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.
Stanford Neurology Leading in Diversity and Inclusion
Stanford Neurology 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.
In the Spotlight
The WIM group is entirely resident-led, with Cybele Renault, MD, a clinical associate professor of infectious diseases, and Rebecca Miller-Kuhlmann, MD, clinical assistant professor of neurology and neurological sciences, acting as co-faculty advisors.
The group has organized skills-based trainings on contract negotiation tactics and workshops on implicit bias. They set up panels of women in leadership roles and scheduled off-campus happy hours. They connected mentors to mentees. They sponsored wellness events and partnered with like-minded groups. They tackled tricky topics: social justice, fertility and maternity concerns, microaggressions, wage gaps. And they took notes along the way, eventually homing in on a set of best practices: host four to six events per year in crowd-pleasing venues, listen to suggestions, and always make space for conversation and authentic connection.
The Department of Neurology at Stanford has been highlighted as a national leader for diversity and inclusion efforts under the direction of Dr. Reena Thomas, Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the department. Neurology Today featured Stanford Neurology in their issue on January 10, 2019 with an article entitled, "Meet Neurology's Diversity Leaders." Dr. Frank Longo reflected on the importance of these efforts to the field of Neurology: “As precision health becomes more important, it is critical for our field to better and more deeply engage the overall community to have the greatest impact. We can only do this if neurology in general and our department at Stanford, [specifically], reflect the community with all of its views, nuances, and experiences."
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.
- SCORE program. Space is limited, please apply as early as possible.
- Medical Student Diversity Scholarships
Advice for LGBTQ+ medical school applicants
Tips from a gay Stanford MD/PhD program applicant on what to look for and ask about when applying to medical schools.
Advancing diversity and inclusion at Stanford
One of our most important university-wide goals is to promote diversity and inclusion. We want to ensure that diversity of thought, experience and approach is represented in all aspects of our education and research mission and that a diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, genders, beliefs, abilities and identities is thriving on our campus.
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.
Diversity center for med school opens in Lane Library
The Diversity Center of Representation and Empowerment, or CORE, provides a space where any member of the Stanford Medicine community interested in issues of inclusion and diversity can hold meetings or just hang out and study.
Department of Neurology Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Reena Thomas, Chair
Residents and Fellows
Amanda Sandoval Karamian