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Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Year founded: 1908
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 116
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Stanford University School of Medicine (Stanford)
Allopathic Medical School
Stanford
  • SDN RANKING 5
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 3 64 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 4 3 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $50,715
  • Non - Resident Tuition $50,715
  • Application Fee $85
  • AVG MCAT 35.0
  • AVG GPA 3.8
  • LIZZYM Score 72.7

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Admissions Information

  • MD Admissions
  • MSOB X3C01
  • 1265 Welch Road
  • Stanford 94305
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

Stanford has a tradition of recruiting students who have passionate interests and vast creativity. It is our mission to develop and direct our students' skills and passion so they can become outstanding clinicians who improve the health of the world's people through research, innovation, and leadership. We are committed to ensuring that each graduate has fully explored his/her potential as a student and a scholar. To this end, key goals of the curriculum are the melding of 21st century laboratory and medical sciences, and helping each student build in-depth expertise in an area of personal, scholarly interest. Following an intensive process to delineate the core knowledge every medical student requires, an exciting medical curriculum has been developed to meet these goals. The expansion of the information and learning environment at Stanford supports this curriculum as part of the transforming role of technology and information resources in academic medicine.

Curriculum

The Stanford MD curriculum integrates basic science and clinical experience with in-depth study and independent research throughout the years of medical school. The hallmark of the new curriculum is the Scholarly Concentration, a curriculum component similar to a major, that is designed to promote integration of biomedical science, clinical medicine, and applied investigation while validating each student's reasons for choosing medical school (i.e., scientific discovery, patient advocacy, clinical leadership, community service). Although this central element is new, it is only one of many revised curricular elements. The new curriculum also incorporates new defined learning blocks, each of which is designed to integrate basic and sciences from the beginning through to the end of the medical school years, improves course sequencing, increases time spent in direct patient-oriented learning, and ensures in-depth coverage of important, cross-disciplinary clinical elements (cultural competence, ethics, substance abuse, geriatrics, death and dying, etc.).

Facilities

"The Farm," as the Stanford campus is commonly known, consists of 8,800-acres of lush lawns and gardens, red-tiled roofs, and beautiful views of mountains and tree-covered slopes. Although it is surrounded by Silicon Valley, the university enjoys a village ambiance all its own. Bicycles are a common mode of transportation and are often preferred for getting to class. The temperate climate encourages an active campus lifestyle that is comparatively informal; casual dress is typical. More than two dozen tennis courts, four swimming pools, racquetball and squash courts, stables for horseback riding, weight training and exercise facilities, and a golf course offer recreational respite from the rigors of academic life. Many formally and informally organized intramural teams engage in competitive sports, and season tickets for such varsity sports as football and basketball are available to students at reasonable cost.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 49
Negatively 5
No change 1

