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» Application cycle: September 15 October 7, 2016
Priority application period: September 15 September 30, 2016

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»What's in it for me?

»Who should attend?

»What should I expect?

»What is the time commitment?

»What if I can't attend all sessions?

»How do I earn the certificate?

»What if I have more questions?



Marcella Anthony,
Community Outreach Manager
LEAP Program Director
Stanford Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education


Leadership Education for Aspiring Physicians (LEAP)

Leadership Education for Aspiring Physicians (LEAP) is a project-based seminar series designed for Bay Area premedical students seeking structured leadership development while improving community health and wellness. Successful participants will develop, implement, and evaluate community-directed projects aimed at improving health outcomes for a community of their choosing.

This series challenges premedical students to make a positive impact in their communities as pre-health professionals, providing participants with the skills to lead now and in the future.
Participants attend monthly seminars and working sessions between October and June, concluding with a capstone project that emphasizes health leadership in the domains of service, advocacy, and/or research.

What's In It for Me?

  • Premedical professional development and practical skills that you will use throughout your academic and professional career
  • Training from an institutional leader in medical student and physician leadership development
  • Advisement regarding medical school preparation and the application process
  • A certification of participation upon successful completion of the program

Who Should Attend these Seminars?

  • Premedical students who may be in or considering leadership roles on their campus or in their communities
  • Premedical students working to make a positive impact on health or lifestyle outcomes
  • Pre-health students with an interest in community/population health
  • Pre-health students looking to build their co-curricular experiences for graduate and professional schools

What Can I Expect?
The sessions are offered in seminar format, so your preparation and participation is essential. Sessions will vary, however you should expect to: participate in skill-building exercises, hear from program alumni and occasional guest speakers, review leadership case studies, prepare and submit all assignments by the stated deadlines, participate in leadership assessments and plan to organize a capstone project that utilizes the skills developed during the seminars within a year.

What is the Time Commitment?
Meetings are offered on the Stanford School of Medicine campus unless otherwise specified. Students receive advising and project planning support for the successful development, implementation and evaluation of their projects. The seminars are self-contained though require some reading and writing assignments outside of the session meeting dates (provided on this page).

Sample sessions have Include:

  • Managing Conflict
  • Project Management
  • Community Engagement
  • Ethics

Program Dates (tentative):

Thursday, September 15 Application opens
Saturday, September 24 information session (registration required)
Friday, September 30 Priority application period ends
Friday, October 7 Application closes, priority selection notifications
Tuesday, October 11 Selection notifications

Scheduled LEAP Sessions:

Saturday, September 24 information session (registration required)
Saturday, October 15
Saturday, October 29
Saturday, November 9
Saturday, November 19
Saturday, December 10
Saturday, January 14
Saturday, January 28
Saturday, February 11 SUMMA Conference
Saturday, February 25
Saturday, March 11
Saturday, March 25
Saturday, April 29
Saturday, May 20
Saturday, June 24

How do I obtain certification and what if I can't attend all of the sessions?
You must attend all sessions and complete all assignments in addition to your project development to maintain eligibility for certification.

What if I have more questions?
Attend an information session on September 24th. Register here: You may email also Please visit the FAQs before you email us.

What if I'm ready to apply?
Complete the application here.

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