At Stanford IM HEARs, health equity is at the forefront of what we’re working towards. Our program is designed to train and develop future physician leaders to champion initiatives and advocate for the health of underserved populations within the United States. Learn more about the positive impact we have and join us in bringing about positive change.

Resident Leadership

Christine Santiago

Co-Founder, Internal Medicine Resident, PGY-3

Gabriela Spencer-Bonilla

Co-Founder, Internal Medicine Chief Resident

Working Towards a More Equitable Future in Healthcare

Our mission is to develop internists who are committed to the care of disadvantaged and vulnerable populations within the United States and to train future physicians to have the tools to be leaders and experts in addressing health disparities. There are four main objectives of the program:

  1. Clinical exposure to domestic health inequities and providing tools that will allow the best clinical care for vulnerable patients.
  2. Mentorship by faculty that have careers focused on addressing healthcare disparities. 
  3. Scholarship and research focused on disadvantaged populations. 
  4. Development of leadership and advocacy skills for underserved populations.


Clinical Exposure

Learning from Vulnerable Populations

At Stanford IM HEARs, Internal Medicine Residents will have dedicated clinical rotations devoted to care for underserved populations. They will gain first-hand knowledge of the barriers these patient populations face in obtaining adequate health and learn the resources and tools currently available to overcome them.


Mentorship and Leadership

Exposure to Leaders in the

Health Equity Field

All participating members will declare an area of interest in a specific underserved community. The resident leaders and faculty adviser(s) will then pair all participants with an appropriate faculty mentor for the duration of their time in the program.


Scholarly Work

Using Research and Scholarship to

Reduce Health Inequities

Program participants are required to attend the 3-4 annual lectures that will cover topics on advocacy, exposure to current physician leaders in the healthcare disparities field and career development. In addition, participants will need to work on a project that displays leadership and scholarly work in the field of healthcare disparities.

Get Involved

Have an Impact

We are actively looking for community partnerships as well as research opportunities to better help serve and understand the healthcare needs of our most vulnerable populations.