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.54 57

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.53 36

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"The interview invitation says you have to "confirm" your interview five business days beforehand. This is confusing. Do you have to email, or call? Exactly five business days, or at least (or at most)? Will the office reach out and remind you? This has caused numerous applicants stress, and it doesn't seem to be an actual requirement." -Posted 10/20/2014 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Student Interviewer (an MD/PhD) was a bit rough and unfriendly. It made me feel pretty uncomfortable" -Posted 04/09/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Stanford does a superb job of executing a very thorough, informative orientation." -Posted 03/04/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"This was the friendliest, most helpful, most organized admissions staff in my experience!" -Posted 02/14/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Thank you for the wonderful day!!" -Posted 01/08/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Can't say" -Posted 02/01/2017 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Can't say! Signed an NDA." -Posted 10/20/2014 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself?" -Posted 01/17/2010 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research in X. Have you thought about what your academic concentration be? Why Stanford? Detailed research questions. " -Posted 04/09/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about X activity" -Posted 03/28/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about ____ in your file, etc." -Posted 03/04/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research (asked very specific questions in response to my answer)." -Posted 02/14/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Faculty Interviewer #1: When did you get into Stanford? What do your parents and siblings do? What is your family history like? What are you doing currently? Why did you decide to take a year off? How do you feel about your undergraduate education? Can you tell me about an interesting clinical experience that you had? What kind of specialty would you like to go into? What are your career goals and how will you get there? How do your goals relate to your interest in Stanford? Can you tell me about (specific volunteer experience) and how it relates to your decision to go into medicine? Have I covered everything that you wanted to get across during this interview?" -Posted 01/08/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Student interview: Tell me about XXX in your file. Faculty: How to fix US healthcare system?" -Posted 11/11/2008 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Specifics about Stanford's curriculum, P/F system, extra research years. Do you think doctors should be paid more than other professions? Some thought-provoking questions specific to my activities and research. " -Posted 10/19/2008 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine/why Stanford?" -Posted 08/16/2008 | More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you accomplish (leadership experience)?" -Posted 01/29/2008 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want to specialize in?" -Posted 12/06/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research?" -Posted 06/22/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What does your father/mother/sibling do? Where do they work? What education do they have? " -Posted 04/09/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Why PUBLIC HEALTH?" -Posted 03/21/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about Prop71 in California? What are some of the ethical concerns raised by people about human embryonic stem cell research and are they valid points in science? (I work with hES cells, so I assume that's why he asked such a direct question)" -Posted 03/16/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research experiences." -Posted 01/25/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really stands out, standard stuff" -Posted 12/22/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10 or 15 years / What kind of medicine will you practice?" -Posted 04/14/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"For the most part, I was asked to elaborate upon stuff in my AMCAS... that's pretty much it. Except for the "nature of the universe" question." -Posted 03/18/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you read the NY Times?" -Posted 02/05/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Elaborate on your research. Do you want to stay in a similar lab in med school?" -Posted 01/30/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"see above." -Posted 01/13/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you see as the weakness of your application?" -Posted 12/11/2005 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research (one guy only asked me about research). At the end i asked him if he wanted to ask me about activities or other things, and he said he had read my app." -Posted 04/01/2005 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Stanford?" -Posted 03/31/2005 | More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about yourself." -Posted 03/28/2005 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you so passionate about social justice, education, and health care?" -Posted 02/17/2005 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What area of medicine do you see yourself in (asked over and over until I said something specific)?" -Posted 01/14/2005 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself..." -Posted 11/22/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your research/independent study" -Posted 03/28/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe you research and work experiences and your level of contribution/commitment." -Posted 03/12/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research in words I can understand." -Posted 01/29/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like and dislike about your undergrad school?" -Posted 01/28/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"why medicine?" -Posted 01/26/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? Why Stanford?" -Posted 01/24/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medical school and not graduate school in the computational sciences?" -Posted 11/27/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Stanford? " -Posted 06/15/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? Why medicine at Stanford?" -Posted 04/21/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family." -Posted 03/28/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your hobbies/interests?" -Posted 03/13/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you decide to return to school?" -Posted 02/07/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"do you want to do academic medicine?" -Posted 11/22/2002 | More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you deal with a patient who disagreed with what you said?" -Posted 11/14/2002 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Student interviewer asked the generic questions + questions specific to my application" -Posted 11/12/2002 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you anticipate as the greatest challenges in your career in medicine? What would be a nightmare experience with a doctor for you?" -Posted 11/11/2002 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your volunteer work?" -Posted 11/02/2002 | More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you arrive at the decision to pursue medicine" -Posted 09/30/2002 | More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"why medicine and not law?" -Posted 01/17/2010 | More from this Member | Report Response

"If a patient was brain dead and on life support, how would you make the decision on whether or not to discontinue life support?" -Posted 04/09/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes Stanford different?" -Posted 03/28/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" -Posted 03/04/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think the curriculum design suits you learning style?" -Posted 02/14/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Faculty Interviewer #2: How do you think your parents feel about your accomplishments? Are your siblings as self motivated as you?" -Posted 01/08/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What will be your biggest challenge in coming to medical school?" -Posted 11/11/2008 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your hometown" -Posted 01/29/2008 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too unique, just talk about my activities." -Posted 01/09/2008 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose the school you chose? Why Stanford? What is your take on the current health care debate?" -Posted 12/06/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you overhaul the US medical system? How do you think our system compares to those in other nations around the world? " -Posted 08/07/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite style of art? (oil painting is one of my hobbies)" -Posted 06/22/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Which medical schools do you think have unimpressive programs?" -Posted 04/09/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Why am i doing this research? What is your long term goal? How it relates to it?" -Posted 03/21/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"How did your mother's kidneys fail? (asked by a Urologist)" -Posted 03/19/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing super-exciting...just the standard questions." -Posted 03/16/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" -Posted 02/21/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Asking me to explore my family background and how it has affected me." -Posted 01/25/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"if you could change something about your time in school, what would it be?" -Posted 12/22/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really atypical..." -Posted 04/14/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is the basis of the universe? (No, seriously, I got asked this.)" -Posted 03/18/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you read the NY Times? Any other papers?" -Posted 02/05/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing particularly interesting. The questions were very open ended. " -Posted 01/30/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you see as something you might have a problem with in the future as a physcian?" -Posted 01/13/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Stanford looks for leaders, so tell me about your leadership roles." -Posted 12/11/2005 | More from this Member | Report Response

