Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Course! I've been taking my time going through this course. I use it my work as I have to interact with doctors quite a bit. I cannot say enough good things about the course. The professor is extremely knowledge and has that rare gift of being able to explain a complex subject in an understandable way, without getting lost in jargon or losing his audience. He clearly has a passion for medicine and for helping people understand the complex world of medicine. A great course in every way.
Date published: 2021-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thorough and engageing A great introduction to medical thought and practice. This should make you appreciate your doctor (and all healthcare workers) even more than you do.
Date published: 2021-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked everything about this, except that the description made it sound like there would be a camera following a doctor around, so it was a little disappointing. Other than that, I loved everything about this and I learned a lot.
Date published: 2021-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Misleading The marketing of this course is misleading. From the course description I thought a camera was accompanying a doctor through real hospital rounds. The lecturer is in a room describing the events. He does it dramatically and well, but since it is more of a theatrical performance an actor could have simply been presenting a script. Same for the related course on medical emergencies.
Date published: 2021-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for those that like to play Dr. Sherlock This is a pleasant way to learn about not only how doctors diagnose patients, but also about certain common medical issues, procedures and specialties. Each lecture is presented as a case study, and like a good mystery, the clues to the diagnosis are revealed through the lecture. Once you learn the diagnosis, you find out what happened to the patient in the case, as well as medical information about that particular medical topic. My only complaint might be that the canned stock photos sometimes don't really point out what we're supposed to be looking for on a scan, but that is a pretty small complaint.
Date published: 2020-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Consistently Edifying Anyone can benefit from this course. It is illuminating, enjoyable and often intriguing. The teacher has a patient and pleasing style. The student will not be overwhelmed by the technical nor feel like the material was "dumbed down.".
Date published: 2020-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great presenter, interesting contents. I have just finished watching Dr Benaroch's series called Medical School for Everyone. His body language and style of presentation are highly idiosyncratic, and may take a bit of getting used to, but they grow on you: I came to like them by the end of the first lecture. The presentations were a bit different from what I had expected. I thought I would be shown real patients, and instead the doctor described the various cases. However, Dr Benaroch has the ability to paint three dimensional pictures with his words, and he uses photos and other images to illustrate his various points, too. If you are interested in medical matters, and are fascinated by the way doctors arrive at a certain diagnosis, you will enjoy this lecture-series very much.
Date published: 2020-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Practicing Medicine Is Like Reading a Crime Scene In this excellent course with Dr. Benaroch, you quickly learn that diagnostic medicine resembles the work of a police detective. You assemble the clues and apply the explanation that fits them best. If there are still multiple explanations, go out and find more clues. In medicine, patients are the most important source of information. Of course, they do not usually arrive with a ready diagnosis, or they wouldn’t need a physician. Instead the patient brings in a “chief complaint,” such as a persistent cough or a rash or bad pain in the gut, which the physician takes as the starting point of his or her inquiry. The patient also provides a history of the present illness, with details about when the problem started, whether it is continuous or intermittent, and which other physicians the patient has already consulted. The physician must complete the story by finding out all the symptoms, some of which the patient may not have connected with his or her chief complaint, and check the vital signs--body temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure and overall appearance. Finally, the physician lists possible diagnoses that match the symptoms and history. After paring down the list as much as possible, he or she orders one or more tests to confirm or refute the suspected diagnosis. Only then can treatment begin. Note the relative importance of patient history and vital signs against tests. Modern testing is technically brilliant, with laboratories for analyzing blood, urine and other bodily substances, and machines for scanning the patient with X-rays (including computer tomography), ultrasound waves, or a magnetic field (the MRI). There are also specialized tests for assessing the presence of HIV/AIDS, diabetes, celiac disease, allergies, and anemia, among other diseases. Yet the old-fashioned patient history and check for vital signs are still the first and essential steps in arriving at a diagnosis. As you already know, patients see the physician not only for the diagnosis, but also the treatment. I say treatment rather than cure because the problem is often incurable and must be managed with changes in diet or lifestyle, vitamin or mineral tablets, or pain relief medication. Measures that can cure certain illnesses include antibiotics, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Unfortunately, physicians make mistakes and Dr. Benaroch uses his cases (which are partly fictionalized to protect patient privacy) to warn against them. If you are a doctor, don’t focus only on explanations related to your specialty (if you have one) to the exclusion of others. Don’t fail to tease out missing pieces of the history that the patient may be too embarrassed to reveal. Don’t order unnecessary tests or let test results distract you from addressing the patient’s complaint. Make sure you give your patient clear instructions for treatment or other action by the end of your session. If you are a patient, make sure to tell the physician everything, and that means everything, that might be related to your health problem, and don’t go home without understanding what you should do next. Each of the twenty-four lectures has its own disease as well as other ones for comparison. They include common ones like cancer, migraines, drug and alcohol addiction, the flu, and diabetes as well as more unusual ones that I had never heard of, like Ménière’s disease, celiac disease (the cause of all that gluten free food now on the market), Wernicke’s encephalopathy, and chronic idiopathic urticaria. I won’t spoil the course by telling you which problem is in which lecture. Everything is so well-presented and easy to understand, you might get the idea that medicine isn’t so difficult after all, and that anyone can do it with some hard work and motivation. The cure for THAT idea is Anthony Goodman’s Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (Great Courses # 160). Watch it and you’ll find out just how complicated our bodies are.
Date published: 2020-07-12
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Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases
Course Trailer
I Never Feel Good
1: I Never Feel Good

