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We support several mentoring programs that provide linkages across the pipeline for diverse pre-health and medical students to receive mentorship from residents and fellows.

Navigating Medicine

Will resume in 2021-22 academic year

In 2017, the Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance (SUMMA) leadership partnered with the GME diversity committee to launch Navigating Medicine with an opening event in April 2018. Medical students did not want to be assigned mentors, but rather wanted an open format to allow organic mentor-mentee relationships through speed networking. 

To make it easier for medical students to access residents for career guidance and advice through specialty centered networking. Through these sessions the goal is for organic mentor-mentee relationships to develop, and for medical students to contact the residents after the events to establish the mentoring pair. The program is open to all students but has a special focus on those students who are underrepresented in medicine. We hope to uplift students from every community so that our future residents, fellows, and academic faculty better reflect the diversity of our nation’s population.

Event Format
Every other month there will be a Navigating Medicine event where 4-5 specialties will be featured. Three to four residents from each featured specialty will be available to answer questions. Each specialty will have their own table. Medical students will split up amongst the tables and rotate tables every 15 minutes allowing time for questions, and the ability to meet the residents from each specialty. Through these speed networking sessions, we hope that medical students can get an idea of each specialty they are interested in and develop a mentee-mentor relationship naturally.