Wednesday, October 7, 2020
StanfordMed LIVE
Date: Thursday, Oct. 15
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Topic: Disability Awareness
Please join us for special StanfordMed LIVE town hall focused on disabilities. The event will feature a panel discussion and address your thoughts and questions about the state of disability awareness at Stanford Medicine. We will also discuss how we can best support faculty, staff, students, and patients who have disabilities or live with a chronic illness.

Speakers include:

  • Dean Lloyd Minor, MD, School of Medicine
  • David Entwistle, president and CEO, Stanford Health Care
  • Paul King, president and CEO, Stanford Children's Health
  • Barbara Hardy, chief inclusion, diversity & health equity officer, Stanford Health Care
  • Alison Kerr, vice president and chief administrative officer, clinical operations
  • Yvonne Maldonado, MD, senior associate dean of faculty development and diversity, School of Medicine
  • Ken Sutha, MD, PhD, clinical instructor of pediatrics, School of Medicine


  • Peter Poullos, MD, clinical associate professor of radiology and of medicine, School of Medicine
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COVID-19 Updates
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COVID-19 in Children seminar series tomorrow at noon
This week's COVID-19 in Children seminar series features a presentation on COVID-19 vaccines including development, trials, safety and implications for children by Cornelia Dekkar, MD, professor of pediatrics, emerita; Nicole Klein, MD, PhD, resident in pediatrics; and Grace Lee, MD, professor of pediatrics.
Password: 802044

An overview of the COVID-19 pandemic for clinical researchers class on Friday from 9-11 a.m.
Presented by the Stanford Center for Clinical Research, this class on COVID-19 for clinical researchers features instruction by Minjoung Go, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine. Attendees will learn how to recognize the role health care providers and public health departments play in the COVID-19 crisis, understand the significant finding of current research related to COVID-19 and explain epidemiology, transmission, symptoms, complications and treatment of COVID-19. The event is open to all research staff. Register for the classLearn more.
Clinical Oversight Resource Team (CORT) updates
CORT is the executive team overseeing Stanford Medicine's clinical and operational response to COVID-19.

  • Over the last week, the testing lab ran an average of 1,340 tests per day; there was a 1.9% average positive rate.
  • Emergency blood drives were held this week because the blood supply was low. There’s a need for O+ blood types.
  • As of noon on Oct. 6, the Healthcare Workforce Response Team has tested 21,776 employees to date; there have been 463 positives.
  • Supply Chain reported receiving additional N95 mask inventory. Alternative needles are now being used by Occupational Health for vaccinations. Supply Chain is working on distributing approved clear procedure masks, and they are continuing to monitor the nitrile glove shortage.
  • An issue was identified with a few elastomeric masks missing gaskets and valves over the weekend. All masks across all entities have been validated, and safety measures are in place.
  • CORT endorsed the COVID Vaccine Workgroup Charter, which includes a plan for vaccinating patients and health care workers in two phases. Phase one is underway with planning for a vaccination strategy.
  • Infection Prevention recently reviewed the organizations’ COVID testing policy and they reported that we continue to see a low positive rate. They will continue to communicate the importance of following PPE policies and taking safety precautions outside of work.
  • Occupational Health’s influenza vaccination campaign continues. They reported a vaccination rate of 48% for Stanford Health Care and 50% for Stanford Children’s Health.
  • CORT endorsed Stanford Health Care’s use of semi-private patient rooms during a surge as long as negative COVID results are verified prior to placing patients in the room and the patients wear a mask at all times.
  • Hospital patient numbers as of noon on Oct. 6:
  • Stanford Health Care: 10 positives including 4 in ICU
  • Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare: 7 positives including 2 in ICU
  • Stanford Children’s Health: 1 positive
  • UHA reported 11 new positive tests last week.

