Consistently ranks among the top medical schools of the country
The School of Medicine improves health through leadership, diversity and collaborative discoveries and innovation in health care, education and research.
– Lloyd Minor, MD
DEAN, STANFORD SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Stanford University School of Medicine is the medical school of Stanford University and is located in Stanford, California. It traces its roots to the Medical Department of the University of the Pacific, founded in San Francisco in 1858. This medical institution, then called Cooper Medical College, was acquired by Stanford in 1908. The medical school moved to the Stanford campus near Palo Alto, California, in 1959.
The School of Medicine, along with Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, is part of Stanford Medicine. Stanford Health Care was ranked the fourth best hospital in California (behind UCLA Medical Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and UCSF Medical Center, respectively).
The program offers a novel approach to curriculum delivery and expanded clinical opportunities as well as interprofessional education, with PA students taking courses side by side with MD students. The program is 30 months in length, accepts 27 students each year, has an acceptance rate of less than 2%.
In the 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings, Stanford was ranked fourth in the nation among medical schools for research. Admission to the MD program at Stanford is highly competitive: in 2019, 6,894 people applied, 422 were interviewed, and 175 accepted for 90 spots.
Stanford is one of several schools in the United States to use the multiple mini-interview system, developed at McMaster University Medical School in Canada, to evaluate candidates.
Along with the School of Humanities and Science, the Stanford School of Medicine also runs the Biosciences PhD Program, which was ranked first in 2019 among graduate programs in the biological sciences by the US News and World Report. In its graduate school specialties, according to U.S. News for 2019, Stanford is #1 in genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics, #1 in neuroscience and neurobiology, #1 in cell biology, #3 in biochemistry, biophysics, and structural biology, and #4 in ecology and evolutionary biology.
At Stanford Medicine, our strength in interdisciplinary scholarship, our dedicated faculty and a culture of innovation set the training ground for the next generation of biomedical leaders and pioneers.
Reimagining Graduate & Medical Education
Stanford Medicine’s close proximity to top-ranked programs in engineering, physical and biological sciences, computer science, ethics, and other disciplines, fosters interdisciplinary research and education.
- MD Program
- PhD Programs
While relatively small in physical scale, our impact on human health is immense. Stanford Medicine comprises three organizations:
Stanford School of Medicine:
A research-intensive medical school that promotes diversity and empowers future leaders with the skills they need to be adaptable and resourceful.
Stanford Health Care:
Consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the nation for innovative programs in cancer treatment, cardiac care, neurology, orthopedic surgery and organ transplantation.
Stanford Children’s Health:
Internationally recognized for advancing family-centered care of children, adolescents and expectant mothers.
A leader in the biomedical revolution, Stanford Medicine has a long tradition of leadership in pioneering research, creative teaching protocols and effective clinical therapies.
Our close proximity to the resources of the university — including the Schools of Business, Law, Humanities and Sciences, and Engineering, our seamless relationship with our affiliated adult and children’s hospitals, and our ongoing associations with the entrepreneurial endeavors of Silicon Valley, make us uniquely positioned to accelerate the pace at which new knowledge is translated into tangible health benefits.