Diversity and Inclusion

Stanford Neurology strongly believes in the value of diversity in our training program and we are focused on recruiting and supporting individuals from all backgrounds. We support a number of opportunities for those under-represented in medicine and are continuing to expand our efforts in diversity and inclusion led by Dr. Reena Thomas.

Funded visitor clerkships

These opportunities are for Senior medical students from groups that have been traditionally under-represented in medicine to have a month-long clinical experience at Stanford. Our goal is to highlight all that the Stanford Neurology residency training program has to offer, including world-class clinical education and varied case exposure from all subspecialties, state-of-the art clinical and research technology and innovation, a warm and welcoming community, and career mentorship wherever your interests may lie.


International medical student applications

We accept applications from international medical school graduates holding a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and a Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL) from the Medical Board of California. Having had hands-on recent clinical experience in the U.S. is mandatory. The application process is extremely competitive. Only those with exceptional credentials are invited for interview.

Medical Student Diversity Scholarships


The Lack of Diversity in Medicine is a National Emergency: The Way Forward

Quinn Capers, IV, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Dean of Admissions and Professor of Medicine Ohio State University College of Medicine
Program Director of Interventional Cardiology at the Wexner Medical Center

Internal Medicine Special Noon Grand Rounds
LKSC 120 August 12, 2019 at 12:00 pm
1:00 pm

August 30, 2019

Stanford Neurodiversity Project

A Model to Maximize the Potential of Neurodiversity In The Workplace and Higher Education

Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor -Stanford Med Center Line, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

2019 LGBTQ+ Forum

Monday October 7, 2019 - Li Ka Shing, Berg Hall

Theme: Connections.  We are hoping to foster connections and relationships amongst members of the LGBTQ+ community, and also with their allies in the School of Medicine, SHC, and LPCH.  

2019 Lane Exhibit

Adelaide Brown: A Stanford Medicine Pioneer

Lane Medical Library launched its 2019 annual exhibit in the library's first-floor exhibit area— Adelaide Brown: A Stanford Medicine Pioneer. It is about Adelaide Brown, a woman who received her MD degree from Cooper Medical College (the predecessor to today’s Stanford Medicine) in 1892. Brown’s legacies included co-founding the Stanford Medical Alumni Association, doing statewide public health advocacy for women, and publishing on the history of early women physicians in California. Please visit the exhibit in the Lane Medical Library. Adelaide Brown’s personal papers can also be found in the Medical History Center, located in the Library.


Advancing diversity and inclusion at Stanford

One of our most important university-wide goals is to promote diversity and inclusion. We want to ensure that diversity of thought, experience and approach is represented in all aspects of our education and research mission and that a diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, genders, beliefs, abilities and identities is thriving on our campus.

Today we are taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to this goal: the publication of the Provost’s Statement on Diversity and Inclusion and the launch of the IDEAL dashboard.

Visible and valued: Stanford Medicine’s first-ever LGBTQ+ Forum

About 350 people attended the afternoon, on-campus event, which included LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies and colleagues from the Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care, and Stanford Children’s Health. Guests were treated to giveaways and delicious food. As much as the gender and sexual minorities at the event were there to be part of a chosen family, their allies and colleagues had chosen to be part of that same family, too.


The Diversity Center of Representation & Empowerment (C.O.R.E.)

This new center on campus is located on the ground floor of Lane Library.

Mission of the Diversity CORE:

The Stanford School of Medicine (SOM) Diversity Center of Representation and Empowerment (C.O.R.E), established in a visible location on campus to highlight the importance of its existence, will demonstrate that supporting trainees of underrepresented backgrounds is a priority to the SOM. All medical and graduate trainee groups serving the needs of underrepresented minorities will share ownership of the community center, and the space will be open to all trainees in the SOM community. This will be a physical space for community members who want and need to celebrate their identity and serves to connect trainees, build community, and reduce isolation. We envision this space will be an environment that appreciates the multicultural aspects of identity, fosters inclusion, and provides cultural, social, and educational experiences through conversation. This space will be staffed by personnel with a demonstrated commitment to supporting the diverse student population at our institution.

GME diversity committee social, Summer 2017

Reena P. Thomas, MD, PhD

Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology


San Francisco Pride 2019

Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) for the Student National Medical Association (SNMA).  Neurology was represented by our residency program coordinator, Mitzine Wright. (April 2019)

Annual LMSA West Regional Conference

Annual LMSA West Regional Conference

GME Diversity Group dinner to celebrate graduating residents

Women in Neuroscience. Recognizing the following recent promotions: Dr. Leslie Lee, Dr. Sharon Sha, Dr. Odette Harris, and Dr. Chitra Venkatasubramanian. (May 2018)

Stanford faculty, residents, and student representatives at the Student National Medical Association annual conference in San Francisco (March 2018)

Academic Medicine Career Development
West Regional Conference (January 2018)

Academic Medicine Career Development
West Regional Conference (January 2018)

Academic Medicine Career Development
West Regional Conference (January 2018)

Academic Medicine Career Development
West Regional Conference (January 2018)

GME diversity committee social (Summer 2017)