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Stanford University School of Medicine

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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.

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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 containsmorethan280,000volumesandmorethan3000 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.

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