Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education


San Francisco Bay Area College Network

» Leadership Education for Aspiring Physicians (LEAP)
» Stanford Summer HCOP
» SUMMA Mentorship Program & SUMMA Premed Conference
» Stanford SOM Information Day
» Premedical Student Organization Consulting
» SF Bay Area HCOP
» Premedical Student Advising

The Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education (COE) schedules visits at colleges and universities in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, providing guidance and resources to premedical students. The COE provides targeted support to Bay Area community college students pursuing careers in medicine. All Bay Area premeds are welcome to take advantage of these resources (some have eligibility criteria:) mentoring, guest speakers, conferences, MD admissions resources, medical school visits, a summer program for eligible applicants, and leadership training.

This webpage outlines the resources offered to premedical students during the 2012/2013 academic year. Please contact us at if you have questions.


leadership education for aspiring physicians




A practical skil-building and project based seminar series for premedical students that facilitates successful leadership development at the undergraduate level and beyond. Students will leave the program having developed a pre-health or community outreach initiative. Eligible participants will also receive a certificate of completion from the Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education in the Stanford School of Medicine.

Attendance and participation criteria must be met for certification of completion. For more information, visit, or to apply for the LEAP program click here.

Primary Care and Public Health Exposure Lecture Series

The Primary Care and Public Health Exposure Program was designed to offer exposure, experience and guidance to undergraduate students who come from or are interested in serving populations who are underrepresented in medicine and public health, or who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, increasing their knowledge and confidence around selecting and pursuing a health career that best matches their talents, interests, and goals.

The Center of Excellence is pleased to offer lectures in primary care and public health to Stanford and Bay Area premedical undergraduate students inviting distinguished speakers to share their experiences and best advice for aspiring health professionals. 

Registration for these lectures will open on October 15, 2012. Please register early, seating is limited.

November 15, 2012
Ian Tong, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Advisor to the Student National Medical Association
Medical Director, Veterans Outreach - Veteran Affairs, Palo Alto Healthcare System
Co-Director, Arbor Free Clinic

December 6, 2012
Sarah Ramirez, MPH, PhD
Interdisciplinary Public Health Researcher
Manager, 'BehealthyTulare' website
Founder, Albert Dung Jr. Memorial Scholarship

January 17, 2013
Kim Rhoads, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Director, Community Partnerships Program, Stanford Cancer Institute


Stanford Summer Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)

Stanford Summer HCOP is an academically rigorous six-week residential program that provides a challenging and supportive living and learning environment for undergraduate sophomores and juniors who aspire to be physicians. Students must be:

Summer HCOP - Visit for more information about Stanford Summer HCOP.

Summer HCOP seeks out students who want to become physicians. If you are still deciding about the Health Career you wish to pursue, the Summer Science Institute is a great experience that provides exposure to several health careers. Click here for more information about SSI

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The Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance (SUMMA) Mentorship Program(MMP) focuses on outreach to students at community or state colleges with an emphasis on economically or academically disadvantaged but motivated students. Participants receive one-on-one mentoring from a current Stanford medical student and attend monthly workshops as a way to support their own work toward becoming a competitive medical school applicant. This program is offered based on availability. For more information, please visit

Each February, the SUMMA Premedical student conference has focused on increasing diversity in the health professions to provide better care for underserved communities by offering timely, relevant workshops for students considering careers in medicine. Registration is required and this conference does sell out each year.


Visit the School of Medicine Campus

This half day preview of Stanford Medical School is open to individuals and premed student groups on a limited basis. This event may include:

RSVP required and space is limited. Click here for more information.

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The San Francisco Bay Area Health Careers Opportunity Program (SFBA HCOP)

The SFBA HCOP aims to increase diversity in the health professions by providing specific programs and activities to pre-med/pre-health students in the four continguous counties surrounding the San Francisco Bay. The San Francisco Bay Area HCOP is composed of four anchor institutions: Stanford School of Medicine, Berkeley School of Public Health, San Francisco State University, and the Health Career Connection. Programs and workshops are offered throughout the academic year.

To learn more, please visit

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Pre-medical Student Organization Consulting & Presentations at Your College or University
The COE Staff meet with Bay Area student organizations schedules permitting, to assess organization activities, address issues regarding finances, group dynamics, sustainability, partnerships/collaborations, and other topics. This work supports the mission of the Center of Excellence - to provide personal and professional development to physician leaders of today and tomorrow who will work to eliminate the nation's health inequities through service, advocacy, and scholarship.

Presentations are provided schedule permitting, to promote these programs and resources to undergraduate students in the San Francisco Bay Area.

College and University faculty, staff and administrators can request a presentation of resources available to Bay Area premeds by submitting a request.

To request a consultation with your premedical student organization, click here.

Pre-medical Student Advising
The Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education (COE) provides individual admission advising to premedical students. Using an Individual Admission Portfolio© as an advising tool, students are expected to followup with COE staff regularly leading up medical school preparation, and the application, and admission process.

To request individual advising, click here.

To access additional programs for undergraduates, please visit


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