School of Medicine Learning Environment

Promoting a Positive Learning Environment

Stanford School of Medicine is committed to providing a work and educational environment that is inclusive and conducive to teaching and learning, research, the practice of medicine, and patient care. This includes a shared commitment among all members of the Stanford Medicine community to respect each person’s worth and dignity, and to contribute to a positive learning environment where medical students are enabled and encouraged to excel. 

Learning Environment Accolades

As part of our commitment to a positive learning environment, we want to highlight examples of highly professional behavior exhibited by your medical school colleagues, faculty, residents, and/or professional staff.

Medical students and other members of the MD Program community can recognize examples of positive behavior through our MD Program Accolades Form or by nomination faculty, residents, staff, and/or medical students as part of the annual MD Program Teaching Awards.

Mistreatment in the Learning Environment

Mistreatment, either intentional or unintentional, occurs when behavior shows disrespect for the dignity of others and unreasonably interferes with the learning process. This includes but is not limited to the following behaviors:

  • Publicly humiliated
  • Required to perform personal services
  • Physically harmed or threatened with physical harm
  • Unwanted sexual advances
  • Sexual favors for grades or other rewards
  • Denied learning opportunities based on identity
  • Received lower evaluations or grades solely based on identity
  • Subjected to offensive remarks or behavior based on identity

Resources & Forms