Diversity and Inclusion

Stanford Neurology strongly believes in the value of diversity in our training program and 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. Reena Thomas.

Funded visitor clerkships

These opportunities are for Senior medical students from groups that have been traditionally under-represented in medicine to have a month-long clinical experience at Stanford. Our goal is to highlight all that the Stanford Neurology residency training program has to offer, including world-class clinical education and varied case exposure from all subspecialties, state-of-the art clinical and research technology and innovation, a warm and welcoming community, and career mentorship wherever your interests may lie.


International medical student applications

We accept applications from international medical school graduates holding a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and a Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL) from the Medical Board of California. Having had hands-on recent clinical experience in the U.S. is mandatory. The application process is extremely competitive. Only those with exceptional credentials are invited for interview.

Medical Student Diversity Scholarships


Haku Healthcare American Indian Student Summit

The primary intention of this one-day student summit is to bring together American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) pre-health professional students, health professional students and health professionals to engage in a dialogue about the shortage of AI/ANs in medicine and other health professional fields.

2019 Lane Exhibit — Adelaide Brown: A Stanford Medicine Pioneer

Lane Medical Library launched its 2019 annual exhibit in the library's first-floor exhibit area— Adelaide Brown: A Stanford Medicine Pioneer. It is about Adelaide Brown, a woman who received her MD degree from Cooper Medical College (the predecessor to today’s Stanford Medicine) in 1892. Brown’s legacies included co-founding the Stanford Medical Alumni Association, doing statewide public health advocacy for women, and publishing on the history of early women physicians in California. Please visit the exhibit in the Lane Medical Library. Adelaide Brown’s personal papers can also be found in the Medical History Center, located in the Library.

2nd Annual Diversity & Inclusion Forum

Berg Hall, Li Ka Shing Center
May 10, 2019

The event will be an enriching opportunity for faculty, trainees, students, postdocs, staff and community members to learn tools and strategies to enable you to become an effective change agent for diversity and inclusion in medical education.

Event Registration  

Diversity Fair

Organization Table Registration

We are inviting organizations to participate in the Diversity and Inclusion Fair on Friday, May 10 from 12:00pm-1:30pm in LKSC Berg Hall. We want to highlight the amazing programs happening across Stanford University, Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Stanford Children's Hosptial, and Graduate Medical Education. We hope you can join us for this special event. 


Visible and valued: Stanford Medicine’s first-ever LGBTQ+ Forum

About 350 people attended the afternoon, on-campus event, which included LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies and colleagues from the Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care, and Stanford Children’s Health. Guests were treated to giveaways and delicious food. As much as the gender and sexual minorities at the event were there to be part of a chosen family, their allies and colleagues had chosen to be part of that same family, too.


The Diversity Center of Representation & Empowerment (C.O.R.E.)

This new center on campus is located on the ground floor of Lane Library.

Mission of the Diversity CORE:

The Stanford School of Medicine (SOM) Diversity Center of Representation and Empowerment (C.O.R.E), established in a visible location on campus to highlight the importance of its existence, will demonstrate that supporting trainees of underrepresented backgrounds is a priority to the SOM. All medical and graduate trainee groups serving the needs of underrepresented minorities will share ownership of the community center, and the space will be open to all trainees in the SOM community. This will be a physical space for community members who want and need to celebrate their identity and serves to connect trainees, build community, and reduce isolation. We envision this space will be an environment that appreciates the multicultural aspects of identity, fosters inclusion, and provides cultural, social, and educational experiences through conversation. This space will be staffed by personnel with a demonstrated commitment to supporting the diverse student population at our institution.

GME diversity committee social, Summer 2017

Reena P. Thomas, MD, PhD

Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology


GME Diversity Group dinner to celebrate graduating residents

Women in Neuroscience. Recognizing the following recent promotions: Dr. Leslie Lee, Dr. Sharon Sha, Dr. Odette Harris, and Dr. Chitra Venkatasubramanian. (May 2018)

Stanford faculty, residents, and student representatives at the Student National Medical Association annual conference in San Francisco (March 2018)

Academic Medicine Career Development
West Regional Conference (January 2018)

Academic Medicine Career Development
West Regional Conference (January 2018)

Academic Medicine Career Development
West Regional Conference (January 2018)

Academic Medicine Career Development
West Regional Conference (January 2018)

GME diversity committee social (Summer 2017)