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SOMGEN 120: Compassion, Dignity and Empathy-Physician Communication Skills (SOMGEN 220)

As medical technology advances, research shows the human touch and the provider-patient interaction retains a critical role in the practice of medicine. This class uses fun and novel techniques to enhance communication skills and build empathy with others. Beyond clinical communication skills, we will learn how to be better communicators of complex medical and scientific skills with broader audiences, including the media. The class will meet with physicians who use social media to improve health literacy and with journalists who transform data into compelling stories about health and medicine.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1 | Grading: Medical Option (Med-Ltr-CR/NC)

SOMGEN 150Q: Challenging Sex and Gender Dichotomies in Biology and Medicine

This course explores and challenges the physiological basis for distinguishing human "males" and "females", expands the concepts of "intersex" beyond reproductive anatomy/physiology (i.e. beyond the genitalia), and discusses some known consequences of "gender biases" in medical diagnoses and treatments. The influence of gender (sociocultural) "norms", i.e. gendered behaviors and relations, on human biology is juxtaposed with the role of biological traits on the construction of gender identity, roles and relationships, thereby focusing on the interactions of sex and gender on health and medical outcomes. Problems that may arise by labeling conditions that vary in incidence, prevalence and/or severity across the "male-female" spectrum as "men's" or "women's" health issues will be discussed. In addition, the importance of recognizing the spectrum of sex and gender, as well as sexual orientation, in clinical practice from pediatric to geriatric populations, will be highlighted, with consideration of varying perspectives within different race/ethnic, religious, political, and other groups.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-ED, WAY-SI | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: ; Stefanick, M. (PI)

SOMGEN 160A: Sexual Assault Prevention

This course series consists of a workshop component (SOMGEN 160A) and a classroom lecture component (SOMGEN 160B), which can be taken separately or concurrently. SOMGEN 160A, for which students choose one Saturday during the quarter, will focus on learning hands-on skills to reduce gender-based violence in campus communities. SOMGEN 160B, which meets weekly for 50 minutes, will focus on learning about the theory and best practices in sexual assault prevention programming and evaluation, including reading pertinent literature.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr | Units: 1 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

SOMGEN 160B: Sexual Assault Prevention

This course series consists of a workshop component (SOMGEN 160A) and a classroom lecture component (SOMGEN 160B), which can be taken separately or concurrently. SOMGEN 160A, for which students choose one Saturday during the quarter, will focus on learning hands-on skills to reduce gender-based violence in campus communities. SOMGEN 160B, which meets weekly for 50 minutes, will focus on learning about the theory and best practices in sexual assault prevention programming and evaluation, including reading pertinent literature.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr | Units: 1 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

SOMGEN 203: Literature and Writing for Military Affiliated Students

Focus is on military literature and workshopping students' writing about their military experiences. Texts and guest faculty and writers vary each quarter. Dinner and course materials provided free for all students.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Medical Option (Med-Ltr-CR/NC)

SOMGEN 208: Preparation and Practice: Law

Focus is on everyday activities of patent practitioners (patent agents, patent associates, and patent partners) and applying skills learned in medical, biosciences and physical sciences graduate studies to careers in Patent Law. Topics include: applying for positions, the importance of IP protection, licensing, overview of the patent process, drafting applications and litigation. Seminar lead by leaders from Morrison and Foerster.
Terms: not given this year | Units: 2 | Grading: Medical Option (Med-Ltr-CR/NC)

SOMGEN 209: Preparation & Practice: Consulting

This course combines guest lectures with case study and hands-on projects to examine the necessary skills and practical steps necessary to provide businesses with strategic advice and facilitate organizational change. Students will interface with expert practitioners to gain practical insight into the mechanics and practices of the consulting field, and the variety of roles and responsibilities available to them. They will also be exposed to key players and business concepts from myriad industries.
Terms: not given this year | Units: 1 | Grading: Medical Option (Med-Ltr-CR/NC)

