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MedStaircase

Empowering Healthcare Through Diversity

Portland, OR   |  https://www.medstaircase.org
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MedStaircase

EIN: 86-3844543


Mission

Increasing diversity in healthcare through mentorship, scholarship and education by elevating underrepresented groups along each step of their career path. Making healthcare professions more accessible for all in order to provide equitable care to the patients we serve.

Ruling year info

2021

President

Dr. Kate Ropp

Secretary

Dr. Katie Menzel Ellis

Main address

3345 SW 97th Ave

Portland, OR 97225 USA

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EIN

86-3844543

Subject area info

Equal opportunity in education

Medical education

Voluntarism

Nonprofits

Health care access

Population served info

People of African descent

People of Latin American descent

Indigenous peoples

Immigrants and migrants

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Clinical Experience Scholarship

Our scholarship is granted to premedical students from underrepresented groups who have not had much clinical experience in healthcare. This is a requirement for medical school applications yet can be hard to find for students without personal connections to physicians. We grant financial scholarships to selected students and pair them with a clinical mentorship site that invites them to spend a week at a time shadowing their physicians and ancillary staff. Students have spent time in private practices, academic settings, clinics and operating rooms. Subsequently their mentors have participated in writing letters of recommendation for their medical school and job applications.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Indigenous peoples
People of African descent
People of Latin American descent
Economically disadvantaged people

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Financials

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Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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President

Dr. Kate Ropp

Kate was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, though now definitely considers herself an Oregonian. Kate has been involved in the policy and legislative sides of medicine, serving as one of Oregon's delegates to the American Society of Anesthesiologists and as Secretary and President of the Oregon Society of Anesthesiologists (OSA). She chairs the OSA's State Affairs and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committees. Her passion is the practice of medicine, however, caring for the community's most vulnerable populations at a busy Level 1 trauma center with a high risk OB population and a Level 1 children's hospital. She founded MedStaircase in order to encourage students who might otherwise not pursue a career in medicine to consider it, knowing that a diverse healthcare workforce improves the delivery of healthcare to its patients. Kate has two school-aged sons who keep her busy, a husband who keeps them all afloat, and a Labrador puppy who's along for the ride.

Secretary

Katie Menzel Ellis

Katie grew up in Lake Jackson, Texas before moving to Austin to attend the University of Texas. Her next move was to the west coast, to attend medical school at the UCSF. There, she discovered a passion for the care of underserved populations, which led to a leadership role in the UCSF student-run homeless clinic as well as participation in the Model SFGH program, in which core medical school clinical rotations were concentrated in safety net settings. After medical school, Katie trained in the combined anesthesiology and critical care medicine residency and fellowship program at Oregon Health & Science University. Upon graduating in 2015, she returned to the care of underserved groups at the VA Portland Healthcare system, where she currently works as a critical care anesthesiologist and the Director of the surgical ICU. Through MedStaircase, Katie hopes to expand the diversity of the healthcare workforce, with the goal of best serving patients from all backgrounds and cultures.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 07/04/2023
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Board chair

Dr. Kate Ropp

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Term: 2021 - 2023

Katie Menzel-Ellis

Shane Hervey

Julia Zavala

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/4/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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