For the latest information and updates for our external community, visit Stanford Medicine's COVID-19 website.
Stanford Medicine Community

Celebrate Stanford Medicine Diversity Week through Friday
During Diversity Week, several Stanford Medicine groups will be hosting various events to promote inclusion and diversity within the organization. Each event will highlight different topics of diversity and inclusion, including disability in medicine, diversity in medical education, and more. Please join. Registration is open to everyone

Stanford Medicine's LGBTQ+ Virtual Forum today from 3:30-6 p.m.
The 2020 Stanford Medicine LGBTQ+ Virtual Forum is centered around intersectionality and prioritizing an inclusive and equitable community for all. Jonathan Lassiter, PhD, co-editor of Black LGBT Health in the United States: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation, will be the keynote speaker at this year's event. Lassiter and a panel of featured Stanford Medicine community members will share their personal and professional experiences related to this intersectional theme. Register for the event. A Zoom link will be provided to all registrants prior to the event.

Dog therapy virtual visit tomorrow at 4 p.m.
Spend an hour de-stressing with therapy dogs from Stanford Pet Partners and the Stanford Health Care Paws program. The event is open to the entire Stanford Medicine community. 
Passcode: 825897 

Stuck@Home Concert on Oct. 15 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
This Stuck@Home Concert will feature performances by the Stanford Medicine community. Hosts are Bryant Lin, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, and Jacqueline Genovese, executive director of the Medicine & the Muse Program. We believe in the power of music to heal during difficult times. Register here
Manic Monologues -- virtual play and discussion on Oct. 22 from 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Join Stanford PhD candidate Zack Burton and Stanford alumna Elisa Hofmeister for this production that features true stories of mental health and illness. This virtual play was created out of Burton's bipolar diagnosis in May 2017. Stick around after the production for a virtual discussion with Omar Sahak, MD, a resident in psychiatry, and Rona Hu, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. Learn more and register.

Community announcements
For the latest Stanford Medicine events and announcements, check out the Community Announcements page.

Research participants wanted
For the latest information on Stanford Medicine research studies and how to participate, see the Research Participants Wanted page.
School of Medicine
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Encryption policy reminder
Any School of Medicine staff that transport or store sensitive data on a physical USB or external hard drive must use an encrypted drive as outlined in the university security policy. View information on Stanford University encryption requirements for your devices and to learn how you can get an approved USB flash drive.

Visit Stanford Health Alerts for all Stanford University updates on COVID-19.
Visit School of Medicine intranet for all School of Medicine updates on COVID-19.
Stanford Health Care
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There are no new updates.

Visit the Stanford Health Care intranet for all Stanford Health Care updates on COVID-19.
Stanford Children's Health & Packard Children's Health Alliance
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There are no new updates.

Visit the Stanford Children's Health intranet for all Stanford Children's Health and Packard Children's Health Alliance updates on COVID-19.
Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare
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Pick up an employee appreciation food box tomorrow from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The American Desi Society is donating food boxes to give to employees working on the Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare campuses in appreciation of your service, especially for your efforts to care for residents of the Tri-Valley area during the COVID-19 pandemic. The boxes of groceries will be distributed at the loading zone between 5565 & 5575 W. Las Positas Blvd. buildings. The boxes are available to SHC - VC and SHC employees and physician office providers and staff. Learn more.

Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare C-I-CARE leader training
New ValleyCare C-I-CARE leader training will provide leaders with information and resources regarding the purpose, expectation, and documentation process for all components of C-I-CARE leader standard work (C-I-CARE management rounds, department rounds, recognitions, and service recovery). It includes an engaging 90-minute virtual training session. Learn more and sign up.

Visit the Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare Intranet for all SHC - VC updates on COVID-19. If you do not find the answers you are looking for on the COVID-19 intranet site, please submit any non-urgent COVID-19 questions to:
University Health Care Alliance
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There are no new updates.

Visit the University HealthCare Alliance intranet for all updates on COVID-19.
Stanford Medicine News
A round up of the latest news from the News Center, Scope and Stanford Children's Health, among others.
Human biology registers two seasons, not four, study suggests
A Stanford Medicine study finds that changes in molecular patterns in Californians correspond with two nontraditional “seasons.”

COVID-19 and Influenza: A Q&A with Drs. Roshni Mathew and Katya Gerwein
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials say it’s more important than ever for children to be vaccinated now against the flu. For parents with questions about the flu vaccine, two Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford experts provide some answers.

Photos: Top, herle_catharina/; Bottom, courtesy of Stanford Children's Health
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