Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases

Course No. 1977
Professor Roy Benaroch, M.D.
Emory University
Share This Course
4.9 out of 5
101 Reviews
97% of reviewers would recommend this product
Course No. 1977
Streaming Included Free

Course Overview

When you’re sick, you go to a doctor to figure out what’s wrong. But how doctors work isn’t some impenetrable mystery. Rather, there’s an art and science that goes into how they diagnose and treat patients.

Where do doctors gain these 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. Watching doctors solve medical problems like detectives is a fascinating way to explore medicine. And by understanding how doctors help patients, you’ll

  • make better sense of future visits to your doctor;
  • improve the way you communicate with your doctor;
  • get a rewarding introduction to how doctors think and work; and
  • witness critical thinking skills at work in the medical world.

With The Great Courses, you don’t have to soldier through medical school to learn how doctors diagnose and treat patients. All you need is Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases, in which Dr. Roy Benaroch, a practicing physician and an adjunct assistant professor of pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine, guides you through 24 unique Grand Rounds that reveal insights into how doctors do what they do. Whether you’re a patient, a current or future medical professional, or someone just looking to enjoy a good mystery, you’ll discover how doctors

  • use medical science to identify and combat conditions, injuries, and diseases;
  • uncover tiny clues patients can sometimes fail to notice;
  • sometimes make misdiagnoses that lead to costly (and life-threatening) problems; and
  • think their way toward putting patients on the fast track to proper treatment.

Investigate Intriguing Medical Mysteries

Each lecture is a specific Grand Rounds in which you’re presented with a perplexing problem and then follow an expert as he takes the necessary steps to figure out the underlying issue and how best to treat it. Among the insights you’ll learn are

  • what specific questions doctors ask—and why;
  • what doctors look for during physical exams or when examining test results; and
  • how doctors use a network of information to narrow down a diagnosis.

Drawn from actual medical stories, these 24 Grand Rounds take you everywhere from the calm of a doctor’s office to the chaos of an emergency room.

  • A 33-year-old man has a fever he can’t get rid of and mouth sores. Yet he was perfectly healthy two months ago. How does a doctor go from this to discovering one of today’s most notorious diseases?
  • A member of an Antarctic expedition, suffering from constant nausea, needs emergency surgery. But he’s the only person who can perform it. Why is this nausea so life threatening?
  • You’re the only eyewitness to a horrible motorcycle accident. How does one treat a trauma patient when every second matters? And what happens after you get to the emergency room?

These and other individuals offer intimate ways for you to practice the same strategic thinking and decision-making skills doctors rely on to save lives.

Become a Smarter, Healthier Patient

In the hands of Dr. Benaroch, you’ll get a rewarding learning experience that illustrates his knowledge of medicine and, above all, his ability to transform medical cases into thrilling adventures that will have you thoroughly captivated.

Because Dr. Benaroch can teach off the strengths of his roles as a full-time practicing physician and instructor of pediatrics, you’ll gain medical knowledge in layman’s terms that can be easily understood by the average patient. Couple that with in-studio demonstrations, diagrams of the human body, and other informative visual elements, and you’ve got an exciting new way to think about medicine—and to become the smarter, healthier patient you deserve to be.

About Your Professor

Dr. Roy Benaroch is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine and practices medicine full time at Pediatric Physicians, PC, located near Atlanta, Georgia. He earned his M.D. from Emory University.

Hide Full Description
24 lectures
 |  Average 30 minutes each
  • 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. x
  • 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. x
  • 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? x
  • 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. x
  • 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. x
  • 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. x
  • 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. x
  • 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. x
  • 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. x
  • 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. x
  • 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. x
  • 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. x
  • 13
    The Children Who Come and Go
    The case here - a weak and listless baby - offers an illuminating window into how doctors treat sick infants diagnosed with this mystery condition (which has powerful roots in our genetic code). You’ll learn how genes encode for proteins; the psychopathology of diseases caused by genetic structural changes; and more. x
  • 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. x
  • 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. x
  • 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? x
  • 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. x
  • 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. x
  • 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. x
  • 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. x
  • 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. x
  • 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. x
  • 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? x
  • 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. x

Lecture Titles

Clone Content from Your Professor tab

What's Included

What Does Each Format Include?

Video DVD
Instant Video Includes:
  • Download 24 video lectures to your computer or mobile app
  • Downloadable PDF of the course guidebook
  • FREE video streaming of the course from our website and mobile apps
Video DVD
DVD Includes:
  • 24 lectures on 4 DVDs
  • 208-page printed course guidebook
  • Downloadable PDF of the course guidebook
  • FREE video streaming of the course from our website and mobile apps

What Does The Course Guidebook Include?

