2021 Annual Report

Meeting the Moment

Annual Report 2021 Welcome Video

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Stanford Lends a Hand

Stanford Lends a Hand

From grocery runs to online fundraisers, the Department of Medicine community found ways to help others amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A COVID Trial Pitches a Tent in the Great Outdoors

A COVID Trial Pitches a Tent in the Great Outdoors

When you think of advanced clinical trials, you usually don’t think of a tent. But that’s where you’d be wrong—in April 2020, when COVID felt new and every breath was terrifying, a tent was just what the doctor ordered.

It’s Been a Busy Year for Hospital Medicine

It’s Been a Busy Year for Hospital Medicine

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, frontline hospitalists devised protocols and checklists that ultimately saved time and lives. Despite multiple consecutive weeks of bedside care, the division’s physicians continued teaching medical students and residents and took on several new activities: COVID-19-related clinical trials at Stanford Hospital and ValleyCare and using artificial intelligence to aid in caring for dying patients.

Talented Women  at Every Level of Nephrology

Talented Women at Every Level of Nephrology

A glance at the website for the division of nephrology brings a short paragraph into focus. It includes these three sentences, which could easily be considered a vision statement: “We are devoted to training the next generation of nephrologists in a supportive...

One Company’s Trash: Nephrology’s Collaboration With Industry in the Fight Against COVID-19

One Company’s Trash: Nephrology’s Collaboration With Industry in the Fight Against COVID-19

Ascend Clinical CEO Paul Beyer and Glenn Chertow, MD, met on a windy afternoon in early spring 2020, when COVID-19 was first starting to surge in New York. Both felt powerless and wanted to help fight COVID-19 with the resources at their disposal. Their thoughts turned quickly to the remnant patient samples Ascend had access to, and the possibility of testing those for COVID antibodies.

Eliminating the ‘Chronic’ from COPD

Eliminating the ‘Chronic’ from COPD

Clinicians and researchers are exploring new ways to diagnose and manage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease before it has a chance to inflict its irreversible damage on the lungs. A simple in-office test can help in early detection.

The Student Guidance Program: A Road Map to Success

The Student Guidance Program: A Road Map to Success

Very soon after deciding that her passion was for medical education, assistant professor of endocrinology Danit Ariel, MD, MS, found her niche. Designer and director of the SGP since 2016, she coaches and mentors medical students one-on-one, guiding them to improve their clinical skills.

An Everyday Practice: Creating a Culture of Belonging to Transform Health Care

An Everyday Practice: Creating a Culture of Belonging to Transform Health Care

What happens when moments lead to a movement that changes what it means to be in community, be connected, and belong? After last year’s historic racial reckoning and #BLM protests, the Department of Medicine responded by appointing new diversity chairs, lifting up the personal stories of staff members, and reshaping its priorities and culture to address diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Addressing Health Care Inequities

Addressing Health Care Inequities

Three innovative programs demonstrate Stanford’s longstanding commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in health care. They are focused on developing evidence-based strategies for increasing equity in teaching and practicing medicine.

Meet the Beckers

Meet the Beckers

The Beckers met for the first time twice: once in a university hallway, after Laren’s med school interview and before Nielsen’s, and then again just a few months later, at the first histology class for new MD/PhD students at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. Now they’re married and on the faculty in the gastroenterology division of Stanford’s Department of Medicine.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

Three Department of Medicine staff members reflect on a year of working remotely – sharing their struggles and the moments that buoyed them.