Pre Medical 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.

News and Events

JUSTHealth Fall 2022

ODME Summer Programs Application Workshop

Join us on Tuesday, February 9th at 8pm pacific for an overview of the Stanford Summer Community College and Research programs application. What if you can't get two letters of recommendation? Is leadership experience required? What applicants are given priority consideration? What happens after the program?

This session will cover everthing you need to know to submit a complete and competitive application. Please click this link to register.

Application deadline: March 1, 2021.


Program Alumni Spotlight

Summer HCOP and LEAP program alumna (2012), Ivet Lolham.

After completing her undergraduate education at San Francisco State University, she applied—and was accepted to—three different pharmacy programs. She entered the University of Pacific, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in fall of 2017.  

In her own words:
"As an immigrant, I resonate with a lot of the sociocultural barriers that prevent under-served communities from accessing their healthcare and have witnessed social health imparities in these communities. For this reason, it became my dream to diminish healthcare disparities and educate my community to prevent social health issues. Therefore, I took my first real step towards healthcare and applied to Stanford Summer Health Careers Opportunity Program."

"The [HCOP and LEAP] programs helped me overcome my fear of feeling excluded and allowed me to hone my interpersonal skills in healthcare as I built connections with the Stanford health care community and shadowed physicians at the Arbor Free Clinic. The influence and leadership skills I gained helped me become a better leader at my university."

Advice for undergraduate students who are interested in medicine:
"It is the challenge of overcoming obstacles in life that helps you grow to become a strong, hardworking individual. Never give up, stay focused, stay positive, and soon you will be able to inspire others with similar disadvantages as yours to pursue their dreams regardless of their struggles."

To learn more about resources for alumni, please visit the Undergraduate Programs Alumni page.