Diversity and Inclusion

Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine actively seeks and celebrates diversity and promotes inclusion in all aspects of our work. We believe unique perspectives, experiences, and values add dimension to our research, teaching and clinical mission. Our patient population is diverse and our faculty, students and staff should be as well.

Diversity and inclusion are codified in our department values because they make our team, our practice, and our world immeasurably stronger. But stated values are only as strong as the practices that reinforce it, and so we constantly strive to provide a safe and supportive environment for all through training  in respecting differences, and recognizing and mitigating implicit and explicit biases. 

We advance diversity and inclusion in recruitment, retention, and promotion, and enforce respect for the dignity of all members of our community including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Latest News

Italo Brown, MD, MPH, clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine has been named Health Equity and Social Justice Curriculum Lead for the School of Medicine and  will help guide efforts to incorporate equity content into the Stanford medical school curriculum.

Moises Gallegos, MDclinical assistant professor of emergency medicine has been designated a Faculty Fellow with the Office of Diversity in Medical Education.

Emergency Medicine faculty, fellows and staff at a recent solidarity rally.

 Stanford School of Medicine has almost double the national average of female department chairs, including our Department of Emergency Medicine chair Andra Blomkalns, MD, MBA. And within our department, we have achieved almost full gender parity in faculty and leadership roles.

Patient Population

  • 35% MEDI-CAL
  • 36% Commercial
  • 24% Medicare
  • 5% Other

  • 43% Hispanic / Other
  • 37% White
  • 13% Asian
  • 7% African American

Faculty member Italo Brown, MD recounts experiences in the ED and using ethnicity as a strength.

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Faculty member and Stanford physician Kathy Staats, MD explores how to increase women’s representation in EMS leadership. 

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Resident Mariame Fofana, MD shares how her upbringing informs her experiences in medicine and at Stanford. 

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Allyship & Awareness Resources From Our Faculty

Examining Parity among Black and Hispanic Resident Physicians

Promoting Racial and Health Equity in COVID-19 by Leveraging Empathic Interpreters, Trained Liaisons, and Cross-institutional Physician Leadership

Diversity Matters - The Case for Health Equity Rounds

Diversity Matters: A Day in the Life of a Black Female EP (Emergency Medicine News

Words Matter: An Anti-Bias Workshop for Healthcare Professionals to Reduce Stigmatizing Language.

Crashing the Party: Women of EMS

Bias at warp speed: how AI may contribute to the disparities gap in the time of COVID-19

Course: Teaching LGBTQ+ Health

Emergency medicine resident education on caring for patients with disabilities: a call to action 

Mitigating Bias in Evaluations in Medical Education

Here to chair: Gender differences in the path to leadership

Dismantling Implicit Bias and Microaggressions in EM by Encouraging Communications and Professionalism 

Two decades of little change: An analysis of U.S. medical school basic science faculty by sex, race/ethnicity, and academic rank 

The Gender Gap in Surgical Residencies 

Opportunities for Supporting Latino Immigrants in Emergency and Ambulatory Care Settings 

"ER doctors: We're no strangers to violence but we try to de-escalate without anyone dying." Read the USA Today piece. (Drs. Al'ai Alvarez and Italo Brown co-authored ) Listen to Dr. Alvarez discuss on the Stanford 1:2:1 podcast.

Racism: The Elephant in the ED

Social Determinants of Hallway Bed Use 

Fostering a Diverse Pool of Global Health Academic Leaders Through Mentorship and Career Path Planning 

Emergency Medicine Gender in Resident Leadership Study (EM GIRLS): The Gender Distribution Among Chief Residents 

Association between patient-physician gender concordance and patient experience scores. Is there gender bias?

Equity & Inclusion Resources

Stanford University and the School of Medicine offer resources to support and advance equity and inclusion, and host events and programs that foster discussions around diversity.

For upcoming events, please visit the Stanford Medicine Diversity website.

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