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The School of Medicine seeks to attract students who are passionate about scholarship and wish to improve the health of the world's people through research, innovation, and leadership.

Mission of the Degree Programs in Medicine

The mission of the degree programs in Medicine is to educate and inspire leaders in medicine and science who will improve human health through discovery, innovation, scholarship, education, and the delivery of outstanding patient-centered care.

Stanford is committed to representing the diversity of the U.S. and California populations by seeking a diverse body of students who are interested in the intellectual substance of medicine and committed to advancing the field of health care, broadly defined. Provided an applicant to the school has completed basic courses in physics, chemistry, and biology, the choice of an undergraduate major may reflect other interests, including the arts and humanities. Course work in advanced biology such as biochemistry, molecular biology, or genetics and the behavioral sciences is recommended because of their importance in understanding health care. Breadth of interests and depth of experiences play an important role in the selection of students from among those applicants having superior academic records.

Learning Outcomes

The following competencies  serve as a guide for curriculum development and evaluation of the success of the training program and its graduates.

For additional information on the associated educational objectives please refer to the MD Program Handbook and Policy Manual Section 2.1 Competencies and Objectives for Medical Student Education.

  1. Patient Care: Provide patient-centered care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health
  2. Knowledge for Practice: Demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care
  3. Practice-Based Learning and Improvement: Demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate one’s care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient  care based on constant self-evaluation and life-long learning
  4. Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and health professionals
  5. Professionalism: Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles
  6. Systems-Based Practice: Demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness  to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources  in the system to provide optimal health care
  7. Interprofessional Collaboration: Demonstrate the ability to engage in an interprofessional team in a manner  that optimizes safe, effective patient- and population-centered care
  8. Personal and Professional Development: Demonstrate the qualities required to sustain lifelong personal and professional growth
  9. Discovery: Explore scientific discovery and self-discovery

Degree Programs in Medicine

The School of Medicine offers a professional degree in Medicine (MD), a Masters in Medicine (MSM), a Masters in Medicine in Biomedical Investigation, and oversees a dual-degree Medical Scientist Training Program (MD-PhD). Additional School of Medicine graduate degree programs are available on the School of Medicine Education website.

The Master of Science in Medicine program admits current Stanford Ph.D. students who have a commitment to translational research, but are not interested in becoming clinicians. The goal of the program is to train researchers in human biology and disease to be better equipped to translate new scientific discoveries into useful medical advances. Students offered admission into any Ph.D. program at Stanford may apply for admission to the master's program.

The Master of Science in Medicine in Biomedical Investigation program admits current Stanford M.D. students who have a commitment to becoming physician-scientists. A major goal of the program is to address decreasing numbers of physician- scientists by shortening the training period without compromising quality of research – focusing instead on individualized career development of M.D.-only Physician-Scientists by placing them in outstanding research groups led by experienced faculty.

The Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program provides education in biomedical and clinical sciences along with study and independent research through scholarly concentrations. Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary learning, with streamlined content, interactive approaches, and melding of basic science and clinical instruction across the curriculum. Blocks of unscheduled time allow for individual or group study, participation in elective courses, research, and reflection. The flexible Discovery Curriculum supports student’s scientific discovery and self-discovery by offering multiple learning pathways at a more individualized pace and opportunities for pursuing a second degree, such as an M.P.H., M.B.A., Master's of Science in Epidemiology or Health Services Research, a Ph.D., or participating in longitudinal and global health research experiences.

The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) M.D.-Ph.D. program provides a select group of medical students with an opportunity to pursue a training program designed to equip them for careers in academic investigative medicine. Individualization of the curricular and research programs of each trainee is the hallmark of the Program. Training for a combined MD-PhD includes the same content encountered by students who pursue each degree separately, but the total time of training should be less than the sum of the time normally taken for each degree. To this end, students must plan their training carefully and commit to a rigorous and intensive period of study. The flexible curriculum at Stanford Medical School allows each student to satisfy the requirements for the MD degree and to pursue an independent research program.
In addition to a variety of other dual degree opportunities, Stanford also collaborates with the University of California, Berkeley, to offer students opportunities for M.D./M.P.H. training. Details about these programs may be found at Stanford's Dual Degree and Multi-Degree Programs web site.

The M.D. degree requires 12 quarters of registration at full Med-M.D. tuition; the joint M.D./Ph.D. degree requires 15 quarters. Completion of the M.D. degree must be achieved within six years, unless a petition is granted to extend this time frame. For further details on the M.D. degree, including admission requirements, see the Stanford M.D. Program website.

Fellowships and Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships

The Office of Medical Education manages the Teaching Assistantships for the required M.D. courses. TAships provide medical students with an opportunity to develop teaching skills and enhance understanding of specific areas of the M.D. curriculum through teaching. Additionally, the work done by TAs enriches the overall curriculum and is an invaluable resource to the school.

