The School of Medicine was founded in 1858 as the
medical department of the College of the Pacific. It
later became affiliated with the University City College, and subsequently, in 1882, was given the name
Cooper Medical College in honor of the original
founder. In 1908 it was adopted by Leland Stanford
Junior University and relocated to outside San Francisco. Stanford University School of Medicine was
established in 1958.Anew Medical Center was opened
in 1959 and is located on an 8800-acre campus.
4-year modern. The goals of the curriculum are to
develop outstanding clinical skills and the capacity for
leadership in the practice of scientific medicine, and to
prepare as many students as possible for careers in
research and teaching. Stanford’s flexible curriculum is
its major innovative approach to medical education. It
was designed to create an environment that encourages
intellectual diversity and to provide opportunities for students to develop as individuals.While traditional courses
and clerkships are required for graduation, the duration
of study leading to the MD degree may vary from 4 to 6
years. Students have flexibility in sequencing courses by
demonstrating competency through examination. This
curriculum stimulates self-directed learning, and provides students time to pursue an investigative project,
obtain teaching experience, perform community service,
explore special interests, or obtain advanced degrees.
Minority admissions:The school believes that a student
body that is both highly qualified and diverse in terms
of culture, class, gender, race, ethnicity, background,
work and life experiences, skills, and interests is essential to the education of physicians. Because of its
strongly belief in the value of diversity, the school
especially encourages applications fromAfricanAmericans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, and
mainland Puerto Ricans, as well as from others whose
backgrounds and experience provide additional dimensions that will enhance the school’s program. An early
matriculation program, which includes preclinical
coursework and research opportunities, has been developed for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD programs are offered in most basic medical sciences as
well as in cancer biology, epidemiology, immunology,
neurobiology, and medical information sciences.
The standard premedical courses are required. Strongly
recommended, but not required, are knowledge of a
modern foreign language. Spanish is especially useful.
Courses in calculus, biochemistry, physical chemistry,
and behavioral sciences are strongly encouraged. No
preference is shown to California residents. Foreign
applicants must have completed a minimum of 1 year
of study in a U.S., Canadian, or United Kingdom
accredited college or university. Transfer and
advanced standing: Transfer students are not accepted.
The grading system is Pass/Fail/Marginal Performance
in the basic sciences and clinical clerkships. Narrative
evaluations are used in the clerkships. Step 1 and Step
2 of the USMLE must be passed in order to graduate.
Teaching: The school is part of the Stanford University
Medical Center and consists of 26 departments. The
major clinical teaching facilities are Stanford University
Hospital (663 beds), Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
(152 beds), Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (791
beds), and the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital (1000 beds). Library: The Lane Medical Library
periodicals. The Fleischmann Learning Resource Center
is an independent study center offering media and computer-based programs. SUMMIT (Stanford University
Medical Media and Information Technologies) produces
faculty-andstudent-authoredprograms.Housing:Apartments are available for single and married students.