Diversity and Inclusion 

Stanford Dermatology strongly believes in the value of diversity in our training program. We are focused on recruiting and supporting individuals from all backgrounds. We support a number of opportunities for those under-represented in medicine and are continuing to expand our efforts in diversity and inclusion led by Dr. Eleni Linos.

Leading in Diversity and Inclusion

Stanford Dermatology faculty and residents participate in the expanded Leadership Education in Advancing Diversity (LEAD) program with the goal of empowering the next generation of medical leaders to carry forward the mission of diversity and inclusion.  We recognize the importance of having a medical leadership team comprised of individuals who reflect the diverse patient population that we serve including racial, ethnic, sexual and gender minorities.  Building scholarship capacity for improving diversity and inclusion efforts is also a key component of this program in line with the academic mission of the LEAD program.



Medical Student Training

As a part of our commitment to mentorship of students from underrepresented groups in medicine, we participate in the American Academy of Dermatology Diversity Mentorship Program and the Stanford SCORE program (link to SCORE program).  Faculty member Zakia Rahman, MD is a member of the AAD Diversity Task Force and has received the AAD Presidential Citation in 2017 for her work.  She also serves on the Stanford University Senate diversity subcommittee.


Residency Training

We are excited to collaborate closely with the Stanford GME Diversity committee, which is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion in our Stanford medical community.

Within our department, we are committed to a core educational curriculum that prepares our residents to best serve all patients in our community, including skin of color dermatology and dermatologic issues relevant to sexual and gender minority patients.

As a part of our commitment to community engagement, Stanford dermatology resident and attending physicians volunteer at both Arbor and Pacific Free Clinic, which provide care to patients who are uninsured or under-insured in the Bay area.   

In addition, we are pleased to offer an optional clinical elective with a focus on cultural competency development based at the Stanford Emeryville satellite clinic.  This rotation includes clinical time at Stanford Emeryville with Stanford faculty providers and time in dermatology and gender transition clinic with clinicians at Kaiser Oakland.  This rotation is designed to increase cultural competency with specific under-represented patient populations, including patients of skin of color and LGBTQ patients.   

We also support international electives for our residents to gain additional exposure working with patients in global under-resourced settings through our collaboration with the Center for Innovation in Global Health.  Past residents have rotated at Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone, Botswana and at Dhulikhel Hospital in Dhulikhel, Nepal.  The Stanford Department of Dermatology has an ongoing partnership with Dhulikhel Hospital, and all of our residents have the opportunity to gain clinical exposure to cases from Dhulikhel through twice monthly video case conferences throughout residency. 



The Stanford Women Association of Physician Scientists (SWAPS) was created in 2018 by members of our MSTP community. The mission statement of SWAPS is to support the professional and personal development of female-identifying students in the Stanford MSTP. SWAPS provides a longitudinal mentorship structure and career development opportunities through all stages of MD-PhD training and beyond. To learn more please reach out to swapsleadership@gmail.com.

Diversity Committee Mentors