Stephanie A. Bamidele, M.D.
University of California, Riverside; Stephanie, the daughter of a Nigerian father and African-American mother, grew up in the Lynwood/Compton community and attended schools in South Central Los Angeles. She has wanted to become a doctor since the early age of three after suffering from lead poisoning. While in middle school, Stephanie participated in pipeline programs for youth interested in pursuing health-care careers, sparking her own interest in mentoring. Thus, as both an undergraduate and medical student, Stephanie mentored other minority students to aid in their pursuit of higher education. After graduating from Claremont McKenna College, Stephanie taught health science lessons to classes at her former inner-city elementary school, discovering her passion for teaching. She also held several other volunteer positions that included the role of a Patient Experience Ambassador where she acted as a patient advocate. As a medical student, Stephanie was co-founder and co-president of her school’s Student National Medical Association (SNMA) chapter, an organization dedicated to the advancement of pre-health undergraduate and medical students from underrepresented minority backgrounds. In this role, she was instrumental in starting the chapter’s undergraduate medical mentorship program. Combining her love of teaching and learning the Spanish language, Stephanie was also a co-director of her school’s Medical Spanish selective and was active in developing its curriculum and transformation into a four-year longitudinal course to improve the delivery of structurally competent care to Latino patients of the Inland Empire. She also completed a homestay Spanish immersion elective in the Eastern Coachella Valley where she lived with a Latino family and worked with patients from migrant working backgrounds. Stephanie chose to pursue family medicine in order to provide holistic, patient-centered, and preventive care to those most in need, partnering with, educating, and advocating for her patients. Her professional interests include underserved medicine, community outreach, and medical education. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys cooking, hairstyling, writing stories, learning Spanish, and most importantly, spending time with her family and friends, including her two cats.
Residency Year: Year 2