Recruiting and retaining a diverse population of individuals at all levels is important to Stanford’s School of Medicine. Several programs and initiatives are dedicated to recruitment efforts for each constituency. These communities are vital to excellence at Stanford Medicine.
Stanford Medicine and Stanford University both conduct outreach and programs for premedical students. In the School of Medicine, the Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education offers a family of programs for undergraduate students. To see a comprehensive list of all high school and undergraduate programs, visit the Stanford Medicine High School and Undergraduate Programs page.
Medical student recruitment is coordinated through the Office of Medical Student Affairs, Office of MD Admissions, and the Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education. Representatives from each office attend, sponsor, and/or host national diversity conferences including the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Annual Medical Education Conference, Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) National and West Regional Conference, Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance (SUMMA) Conference, SACNAS, ABRCMS, and many additional national conferences. Campus visits are also conducted nationally through the MD Admissions office. Specific events like Diversity Dinners are held at Stanford to further showcase the School of Medicine to potential attendees. The Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance, or SUMMA, medical student groups work closely with diversity officers in diversity recruitment.
Graduate student recruiting for the biosciences is conducted by the Office of Graduate Education. Diversity officers and current graduate students attend national science research conferences, including SACNAS and ABRCMS, and university campuses to conduct outreach to undergraduates interested in the biosciences. The Biomedical Association for the Interest of Minority Students, or BioAIMS, graduate student organization works closely with diversity officers in diversity recruitment.
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) is all postdocs, all the time. OPA is in the third year of a postdoc recruiting program, the Stanford Postdoctoral Recruitment Initiative in Sciences and Medicine (PRISM). In addition, OPA administers multiple fellowship opportunities specifically for Stanford postdoctoral scholars.
The Graduate Medical Education office organizes recruitment of diverse residents in partnership with clinical departments and the Graduate Medical Education Diversity Committee composed of residents. Diversity Resident Recruitment Days are held for any prospective residents in all departments. The Stanford Clinical Opportunity for Residency Experience, or SCORE, gives current non-Stanford medical students who are underrepresented in medicine, socially, economically, or educationally disadvantaged, and others whose backgrounds and experiences would diversify their clinical fields, the opportunity to conduct a clinical rotation at Stanford Medicine.
The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity partners with search committees to ensure a fair and equitable faculty hiring process. Methods employed in recruitment include unconscious bias training, a faculty diversity officer on each search committee, and developing best practices for the search process. Open faculty positions are posted on individual basic science department and clinical science department websites.
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