Leadership Education in Advancing Diversity

The Stanford Medicine LEAD Program is a 10-month longitudinal leadership program for residents and fellows across GME to develop leadership and scholarship skills in addressing issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), to produce leaders in academic medicine dedicated to DEI, and to improve the culture of medicine.


Develop diverse, inclusive leaders that advance health equity.


Educate and empower the next generation of medical leaders to advance equity, diversity and inclusion.


Our patient populations are rapidly becoming more diverse, yet the academic medicine workforce has remained static in reflecting the patients we serve across diverse backgrounds. Medical leadership needs more diverse representation of people with disabilities, racial/ethnic, sexual and gender minorities. Building leadership and scholarship capacity for improving equity, diversity and inclusion efforts should begin early during residency and fellowship training. This will strengthen the faculty pipeline in academic medicine and ensure that our core values of equity, diversity and inclusion are reflected in our medical programs, leadership, and culture.

Program Outline

Developed in 2017 within the Department of Pediatrics and expanded across all GME, LEAD is a 10-month longitudinal program for residents and fellows that provides leadership training and mentorship in creating scholarly works around equity, diversity and inclusion topics. It consists of monthly, 2-hour evening sessions from 6-8pm. The expectation is that participants will attend a minimum of 8 of the 10 sessions. The first hour is devoted to interactive discussion-based lectures on equity, diversity and inclusion topics led by leaders in and outside of the Stanford community. The second hour is spent working in mentored, small groups on developing workshop presentations, culminating in the annual Diversity and Inclusion Forum to showcase the scholarly works completed.


The LEAD Program has received the 2020 institutional leadership award from the Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BNGAP) and the Stanford University President’s Award for Excellence Through Diversity.

WATCH: How LEAD impacts our scholars

Former LEAD Scholar:

"I always felt I had something to say, but part of me thought my voice shouldn’t be so loud. The mentors in this program helped elevate my voice and told me my ideas mattered as much as everyone else’s. They helped me have a sense of belonging among a world of accomplished doctors and scholars I once felt distant from. Now, I can see myself tapping into my potential for leadership, and it’s exhilarating." 

5 Year Celebration of LEADing into Action | Stanford Medicine's 5th Annual Diversity & Inclusion Forum | 3 June 2022

LEAD Steering Committee 2023-24

The LEAD Program received the 2020 institutional leadership award from the Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BNGAP).