Cultural Considerations Series

Cultural Considerations in the Biomedical Workplace series events

The Cultural Considerations in the Biomedical Workplace series serves to encourage members of the Stanford Medicine community to have dialogues about topics related to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 

Endowed by alumni donor support, the purpose of this workshop series is to increase participants’ knowledge and awareness of cultural considerations in academic medicine in order to engage Stanford faculty to foster an environment that respects and embraces cultural diversity.

2019 schedule

Organizational Communication Through the Lens of Culture

Instructor: Dr. Stephanie Harman 

February 25, 2019 in LKSC Boardroom LK320

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High stakes decisions in clinical medicine are value-laden and require communication behaviors that promote shared decision-making. In this 90-minute workshop, Dr. Stephanie Harman will review the key elements of shared decision-making and how to approach high stakes decisions with attention to communication skills that can support a variety of decision-making models based on differing cultural approaches to communication.

Dr. Stephanie Harman graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She then completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford and a Palliative Care fellowship at the Palo Alto VA/Stanford program before joining the faculty at Stanford

Dr. Harman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and a faculty member in the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. She serves as the clinical section chief of Palliative Care in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health and co-chairs the Stanford Health Care Ethics Committee. 

Her research and educational interests include communication training in healthcare, bioethics in end-of-life care, and the application of machine learning to improve access to palliative care.

Universal Design, Creating Equal Access to Learning

Instructor: Sheryl Burgstahler, PhD

April 1, 2019 in LKSC boardroom LK320

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Maximizing the inclusion and success of all students through applications of universal design 

Students in on-site, online, and hybrid courses across the nation are becoming increasingly diverse with respect to race; ethnicity; gender; age; computer knowledge; ability to communicate in English, pay attention, engage socially, hear, see, and move; and other characteristics. Dr. Burgstahler will share the universal design approach needs of individuals with a broad range of characteristics participating in courses, accessing student services, using technology, and maneuvering in physical spaces, all for the primary purpose of maximizing the academic and career success of all students.

Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler founded and directs the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center and the Access Technology Center (ATC). These two centers promote (1) the use of mainstream and assistive technology and other interventions to support the success of students with disabilities in postsecondary education and careers and (2) the development of facilities, computer labs, academic and administrative software, websites, multimedia, and distance learning programs that are welcoming and accessible to individuals with disabilities. The ATC focuses efforts at the University of Washington; the DO-IT Center reaches national and international audiences with the support of federal, state, corporate, foundation, and private funds. Dr. Burgstahler is an affiliate professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Burgstahler has published articles and delivered presentations at national and international conferences that focus on universal design of online learning, websites and multimedia, computer labs, instruction, student services, and other applications in education; and the management of electronic communities, work-based learning activities and transition programs for youth with disabilities. She is the author or co-author of eight books, including Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice, second edition


2018 Completed Workshops

Transgender Issues in Medicine

The OFDD welcomes Tandy Aye, MD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics (Endocrinology) and by courtesy, of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Tandy Aye is the medical director of the Stanford Pediatric and Adolescent Multidisciplinary Gender Clinic, which provides gender affirming services to gender nonconforming youth. Her team consists of adolescent medicine, pediatric urology, child psychology and psychiatry, adolescent gynecology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, pediatric plastic surgery and social work.

Dr. Aye will discuss current practices in gender affirming therapies as well as the clinical growth of medical training, advocacy and research missions around transgender health.

2017 Completed Workshops

Working with Millennials

The OFDD welcomes Denise Clark Pope, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Education

Today’s Millennials are products of a high-pressure, fast-paced culture – one that looks different from that of the previous generation. This workshop examines the culture that prioritizes test scores, grades, and performance, and how it may deny Millennials the time and energy needed to develop important skills for success – the ability to be independent, ethical, and motivated, critical thinkers. Participants will learn how Millennials today are coping – or not -- with the academic and workplace pressures they face, and will discuss strategies for creating healthier and more productive school and work environments.


Strategies to Address Discrimination Towards Physicians by Patients and Families

"I don't want someone like you taking care of my child."

The OFDD welcomes Becky Blankenburg, Alyssa Bogetz and Emily Whitgob for a discussion on strategies to address discrimination from patients and families in the doctor's office.


Language of Leadership with Joanne Wehner

Dr. Wehner discussed how unconscious bias negatively shapes the perceptions and evaluations of women and minorities’ workplace performance.  She presented original research on performance evaluations relating to differences in how employees are described and evaluated conducted by the Clayman Institute’s initiative: Center for the Advancement of Women’s Leadership. 


Symposium on Race, Law Enforcement, and Public Health.

This symposium highlighted the important research being done across interdisciplinary fields on race and law enforcement and the public health impact of police violence against minority groups.

2016 Completed Workshops

Emotional Intelligence and Effective Interpersonal Communication

The OFDD welcomed Dr. Richard Francisco, Lecturer in Organizational Behavior from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

The ability to forge strong relationships with others is crucial to becoming a more effective faculty member, physician or medical health practitioner in today’s diverse, complex and highly interdependent society. This experiential/interactive workshop is designed to help medical faculty to begin to develop this ability, particularly with people who are of a different culture, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. 


Connecting the Dots For Culturally Competent Education

Please see the following articles for more information on culturally competent education in the biomedical sciences and healthcare.

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For more information on the Cultural Considerations series:

Sexual and Gender Minorities in Medicine

Workshop on Sexual and Gender Minorities in Medicine given by Mitchell Lunn, MD, Matthew Mansh, MS IV, and Gabriel Garcia, MD, on May 13, 2015.