Diversity at Stanford

Our fellowship programs are committed to informing, recruiting, and supporting prospective candidates who identify as underrepresented minorities based on factors such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.   

As members of communities traditionally underrepresented in medicine, our goal is to recruit and train a diverse group of innovative leaders committed to and passionate about decreasing health disparities among children.  As clinicians, researchers, advocates, and teachers, we hope to diversify the face of pediatrics.  

The institutional commitment at Stanford to this crucial mission at all levels of medical education can be fully explored at the Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education.

Our Community

Nestled near California’s agricultural belt and within the Bay Area, LPCH and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) are located in one of the most diverse ethnic and cultural regions of the country. Furthermore, LPCH and SCVMC are safety-net providers within the region serving uninsured and underinsured families. The services and expertise at LPCH attract patients from across the country and around the world, expanding the multicultural experiences for residents. Our patient population at LPCH is: 60% Latin American, 12% Pacific Islander, 10% African-American, 7% Asian, 7% Caucasian. This diversity allows for learning a wide variety of disease processes including common general pediatric illnesses as well as complex congenital and acquired diseases.

Our goal is to create a medical community that is reflective of the community and the world that we serve. We believe that we can best achieve this goal by addressing systems of privilege including those based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and physical ability.

In alignment with the goals of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Pediatrics Residency Diversity Committee seeks to “increase the awareness of the importance of diversity; and to encourage the incorporation of the principles of cultural competence into all aspects of pediatric education, training, and practice.

Through the Leadership Education in Advancing Diversity (LEAD) Program, our vision is to groom the next generation of medical leaders to carry forward the mission of diversity and inclusion.

Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education (COEDME)

Our goal is to prepare the next generation of medical leaders to address the health issues of a diverse society. The primary initiatives to address this goal include:

  • Expanding the diversity of the health professional work force, especially in academic medicine
  • Promoting cultural competence in medical education for all trainees
  • Supporting scholarly projects in the area of health inequities in our diverse society
  • Developing leadership skills in students from diverse backgrounds
  • Working with faculty from throughout Stanford University to eliminate health inequities
  • Enhancing the participation of alumni in the diversity activities of the School of Medicine

Diversity at Stanford Medicine

DIVERSITY IS A CORE VALUE - 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.


Diversity Works

Diversity Works features the latest diversity-related Stanford news and research as well as an overview of our community, events, and programs.

For For more information, read Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne's statement on diversity and inclusion, and find out what Stanford is doing to advance diversity.