Leadership in Health Disparities Program (LHDP)

Program History and Goals

The Leadership in Health Disparities Program (LHDP) developed from the Stanford Medical School’s Early Matriculation Program (EMP) that began in 1984 to promote academic careers in medicine among minority and disadvantaged medical students. Over the past decades, the EMP was successful in helping students achieve academic and leadership careers. Yet, because of the persistence of health disparities in the nation, the EMP has evolved into the LHDP to create the next generation of physician leaders to address health disparities.

LHDP Summer Program & LHDP Year-Long Seminars

Today, the LHDP is available to all matriculating medical students. It includes a summer earlymatriculation component directed at initiating a successful medical and leadership career, and a two year-long leadership seminar series during the school year focused on increasing student’s knowledge of health disparities and the roles of physician leaders. We encourage those students who are interested in careers addressing health disparities to consider this program.

The summer is comprised of a seven-week program that is offered during the summer quarter preceding the first year of medical school.  It offers students the following activities:

  • Introduction to population disparities.
  • Meetings with medical and community health leaders.
  • Exposure to research opportunities with faculty in one of the scholarly concentrations.
  • Weekly sessions on developing leadership skills in medicine.
  • Introductory Histology course integrating concepts of basic science with clinical science.
  • Introduction to Patient Care course designed to provide early hands on introduction to taking patient histories.
  • Interactions with medical students, residents and faculty interested in health inequities.

Program Finances for LHDP Summer Program

Students matriculate for the summer quarter and pay a reduced tuition rate. Participants receive a research assistantship which covers the research rate tuition and salary covering the 7 week program. Financial aid is not available.

Important Dates

2019 LHDP Summer Program

May 3, 2019 - Registration deadline for the summer LHDP.

Early May (TBA) - Online Summer Housing Registration Deadline (first round).

June 25, 2019 - Start of 2019 Summer LHDP.

August 7, 2019 - Last day of summer program.


Mark Gutierrez, Assistant Director
Center of Excellence
Email: marz@stanford.edu
Office: 650-725-0385

1265 Welch Road, MSOB x363
Stanford, Ca 94305

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