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Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases

Stretch your critical thinking muscles in this course that puts you in the shoes of a medical student on Grand Rounds, examining patients and diagnosing their conditions.
Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 131.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Each lecture was presented like a mystery! This was educational plus exciting trying to figure out where the case was leading AND entertaining all at the same time. How a doctor thinks and what lists of possible causes was really interesting. It was like a mystery and we figured out some from our own life experiences. What a phenomenal presenter. Clear in his speech and medical terms were flashed on the screen which we practiced saying. One of THE best of the Teaching Company courses and we have watched well over 100 of the courses on a variety of subjects. Kudos!
Date published: 2024-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Wondrium course I have taken so far I've watched dozens of courses so far. This one is my favorite. Seeing how a skilled doctor diagnoses diseases that have been missed for years or that could have been missed is heartening. It's also helpful to see how a really good doctor thinks about his work and how he approaches patients. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2024-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very helpful Presented in easy to understand language. Interesting information. Helped me understand the importance of a good history.
Date published: 2023-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific Course! This is a fascinating examination of 24 case studies. Dr. Benaroch is a wonderful presenter.
Date published: 2023-08-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok, but not very detailed so falls short Ok, but not very detailed so falls short of being useful and interesting to me ........... if all you want is a quick run through an illness without details on what is going on in the body or what the tests are doing or the chemistry behind them then this maybe ok for you but I wanted much more detail than this course offered ..........
Date published: 2023-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I understand much more now how doctors think. I also understand why my cardiologist gets so annoyed with me, but at the same time realize that it isn't a good 'fit' and have made an appointment with the cardiologist my late husband went to, his ways of communicating I'm comfortable with. I liked the way this physician explained the whole course, I found him easy to follow and I wish more physicians had his way of communicating.
Date published: 2023-04-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Only for those with little medical knowledge I bought this on the recommendation from another physician who said that the they learned something from this even with their background knowledge. I found it to be totally boring and uninformative. Might be good for laypeople.
Date published: 2023-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wish this guy was MY doctor This course is totally fascinating mostly because of the professor, who is fabulous. There are 24 lectures and each covers a problem and you or I might encounter so all lectures are very relatable. What I really loved and learned from was the approach Dr. Benaroch uses to diagnose. I think all doctors use this but I never knew about it. The chief complaint of the patient is noted, then all the symptoms. Then Dr. Benaroch methodically goes through each symptom and analyzes whether it could be caused by this or that particular condition. It is so logical and understandable. It definitely makes me a better patient and I wish I had taken the course decades ago. Dr. Benaroch is a very good lecturer and good at explaining things. He also struck me as a very. compassionate man, which is a wonderful thing in a physician. He seems like the kind of guy it would be fun to have a beer with. Almost anyone would enjoy and benefit from this course. I almost want to watch it again because there is a great deal of substance here. I highly recommend this course to you.
Date published: 2022-12-02
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Where do doctors gain their diagnostic skills? The answer: the Grand Rounds experience, an essential part of medical students' education and the ongoing process whereby doctors practice how to make diagnoses by examining real patients. In Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases, Dr. Roy Benaroch guides you through 24 unique Grand Rounds that reveal insights into how doctors use medical science to identify and combat conditions, injuries, and diseases; uncover tiny clues patients can sometimes fail to notice; and think their way toward putting patients on the fast track to proper treatment.


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

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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I Never Feel Good

01: 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

02: 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

03: 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

04: 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

05: 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

06: 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

07: 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

08: 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

09: 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