Stanford Medicine is committed to cultivating and sustaining an environment that fosters the development of diverse physician leaders who are committed to eliminating the nation’s health inequities through patient care, education, research, and advocacy. We recognize that changes are needed to invest in the infrastructure for building a diverse medical workforce, amplify the core tenants necessary for an inclusive community, and advocate for equity to support individuals from communities that are currently underrepresented in medicine.
About the office
Dr. Reena Thomas, Associate Dean, Office of Diversity in Medical Education
The Office of Diversity in Medical Education (ODME) serves as the hub for diversity related pipeline and career development programs to include pre-medical trainees, Stanford medical students, as well as Stanford Medicine resident and fellow trainees. The goal of ODME is to successfully expand the diversity of our health professional work force while also promoting the cultural competence in medical education for all trainees.
Black Resident Spotlight
We aim to support and uplift our incredible community of Black Housestaff. Please enjoy a glimpse into their unique experiences here at Stanford. #RepresentationMatters #DiversityInMedicine #WhatADoctorLooksLike #StanfordMed
Every two weeks of our Black Spotlight Campaign, we will feature a different member of medical residency programs.
Oluwatomisin Obafemi - Cardiothoracic Surgery
Born in Nigeria I have had the privilege of splitting my childhood between New Zealand and the USA. I have desired to be a Cardiothoracic Surgeon for as long as I can remember and my time in medical school at UTMB only confirmed this. During the residency application process Stanford Health Care became my dream program. It is where I envisioned receiving the best training to become a CT surgeon and I have not been disappointed. The case variety and resources available here at Stanford are world class and the faculty are equally impressive. I can honestly say that the department has an amazing chair and program director. I have personally experienced their kindness and generosity and know that they care about my well-being. In the current socio-economic climate it has never been more important for me embrace my heritage and become a leader that inspires the next generation of black and minority physicians and surgeons. At Stanford I have the platform to achieve this lofty but yet consequential goal and I feel supported in this pursuit.
How have you been supported at Stanford?
What message do you have for Black applicants?
Pre Med Students
The Office of Diversity in Medical Education (ODME) offers select programs, activities, and events for premedical students throughout the year.
Through conferences and summer programs, guest lectures and special events, the ODME networks undergraduates on campus and throughout the Northern California region to information, resources, and opportunities that support continued learning and development, and competitive preparation for careers as aspiring health professionals.
Stanford Medicine offers many opportunities for continuous faculty development through workshops, symposia and trainings.
Stanford medical students come from a variety of diverse backgrounds and experiences. The ODME supports and collaborates with a variety of student groups representing diversity.
GME Diversity Committee (Residents and Fellows)
Career development and guidance is a vital part of a successful medical career. A collaborative program involving the Office of Diversity and Leadership, the Office of Graduate Medical Education, Center of Excellence in Diversity, and the Stanford University Medical Center Alumni Association, provides opportunities for mentorship in academic and career development, seminars in career and leadership development, and social events for network with colleagues, faculty and community medical leaders.
We are pleased to share the spring edition of JUSTHealth - a community-sourced webpublication highlighting health justice. Click the image or "read more" below to visit the JUSTHealth website and access the spring issue.
Chiara Sabatti, PhD
March 30, 2021
Join us on Tuesday, March 30 at 4pm pacific time for a special lecture and Q&A focused on data science. Dr. Chiara Sabatti will discuss the use of data science in medicine, healthcare, and broader applications.
This event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required.
Click here to view the flyer
ODME "Pathways to Medicine" Speaker Dr. Moniza Ruiz
January 26, 2021
Dr. Monica Ruiz
January 26, 2021
Join us for "Pathways to Medicine" speaker Dr. Monica Ruiz, Critical Care Fellow at Stanford Medicine. Her talk draws from her own experiences in finding her passion and fit in academic medicine, public health research, and more. Advanced registration is required. Click here to view the flyer and presentation outline.
