Stanford Series

Stanford Series

This program is offered by Clinical Professor of Medicine Alina Popa, M.D. who is one of 221 certified clinical teaching seminar facilitators around the world. The facilitator-training program offers career development opportunities for individual faculty participants, and simultaneously provides a mechanism for institutional improvement.
The seminars are designed to:

  • Enhance participants' versatility as teachers.
  • Enhance their ability to analyze clinical teaching using an educational framework.
  • Provide a forum for collegial exchange.


The clinical teaching curriculum covers seven educational categories which are held monthly at the SOM Education Building; click here for this year's schedule.

  • Learning climate
  • Control of session
  • Communication of goals
  • Promotion of understanding & retention
  • Evaluation
  • Feedback
  • Promotion of self-directed learning

The seminars consist of didactic presentations, group discussions, role-play exercises, video vignette review, and personal and institutional goal setting. During a follow-up session, participants are encouraged to develop a set of recommendations for improving their institution's environment for clinical teaching. If you would like more information about this series, please email