Who Teaches IntroSems?

About IntroSems Faculty

The people teaching IntroSems are among the most distinguished faculty from throughout the university. 

Featured Faculty: Dr. VJ Periyakoil, MD

Dr. VJ Periyakoil, MD

VJ Periyakoil, MD , Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine; Director, Stanford Palliative Care Education & Training Program & the Stanford Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program. A nationally recognized leader in geriatrics and palliative care, Periyakoil founded and directs Stanford eCampus, the Ethno-geriatrics & end-of-life Successful Aging Project, and Stanford End-of-life .

She serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the AAHPM Quarterly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, as Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Palliative Medicine, the Vice Chair of the Ethnogeriatrics Committee of the American Geriatrics Society and the Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Hospice & Palliative Medicine SEP Committee. Her work has been and is funded by grants from NIH, HRSA, foundations as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs. Clinically, she serves as the Associate Director of Palliative Care Services at the VA Palo Alto Health Care Center. Her research focuses on using technology to promote well being of multi-cultural persons in the context of geriatrics, ethno-geriatrics and hospice, palliative care and end-of-life care.

In MED 51Q, students will review case studies and discuss topics such as current issues of palliative medicine, the changing terrain of American health care, aging successfully and disparities in health care delivery. An off campus field trip is also being planned.

Introductory seminars advisory board

Since 1997, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) has sponsored courses from all seven schools to introduce first- and second-year students to the concepts and methods of a discipline in a small group setting focused on the research interests of the faculty. Each year more than 200 IntroSems are offered.

 Introductory seminars Advisory Board