Video DVD
Course Guidebook Details:
  • 208-page course synopsis
  • Photos & illustrations
  • Suggested readings
  • Questions to consider

Enjoy This Course On-the-Go with Our Mobile Apps!*

  • App store App store iPhone + iPad
  • Google Play Google Play Android Devices
  • Kindle Fire Kindle Fire Kindle Fire Tablet + Firephone
*Courses can be streamed from anywhere you have an internet connection. Standard carrier data rates may apply in areas that do not have wifi connections pursuant to your carrier contract.

Your professor

Roy Benaroch

About Your Professor

Roy Benaroch, M.D.
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...
Learn More About This Professor
Also By This Professor


Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 101.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fasinating Course on How Doctors Think Although the various diseases/ailments in each lecture are rather common, what is utterly fascinating is the logical inductive reasoning doctors employ to determine the diagnosis of each disease/ailment. We learn briefly about anatomy and physiology too. We also see how important it is to the diagnostic process for doctors to be empathic to the concerns of their patients. And in the process, it is highly interesting and educational to find out what each disease/ailment is not. So for example, if the lecture turns out to be the diagnosis of the flu, you will also learn about the 5 or 6 possible diseases that will be ruled out. This is all presented in a clear and easy to follow format by the doctor. Professor Benaroch also makes asides about how the psychology of doctors and patients can make medical diagnosis and treatment a fallible human endeavor. This helps personalize and bring the whole scientific process down to earth. All of this makes 'Grand Rounds Cases' one of the best lecture series that I have seen (out of dozens).
Date published: 2019-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly enjoyable Usually a read the relevant chapter in the course guide before each lecture but in this case I left the reading until after the lecture to see if I could identify the condition discussed. Was about 50/50 on that. Well presented & accessible to the layperson as well as those with some medical background.
Date published: 2019-05-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No Grands Rounds here I learned very little from this course and I am a mathematician ! I also expected doctor/patient interactions but got mostly uninteresting lectures. I'm not sure who could possibility benefit from this course, certainly not med students or nurses. They already know this information. Maybe a young high school student pondering a career in medicine.
Date published: 2019-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative and interesting I am a nurse practitioner, and have listened to all the Grand Rounds medical courses by this presenter. I find them interesting, even when I am already versed on the topic. As in real life, there is always something to learn, as every patient is different. They are presented at a level that a layman would understand as well.
Date published: 2019-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Nice Walk In The Field I am currently listening to the audio just completed the first lecture. Well I am pleasantly surprised how well this topic is presented it’s like taking a walk in the fields in Summertime. Unlike the boring lectures I had to sit through in college related to health care. I can recommend this course to anyone interested in the subject. Ed.G
Date published: 2019-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting for people with no medical training I enjoyed watching these lectures even though I have not had any formal medical training. The focus is on how doctors diagnose various conditions, and the logic behind the conclusions they reach. You won't become a doctor from taking this course, but you will have better insights into how your own doctors may be thinking as they diagnose you or your family members. I found myself trying to guess what the sickness was in each lecture, and saw how easily I could be wrong.
Date published: 2019-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Excellent This is above even the high standards of The Great Courses (TGC). It is beneficial for everyone. Each of the 24 lectures is about one medical case, like an episode of House. In each case, Dr. Benaroch describes a patient who comes to you, the doctor. Dr. Benaroch present the patient’s chief complaint, vital signs, and physical conditions. Dr. Benaroch then presents a “differential diagnosis, i. e., a list of possible causes. He then analyzes the clues and shows how the doctor determines the correct diagnosis. Obviously, this course does not qualify the student to practice medicine. However, it is very useful in qualifying the student to become a better patient by suggesting what kind of information would be help the doctor to make a sound and quick diagnosis. Dr. Benaroch is an excellent teacher. His lectures are clear and easy to follow. I took the audio version. I believe the video version would not have contributed much more than the audio version.
Date published: 2018-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Courses are Great Courses I have thoroughly enjoyed Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases, and have learned so much from it. In addition, I have been through Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology; Mysteries of the Microcopic World; and Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe. I hate to say I have an addiction, but I seem to be addicted to the Great Courses products. Well done-And Thanx!
Date published: 2018-09-17
  • y_2019, m_10, d_15, h_24
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_2.0.13
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_9, tr_92
  • loc_en_US, sid_1977, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_teachco
  • bvseo_sdk, p_sdk, 3.2.0
  • CLOUD, getContent, 18.63ms

Questions & Answers

Customers Who Bought This Course Also Bought