Diversity and Inclusion
Welcome to the Department of Urology at Stanford University School of Medicine Diversity and Inclusion webpage! As a department, we are passionate about providing an academic environment that values diversity of thought, prioritizes respectful and supportive work environments and also promotes professionalism and mutual respect for individuals from different backgrounds (e.g. gender, race, ethnicity, LGBTQ, SES, 1st generation, and abilities).
We are honored to have the opportunity to train the best and brightest residents, fellows, medical students and post-doctoral fellows in the world. As the future leaders in our field, we want to ensure that our trainees are prepared to care for diverse patient populations and also prioritize representation from diverse groups in their research. We take this responsibility seriously. To that end, we strive to provide opportunities for underrepresented individuals in Urology and to maintain a diverse group of faculty, staff and trainees.
Important Message from the Chair
Dear Stanford Urology Community:
I think I speak for all of the faculty, staff and trainees in our department in expressing how deeply saddened we have been by again witnessing the death of a young black man at the hands of the police. This comes on the heels of indisputable data showing that the black community is being disproportionately affected by all aspects of the current pandemic, both medical and economic. The institutional racism that pervades our country is undeniable. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar today said in the LA Times “Racism in America is like dust in the air. It seems invisible – even if you’re choking on it – until you let the sun in.”
We commit to stand together with our African American community, to work to understand your pain, to condemn racial violence, to shine a light on institutional racism and strive to correct racial injustice.
Black Lives Matter Resources
Lane Library has launced the Antiracism Book Club that anyone across Stanford Medicine can join. This is a media-based discussion group geared toward Stanford Health affiliates, students, staff, and faculty.The group meets once a month to explore issues relevant to racism in medicine through the written word and videos. The group is open to new members. Visit the Antiracism Book Club website for more information.
Stanford Medicine created this Black Lives Matter Resources page containing resources for anti-racist education, donation and activism, and self-care.
OFDD has developed this Black Lives Matter Faculty Resources page specific to faculty issues, including resources for engagement on these topics with students and trainees.
Department of Urology Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Residents and Fellows
Women in Urology
The Department of Urology is proud to have trained over 21 women who have gone on to become board-certified urologists.
Backed by the School of Medicine, our department boasts a proud tradition of appointing women to roles of leadership. Our chair position has been held by Dr. Eila Skinner since 2012 , and previous to this, Dr. Linda Shortliffe from 1995-2011.
Our trainees are encouraged to put their own unique stamp on a urologic career while maintaining a commitment to improving and innovating within the field. We believe that mentorship is key to this process.
Soon to come, we will be adding materials to help start conversations on what it means to be a woman in urology. We hope this content will connect providers at all stages of training and help you stay current with our latest updates!
Clinical Effectiveness in Leadership Training (CELT)
Urology faculty, Dr. Kathleen Kan, and Urology resident, Dr. Kyla Velaer, participated together in Stanford Medicine's 5 month long Clinical Effectiveness in Leadership Training (CELT) Program, which was developed to provide physicians and other healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge needed to lead current and future clinical improvement initiatives across the Stanford Medicine enterprise and to transform our clinical culture.
Drs. Kan and Velaer joined Urology clinic manager, Linda Heigl, and Urology assistant clinic manager, Melissa Cowart, to work on their project, titled: “Improving access in a general urology clinic”, in which they identified a low rate of referral completion coming from our emergency department. By implementing several educational and systems-level changes, they were able to ensure that the patients who need urologic care can see them!
Opportunities for Residents
We believe in the importance of ensuring our core values of diversity and inclusion are reflected in our medical programs, leadership, and culture. As part of this mission, Stanford Urology's diversity leaders are proud to participate in the expanded Leadership Education in Advancing Diversity (LEAD) program, with the goal of empowering the next generation of medical leaders to carry forward the mission of diversity and inclusion. Building scholarship capacity for improving diversity and inclusion efforts is also a key component of this program in line with the academic mission of the LEAD program. Visit the LEAD Program website for more information.
The Graduate Medical Education Diversity Committee, led by residents and fellows, aims to create a medical community that is reflective of the community and the world that we serve. Visit the GME Diversity Committee website to see their comprehensive list of all the diversity groups at the department, program, and administrative level, and learn more about their inclusive special events and mentorship programs.
Opportunities for Medical Students
Learn more about Stanford Medicine's wide range of diversity and inclusion programs for medical students. This resource database will help you find what fits your needs and how you can get engaged.
As a part of our commitment to mentorship of students from underrepresented groups in medicine, Stanford Urology participates and accepts students year round from the Stanford Clinical Opportunity for Residency Experience (SCORE) Program, which brings fourth-year medical students from diverse backgrounds to Stanford for a four-week residential clinical training program, with the goal of helping to create a workforce that is diverse in many ways. Visit the SCORE Program website for more information.
Opportunities for College Students
Learn more about the Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance (SUMMA), who's goal is to increase diversity in the health professions in order to better care for underserved communities. SUMMA is a coalition of Stanford medical students, including representatives from the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA), Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), Stanford American Indigenous Medical Association (SAIMA), and the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), LGBTQ-Meds, Muslim Medical Association (SMMA). Learn more about these student associations.
The preparation for a career in medicine is not intuitive. Accurate information, guidance, and strategies—all are critical to be a successful premedical student. The COEDME provides a point of access to opportunities, programs, and activities that will help guide students in their preparation for careers as aspiring health professionals. Visit the COEDME's Pre Medical Student webpage for more information.
Opportunities for High School Students
Learn more about Stanford Medicine's wide range of diversity and inclusion programs for high school students. This resource database will help you find what fits your needs and how you can get engaged.