The Vision: To educate and empower the next generation of medical leaders to carry forward the mission of diversity and inclusion.

Background: The patient population is rapidly becoming more diverse, yet the healthcare workforce has remained static in reflecting the patients we serve across diverse backgrounds. Medical leadership needs more representation of racial, ethnic, sexual and gender minorities. Building leadership and scholarship capacity for improving 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 diversity and inclusion are reflected in our medical programs, leadership, and culture.

Program Outline: LEAD is a 10-month longitudinal program for residents and fellows that provides leadership training and mentorship in creating scholarly works around 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 diversity, equity, 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.

Outcomes: In it's first year (2017-2018), LEAD had 13 pediatric residents and fellows participate in the program. There were three small groups and their workshops were presented at the annual forum, as well as two regional and two national conferences. In 2018-2019, we had 25 residents and fellows participate across seven clinical departments at Stanford. There were 5 small groups and their workshops were presented at the annual forum, as well as three national conferences. Groups from prior cohorts are still presenting their workshops in various venues and are working on curriculum and publications. For our third cohort (2019-2020), we are expanding across all Stanford GME programs. See the alumni section below for more information about each cohort. 

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." 

LEAD Program Application 2019-20

Deadline for submission is July 26, 2019

We are taking applications to participate in the innovative LEAD (Leadership Education in Advancing Diversity) Program, starting in August 2019. The LEAD program is looking for scholars (residents and fellows) and educational mentors (faculty, educational administrators) who are passionate about diversity and inclusion. The vision of LEAD is to educate and empower the next generation of medical leaders to carry forward the mission of diversity and inclusion.

Application for Scholars


Application for Educational Mentors

Session Dates:

  • Thurs., August 29, 2019
  • Thurs., September 19, 2019
  • Thurs., October 17, 2019
  • Thurs., November 21, 2019
  • Thurs., December 19, 2019
  • Thurs., January 16, 2020
  • Thurs., February 20, 2020
  • Thurs., March 19, 2020
  • Thurs., April 16, 2020
  • Thurs., May 21, 2020