Stanford University School of Medicine

  Stanford University School of Medicine  

About Stanford School of Medicine

Stanford School of Medicine is one of the leading medical schools of California. The parent Institution of the Stanford School of Medicine is Stanford University.

The Stanford School of Medicine, along with Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital comes under the umbrella of Stanford Medicine. Stanford School of Medicine is a research-focused institution that emphasizes medical innovation, new methods, discoveries, and interventions in its curriculum.

Moreover, Stanford Health Care is the third best hospital in California.

MD Program

The Stanford School of Medicine offers the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program. The MD program aims to train the future leaders in medicine and science who will work to improve human health through innovation, scholarship, knowledge, and the delivery of exceptional patient-centered care.


The Stanford School of Medicine’s curriculum is ‘Discovery Curriculum.’ The curriculum offers multiple learning pathways to students.  Therefore, it plays an important role in students’ scientific discovery and their self-discovery. However, all learning pathways are planned to assume that students will complete their clerkship education in two years.


The faculty of School of Medicine is full-time faculty. The total number of faculty members at the school is 1,948. In the past six decades, eight members have been Nobel Prize winners. In addition to that, 31 members are from the National Academy of Sciences, 42 members of the National Academy of Medicine, four from the MacArthur Foundation and 19 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators. Moreover, 17 members are NIH Innovator plus Young Innovator Awards.


    Application Process

    Who should apply?

    The ideal candidates for the Stanford Medicine are those who want are passionate about the fields of medicine and biomedical sciences, whose past accomplishments are a proof of their uniqueness, creativity and capacity of critical thinking. Moreover, students who are ready to succeed academically at Stanford and posses such personal qualities will serve them well in our profession are a great fit.

    Eligibility Criteria

    The Stanford School of Medicine considers applicants from all over the world, without regard to their country of origin. Therefore, an eligible applicant can be a U.S. citizen, permanent U.S. resident having a valid visa, an individual who has registered under the ‘Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’ by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services before or at the time of application, undocumented students, or international students. In addition to that, MCAT is required. For a more detailed insight into the applicant’s academic requirement, visit the website.

    Additionally, the condition for International students is that they must have studied at an accredited college or university in the U.S, Canada, or the U.K before applying for admission for at least a year.

    Requirements of Application

    The application for admission requires some materials and resources. The application is the first and an essential step of the admissions process. However, keep yourself updated with different admission process decisions with school’s timeline.


    The Stanford School of Medicine is a member of the American Medical College Application Service. Therefore, the application for admission must be made through AMCAS. Applicants should follow the steps and guidelines of application submission given on AMCAS website. Moreover, any applicant should not send any transcripts or letters of recommendation to their office. Additionally, keep in mind that the college does not consider the online coursework or degrees in the application process for Stanford Medicine.

    Medical College Admissions Test

    The sores of an applicant’s entry test scores reach (the website sends it automatically) the medical schools that you have designated. An applicant should take the entry test within a four-year period, counted from the time he/she takes the test to the point of anticipated matriculation. Generally, the most recent eligible MCAT is September before the annual AMCAS deadline. For further queries regarding the policy of entry test, please contact [email protected].

    Moreover, if an applicant us taking the test during June-September, then he/she must inform the college. However, students should inform the school through their online AMCAS application. In this case, the applicant’s application will be processed and ready for review after the scores of the new test comes.

    Letters of Recommendation

    The application also demands letters of recommendation from past teachers or employers. The candidate has to submit the recommendation letters through the AMCAS Letters Service. An applicant can send in a minimum of three and a maximum of six letters of recommendation. Also, any letter more than six will not be considered.

    Pre-Medical Committee Evaluations

    The school’s admission process does not demand any sort of Pre-medical committee evaluations. However, if a candidate submits it, then only then the admission department will only count the individual letters that are within the pre-medical committee packet as letters of recommendation. Moreover, an application is only complete when all the required letters (listed on the AMCAS application) reach the Admissions Office. Also, make sure that you send in your letters by the deadline which is given on the timeline.

    If the Admissions Office does not receive a minimum of three letters of recommendation from a candidate, then the admission committee will not consider their application (as it is incomplete).

    Stanford‘s Application Website

    Usually, Stanford’s admission website is available in early July. Here, you can check the receipt of your AMCAS application, Stanford Supplemental Application, evaluation letters, and fee. However, note that if you are unable to see your information on the MD admission’s website it implies that the school’s admission office has not received your application.

    The Admissions Timeline

    As discussed earlier, there are any important dates for the whole admission process. You can view all of them on Stanford’s website which shows the timeline of all the dates. They also update the page regularly. So, make sure you check it often.

