Stanford Women Association of Physician Scientists (SWAPS)

The Stanford Women Association of Physician Scientists (SWAPS) was created in 2018 by members of the Stanford Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) community. The mission statement of SWAPS is to support the professional and personal development of women and non-binary students in the Stanford MSTP. SWAPS provides a longitudinal mentorship structure and career development opportunities through all stages of medical and graduate training and beyond. Anyone of any gender who supports these goals is welcome to attend events and join the group. To learn more please reach out to

Past events 

August 2022
After a 3-year hiatus due to COVID-19, SWAPS held its 3rd Annual Mentorship Celebration in-person. We saw many familiar faces, got acquainted with the newer students in the program, and had a record turn-out of MD/PhD residents.

January 2020
SWAPS hosted a coffee chat with Dr. Hannah Valantine, Physician-Scientist and Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity at NIH. We discussed her pilot mentorship program designed not only to increase diversity in science but also to provide longitudinal support - two of our goals at SWAPS! It was an honor to have a casual small-group chat with such an esteemed physician-scientist and advocate. 

October 2019
The SWAPS 2nd Annual Fall Mentorship Celebration. We honored the amazing mentors who served all year and welcomed a new cohort of women into their mentorship groups.