Leadership Education for Aspiring
Physicians (LEAP)

Leadership Education for Aspiring Physicians (LEAP) is a project-based seminar series designed for Bay Area premedical students seeking structured leadership development while improving community health and wellness.  Successful participants have partnered with peers and community-based insitutions or organizations to develop, implement, and evaluate projects aimed at improving health outcomes in a community where they consider themselves to be a member.

This series challenges participants to make a positive impact in their communities as pre-health professionals, providing the skills to lead now and in the future.

Participants attend monthly seminars and working sessions between October and June, concluding with a capstone project that emphasizes health leadership and activism in the domains of service, advocacy, and/or research.

**Please note, due to the current climate, this year's program will be offered virtually and curriculum is being modified to reflect that change.

Who Should Consider this Program

Premedical and Pre-health students who:

  • may be in or considering leadership roles on their college campuses or in their communities.
  • are interested in making a positive impact on community health and wellness.
  • have an interest in community/population health and health interventions.
  • aim to build their co-curricular experiences as a preparatory experience prior to graduate and professional school application
  • have an interest in social and structural determinants of health and health disparities

Time Commitment

Mandatory meetings will be offered online only during the 2020-2021 academic year. Sessions are held 1-2 Saturdays per month from 9am - 1pm. Participants receive advising and project planning support for the successful development, implementation and evaluation of their projects.  

Participants should be able to commit 2 hours each week, on average, throughout the program complete assignments and work on their projects. Attendance is mandatory with very few exceptions. Interested applicants should attend the online information session to determine if their schedules and other commitments will allow for this intensive program. Registration is required.

What's In It for Me?

  • Pre-health professional development and practical skills that you will use throughout your academic and professional career
  • Training from an institutional leader in medical student and physician leadership development
  • Advisement regarding medical school preparation and the application process
  • A certification of participation upon successful completion of the program

What to Expect

The sessions are offered in seminar format, so your preparation and participation is essential. Sessions will vary, however you should expect to participate in skill-building exercises, hear from program alumni and occasional guest speakers, review leadership case studies, prepare and submit assignments and project development/management documents by the stated deadlines, participate in leadership assessments and organize a capstone project that utilizes the skills developed during the seminars within a year.

Sample Sessions

  • Health disparities and social determinants
  • Project management
  • Community engagement
  • Activism and advocacy as writers
  • Enacting change by engaging appointed and elected officials
  • Ethics and professionalism

Important Dates (Tentative)

  • Saturday, August 15, 11pm– Application opens
  • Tuesday, September 15 - Information session (online session, registration required)
  • Tuesday, September 15, 11:59pm – Application closes
  • Sunday, September 27 - Selection Notification


Tentative LEAP Session Dates

Following are the tentative dates for LEAP sessions. List any conflicts you anticipate with these session dates IN DETAIL. special circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis:
September 15, 7pm - information session (not required, STRONGLY recommended)
October 3
October 17 - UC Davis AMSA Conference (not required)
October 31
November 14
December 5 - (Alumni virtual lunch to follow)
January 9
January 23
February 6 - SUMMA Conference (not required)
February 13
February 20
March 6
March 20
April 10
May 1
May 30
June 5 - Closing Ceremony

How do I obtain a completion certificate? What if I can't attend all of the sessions?

You must attend all sessions  and complete all assignments in tandem with the project you develop and implement in order to receive a completion certificate.

How to Apply

CLICK HERE between August 15 and September 15, 2020 to apply. 

Other ways to get involved

Join the Stanford Premedical Leadership Education and Engagement Network (SPLEEN) on Linkedin and continue the discussion!


How to Apply

Application cycle:
The application is open from August 15  - September 15, 2020.


Office of Diversity in Medical Education
Leadership Education for Aspiring Physicians Program
Email: coeoutreach@stanford.edu