We are proud to announce that we are taking applications to participate in the innovative LEAD (Leadership Education in Advancing Diversity) Program, starting in August 2018. The LEAD program is looking for educational mentors (faculty, coordinators, educational administrators) who are passionate about diversity and inclusion. The vision of LEAD is to educate and empower the next generation of medical leaders to carry forward the mission of diversity and inclusion.

The program is a 10-month longitudinal program that provides residents and fellows with leadership training and mentorship in creating scholarly works around diversity and inclusion topics.

  1. It consists of monthly, 2-hour Wednesday evening sessions from 6-8pm.
  2. The first hour is devoted to interactive discussion-based lectures led by leaders in and outside of the Stanford community.
  3. The second hour is spent working in mentored, small groups on developing workshop presentations, culminating in the annual Diversity and Inclusion Forum to showcase the scholarly works completed. 
  4. The expectation is that participants will attend a minimum of 7 of the 9 sessions.

We are now excited to expand the LEAD program within the Stanford School of Medicine: Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, OB/GYN, Psychiatry, Surgery, and Anesthesia.

If you are interested in applying, please complete the online LEAD Application. 

The LEAD Program


The pediatric patient population is rapidly becoming more diverse, yet the healthcare workforce has remained static in reflecting the patients we serve across diverse backgrounds. Pediatric leadership needs more representation of racial, ethnic, sexual and gender minorities. Building leadership and scholarship capacity for improving diversity and inclusion efforts should begin early during residency and fellowship training. This will strengthen the faculty pipeline in academic medicine and ensure that our core values of diversity and inclusion are reflected in our medical programs, leadership, and culture.

Program Outline

The LEAD Program, funded through a grant from the Stanford Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, is a voluntary, 10-month longitudinal program for pediatric residents and fellows to provide leadership training and mentorship in creating scholarly works around diversity and inclusion topics.

The program consists of nine, 2-hour evening sessions during the academic year. The first hour consists of interactive workshops on core diversity and inclusion topics and the second hour is dedicated to working amongst 3 assigned, and mentored, small groups on developing scholarly works. 

The scholarly works created by the LEAD groups will be shared with the greater community at the annual Diversity & Inclusion Forum,  as well as submitted to regional and national conferences.