SOMGEN 218: Walk With Us: An Interprofessional Education Experience

The health of patients, families, and communities is improved through interprofessional teamwork. High qualify care and safe patient outcomes are achieved when professionals from many disciplines work collaboratively and synergistically towards common goals, yet interprofessional education has not been historically offered in professional education. The purpose of this medical student elective is to pair medical students with interprofessional colleagues working in a wide variety of practice settings with real patients. These observational experiences will be based off the Medical Student Pre-Clerkship Curriculum so that the areas selected for the week will be matched to the weekly observational experience.
Terms: not given this year | Units: 3 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Medical School MD Grades

SOMGEN 220: Compassion, Dignity and Empathy-Physician Communication Skills (SOMGEN 120)

As medical technology advances, research shows the human touch and the provider-patient interaction retains a critical role in the practice of medicine. This class uses fun and novel techniques to enhance communication skills and build empathy with others. Beyond clinical communication skills, we will learn how to be better communicators of complex medical and scientific skills with broader audiences, including the media. The class will meet with physicians who use social media to improve health literacy and with journalists who transform data into compelling stories about health and medicine.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1 | Grading: Medical Option (Med-Ltr-CR/NC)

SOMGEN 223: Introduction to R for data analysis

Introduction to R, an open-source programming language for statistical computing and graphics. Topics include: the basics of the R language and RStudio environment, data inspection and manipulation, graphics for data visualization, and tools for reproducible research. Interactive format combining lecture and hands-on computer lab, with time to work on your own data. Numerous in-class and homework exercises to build effective skills. Examples will be drawn from different areas of biology and medicine.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr | Units: 3 | Grading: Medical Option (Med-Ltr-CR/NC)
Instructors: ; Bagley, S. (PI)

SOMGEN 227A: Career Exploration Opportunities (CEO) Internship Program Practicum

Restricted to graduate students (year 3 and onward) and postdocs in the Stanford Biosciences program who have completed SOMGEN 227. Focus is on internship progress and future career goals. Topics include update on progress of internship goals, planning for future career goals and return to academic research, internship activities, culture and mentorship.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 1 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Medical Option (Med-Ltr-CR/NC)
Instructors: ; Eberle, S. (PI)

SOMGEN 275: Leading Value Improvement in Health Care Delivery

Successful leaders on the journey to better care delivery methods with lower total spending inevitably face challenges. What confluence of attitudes, values, strategy, and events allows them to prevail? Contexts will include public policy, entrepreneurship and early stage investing, care delivery innovations, and health care system management to improve the value of care. Course faculty and guests will consist of nationally recognized leaders, innovators, and change agents. The course is open to any member of the Stanford community aspiring to lead value improvement in health care delivery including medical, MBA, law, and graduate students, as well as undergraduates, postdoctoral candidates, and medical center trainees. May be repeated for credit.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Medical Satisfactory/No Credit

SOMGEN 282: The Startup Garage: Design (CHEMENG 482)

(Same as STRAMGT 356) The Startup Garage is an experiential lab course that focuses on the design, testing and launch of a new venture. Multidisciplinary student teams work through an iterative process of understanding user needs, creating a point of view statement, ideating and prototyping new product and services and their business models, and communicating the user need, product, service and business models to end-users, partners, and investors. In the autumn quarter, teams will: identify and validate a compelling user need and develop very preliminary prototypes for a new product or service and business models. Students form teams, conduct field work and iterate on the combination of business model -- product -- market. Teams will present their first prototypes (business model - product - market) at the end of the quarter to a panel of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors and faculty.
Terms: Aut | Units: 4 | Grading: Medical Option (Med-Ltr-CR/NC)

SOMGEN 288: Literature and Medicine

The Literature and Medicine dinner and discussion series class will address critical and vital topics in medicine through classical literature that addresses these issues, written by literary greats such as Anton Chekov, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Wolff as well as physician authors such as Abraham Verghese and Danielle Ofri. Readings will be designed to address various issues faced by medical students, residents and physicians, including difficult patients, physician burn out, and the culture of medicine. Assignments will be poems, short stories, and essays.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Medical Option (Med-Ltr-CR/NC)

SOMGEN 299: SPRC Education Program Internship

Internship with Stanford Prevention Research Center Education Programs with focus on program administration and development. SPRC education programs include Women and Sex Differences in Medicine (WSDM), Health 4 All (H4A), and Community Health and Prevention Research (CHPR).
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr | Units: 1 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Medical Satisfactory/No Credit
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