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December 13, 2017

“Two Stanford medical students, Paloma Marin Nevarez and Jecca Steinberg, have created a new course titled “SURG 234: Service Through Surgery”. The course focuses on how surgeon leaders work to diminish health inequities through service. The impact of the course on medical student attitudes regarding the role of surgeons in caring for the underserved will be measured.  The course will be offered for the first time this Winter Quarter for first and second year MD and PA students.”


November 13, 2017

Over 500 pre medical students and over 40 exhibitors representing various medical schools from around the country will attend the 27th annual Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance Conference (SUMMA) on Saturday, February 10, 2018.  Various workshops will be offered to pre medical students considering careers in medicine and health care professions.  In addition, inspirational presentations are given by Stanford medical students titled "Faces of Our Community".

Current Stanford medical students volunteer to share their personal stories about their pathway to medicine. Our hope is that others can identify with some part of each story and find the inspiration to go forward on their own path.

Register early as the conference sells out every year.  Learn more about the  2018 SUMMA conference.

"The Past, Present, and Future of Healthcare in Puerto Rico in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria"

October 26, 2017

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage month, please join us for an informative presentation by Pfeiffer Visiting Scholar Raul Garcia Rinaldi, MD, Ph.D., FACS, FACC on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 5:30 pm in LKSC-LK130.  Dr. Garcia Rinaldi will be presenting on “The Past, Present, and Future of Healthcare in Puerto Rico in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria”. Dr. Garcia Rinaldi is a professor of surgery at the Ponce Health Science University and San Juan Bautista Medical School.  He is also the director of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Mayaguez Medical Center in Puerto Rico. Please come join us for an informative presentation on the state of health care in Puerto Rico by Pfeiffer Visiting Scholar Dr. Garcia Rinaldi.

To learn more about Dr. Raul Garcia Rinaldi’s background please see attached flier.  Questions related to the Pfeiffer Visiting Scholar Lecture series may be directed to Victoria Moreno at vlmoreno@stanford.edu. This presentation is open to the public.


October 11, 2017

In celebration of LGBTQ history month Pfeiffer Visiting Scholar Mark Schuster, MD, PhD presented on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at the Stanford School of Medicine.  Dr. Schuster serves as the founding Dean of the new Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine in Pasadena, California, as of October 1, 2017.  He is also the coauthor of the book, Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask).  The title of Dr. Schuster’s presentation is:” The Doctors is Out: Perspectives on Being LGBTQ in Medicine”.

To learn more about Dr. Schuster’s presentation please see Daily article.  Questions related to the Pfeiffer Visiting Scholar Lecture series may be directed to Victoria Moreno at vlmoreno@stanford.edu. This presentation was open to the public.

Official Opening of the New Diversity Center of Representation and Empowerment

October 2, 2017

On Monday evening, October 2, Stanford School of Medicine Dean Lloyd Minor and several students addressed an audience of faculty, staff, residents, administrators, and medical students at an event celebrating the official opening of the Diversity Center of Representation and Empowerment (DCORE).


Approximately one year ago, the medical school community convened for a candlelight vigil in response to issues related to police-involved shootings of Black males and escalating violence across the country.

The Center was one of nine recommendations Black medical and biosciences students delivered to the Dean last year as to improve diversity and inclusion at the School of Medicine. Dean Minorʻs address underscored the importance of involvement and commitment to issues affecting our Stanford Medicine community: "At a deep level, itʻs our responsibility to make an impact.” Since that time, the School of Medicine administration has established several mechanisms to support diversity and inclusion in medical school community. Dean Minor established the School of Medicine Diversity cabinet, co-chaired by Fernando Mendoza, MD, MPH, Pediatrics, Associate Dean of Minority Advising and Programs, and principal investigator of the Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education, and Yvonne “Bonnie” Maldonado, MD, Professor and Chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Diversity. Also working with the office of the Dean is the Task Force for Diversity and Societal Citizenship, composed of faculty, staff, and students examining issues affecting the Stanford Medicine community from medical student though faculty and communicating recommendations to School of Medicine executive administration.

Osama El-Gabalawy, a medical student instrumental in launching the Stanford Muslim Medical Student Association and in establishing the new center, was one of a core group of students who helped develop the recommendations. After asking for patience while he gathered himself, his words to attendees included his vision for the space: “It is a physical space that can house these tough conversations where we can learn from each other and build trust…between us and the communities we serve…between the student body and administration…between students and teachers.”

El-Gabalawy emphasized the importance of challenging social norms that degrade the health and wellness of communities. He reminded us that medicine as a field that contributed to poor health outcomes in communities of color and marginalized populations:

“As long as we live and practice, we must earn the trust of our patients and we must earn the trust of our peers, and this can only be done with dignity, compassion and respect…the truth is - modern medicine has a long history of exploiting minorities for scientific advancement. From the use of slaves for medical experiments, to the Tuskegee syphilis study, to the forced sterilization of indigenous women: these things happened, they have sowed deep distrust in communities of color, and we must talk about them and must build trust with our patients and with each other... these are uncomfortable truths which we must talk about and address. And when it’s tough to find space to have these conversations, it is on us to make space."

His closing words reminded the group of the work that the Stanford Medicine community must undertake from this starting point, “This center, especially in its infancy, merely represents the potential for all that we seek to accomplish. But if we do not come together to use this space to build, to create, to learn, and to resist the forces that try to bring us down, then it will [only] be as good as any other empty space…our work is just getting started.”



September 7, 2017 

This month the journal Science published an article regarding DACA or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The article focuses on how protecting unauthorized immigrant mothers improves their children’s mental health. You can review article here (PDF).

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