Stanford Medical Student Community:
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, which include:
Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)
APAMSA is the nation’s only organization specifically representing East, Southeast, and South Asian-American medical students. Our mission is to bring together those who are passionate about health issues affecting the Asian-Pacific American (APA) community to develop a strong collective, public, and political voice. Stanford’s APAMSA chapter works to directly promote the health and well-being of the APA community by raising awareness about APA healthcare issues, organizing annual speaker events on topics related to APA health, and building community within medicine. We provide an important forum for APA students to meet, mentor, and exchange information and experiences that are critical for developing personally and professionally.
Latino Medical Students Association (LMSA)
LSMA has built a strong academic and social community at Stanford Medical School. Throughout the year, LSMA organizes many programs and events ranging from addressing issues of minority health in our underserved communities to mentoring, outreach and recruitment of Chicano/Latino students. We also promote diversity at the Medical School with celebrations of our culture and traditions. LSMA supports the personal and academic development of its members with opportunities for leadership, attendance at various professional conferences around the country, and a network of students with rich life experiences and fantastic ideas. The LSMA community welcomes all!
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
The Student National Medical Association focuses on community service and educates its members regarding health care issues relevant to underserved communities. Members are committed to the improvement of the health of underserved communities. SNMA is the oldest national minority medical group in the nation. The Stanford chapter is predominately African American.
Stanford American Indigenous Medical Students (SAIMS)
SAIMS provides opportunities to exchange academic and professional information pertaining to the health care needs of Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians. SAIMS has traditionally played a large role in recruiting junior college and university level Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian premedical students to the Stanford University School of Medicine. Our recruitment efforts include, but are not limited to, participating in the organization of the annual SUMMA conference, speaking at local colleges and high schools, volunteering in Bay Area Indian Health Clinics, and mentoring Stanford undergraduates. In addition, SAIMS recruits speakers to campus in order to raise awareness of traditional perspectives and health issues. Lastly, every Spring quarter, SAIMS participates in the annual powwow (attendance 30,000) by coordinating the first aid booth and assisting the Arbor Screen Team in screening individuals for cholesterol, blood pressure, and glucose levels.
LGBTQ-Meds is dedicated to raising awareness of queer health issues and promoting equal social and political rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. LGBT-Meds additionally serves as a support group, safe space, and social group for all medical students, undergraduates, faculty and staff, regardless of sexual orientation, who are interested in queer health issues.
Muslim Medical Association (SMMA)
The Stanford Muslim Medical Association (SMMA) is a student volunteer organization dedicated to fostering a spiritually nurturing, tolerant, and inclusive Muslim community at the Stanford School of Medicine and affiliated hospitals. SMMA further seeks to engage with the broader Stanford community and critically examine all issues around the practice of medicine as it pertains to the Muslim identity, culture, history, peoples, societies, politics, and the intersections therein. The SMMA is, at its core, a service-oriented group that seeks to maintain regular service activities, active mentorship programs, and educational programming.
Biomedical Association for the Interest of Minority Students (BioAIMS) is an inclusive organization that provides a welcoming home for all Biosciences students at Stanford to celebrate their identities--especially those that have traditionally been marginalized in academia. Our presence on campus is validated through cultural celebrations, peer support, and programs that facilitate career development. As members of the Stanford community, we also use our privilege to positively impact local communities through outreach initiatives to local schools and social justice advocacy.
Medical Students with Disability and Chronic Illness (MSDCI)
Medical Students with Disability and Chronic Illness (MSDCI) provides a support system and platform for advocacy for students with disabilities and chronic illness. We are also opening the conversation about the difficulties of becoming a healthcare provider while having personal experiences with illness and disease, and how these experiences can better inform our colleagues and patient care.