Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine actively seeks and celebrates diversity and promotes inclusion in all aspects of our work. 

We constantly strive to provide a safe and supportive environment for all through training and education in respect for differences and awareness of implicit and explicit biases. 

We advance diversity and inclusion in recruitment, retention, and promotion, and enforce respect for the dignity of all members of our community including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Diversity and inclusion are codified in our department values because they make our team, our practice, and our world immeasurably stronger. 


DEI Research Library

Access our library of research, publications, and resources from our Stanford Emergency Medicine Faculty, Stanford Medical School, and Stanford University.

Diverse Patient Population

Our patient population is diverse in acuity and background. Our patients are 63% Hispanic, Asian, or Black. The majority of our patients receive federally subsidized care.

Leadership & Representation

Nearly 60% of leadership positions are held by women, including the department chair, and 44% of faculty are female. 10% of emergency medicine faculty are from underrepresented in medicine (URiM) groups.

Dedicated DEI Teams

Our Department DEI Committee actively works to evaluate and expand diversity, equity, and inclusion in our faculty, programs, and culture. The department DEI Residency Recruitment Advisory Group employs a holistic review in screening, interviews, ranking, and selection.

Ongoing DEI Training

All faculty are trained in unconscious bias/microaggressions and in the treatment of LGBTQ+ patients. All staff are trained in recognizing bias and upstander training. Emergency medicine residents receive training on social justice and health equity via health equity rounds and upstander training throughout the year.

Building Opportunities

We participate in Stanford’s Leadership Education in Advancing Diversity (LEAD) program and the Stanford Clinical Opportunity for Residency Experience Program (SCORE) diversity program to ensure all students have a clear path to leadership in emergency medicine.

Women in EM

The Women in EM group holds regular meetings for female attendings, fellows, and residents on career development and advancement.

Department DEI News & Projects

  • Digital Solutions to Create Equity in Mentoring

    Dr. Sally Mahmoud-Werthmann is addressing underrepresentation in emergency medicine by developing a virtual mentorship platform to connect mentees with mentors who share similar lived experiences.

  • Health Equity in the Pediatric ED with Dr. Cherrelle Smith

    Growing up in a small, rural community one hour away from the nearest in-network physician, Cherrelle Smith, MD was aware from an early age of limitations on access to health care. Now assistant medical director of the Stanford Pediatric Emergency Department (ED), Dr. Smith has focused her efforts on expanding access to care as well as mitigating the behaviors and microaggessions that can marginalize female and black physicians.

  • Exploring the Need for Inclusion and Parity in EM

    Numbers tell a story and Christopher Bennett, MD is determined to share that story; in the past several years he and collaborators have published seven studies focused on parity and inclusion - or the lack thereof - in academic medicine and emergency medicine.

  • Improving Healthcare for At-Risk Populations

    Jody Vogel, MD, vice chair for academic affairs for Stanford’s Department of Emergency Medicine, is investigating interventions to reduce healthcare costs and improve the quality of care for frequent emergency department visitors with complex needs, thanks to a five-year Career Development Grant Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

  • Teaching LGBTQ+ Healthcare

    Mike Gisondi, MD led the development of a course to train providers around the country in inclusive care for LGBTQ+ patients.