Cultural Considerations Series

Cultural Considerations in the Biomedical Workplace series events

The Cultural Considerations in the Biomedical Workplace series serves to encourage members of the Stanford Medicine community to have dialogues about topics related to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 

Endowed by alumni donor support, the purpose of this workshop series is to increase participants’ knowledge and awareness of cultural considerations in academic medicine in order to engage Stanford faculty to foster an environment that respects and embraces cultural diversity.

The new 2018-2019 schedule coming soon

2018 Completed Workshops

Transgender Issues in Medicine

The OFDD welcomes Tandy Aye, MD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics (Endocrinology) and by courtesy, of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Tandy Aye is the medical director of the Stanford Pediatric and Adolescent Multidisciplinary Gender Clinic, which provides gender affirming services to gender nonconforming youth. Her team consists of adolescent medicine, pediatric urology, child psychology and psychiatry, adolescent gynecology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, pediatric plastic surgery and social work.

Dr. Aye will discuss current practices in gender affirming therapies as well as the clinical growth of medical training, advocacy and research missions around transgender health.

2017 Completed Workshops

Working with Millennials

The OFDD welcomes Denise Clark Pope, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Education

Today’s Millennials are products of a high-pressure, fast-paced culture – one that looks different from that of the previous generation. This workshop examines the culture that prioritizes test scores, grades, and performance, and how it may deny Millennials the time and energy needed to develop important skills for success – the ability to be independent, ethical, and motivated, critical thinkers. Participants will learn how Millennials today are coping – or not -- with the academic and workplace pressures they face, and will discuss strategies for creating healthier and more productive school and work environments.


Strategies to Address Discrimination Towards Physicians by Patients and Families

"I don't want someone like you taking care of my child."

The OFDD welcomes Becky Blankenburg, Alyssa Bogetz and Emily Whitgob for a discussion on strategies to address discrimination from patients and families in the doctor's office.


Language of Leadership with Joanne Wehner

Dr. Wehner discussed how unconscious bias negatively shapes the perceptions and evaluations of women and minorities’ workplace performance.  She presented original research on performance evaluations relating to differences in how employees are described and evaluated conducted by the Clayman Institute’s initiative: Center for the Advancement of Women’s Leadership. 


Symposium on Race, Law Enforcement, and Public Health.

This symposium highlighted the important research being done across interdisciplinary fields on race and law enforcement and the public health impact of police violence against minority groups.

2016 Completed Workshops

Emotional Intelligence and Effective Interpersonal Communication

The OFDD welcomed Dr. Richard Francisco, Lecturer in Organizational Behavior from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

The ability to forge strong relationships with others is crucial to becoming a more effective faculty member, physician or medical health practitioner in today’s diverse, complex and highly interdependent society. This experiential/interactive workshop is designed to help medical faculty to begin to develop this ability, particularly with people who are of a different culture, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. 


Connecting the Dots For Culturally Competent Education

Please see the following articles for more information on culturally competent education in the biomedical sciences and healthcare.

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Sexual and Gender Minorities in Medicine

Workshop on Sexual and Gender Minorities in Medicine given by Mitchell Lunn, MD, Matthew Mansh, MS IV, and Gabriel Garcia, MD, on May 13, 2015.