Diversity Mini-Grants

The Office of Diversity in Medical Education Mini-Grant provides up to $1,500 to trainees who seek to advance the mission of ODME

Mission Statement: 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. 

2023-2024 Applications Closed

Eligible Applicants:
Current Stanford Medicine Residents and Fellows

The Office of Diversity in Medical Education Mini-Grant provides $1,500 to trainees who seek to advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts in Graduate Medical Education (GME). Grants are awarded to 5-6 trainees per year.

Trainees may use funds for the following purposes:

  1. Conduct research committed to eliminating the nation’s health inequities.
  2. Create, sustain, and/or expand GME-wide programming to foster inclusion and belonging in the GME community (reach beyond individual program).
  3. Attend a conference, as a form of professional development where you are a confirmed presenter. You must present a research abstract, workshop, or scholarly product that can be disseminated via a manuscript or MedEdPORTAL submission.

When presenting research, please understand that we will look for applicants who will write up their research into a publication. When presenting a conference, the same point of view applies. For conferences, our office will look for coverage around three areas: conference registration, hotels, and flights. We will not look to provide funds to cover other costs involved in travel.

Please note that ODME will make purchases on your behalf for the items you need to complete your proposed conference, research, and program. By 15 days of completion of your initiative, ODME requires submission of the following items:

  • Conference: written follow-up review from sessions attended, rationale for returning, and suggested next steps for GME or SoM
  • Research: a finished, written, first draft of your paper, identifying your mentor, and identifying your trainee collaborators
  • Program: qualitative and quantitative results (ex. end of event/series survey, attendance numbers & demographics)

Recipients will present the outcomes from receiving the grant at the Diversity and Inclusion Forum. This may include photos, testimonials, videos, and relevant data associated with the use of the funds.

Current Recipients

Black Girl Brunch

Bethel Mieso, MD & Lisa Umeh, MD

The Black Girl Brunch is an event created by Black women for Black women to bring Black trainees across all specialties at Stanford Medicine together to meet each other and build community. A Black Girls Brunch event was first coordinated within the Pediatrics department by pediatric residents and fellows in the Summer of 2022. This event was well received and sparked interest among other departments which led to the coordination of a GME-wide Black Girls Brunch event. 

Goals include:

  1. Ignite a stronger sense of community among the Black women trainees at Stanford Medicine.
  2. Foster a sense of inclusion among the Black women trainees at Stanford Medicine.
  3. Connect with other Black women trainees in local community setting.

URM Guys Night Out

Zachary White, MD & Aaron Brown, MD

Truly inspired by the 'Black Girls Brunch', this event will aid in overall wellness for the residents as we discuss our day-to-day in our fields, how we can advance professionally in our respective fields, and how we can best cultivate a sense of community for the gentlemen underrepresented in medicine at Stanford. Each participant will be able to foster a sense of inclusion by participating, particularly the gentlemen that are underrepresented in medicine. 

  1. Foster a sense of inclusion among the URM men trainees at Stanford Medicine.
  2. Showcase diversity to the greater Stanford community and the local community to help with the recruitment of URM trainees to Stanford to continue to diversify the medical workforce.


Questions or comments?

Reach out to James Márquez, jpmarqu@stanford.edu