Mission Statement

Stanford Medicine Office of Diversity in Medical Education is committed to cultivating and sustaining an environment that fosters the development of diverse physician leaders who are committed to eliminating the nation’s health inequities through patient care, education, research, and advocacy.  

We recognize that changes are needed to invest in the infrastructure for building a diverse medical workforce, amplify the core tenants necessary for an inclusive community, and advocate for equity to support individuals from communities that are currently underrepresented in medicine.  

About the office

Dr. Reena Thomas, Associate Dean, Office of Diversity in Medical Education

The Office of Diversity in Medical Education (ODME) serves as the hub for diversity related pipeline and career development programs to include pre-medical trainees, Stanford medical students, as well as Stanford Medicine resident and fellow trainees.  The goal of ODME is to successfully expand the diversity of our health professional work force while also promoting the cultural competence in medical education for all trainees. 

Neurooncologist Reena Thomas Receives CIRM Award of Nearly $12 million for Immunotherapy Research

The award will facilitate a clinical trial testing the safety of CAR-T cells — immune cells from patients’ own bodies that have been bioengineered to destroy cancer cells — used to treat a deadly brain cancer.

Black Resident Spotlight

We aim to support and uplift our incredible community of Black Housestaff. Please enjoy a glimpse into their unique experiences here at Stanford. #RepresentationMatters #DiversityInMedicine #WhatADoctorLooksLike #StanfordMed

Every two weeks of our Black Spotlight Campaign, we will feature a different member of medical residency programs.

Anthony Sawyer - Anesthesiology

How have you been supported at Stanford?

What message do you have for Black applicants?


Pre Med Students

The Office of Diversity in Medical Education (ODME) offers select programs, activities, and events for premedical students throughout the year.

Through conferences and summer programs, guest lectures and special events, the ODME networks undergraduates on campus and throughout the Northern California region to information, resources, and opportunities that support continued learning and development, and competitive preparation for careers as aspiring health professionals.


Stanford Medicine offers many opportunities for continuous faculty development through workshops, symposia and trainings.

Medical Students

Stanford medical students come from a variety of diverse backgrounds and experiences. The ODME supports and collaborates with a variety of student groups representing diversity.

GME Diversity Committee (Residents and Fellows)

Career development and guidance is a vital part of a successful medical career. A collaborative program involving the Office of Diversity and Leadership, the Office of Graduate Medical Education, Center of Excellence in Diversity, and the Stanford University Medical Center Alumni Association, provides opportunities for mentorship in academic and career development, seminars in career and leadership development, and social events for network with colleagues, faculty and community medical leaders.


Featured News

JUSTHealth Spring/Summer 2024 Edition Released

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ODME Undergraduate Pathways Speaker: Dr. Max Aung


Join us on Thursday, June 20, 2024 for Undergraduate Pathways Speaker Dr. Max Aung, Assistant Professor in the Division of Environmental Health at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. To learn more click the image.

Summer Community College Programs Application Now Closed

ODME Summer Programs

The office has begun reviewing submissions for the Stanford Summer Community College Premedical and Research Programs. The application for  summer 2025 will open on December 1, 2024.

2023 ODME UME Year in Review

ODME Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) is pleased to share the 2023 Year in Review. Please click the image to access the newsletter. 

ODME Guest Speaker: Bradley Chapman


 "Emergency Room Medicine: Opportunities for Pre-Health Students" by Bradley Chapman.

Bradley's talk focused on the pathway to becoming an ER technician, their role in the hospital, and clinical opportunities for pre-health students.

Rally for Racial Justice at Stanford Medicine

Black Lives Matter!

  • To stand in solidarity with our colleagues, fellow staff members, and patients in the black community.
  • To acknowledge the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and Ahmaud Arbery and numerous black people who have died at the hands of police violence and brutality.
  • We decry all forms of racism, racial injustice and social inequalities that disproportionately harm communities of color.
  • We recognize and exercise our privilege as healthcare providers to support black lives and elevate black voices.
Resources for Activists and Allies

Corona Virus Updates

Stanford Medicine is closely monitoring the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This Health Alerts website is dedicated to the latest information and developments about COVID-19.


JUSTHealth is a community-sourced web publication hosted by the Stanford Medicine Office of Diversity in Medical Education in partnership with members of the community, dedicated to elevating community voices around health justice, equity, activism, and advocacy. Please consider submitting your stories, artwork, projects, opinions, and research related to health justice, advocacy, and activist work. 



Diversity at Stanford Medicine

Explore the range of diversity programs and resources.

Learn more about diversity at Stanford Medicine 

Diversity Bias Case Studies

These realistic scenarios identify examples of bias—both conscious and unsconcious—in clinical settings, involving colleagues, patients, and patient family members.