Start your rounds with a trip to a general clinic, where you meet a patient whose chief complaint is, "I never feel good." Along the way, you'll learn how doctors solve mysteries like this with the aid of several tools-the most important being the patient's medical history.

35 min
A Persistent Fever
2: A Persistent Fever

Go back to an outpatient clinic in 1981, where a young man's fever, cough, and ulcers led to a surprising diagnosis. This powerful lecture is an opportunity to learn more of the basic tools of medical diagnoses and to discover how doctors began to fight back against this modern epidemic.

32 min
Puzzling Pain
3: Puzzling Pain

Learn how critical a complete medical history, a thorough physical exam, and collaboration between doctors can be to make a tricky diagnosis. Your patient: "Louisa," a woman who has suffered from abdominal pain for years. Does she have irritable bowel syndrome? Is it all just psychological? Or is it something else entirely?

33 min
Just Look at Me
4: Just Look at Me

This lecture's case involves an illness that's been around for millennia but which many of today's physicians have never seen. It involves a 10-year-old boy suffering from a rash that doesn't bother him, red-appearing eyes, and a cough. And the true culprit is one that could easily have been prevented.

32 min
Headaches in Wonderland
5: Headaches in Wonderland

Your patient is back in the emergency room with another "sinus headache," but the nurses think he's just after drugs. What's the real story? In finding out, you'll learn how physicians diagnose headaches; the differences between primary and secondary headaches; red flags doctors look for when determining their severity; and more.

30 min
The Tennis Player
6: The Tennis Player

Discover how doctors diagnose a common disease that can kill a healthy 36-year-old woman in months but, in a 90-year-old, may not need to be treated at all. Through the case of a woman with increasing hip pain, you'll learn more about the genetics of this disease, ways to test for it, and more.

32 min
Sudden Collapse
7: Sudden Collapse

You're at the grocery and the person next to you suddenly collapses. What do you do? Here, learn how doctors (and laypeople) can use basic lifesaving steps to deal with a sudden catastrophe. Also, explore the methods physicians use to prevent health emergencies before they happen.

31 min
School Failure
8: School Failure

Meet a surly young man who could just be your typical teenager-or who could be suffering from an illness that's a severe threat to young adults. His story is a fascinating window into how doctors sort through myriad symptoms to diagnose and alleviate a highly prevalent-and all too serious-medical problem.

30 min
Dizzy Attacks
9: Dizzy Attacks

Tina suffers from attacks of dizziness and is certain she has hypoglycemia, but doctors should never fall into the mental trap of starting a diagnosis with a false assumption. In this intriguing lecture, Dr. Benaroch shows you how physicians make expert diagnoses when one specific test isn't available.

31 min
Weight Loss
10: Weight Loss

Charlene has come into your office for a checkup and it is clear that she's lost a significant amount of weight. Follow along as Dr. Benaroch uses his medical savvy to make a diagnosis, reveal insights into what the real problem is, and establish a course of treatment that goes far beyond just taking pills.

33 min
I Can't Walk
11: I Can't Walk

Discover how a young man's painful calves lead to a surprising diagnosis. As you'll learn, sometimes even the most uncommon of complaints can signify the presence of a fairly common illness. You'll also discover why you should never underestimate the seriousness of this particular diagnosis.

31 min
Learning from Failure
12: Learning from Failure

Sometimes doctors make mistakes. As Dr. Benaroch guides you through the diagnosis of a patient with a case of recurrent hives, he reveals several powerful lessons for both doctors and patients. These include insisting on clear instructions and remembering that treating the disease is not the same as treating the patient.

30 min
The Children Who Come and Go
13: The Children Who Come and Go

Discover how a young man's painful calves lead to a surprising diagnosis. As you'll learn, sometimes even the most uncommon complaints can signify the presence of a fairly common illness. You'll also discover why you should never underestimate the seriousness of this particular diagnosis.

