, MS

What are the risk factors for colorectal cancer? How do diet and exercise impact outcomes? What lifestyle changes should I make if I'm at risk? How is precision health impacting the care of localized and metastatic colorectal cancer? Dr. Haraldsdottir will answer these important questions and discuss treatment and prevention strategies.

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Management of Chronic Pain: Getting to the Root of Persistent Pain

Sean Mackey, MD, PhD

Pain has an astounding effect on the individual, their family, and society as a whole. It affects over 50 million Americans; it doesn't discriminate, and gets worse as we age. Dr. Mackey will discuss why diagnosing and finding the root of chronic pain is essential to treating it. He'll also discuss why integrating different approaches from drugs to exercise can improve quality of life for many patients.

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Sleep Health: How Different Phases of Life Shape Our Sleep

Rachel Manber, PhD, CBSM

How does pregnancy impact sleep duration and quality? How does parenting a child impact it? How about menopause and retirement? Dr. Manber will discuss the importance of sleep health and share the three factors that together determine the optimal timing and duration of sleep.

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Precision Mineralization: How to Maintain Strong Bones

Aimee D. Shu, MD

Why are hormones important for healthy bones? Why are women at risk for fragile bones? How does risk differ in men? Dr. Shu will discuss lifestyle tips for building and maintaining healthy bones. She'll also discuss screening for osteoporosis and provide an overview of drug therapies to treat bone fragility.

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Melanoma and Sex: How Gender Affects Incidence and Outcome

Susan M. Swetter, MD

How is the sun both good and bad for you? How strongly are tanning beds linked to skin cancer development? Can sunscreen really prevent melanoma? Dr. Swetter will discuss how melanoma incidence and outcomes differ between women and men. She'll also share the latest strategies for prevention of melanoma and other skin cancers.

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