Join us on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 for an evening with Dr. Sunny Nakae. Her presentation entitled "Premed Prep: Advice from a Medical School Admissions Dean" draws from her newly released book of the same title. Advanced registration is required. Click here to view the flyer and presentation overview.
Rally for Racial Justice at Stanford Medicine
Black Lives Matter!
- To stand in solidarity with our colleagues, fellow staff members, and patients in the black community.
- To acknowledge the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and Ahmaud Arbery and numerous black people who have died at the hands of police violence and brutality.
- We decry all forms of racism, racial injustice and social inequalities that disproportionately harm communities of color.
- We recognize and exercise our privilege as healthcare providers to support black lives and elevate black voices.
Office of Diversity in Medical Education (ODME), Faculty Fellows/Post Doc Fellow
July 2020 - June 2021
In order to promote and support the academic development of diverse physician leaders dedicated to health equity through patient care, education, research, and advocacy, the Office of Diversity in Medical Education (ODME) grant funds two faculty fellows annually. Throughout the year, faculty fellows work in collaboration with the ODME on their career development and research endeavors. We are pleased to announce that our 2020-2021 faculty fellows are: Dr. Moises Gallegos and Dr. Felipe de Jesus Perez. In addition, we are pleased to announce Dr. Valerie Peicher will serve as ODME Post Doc Fellow.
Moises Gallegos, MD
Dr. Gallegos’ focuses his academic endeavors on the social determinants of health with a key perspective as an Emergency Medicine faculty member at Stanford. Dr. Gallegos is also the clerkship director for Emergency Medicine and, in this key academic leadership role, oversees medical student teaching, curriculum development, and education. Dr. Gallegos is also the course director for the Ethnicity and Medicine class for Stanford University undergraduates and medical students.
Felipe de Jesus Perez, MD
Dr. Perez’s academic research has focused on health disparities in pediatric anesthesia clinical care. Dr. Perez’s impactful efforts in health policy at the California state level has brought together his commitment to patient advocacy, patient safety, resident trainee education, and community outreach.
Valerie Peicher, MD.
Post Doc Fellow
Valerie Peicher is an Academic General Pediatrics Fellow at Stanford. She is interested in creating policy level changes to improve the health of children in mixed-status Latino families. Valerie is the proud daughter and granddaughter of immigrants. She grew up in South Florida, studied biological sciences and Hispanic studies at Rice University, taught high school biology in South Florida, attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, and completed her pediatrics residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. While at Stanford, Valerie will participate in LEAD and obtain a Masters in the Science of Health Policy to help create a more inclusive future.
COVID-19 - Stanford Medical Students Organize PPE Drive for Healthcare Workers
Stanford Medical students organized a drive to collect PPE this past weekend to help front line physicians, nurses and other health professionals manage the shortage of medical supplies. The medical supplies collected will be giving to clinics in the surrounding Bay Area. Coverage of the drive can be found in the Palo Alto Weekly Article: http://bit.ly/ppeweekly and KRON4 Story: http://bit.ly/ppekron4.
COVID-19 Update from the Center of Excellence
The ODME is observing the statewide call to shelter in place. Our offices are closed however we are teleworking. An email rregarding regular "drop-in" office hours for current medical students, residents and other members of the community was sent last week.
You may also request appointments via email be visiting the 'Contact Us' page on our website.
Stay safe and visit this page for updates on changes to our schedules or operations.
Official COVID-19 Updates from Stanford University
May 20, 2021 Faculty Fireside Chats: Reena Thomas, MD, PhD Via Zoom (Link will be sent prior to the event)
May 20, 2021 2021 Diversity Awards and Networking Reception with Special Guest Dr. Augustus A. White Via zoom (The link will be sent 2 days prior to the event.)
May 20, 2021 2021 Diversity Awards and Networking Reception with Special Guest Dr. Augustus A. White Via zoom (the link will be provided to registered participants 3 days prior to the event)
Diversity Bias Case Studies
These realistic scenarios identify examples of bias—both conscious and unsconcious—in clinical settings, involving colleagues, patients, and patient family members.