32 min
Guardian's Day
14: Guardian's Day

How does a doctor get from the common complaint of constipation to a diagnosis of something much more dangerous? In solving this medical riddle, you'll learn about a particular medical epidemic so powerful and prevalent that, in one county in Kentucky, it's deprived many children of their parents.

29 min
Dickens's Diagnosis
15: Dickens's Diagnosis

At 55 years of age and quite overweight, Joe falls asleep all the time. Is it narcolepsy? Is it kidney disease? The real culprit, you'll discover, is a condition originally described by author Charles Dickens; one whose effects are more wide-ranging (and life-threatening) on the human body than you can imagine.

31 min
Shaking Sammi
16: Shaking Sammi

Meet Sammi, an infant girl who's brought to the emergency room and suddenly starts shaking right on the examining table. How do doctors act to both help her and diagnose her as the attack happens? And what are the mysterious connections between the underlying diagnosis and a critical deficiency?

29 min
Hickam's Dictum
17: Hickam's Dictum

Sometimes, a single patient can have more than one disease (a medical "philosophy" called Hickam's Dictum). This idea is illustrated by a middle-aged woman who can't stop vomiting. The road to determining her interconnected diagnoses is a harrowing story that illustrates why doctors always need to stay on their toes.

29 min
Forgetting Jerusalem
18: Forgetting Jerusalem

Explore from two perspectives the case of a patient with a mysterious illness. First, see how doctors diagnose his condition and work with the patient to prevent a medical emergency so old it's mentioned in the Bible. Then, find out what happens in the worst-case scenario, where time is of the essence in saving a life.

29 min
Sherlock's Investigation
19: Sherlock's Investigation

Step inside a university's student health center, where your patient, Elena, makes repeated visits complaining of nausea, then vision troubles, then a urinary tract infection. What's going on here? Investigate how seasoned doctors act like Sherlock Holmes to arrive at a diagnosis of a disease that predominantly affects young adults.

32 min
The Boy Who Doesn't Speak
20: The Boy Who Doesn't Speak

This lecture's diagnosis is surrounded by controversy about what causes this specific illness, how it should be treated, and even how common it is. In exploring how doctors approach it, you'll learn insights into childhood development; specifically, how to know when something may be wrong and what tests can help narrow down a cause.

31 min
Antarctic Adventure
21: Antarctic Adventure

You're on an expedition in Antarctica. You're diagnosed with a problem that requires immediate emergency surgery, and there's only one person who can perform it: you. Use this real-life scenario from the Soviet Union's Sixth Antarctic Expedition in 1961 as an intriguing window into how doctors diagnose and treat this problem in less extreme, 21st-century circumstances.

30 min
A Sunday Drive
22: A Sunday Drive

This Grand Rounds starts with you as an eyewitness to a serious motorbike accident, where the diagnosis is obvious and the story lies in what happens to the body when it's pushed to the edge of survival. Follow this patient from treatment at the site to lifesaving strategies in the emergency room.

31 min
Cough, Cough, Cough
23: Cough, Cough, Cough

Margo, a 49-year-old woman, goes to the doctor with a persistent cough. What are the common (and not-so-common) causes of persistent coughing? How do trained doctors analyze cough for clues about an underlying diagnosis? And when this particular diagnosis is reached-how is it treated in an outpatient clinic?

29 min
A Confused Father
24: A Confused Father

Dr. Benaroch concludes this lecture series with an elderly patient who has frequent confusion and forgetfulness. Is the most obvious diagnosis the correct one? Then, he sums up the many lessons you've learned throughout the course, both about being a good doctor and a good patient.

34 min
Roy Benaroch

Doctoring is about listening and paying attention. There's a lot to know, too-- but if you're not paying attention, you'll be misguided by what you think you already know. An open mind is a better diagnostic tool than one stuffed with facts


Emory University


Emory University

About Roy Benaroch

Dr. Roy Benaroch is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine. He earned his B.S. in Engineering at Tulane University, followed by his M.D. at Emory University. He completed his residency through Emory University's affiliated hospitals in 1997, serving as chief resident and instructor of pediatrics in 1998. Board certified in general pediatrics in 1997, Dr. Benaroch practices full time at Pediatric Physicians, PC, located near Atlanta, Georgia. In his dual roles, he teaches medical students and residents at his practice and gives regular lectures to physician's assistants at Emory University.

Dr. Benaroch has published two books on parenting and pediatric health topics: Solving Health and Behavioral Problems from Birth through Preschool: A Parent's Guide and A Guide to Getting the Best Health Care for Your Child. He also has a blog for parents and health professionals at, and he has served as a featured expert on Dr. Benaroch also serves on the board of directors of the Cobb Health Futures Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit group dedicated to public health for people of all backgrounds.

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