Scholarship and Financial Aid

    Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

    This program targets the multidisciplinary community of all the Stanford graduate students. Knight-Hennessy Scholars program awards 100% grant to Stanford medical students. The duration of financial aid is twelve quarters. Moreover, the program is also great because it gives the students a platform for getting leadership training and many other such collaborating opportunities.

    Moreover, if a candidate wishes to apply for Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, then they must submit the KHS application before submitting the Stanford Medicine Supplemental Application. Generally, the application deadline is in September. For an exact date, check out the timeline at school’s website.

    Stanford Institutional Financial Aid

    In addition to that, If DACA students and undocumented students are admitted then, by default, they are eligible for Stanford institutional Financial Aid. However, financial aid will only be given on the on the basis of financial need. For financial aid guidance, you can contact the Financial Aid Office at the following address:

    MD Financial Aid
    1265 Welch Road Suite #100
    Stanford, CA 94305-5404 
    Telephone: (650) 723-6958 
    Fax: (650) 723-6475

Affiliated Hospitals

    Stanford Hospital & Clinics

    Stanford Health Care is one of the essential parts of Stanford Medicine. Ranked 9th on U.S. News & World Report’s, Stanford Hospital is one of the best hospitals in the country.  The brilliance in quality and patient safety, among other factors contribute to the ranking and reputation of the hospital. Moreover, Stanford Hospital secures the 12th position in all the medical specialties, 4th in all of California State, and the best hospital in the San Jose metropolitan area.

    Stanford The hospital & Clinics are always finding ways to help humanity through science and compassion, education and commitment to care. Moreover, Stanford Health Care’s policy is one patient at a time. Therefore, we see that it provides advanced clinical care across its inpatient services, specialty health centers, doctor offices, virtual care programs. Additionally, Stanford Medicine is well-known for discoveries in cancer treatment, heart disease, brain disorders and surgical and medical conditions. Therefore, it provides excellent learning opportunities for the clinical teaching of students.

    Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

    The hospital has academic affiliation with Stanford Medicine and Stanford University. Therefore, some of the best minds in medicine and scientific research are always learning in the hospital.

    Overall, this is one, of the few hospitals in the country and only in the San Francisco Bay Area which exclusively focuses on pediatric and obstetric care.  The hospital has health care centers at more than 60 locations.  The team of physicians of the hospital is trained enough to provide best clinical services, from general child care to the treatments for rare and complex conditions. The new hospital expansion has given additional 521,000 square feet to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and this allows the hospital to treat even more patients.

    Stanford Cancer Center

    The National Cancer Institute, the world’s leading cancer research organization, has chosen the Stanford Cancer Institute as Comprehensive Cancer Center. Designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center implies that the Stanford Cancer Institute has the utmost scientific thoroughness in discovery, and management for all the research about cancer. Mainly, it includes basic, translational, clinical and population-based science.

    Stanford Cancer Center supports and coordinates a broad variety of cancer-related activities that occur at Stanford University and its affiliated Health Care Institutes. Currently, it has a total of 450 members which includes scientists and physicians from diverse disciplines. All of them collaborate and work together to improve the cancer treatments.

    Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System

    Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System is a teaching hospital that provides a full range of patient care services. The hospital gives comprehensive health care services in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics etc. Moreover, the hospital’s affiliation with the Stanford School of Medicine creates an enriching academic environment in which medical training for physicians in almost all specialties and subspecialties take place. 

    VAPAHCS has a total of over 800 beds that also includes three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary. Also, VAPAHCS has a total of three inpatient seven outpatient clinics. Moreover, VAPAHCS has many regional treatment centers, including a Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, Spinal Cord Injury Center, a Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center, a Traumatic Brain Injury Center, the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center, a Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, a Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation Program, and the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The hospital is a pioneer in treatment through research. Generally, the areas of research are:

  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Genomics
  • Cooperative Studies/Clinical Studies
  • Diabetes
  • Drug Abuse,
  • Pain Management
  • Cancer
  • Endocrinology
  • Immunology
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Hypertension
  • Dermatology Atherosclerosis
  • Nephrology
  • Bioterrorism
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Hepatitis
  • Ophthalmology
  • Optometry
  • Polytrauma
  • Vision Rehabilitation
  • Cardiology

    Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

    The hospital started in 1876 as the County Hospital. Today, it is one of the leading hospitals providing a wide range of services and treatments to the community. Therefore, the hospital has earned a number of awards and accreditations. The team of physicians and other staff members at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center has prominent names in the field.

