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



Looking for an amazing summer opportunity? Learn about the Stanford Summer Community College Premedical Program, how to apply, and what some of our program alumni are doing. Visit the summer program page for more information, register for a webinar and get your questions answered BEFORE you submit your application . Completed summer program applications must be submitted NO LATER THAN March 31, 2018 at 12:01am. 




March 1, 2018

The Stanford Office of Pediatric Education and the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity invite you to attend the first Annual Diversity and Inclusion Forum scheduled for Friday, May 18, 2018 between 8:00 am – 1:30 pm. 

Information regarding the event can be found at:  “Diversity and Inclusion Forum” 



Creative Problem-Solving Barriers to Health and Wellness

The Design Thinking Medicine Challenge is an opportunity for San Francisco Bay and surrounding area undergraduates to come together, learn about the Design Thinking principles, and apply them to a challenge threatens the health and wellness of a community in the Bay Area in six interactive educational sessions culminating in a design challenge!  Click here to learn more or to join a challenge team. 


February 22, 2018

In celebration of Black History Month, please join us for a presentation by Professor Dayna Matthew.  The title of her presentation is “Just Medicine: It Will Take More than Just Medicine.” She will be giving a formal presentation Thursday 3/1 between 5:45 pm - 7pm in LK120.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP at the following URL link:  https://pfeifferdaynamatthew.eventbrite.com

Professor Dayna Matthew's presentation is open to the public and is sponsored by Stanford SNMA chapter, the Pfeiffer Foundation, and the Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education.

To learn more about Professor Dayna Matthew's background please see attached flier.




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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