Underrepresented in Medicine Funded Visiting Pediatrics Clerkship

Program Description

Diversity is a core value at Stanford School of Medicine. 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. 

In partnership with the Stanford Clinical Opportunity for Residency Experience (SCORE), the funded visiting pediatrics clerkship program is designed to give students a chance to experience the exceptional training that Stanford Pediatrics has to offer. In addition, it provides Stanford Pediatrics residents and faculty a chance to form a close working relationship with each student.

As Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH)  is a tertiary care center, students will have exposure to a variety of patients ranging from bread-and-butter pediatrics to medically complex patients. Visiting students will spend four weeks on one of the following: Renal/Rheumatology Wards, Pulmonology Wards, Gastroenterology Wards, Hematology/Oncology Wards, PICU, Cardiology Consults/Clinics, Endocrinology Clinics, or Infectious Disease Consults/Clinics. Students are also invited to attend morning report and noon conference daily, as well as weekly grand rounds.

  • Funding includes up to $2,000 for reimbursement of travel expenses. 
  • Housing accommodations will be provided at no additional cost. 
  • Each student will be paired with a faculty member who will serve as a mentor and advisor. 
  • Each student will be paired with a resident “big sib” who will introduce them to the diverse community at Stanford Medicine and its resources, http://med.stanford.edu/diversity.html.
  • Each student will have a personal meeting with the Pediatric Residency Program Director.
  • Each student will have the option of interviewing at the end of the block to avoid a return trip.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be from groups underrepresented in medicine (UIM). This includes individuals who are underrepresented in medicine, socially, economically, or educationally disadvantaged, and others whose backgrounds and experiences would diversify their clinical fields. 
  • Completed core clerkship in Pediatrics 
  • Applying for residency position in Pediatrics 
  • Complete the application at the SCORE website

How to Apply

Visit the Stanford Clinical Opportunity for Residency Experience (SCORE) for application deadlines, requirements, and more. Applicants not chosen to participate in the SCORE program are still encouraged to submit a standard clerkship application for consideration.



Name: Lielt Tewolde Bedilu DO, MS
Medical School: Rocky Vista University 
 Pediatric Resident
SCORE Program, 2020

Through the SCORE program I was able to see how pivotal diversity is to the core of Stanford training, both in recruitment and in aiming to reflect the population we serve. I was constantly inspired and welcomed by the leadership I came across, and I could sense that this was a family of passionate people from different backgrounds that I could thrive in.  

Name: Cristal Suarez, MD
Medical School: University of California, Davis
 Pediatric Resident
SCORE Program, 2020

Even through a virtual SCORE rotation, I felt all the support of the Stanford Pediatrics family and was able to see the diversity of experiences represented, from learners to leadership. I was drawn to how the program and Stanford GME are always evolving in their ability to nurture inclusion for both their learners and patients. I look forward to learning with this community of physician advocates that is dedicated to growing together.

Name: Faye Mendoza, MD
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
 Pediatric Resident
SCORE Program, 2019

During my month at Stanford, I was connected with amazing mentors who are not only highly accomplished but incredibly approachable and attuned to the needs of the patients we serve. It opened my eyes to a community devoted to patient care and people who appreciate the essential role of diversity in medicine. I could not be happier to continue my training at Stanford and to grow as a physician in such a wonderful community.

Name: Eva Molina, MD, MBA
Medical School: University of California, Irvine
 Pediatric Resident
SCORE Program, 2019

The SCORE program was a wonderful experience for me and truly allowed me to witness Stanford’s commitment to diversity. Not to mention the program provided me with amazing resources like mentors and big sibs who were wonderful! The camaraderie I felt and saw within the medical teams and the true commitment to providing excellent care to all patients from various backgrounds is one reason why I chose Stanford. I also chose Stanford because of how supportive everyone was, which shined in various ways.