Leadership Education for Aspiring
Physicians (LEAP)

Leadership Education for Aspiring Physicians (LEAP) is a project-based seminar series designed for Bay Area premedical students seeking structured leadership development while improving community health and wellness.  Successful participants will develop, implement, and evaluate community-directed projects aimed at improving health outcomes for a community of their choosing.

This series challenges premedical students to make a positive impact in their communities as pre-health professionals, providing participants with the skills to lead now and in the future.

Participants attend monthly seminars and working sessions between October and June, concluding with a capstone project that emphasizes health leadership in the domains of service, advocacy, and/or research.

Who Should Attend These Seminars

  • Premedical students who may be in or considering leadership roles on their campus or in their communities.
  • Premedical students working to make a positive impact on health or lifestyle outcomes.
  • Pre-health students with an interest in community/population health
  • Pre-health students looking to build their co-curricular experiences for graduate and professional schools

Time Commitment

Meetings are offered on the Stanford School of Medicine campus unless otherwise specified. Students receive advising and project planning support for the successful development, implementation and evaluation of their projects. The seminars are self-contained though require some reading and writing assignments outside of the session meeting dates (provided on this page)

What's In It for Me?

  • Premedical professional development and practical skills that you will use throughout your academic and professional career
  • Training from an institutional leader in medical student and physician leadership development
  • Advisement regarding medical school preparation and the application process
  • A certification of participation upon successful completion of the program.

What to Expect

The sessions are offered in seminar format, so your preparation and participation is essential. Sessions will vary, however you should expect to: participate in skill-building exercises, hear from program alumni and occasional guest speakers, review leadership case studies, prepare and submit all assignments by the stated deadlines, participate in leadership assessments and plan to organize a capstone project that utilizes the skills developed during the seminars within a year.

Sample Sessions

  • Managing Conflict
  • Project Management
  • Community Engagement
  • Ethics

Seminar Dates (Tentative)

  • Thursday, September 15 – Application opens
  • Saturday, September 24 – information session (registration required)
  • Friday, September 30 – Priority application period ends
  • Friday, October 7 – Application closes, priority selection notifications
  • Tuesday, October 11 – Selection notifications


Scheduled LEAP Sessions

Saturday, September 24 – Information session (registration required)

Saturday, October 15                      

Saturday, October 29                      

Saturday, November 9                    

Saturday, November 19                 

Saturday, December 10                 

Saturday, January 14                      

Saturday, January 28                      

Saturday, February 11 – SUMMA Conference

Saturday, February 25

Saturday, March 11

Saturday, March 25

Saturday, April 29

Saturday, May 20

Saturday, June 24

How do I obtain certification? What if I can't attend all of the sessions?

You must attend all sessions  and complete all assignments in addition to your project development to maintain eligibility for certification.

How to Apply

Additional Questions

Attend an information session on September 24th. Register here: https://stanfordmedleap.eventbrite.com. You may also email stanfordleap@gmail.com. Please visit the FAQs before you email us.

Join the Stanford Premedical Leadership Education and Engagement Network (SPLEEN) on Linkedin and continue the discussion!


How to Apply

Application cycle:
September 15 – October 7, 2016

Applications for the 2016/2017 academic year are now closed.


Marcella Anthony,
Community Outreach Manager
LEAP Program Director
Stanford COEDME
Email: stanfordLEAP@gmail.com