Office of Faculty Development and Diversity

Active Programs

The Stanford CTR Scholars Program (Fall 2009)

In September 2009, Dr. Valantine was awarded a supplement to the current CTSA grant in order to start a new program designed to increase the diversity of trainees exposed to clinical and translational research. The Stanford Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) Scholars program brings outstanding fourth-year medical students from underrepresented backgrounds to Stanford in order to complete a visiting clerkship.

To identify top candidates, Dr. Valantine formed collaborations with NIH-funded Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMIs). For Fall 2009, a total of 14 students were enrolled in the program. In addition to matching each student with a suitable mentor at Stanford, the program supports all living and travel expenses related to their visit.


Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) Networking Program (Spring 2010)
In order to build a supportive community of clinical and translational researchers at Stanford, we are launching a new networking program for both faculty and trainees who are interested in CTR. There are three main goals for the program:

  1. Bring together researchers across the medical school who are interested in CTR and provide them with the opportunity to network.
  2. Provide participants with knowledge about the on-campus resources available to CTR researchers.
  3. Provide mentoring and career development to CTR investigators and trainees.


The format for the program will be similar to that of the Faculty Fellows program. Small networking groups consisting of 5-6 individuals will be formed. All participants will attend a number of formal evening sessions on key topics related to CTR. In addition, the small networking groups will meet informally on a regular basis. Participation is open to faculty and students at all levels.

Cultural Competency Training (Spring 2010)

In collaboration with Dr. Clarence Braddock, Associate Dean for Medical Education, the CDD will be launching an initiative to raise awareness surrounding issues of cultural competency. A number of workshops and interactive sessions will teach faculty and students about how cultural issues directly impact both research and patient care. In addition, faculty will have opportunities to learn effective methods for teaching about cultural competence.

Team Science Training Program (Fall 2010)

The CDD will once again be offering Team Science training to medical school scientists and staff of all ranks and positions. For highlights from the 2009 program, click here.



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