Mission Statement: Cultivating and sustaining an environment that fosters the development of diverse physician leaders who are committed to eliminating the nation’s health inequities through patient care, education, research, and advocacy


Stars of Stanford Medicine

Congratulations to our own Mark Gutierrez, Assistant Director, Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Edcuation, recognized for his commitment to developing a diverse corps of physician leaders!

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Join us for an interview with Dr. Mijiza Sanchez

As Stanford’s Associate Dean of Medical Student Affairs, Dr. Sanchez leads the charge for medical student programming including orientation, advising, student wellness, learning strategies, financial aid, Match Day, graduation, and the transitions between pre-clinical training, clerkships, and alumni status at the School of Medicine. In addition to her role as an Associate Dean, Dr. Sanchez is a member of the School of Medicine’s Diversity Cabinet, a co-advisor for the Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance (SUMMA), and an education scholar who develops tools to measure the effectiveness of service delivery to students, faculty, and staff within academic medical centers.

In our inaugural episode of The ST Segment, we had the chance to talk to Dr. Sanchez about her many roles in Student Affairs as well as her experiences with mentorship, multiculturalism, pursuing a doctorate in education, and “finding her tribe” as a scholar and as a person. We also discussed how to dress for success as well as the mystery and magic of Sour Patch Kids. Hooray!

Thanks for listening!

Tim Keyes and Paloma Marin Nevarez


2019 SUMMA Conference


Registration for the 28th annual Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance Conference (SUMMA) scheduled for Saturday, February 2, 2019 is now open!  Over 500 premedical students and over 40 exhibitors representing various medical schools from around the country will be in attendance.  Various workshops will be offered to students considering careers in medicine and health care professions.  In addition, Stanford medical students will be sharing their own personal stories about their unique pathway to medicine during the "Faces of Our Community" presentation. Our hope is that conference participants can identify with some part of each story and find inspiration to go forward with their own unique journey into a health care profession.

Register early as the conference sells out every year.  

Learn more about the  2019 SUMMA conference


Leadership Education for Aspiring Physicians (LEAP) Saturday Academy Information Session

Join us on Monday, September 17 at 7:30pm for a live chat and video session describing the project-based leadership program offered for undergraduate students.

Entering its eighth year as a leadership program focused on health and educational interventions in San Francisco Bay and surrounding communities, LEAP is a challenging and rewarding experience for premed and pre-health students.

Registration required. To learn more about this program, please visit the LEAP webpage.

Primary Care, Public Health and Health Disparities Lecturer Dr. Victor Cueto

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 6:30pm

Primary Care, Public Health and Health Disparities lecturer Dr. Victor Cueto is committed to addresing health disparities among vulnerable populations, especially those with limited English proficiency. As both an internist and a pediatrician, he is focused on improving the management of conditions such as obesity and diabetes that span the life-course and disproportionately affect minority and immigrant communities. 

This event is free and open to the public, however registration is required:

Dr. Jaramillo Awarded PCSA Resident Global Surgery Scholarship

General Surgery Resident Dr. Josh Jaramillo was selected for the 2018 Pacific Coast Surgical Association (PCSA) Resident Global Surgery Scholarship in the amount of $1,500.

"I am extremely grateful for this generous award for residents interested in Global Surgery from the PCSA," said Jaramillo. "The scholarship will help pay for the travel and accommodation expenses for my away surgery rotation in Zimbabwe."

Dr. Miquell Miller wins SSAT/SBAS Resident Research Award

General Surgery Professional Development Resident Dr. Miquell Miller is the winner of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) and Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Resident Research Award.

In addition to funding her research on physician cultural competency and coordination of care for rectal cancer patients, as the recipient of this award, she will attend the SSAT Annual Meeting in Washington, DC during Digestive Disease Week in June. 

Med Students Design Course to Encourage Service Through Surgery

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.”

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.”


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