Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education

Leadership in Health Disparities Program (LHDP)

Important dates

2014 LHD Summer Program

May 30 - Registration deadline for summer program.

June 24 - Start of summer program.

August 6 - Last Day of summer program.




Program History and Goals

The Leadership in Health Disparities Program (LHDP) developed from the Stanford Medical School’s Early Matriculation Program (EMP) that began in 1984 to promote academic careers in medicine among minority and disadvantaged medical students. Over the past decades, the EMP was successful in helping students achieve academic and leadership careers. Yet, because of the persistence of health disparities in the nation, the EMP has evolved into the LHDP to create the next generation of physician leaders to address health disparities.

LHDP Summer Program & LHDP Year-Long Seminars

Today, the LHDP is available to all matriculating medical students. It includes a summer earlymatriculation component directed at initiating a successful medical and leadership career, and a year-long seminar series during theschool year focused on increasing student’s knowledge of health disparities and the roles of physician leaders. We encourage those students who are interested in careers addressing health disparities to consider this program.

The summer is comprised of a seven-week program that is offered during the summer quarter preceding the first year of medical school.  It offers students the following activities:


Program Finances for LHDP Summer Program

Students matriculate for the summer quarter and pay a reduced tuition rate. Participants receive a research assistantship which covers the research rate tuition and salary covering the 7 week program. Financial aid is not available.


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