"One of my interviewers seemed to really know my file inside and out. He picked out a "theme" in my activities and life that I didn't even think I stressed in the app and then asked me to elaborate on it. It was more like a mentoring session really!" -Posted 04/10/2005 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Because it was match day and first and second years were having exams, I had two faculty interviewers as opposed to one student and one faculty. Both of my researchers mainly wanted to talk about my research. My guess is they are trying to get a feel for how you'd fit in their program. " -Posted 04/01/2005 | More from this Member | Report Response

"I have an ankle injury, do you think I should run in the upcoming marathon? (note: talked briefly about my running)" -Posted 03/31/2005 | More from this Member | Report Response

"what can you offer in terms of diversity as a student at stanford?" -Posted 03/28/2005 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to become a leader in the field of academic medicine, and how would Stanford ensure you that you will achieve this goal? " -Posted 02/17/2005 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too interesting..." -Posted 01/14/2005 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Can't remember." -Posted 12/23/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about my research. The long length led to some of the more interesting questions I've ever been asked along the way, asking about different ways to approach my research/how I would expand upon it." -Posted 11/22/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me more specifics about statistics you used in your research a very long time ago" -Posted 03/16/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of research or scholarly pursuit would you like to engage in at Stanford?" -Posted 03/12/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you apply the principles of music to medicine? Explain why you think the vocabulary of science is precise. Why do you think the patient asked you, a student who is not a medical doctor, to write down a medical term for her? *related to a shadowing experience." -Posted 01/29/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really, the questions are rather generic" -Posted 01/28/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about yourself (the first question asked). no further explanation given. i started blabbering about my politcal views, and had no clue if that's what he wanted to hear." -Posted 01/26/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What were you like as a child? Did you rebel as a teenager?" -Posted 01/24/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"A question specific to my research (what do you think are the pitfalls associated with such a theoretical/computational approach to protein folding?)" -Posted 11/27/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Most of the questions related specifically to my file." -Posted 06/15/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Out of all the people you've met in your travel abroad, pick one person and tell me about him/her." -Posted 04/21/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"As a female, do you foresee any difficulties in going into medicine?" -Posted 03/13/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"How hard did you study for the MCAT? (The interviewer asked because I did all of my prerequisites at a community college, did fairly well on the MCAT, and he was wondering if I actually learned the material there or if I studied 100/wk-it was the former)" -Posted 02/07/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in ten years?" -Posted 02/07/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"none that really stood out..." -Posted 01/17/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Can't remember. Know your application inside and out; I had to explain my personal statement almost line by line. Be prepared for some unexpected questions. I was not asked "Why Stanford" or "Why medicine" or "Tell me about yourself"." -Posted 11/22/2002 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family: father, sisters, grandparents (interesting b/c no other interviewer had asked me that before)" -Posted 11/14/2002 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you look for in a medical school? Tell me about your research. " -Posted 11/12/2002 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your research to me as if i were in seventh grade." -Posted 11/11/2002 | More from this Member | Report Response

"No real questions... most questions kinda just started with "tell me about your experience with _____ " and then everything just flowed from there. I heard however, that some others that day were asked ethical questions." -Posted 11/02/2002 | More from this Member | Report Response

"no interesting questions, just questions related to my research/ other activites" -Posted 09/30/2002 | More from this Member | Report Response

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Individual Responses

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School Reviews

School Reviews

Results Overview

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 3

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 2

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

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

Response Avg # Responders
1.67 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 2

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Select Questions & Recent Responses

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.)" -Posted 11/04/2016 | Report Response

"Research and faculty" -Posted 12/29/2014 | Report Response

"Amazing opportunities, energetic class, great facilities for research and preclinical learning, good weather, friendly people." -Posted 11/24/2010 | 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." -Posted 11/04/2016 | Report Response

"clinical rotations" -Posted 12/29/2014 | Report Response

"Varying quality of professors, lack of educational diversity (50% of my class comes from one of 3 undergraduate institutions), suburban location." -Posted 11/24/2010 | Report Response

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

"There are generally required afternoon sessions 3 days per week" -Posted 11/04/2016 | Report Response

"Labs and clinical skills. All lectures are optional." -Posted 11/24/2010 | Report Response

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