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Programs in Education

Mary Duke Biddle Scholarship Program

Program Overview

The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation created this scholarship for  Stanford School of Medicine pediatric trainees and clinical medical students who are committed to improving the quality of life for children around the world. Launched  in 2009, the program has sent more than 60 physicians and trainees overseas to provide clinical care to children in low- and middle-income settings. Drs. Desiree LaBeaud and Clea Sarnquist direct this program.

Stanford medical students, residents, and fellows are eligible to obtain funding under this program for travel, housing, meals and immunizations for a six-week international rotation in Brazil*, Ecuador, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, and Uganda*. (*Only residents, fellows, and faculty are eligible for these sites).

Applications for 2020-2021 are now open. Medical student applications due December 13, 2019. Applications for residents and fellows due January 10, 2020.

The David A. Zlotnick, MD Memorial Fund

The David A. Zlotnick, MD Memorial Fund was created in the Department of Pediatrics to encourage, develop, and support the volunteerism of Stanford medical students interested in pediatrics, pediatric residents, and pediatric faculty members, with a preference for volunteerism in Central and South America. The Fund aims to provide Zlotnick Scholars with experience, understanding, and satisfaction for lifelong contribution and leadership in the interest of children’s health. One scholar interested in a rotation in Central and South America will be selected from among the MDB scholars each year.

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Stanford medical students, residents, and fellows are eligible to obtain funding under this program. Selection of applicants will focus on those interested in becoming leaders in the field of global health long term. This scholarship is only open to Stanford students, fellows, and residents. Scholarships are available for a minimum of six-week rotations at the below partner sites.

Funding under this program includes:

Pre-trip medical evaluation (physical exam, medications and immunization)
Evacuation insurance


  • Faculdade da Saúde e Ecologia Humana (FASEH): Minas Gerais, Brazil*
  • Cachamsi Program: Riobamba, Ecuador
  • Gondar Hospital: Gondar, Ethiopia
  • Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital: Gujarat, India
  • Patan Hospital: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Mulago Hospital: Kampala, Uganda*

*Indicates sites available to residents and fellows only. Please note sites are subject to change depending on security and availability.