With more than 470 students and around 900 faculty members, the faculty-student ratio remains extremely small at about 2 to 1. The small population seems to be effective; more than 70% of Stanford medical school students were accepted into their first choices for residency programs. Along with traditional MD degrees, students can complete dual degrees, like a MD/PhD in bioengineering and biomedical informatics, a MD/MBA through the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a MD/MPH with the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Stanford also has master’s degrees in biomedical informatics, epidemiology, and human genetics and genetic counseling. There is also a Physician Assistant (PA) program called the Primary Care Associate program, which was established in 1971. The program was one of the first accredited PA schools in the state of California.
The curriculum at Stanford medical school consists of classroom lectures for 12 to 22 hours a week. There are no classes on Wednesdays. For the first two years, students are graded pass/fail; third and fourth-years are graded pass/fail and with a criterion system. Students can choose one of 12 majors from the Scholarly Concentrations program. Along with courses in core sciences, students can get a more in-depth look at electives like bioengineering and clinical research.
Some of the most popular specialties at Stanford Medical School include pediatrics, psychiatry, emergency medicine, and general surgery. For clinical rotations in the third and fourth years, students can work at the Stanford University Medical Center, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, or the Palo Alto Veterans Administration. Stanford also runs the Arbor Free Clinic in Menlo Park and the Pacific Free Clinic in San Jose.
Outside the classroom and clinical setting, students can participate in more than 40 organizations and clubs on campus. Popular groups include PALS, the Pediatric Chronic Disease Mentorship Program, and SWEAT (the Stanford Wilderness Experience Active Orientation Group). Applicants will be drawn to Stanford medical school’s prestige and connection to many affiliated hospitals.
In State: 35.4%
Out of State: 64.6%
In State: 34.4%
Out of State: 65.6%
Average MCAT*: 517
Average GPA (4.0 scale): 3.76
* Most schools still report their average MCAT on the old scale, so new-scale scores are often our approximation.
** Applicant and matriculant data courtesy of AAMC.
2015 NIH Awards: $375,313,876
Average MD Graduate Debt: $105,936
Faculty Student Ratio: 2
Accepts international students
2016-2017 Tuition: $54,327
2016-2017 Estimated cost of attendance: $75,192
Stanford University School of Medicine
Office of MD Admissions
1265 Welch Road, MSOB X3C01
Stanford, CA 94305-5404
Phone: (650) 723 – 6861
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