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 will partner with community-based insitutions or organizations to develop, implement, and evaluate community-directed projects aimed at improving health outcomes for a community where participants consider themselves to be a member.

This series challenges partiicpants 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.

Who Should Consider this Program

  • Pre-health students who may be in or considering leadership roles on their college campuses or in their communities.
  • Pre-health students interested in making a positive impact on community health and wellness.
  • Pre-health students with an interest in community/population health and health interventions.
  • Pre-health students looking to build their co-curricular experiences as a preparatory experience prior to graduate and professional school application

Time Commitment

Meetings are offered on the Stanford School of Medicine campus unless otherwise specified. Sessions are held 1-2 Saturdays per month from 9am - 2pm. Participants receive advising and project planning support for the successful development, implementation and evaluation of their projects. The sessions are self-contained though require some reading and writing assignments outside of the session meeting dates.

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

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

  • Project Management
  • Community Engagement
  • Authoring an Opinon Piece
  • Conducting Legislative visits
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Developing a Project Proposal

Important Dates (Tentative)

  • Friday, September 6– Application opens
  • Thursday, September 12 - Information session (online session, registration required)
  • Thursday, September 26 - Information session (online session, registration required)
  • Friday, September 27 – Application closes
  • Tuesday, October 1 - Selection Notification


Scheduled LEAP Sessions

September 21
October 5
October 12
October 19 - UC Davis AMSA Conference (not required)
November 2
December 7 - Alumni Potluck
January 11
January 25
February 8 - SUMMA Conference (not required)
February 29
March 14
April 4
April 11
May 16
May 30
June 6 - 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 September 6 and 27, 2019 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.


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