Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education

Cultural Competence Education

Ethnicity and Medicine

As the population in the United States, and particularly in California, becomes more culturally diverse, health care providers must be sensitive to a wide variety of cultural beliefs, practices and values of cultures other than their own, as well as to potential risk factors and barriers to communication. This introductory course promotes cross-cultural competence in doctor-patient interactions.

Pfeiffer Visiting Professor Lecture Series

The Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation, in conjunction with the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Center of Excellence, sponsors a quarterly lecture series in which distinguished minority faculty members and scholars from across the country deliver academic presentations on topics relating to minority health. This program was instituted in order to bring prominent minority faculty and scholars to meet with Stanford’s medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty during the academic year.

Leadership and Advocacy

In partnership with other programs, the COE seeks to expand the diversity of leaders who are informed and prepared to address minority health issues, especially health disparities. Please visit the Office of Community Health web site for more information:


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