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  • Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Stanford
General Info

What graduating class are you in?


Are you pursuing any joint degrees (MD/PhD, MD/MPH, etc.)?


Are you considered in-state or out-of-state for tuition purposes?

Not applicable

What was your biology MCAT score?


What was your MCAT score?


What was your physics MCAT score?


What was your verbal MCAT score?


What was your undergrad GPA?


What was your undergrad science GPA?


What was the zip code of your residence in high school?


What is your race/ethnic background?


Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

5 out of 10

What do you like most about this school?

"Stanford is extremely flexible. It is a wonderful place for people who wish to pursue interests beyond clinical medicine. In addition to outstanding research opportunities (and funding opportunities), it is easy to get involved with projects in other schools (business, engineering, etc.)" Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"The clinical education is not as rigorous as at other similar tier institutions. We have relatively little required clinical time, and many rotations suffer from insufficient patient volume. You can get a good clinical education here, but you have to be very proactive about seeking out challenging clinical rotations." Report Response

What is the reputation of the school in the medical community?

9 out of 10

What is the reputation of the research that goes on at this school?

9 out of 10

Please provide any other general comments on your school

No Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

1 out of 10

How is the cost of living (rent, food, bills, etc.)?

1 out of 10

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

7 out of 10

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?



How is the curriculum structured?


How many courses are taken at a given time?


How long are you typically in class per day?

3-4 hours

How frequently do pre-clinical medical school activities have mandatory attendance?

"There are generally required afternoon sessions 3 days per week" Report Response

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Video recording

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Powerpoint slides provided only

How many days per week is anatomy lab?


How many students per cadaver?


How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

6 months

Is the curriculum lecture-centric or small-group centric?

5 out of 10

Are standardized patients used?


How much patient interaction is there in the pre-clinical years?

2 out of 10

Are syllabi provided for the student?


What books are necessary?

No Response

What books are unnecessary?

No Response

Is the curriculum designed to promote a specialty? If so, which specialty?

No Response


Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

9 out of 10

Are faculty members very available to students via email/message board?

9 out of 10

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"Pre-clinical teaching is very variable - some of the instructors are excellent, but many are not." Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"Teaching during the clinical years is generally excellent." Report Response

Are there many opportunities to shadow/work with clinical faculty?

10 out of 10

Are the faculty willing to mentor students in regards to career guidance?

10 out of 10

What is the grading scale used during pre-clinical years?

"Pass/fail" Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"Pass with distinction/Pass/Fail" Report Response

Is the class ranked?


Clinical Rotations

How are clinical rotations scheduled? What are the required rotations?

"Scheduled through an online scheduling portal. You can change your schedule at any time" Report Response

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

10 out of 10

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

10 out of 10

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

10 out of 10

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

5 out of 10

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

9 out of 10

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"Most rotations allow you to act as the primary (but well supervised) provider. You can write note, put in orders to be cosigned, call consults. Other rotations (OBGYN, outpatient Neuro, some subspecialty clinics) limit your role more." Report Response

What is the status/condition of the affiliated hospital(s)?

No Response

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

6 out of 10

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"You are exposed to a wide variety of patient populations. The main hospital is a tertiary care hospital with a mix of private pay and medical patients. There is also a VA hospital and a community hospital." Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

8 out of 10

Do you feel safe on campus?

10 out of 10

How available and convenient is public transportation?

2 out of 10

Is a car necessary at any point during your education here?

Clinical years

If a car is required for education, how available and convenient is the parking provided to students?

6 out of 10

Is on-campus housing available?


What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

7 out of 10

Please describe the on-campus housing if available (i.e., cost, type - studios, 1-br, 2-br, etc.)?

No Response

What percentage of your medical school classmates would you estimate live on campus, if on-campus housing is available?

5 out of 10

Is couples housing available?


Is nearby off-campus housing available?


How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

1 out of 10

Social Environment

Do students do a lot of activities outside of school together?

7 out of 10

What do the students typically like to do in the area?

"There are tons of outdoorsy things to do - cycling, hiking, running, tahoe trips. Nearby area is very suburban, but has good food. San Francisco is about 45min-1hr away." Report Response

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

7 out of 10

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

10 out of 10

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

10 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

10 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual students?

10 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

9 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for married students?

8 out of 10

Is the environment supportive for older/non-traditional students?

7 out of 10

Post Graduation

How do graduates from this school fare in residency and clinical practice?

"Stanford matches extremely well every year." Report Response

Is this school known for producing physicians strong in a certain area? If so, which area?

"Stanford grads tend to go into subspecialties. Stanford has however tried to strengthen their primary care teaching, so students interested in primary care will find support as well." Report Response

What do you believe residency directors think about graduates from this program?

"Stanford tend to have tons of "extras" (research, startups, international work, etc) on their residency applications, which makes them look very impressive." Report Response

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