You are invited to participate in a research study designed to investigate experiences and ideas about diversity among medical students. All United States allopathic and osteopathic medical students are eligible to participate.


Participation in this study will involve completing an online survey through Red-Cap. We anticipate that your involvement will require approximately 5 minutes.

Risks and Benefits:

Participation in this study involves very minimal risk. There is a slight chance that you may feel uncomfortable answering some of the questions in the survey. You can decide to skip questions that you do not want to answer. You may withdraw from the study at any time. If you want to stop completing the survey, simply close the survey. While you may not personally benefit from participating in this study, the information you may provide may help others by improving researchers’ and medical educators’ understanding of the experiences and ideas about sexual and gender diversity among medical professionals


All of your responses will be completely anonymous. Although we are collecting information on the medical school attended, this is purely for demographic and geographic information. All information will be de-identified when presented or published.

The survey data may be used by the American Associations for Medical Colleges (the governing board for medical schools in the United States) to guide future educational efforts in sexual and gender minority medical education.

Voluntary Participation:

Your participation in this study is voluntary. You are free to decline to participate, to end your participation at any time for any reason, or to refuse to answer any individual question. Refusing to participate will involve no penalty.


If you have any questions about this study, you may contact the investigators, Timothy Keyes (tkeyes@stanford.edu) and Justin Jia (jljia@stanford.edu). You may also contact the principal investigator if you have any concerns regarding the study: Leslee Subak, M.D. (lsubak@stanford.edu).

Independent Contact: If you are not satisfied with how this study is being conducted, or if you have any concerns, complaints, or general questions about the research or your rights as a participant, please contact the Stanford Institutional Review Board (IRB) to speak to someone independent of the research team at (650)-723-5244 or toll free at 1-866-680-2906. You can also write to the Stanford IRB, Stanford University, 3000 El Camino Real, Five Palo Alto Square, 4th Floor, Palo Alto, CA 94306.

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