Diversity Statement of Support

Diversity is a core value for the Stanford University Department of Dermatology, and our goal is to create a medical community that is reflective of the community and the world that we serve. We are committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment supportive of all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, immigration status, or abilities.

The Stanford Department of Dermatology is proud to have an active Diversity Committee to foster an environment of diversity and inclusion within our department and in the future leaders we train. We invite any interested residents or faculty to contribute. Below are the ongoing diversity initiatives which we support within our department.

Medical Student Training

As a part of our commitment to mentorship of students from underrepresented groups in medicine, we participate in the American Academy of Dermatology Diversity Mentorship Program and the Stanford SCORE program (link to SCORE program).  Faculty member Zakia Rahman, MD is a member of the AAD Diversity Task Force and has received the AAD Presidential Citation in 2017 for her work.  She also serves on the Stanford University Senate diversity subcommittee.


Residency Training

We are excited to collaborate closely with the Stanford GME Diversity committee, which is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion in our Stanford medical community.

Within our department, we are committed to a core educational curriculum that prepares our residents to best serve all patients in our community, including skin of color dermatology and dermatologic issues relevant to sexual and gender minority patients.

As a part of our commitment to community engagement, Stanford dermatology resident and attending physicians volunteer at both Arbor and Pacific Free Clinic, which provide care to patients who are uninsured or under-insured in the Bay area.   

In addition, we are pleased to offer an optional clinical elective with a focus on cultural competency development based at the Stanford Emeryville satellite clinic.  This rotation includes clinical time at Stanford Emeryville with Stanford faculty providers and time in dermatology and gender transition clinic with clinicians at Kaiser Oakland.  This rotation is designed to increase cultural competency with specific under-represented patient populations, including patients of skin of color and LGBTQ patients.   

We also support international electives for our residents to gain additional exposure working with patients in global under-resourced settings through our collaboration with the Center for Innovation in Global Health.  Past residents have rotated at Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone, Botswana and at Dhulikhel Hospital in Dhulikhel, Nepal.  The Stanford Department of Dermatology has an ongoing partnership with Dhulikhel Hospital, and all of our residents have the opportunity to gain clinical exposure to cases from Dhulikhel through twice monthly video case conferences throughout residency. 


Diversity Committee Mentors

For further questions regarding Stanford Dermatology Diversity Committee please contact Residency Program Coordinators, Cassie Chatelain casschat@stanford.edu or Kathrina De La Cruz kathrina@stanford.edu