Underrepresented in Medicine Funded Visiting Pediatrics Clerkship

Program Description

Diversity is a core value at Stanford School of Medicine. Our goal is to draw from people with a variety of backgrounds and life experiences to reach a new level of innovation in teaching, research and caring for patients. Innovative programs ensure diversity is reflected in our programs, culture and leadership. 

In partnership with the Stanford Clinical Opportunity for Residency Experience (SCORE), the funded visiting pediatrics clerkship program is designed to give students a chance to experience the exceptional training that Stanford Pediatrics has to offer. In addition, it provides Stanford Pediatrics residents and faculty a chance to form a close working relationship with each student.

As Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH)  is a tertiary care center, students will have exposure to a variety of patients ranging from bread-and-butter pediatrics to medically complex patients. Visiting students will spend four weeks on one of the following: Renal/Rheumatology Wards, Pulmonology Wards, Gastroenterology Wards, Hematology/Oncology Wards, PICU, Cardiology Consults/Clinics, Endocrinology Clinics, or Infectious Disease Consults/Clinics. Students are also invited to attend morning report and noon conference daily, as well as weekly grand rounds.

  • Funding includes up to $2,000 for reimbursement of travel expenses. 
  • Housing accommodations will be provided at no additional cost. 
  • Each student will be paired with a faculty member who will serve as a mentor and advisor. 
  • Each student will be paired with a resident “big sib” who will introduce them to the diverse community at Stanford Medicine and its resources, http://med.stanford.edu/diversity.html.
  • Each student will have a personal meeting with the Pediatric Residency Program Director.
  • Each student will have the option of interviewing at the end of the block to avoid a return trip.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be from groups underrepresented in medicine (UIM). This includes individuals who are underrepresented in medicine, socially, economically, or educationally disadvantaged, and others whose backgrounds and experiences would diversify their clinical fields. 
  • Completed core clerkship in Pediatrics 
  • Applying for residency position in Pediatrics 
  • Complete the application at the SCORE website

How to Apply

Visit the Stanford Clinical Opportunity for Residency Experience (SCORE) for application deadlines, requirements, and more. Applicants not chosen to participate in the SCORE program are still encouraged to submit a standard clerkship application for consideration.



Name: Deema Akari, MD
Medical School: University of California, Riverside
Pediatric Resident
SCORE Program, 2018

If it weren't for the SCORE program, I don't know where I'd be today! There were a lot of misconceptions about Stanford and the SCORE program gave me the opportunity to come experience it for myself. During my month, I learned about Stanford's dedication to diversity and serving complex and medically underserved patients. I was also able to experience the tremendous amount of support from faculty and mentors. The culture of the pediatrics program is one of the most positive I've come across and I am so happy to have had such an amazing and formative experience. 

Name: Anna Brzezinski, MD
Medical School: University of Illinois
Pediatric Resident
SCORE Program, 2018

Through my rotation with SCORE, I was fortunate to see Stanford's commitment to caring for all patients with the highest quality of care. I was equally impressed with the collaborative mentality in the healthcare team and the constant teaching. Every one was listened to, respected, and contributed to the team. For these reasons, I am excited to continue my training here at Stanford!

Name: Nancy Rivera, MD, MS
Medical School: University of California, Davis
Title: Pediatric Resident  
SCORE Program, 2017

Through the SCORE Program, I am grateful to have been exposed to Stanford Medicine’s supportive environment and educational experiences. I experienced the diversity of patients served as well as the residents’ genuine desire for collaboration and teamwork. Moreover, as a member of an underrepresented group in medicine, I value Stanford’s commitment to serving diverse communities and its initiatives to diversify the medical workforce.

Name: Ashley Landsman, MD
Medical School: Texas A&M
Title: Pediatric Resident  
SCORE Program, 2016

I have to say the main reason I was able to take the leap of faith and leave Texas was all because of the SCORE program. I felt so welcomed and supported, I couldn’t help but completely falling in love with this program. The SCORE program exposed me to the diversity that makes up the Stanford residency program. I could tell having people from all over the country from all racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds was very important to this program, and convinced me to leave my home and create a new one at Stanford.    

Name: Carmin Powell, MD
Medical School: Ohio State University 
Title: Clinical Instructor, Pediatric Hospital Medicine
SCORE Program, 2013

I tremendously enjoyed my clinical experience and received amazing mentorship that I still used throughout my residency training and now. Most of all, I continue to be impressed by Stanford Medicine’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. It has been an honor to be a part of the SCORE family and I look forward to welcoming the next SCORE students!    

Name: Baraka Floyd, MD, MSc
Medical School: Morehouse
Title: Clinical Assistant Professor, General Pediatrics. Co-Medical Director, Peninsula Family Advocacy Program  
SCORE Program, 2010

My month at Stanford de-bunked the myth that there were no underserved patients here. Had I not participated in the SCORE program, I may not have chosen Stanford. My SCORE mentors continue to provide valuable mentorship today, and I look forward to continuing to do the same for other SCORE students as they come through the program.