Pre Medical Students

The Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education (COEDME) offers select programs, activities, and events for premedical students throughout the year.

Through conferences and summer programs, guest lectures and special events, the COEDME 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.

News and Events

ODME Summer Programs Application is Open

The application has opened for the Stanford Summer Community College Program and the Stanford Research Experience for Community College students. Please click this link for more information.

Application deadline: March 1, 2021.

JUST Health Web Publication - Call for Submissions

Learn about health justice as described from various sources using various mediums from traditional articles and research, to art and creative movement.

JUST health aims to curate and amplify the narratives of  people and communities experiencing health inequity and health disparities. We are now accepting submissions for the spring (April) edition.

Annual  Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance (SUMMA) Conference Feb 6, 2021

SAVE THE DATE  for the 30th Annual  Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance  (SUMMA) Conference. SUMMA student organization hosts one of the oldest pre-medical conferences on the west coast, typically drawing students throughout the Bay Area and California.

The goal of the Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance (SUMMA) is to increase diversity in the health professions in order to better care for underserved communities.

For the first time in 30 years, SUMMA will be going virtual. We are excited to expand our audience across the nation. Our virtual experience will simulate that of our in-person conference with concurrent pre-med sessions, a medical school exhibit hall, networking opportunities, social activities, and more.

Register online at:

For more information, please email:



Program Alumni Spotlight

Summer HCOP and LEAP program alumna (2012), Ivet Lolham.

After completing her undergraduate education at San Francisco State University, she applied—and was accepted to—three different pharmacy programs. She entered the University of Pacific, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in fall of 2017.  

In her own words:
"As an immigrant, I resonate with a lot of the sociocultural barriers that prevent under-served communities from accessing their healthcare and have witnessed social health imparities in these communities. For this reason, it became my dream to diminish healthcare disparities and educate my community to prevent social health issues. Therefore, I took my first real step towards healthcare and applied to Stanford Summer Health Careers Opportunity Program."

"The [HCOP and LEAP] programs helped me overcome my fear of feeling excluded and allowed me to hone my interpersonal skills in healthcare as I built connections with the Stanford health care community and shadowed physicians at the Arbor Free Clinic. The influence and leadership skills I gained helped me become a better leader at my university."

Advice for undergraduate students who are interested in medicine:
"It is the challenge of overcoming obstacles in life that helps you grow to become a strong, hardworking individual. Never give up, stay focused, stay positive, and soon you will be able to inspire others with similar disadvantages as yours to pursue their dreams regardless of their struggles."

To learn more about resources for alumni, please visit the Undergraduate Programs Alumni page.