Campus Environment

The Stanford School of Medicine’s environment is enriched with learning opportunities. The campus empowers students, faculty and staff so they can benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities of the campus. Moreover, Stanford Medicine has close connections to world-class hospitals and the Silicon Valley tech corridor. Therefore, this brings many opportunities to combine research with health-care skills to create real-world innovation. In addition to that, there are many flexible learning spaces on the campus.

Moreover, Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge is the main hub for most of the educational activities. Also, the Li Ka Shing Center hosts conferences, has a student lounge and the most unique health-care simulation training facility of U.SA.

Learning opportunities at Stanford School of Medicine

    Lane Medical Library

    Lane Library is situated in the Lane building, in the courtyard adjacent to the Stanford Hospital. The library started in 1882. Also, the library is open to all. The library provides a variety of places for patrons to study and use computing stations in Lane and Alway buildings plus Li Ka Shing Center. The Lane Medical Library is working hard to provide a platform to people to connect people with knowledge and advancing biomedical discovery. Therefore, the library plays an important role in connecting people with biomedical knowledge.

    There are a total of 30 full-time staff members. Among them, 20 are librarians or technology professionals.

    The Liaison Program of the Lane Library pairs departments, institutes, and student groups of Stanford University Medical Center to help them. Through his program, students are connected to individual librarians who are familiar with the perspectives and knowledge of their assigned departments and specialties. Moreover, the library provides curriculum content managing, expert research consultation and other additional help.


    There is an extensive collection of clinical medicine, biomedicine, and books related to public health in the lane library. Overall, there are over 81,000 digital resources containing 11,102 e-Journals, 50,951 eBooks, and 1,227 databases. Also, in the print version, there are over 200,000 titles. Among these, there are 30,000 historical/rare works, 177,486 print book titles, 17,866 periodical titles and 384,869 volumes.

    Facilities of Library

    Students can use the study and computing space. There are:

  • 300+ seats
  • 50+ SUNet ID and public computers
  • Epic Station
  • Equipment to borrow
  • Specialized software
  • Scanners
  • Color and B&W laser printers
  • Wireless Network

Information Resources & Technology

The Information Resources and Technology center also helps students by helping them with technological and software related matters. The IRT organizes the Stanford Medicine Tech Bar which offers technical assistance to the community of the School of Medicine. The Bar is open from Monday to Friday between 8 am and 6 pm.

Dr. Najeeb lectures

In this section, we will talk about another learning resource that can help students at Stanford Medical School. Usually, medical school students have a hard time studying medicine. Medical curriculum becomes tedious and confusing for them. So, besides textbooks, library and classroom lectures, video lectures are one of the best resources. You can try using the video lectures by Dr. Najeeb. Currently, Dr. Najeeb lectures are being used in almost190 countries. Moreover, they are also the most popular in the U.S.A.  

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Clinical Training of Students

Stanford Medical School trains the students so that they can provide compassionate patient-centered care, using finest and advanced practices in the medical sciences.

    Foundational Training

    The MD program at medicine school incorporates many instructional methods to train students with the critical thinking and communication skills. All of these skills are important to provide compassionate and expert care. The instructional methods include cases based on clinical problems, computer-based guidelines etc. 

    Early Experience

    In addition to initial foundational training, Stanford’s Clinics give a remarkable platform to students to get a hands-on experience. Usually, the experience starts in the preclinical years. Students volunteer at the clinics, therefore, they obtain necessary clinical skills. Moreover, they also learn to work closely with a very diverse community of people.

    Broad Clinical Exposure

    The students of the Stanford School of Medicine have an extensive schedule of clerkships. Therefore, they get exposure to a vast array of chronic and acute diseases under the guidance of leading experts in the field. As told earlier, the teaching hospitals are Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto Veterans Administration Medical Center, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center.

Student wellness

At Stanford School of Medicine, student wellness is one of the main goals. Therefore, the institution is always eager to help students thorough the service of individual advising, wellness programs and many other learning environment initiatives.

    Academic Advising of students

    The School of Medicine puts special emphasis on the academic advising of students. Therefore, each student gets an academic advising dean who works with the student throughout medical school. The academic advisors make sure that a student is utilizing each resource available at Stanford University and the School of Medicine. Through this, they ensure their performance is optimal.  

    Stanford Medicine Institutes

    The medicine Institutes that are a part of Stanford Medicine are:

  • Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
  • Child Health Research Institute
  • The Stanford Cancer Institute
  • Stanford Cardiovascular Institute
  • The Stanford Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection

    For more information regarding the MD Program visit the website.



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