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COVID-19 - Stanford Medical Students Organize PPE Drive for Healthcare Workers

Stanford Medical students organized a drive to collect PPE this past weekend to help front line physicians, nurses and other health professionals manage the shortage of medical supplies.  The medical supplies collected will be giving to clinics in the surrounding Bay Area. Coverage of the drive can be found in the  Palo Alto Weekly Article:  and KRON4 Story:

COVID-19 Update from the Center of Excellence

The COE is observing the statewide call  to shelter in place. Our offices are closed however we are teleworking. An email rregarding regular "drop-in" office hours for current medical students, residents and other members of the community was sent last week.

You may also request appointments via email be visiting the 'Contact Us' page on our website.

Stay safe and visit this page for updates on changes to our schedules or operations.

Official COVID-19 Updates from Stanford University

Stanford Medicine is closely monitoring the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This Health Alerts website is dedicated to the latest information and developments about COVID-19.


COE Summer Programs, COVID-19 Update

In observance of the public health crisis related to COVID-19 and the current mandate to shelter in place, the COE will communicate updates regarding summer program statuses on or around April 15, 2020.

Match Day 2020

Congratulations to the graduating Stanford medical students who residency matched and who will soon transition to the next level of physician training!


Stanford's Medical Students - Jessica Steinberg and Paloma Marin-Nevarez

Stanford’s very own Jecca Steinberg and Paloma Marin-Nevarez have both co-authored an article with a team of physicians that has been published in the American Journal of Surgery. The article maintains that increasing surgical workforce diversity diminishes health disparities.    To learn more about their findings and research please visit The American Journal of Surgery.

Stars of Stanford Medicine

Congratulations to 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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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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For additional inflormation follow this link: Diversity Bias Studies