In selecting TAs, all course directors consider each applicant’s expertise in the subject matter, prior teaching experience, academic performance, and overall enthusiasm and participation throughout the course. Past performance in the course is a factor in selecting most TAs. Please note that some course directors may decide to interview potential candidates while others may not; the interview process varies from course to course. Some course directors may also require their TAs to participate in additional training; that will be noted in this document. TAs are expected to be and remain in good academic standing. However, all first-time TAs in the M.D. program are required to attend the training hosted by the Office of Medical Education. This training is mandatory and cannot be made up. Students may be asked to re-take this training if they have not taken it within the last 3 academic years.

Medical Scholars Research Program

Since 1980, the Stanford Medical Scholars Research Program has supported medical student research, both locally and off-site. Students carry out research in an academic setting under the direction of faculty members here at the medical school, hospital and clinics, and throughout the University. The fellowships provide funding and units as Medical Scholars Research 370.

M.D. students enrolled at Stanford are eligible.

M.D. students who obtained a Ph.D. prior to matriculation may apply for a fellowship only for research that has focus substantially different from that of their prior doctoral studies.
Students who are pursuing a dual degree (e.g.. M.D./M.B.A.) are not eligible when they "step out" to pursue the dual degree. Stepping out means that they are no longer paying tuition under the School of Medicine for that period of time, and any Financial Aid support is handled through the other degree program. When you "step back in" to the M.D. program, you resume eligibility for MedScholars.

Master of Science in Medicine

The University’s basic requirements for the M.S. degree are discussed in the “Graduate Degrees” section of this bulletin.

Overview

The Master of Science in Medicine (MSM) program is a master degree program that provides Ph.D. candidates exposure to clinical medicine with a view to fostering translational research. The goal of the MSM program is to train a new generation of Ph.D. students about human biology and disease, and thus better prepare them to translate new scientific discoveries into useful medical advances.

The MSM program admits an elite group of highly talented people who have a serious commitment to translational research but are not interested in becoming clinicians. Students admitted to any of the Ph.D. programs offered at Stanford have the opportunity to apply for MSM admission on a competitive basis.

Funding for each student during the first year of the program is completely provided by scholarship support from the MSM program. Beginning in the second year, financial support is provided by each student's home Ph.D. program.

Degree Requirements

The Department of Medicine requires a minimum of 79 units for the master’s degree to be taken in residence at Stanford. A Master’s Program Proposal form should be filled out, signed by the student’s academic adviser, and submitted to the department’s student services manager by the end of the student’s first quarter of study. Final revisions to the master’s program proposal must be submitted no later than one academic quarter prior to the quarter of expected degree conferral.

The program will extend the total training time by one-year beyond the usual length of Ph.D. training. During the program’s first two years MSM participants will take basic biomedical science courses with the School of Medicine's MD students, This course schedule allows MSM students to concurrently undertake some Ph.D. course requirements and lab rotations. By early in the second program year, students will choose labs for thesis research and elect clinical mentors. The Master of Science in Medicine degree will be conferred upon successful completion of the required coursework and clinical experience.

Course Requirements

The basic medical science courses required by the MSM program are summarized below. This is an intensive sequence, but can also be flexible, depending on the student, and the student's background, Ph.D. program requirements, and interests.

In some cases, there is overlap between MSM courses and courses required for Ph.D. degree progress. Ph.D. students may be able to substitute courses required by their Ph.D. programs. For example, while most M.D. students take GENE 202, most Ph.D. students prefer to take GENE 205 which is a more advanced course and may satisfy a Ph.D. course requirement.

All MSM courses are taken Pass/Fail with the exception of courses required for the student's Ph.D. degree which must be taken for a letter grade. A more detailed description of each of the courses below can be found on ExploreCourses.

First YearUnits
AutumnWinterSpring
Clinical Anatomy (SURG 203)11    
Molecular Foundations of Medicine (BIOC 205)4    
Applied Biochemistry (BIOC 200)2    
Human Genetics (GENE 202)4    
Embryology (SURG 201)1    
Histology (INDE 218)1    
Basic Cardiac Life Support for Healthcare Professionals (EMED 201)1    
Microbiology and Infectious Diseases I (INDE 263)  3  
Immunology in Health and Disease (IMMUNOL 205)  4  
The Nervous System (NBIO 206)  6  
Cells and Signaling in Regenerative Medicine (DBIO 201)  2  
Science of Medicine I (INDE 221)    12
Year Total: 24 15 12
 
Second YearUnits
AutumnWinterSpring
Science of Medicine II-A (INDE 222A)7    
Science of Medicine II-B (INDE 222B)7    
Microbiology and Infectious Diseases III (INDE 265)2    
Science of Medicine III-A (INDE 223A)  5  
Science of Medicine III-B (INDE 223B)  5  
Pharmacological Treatment of Disease (INDE 260A)  1  
Pharmacological Treatment of Disease (INDE 260B)  1  
Year Total: 16 12  
 
Total Units in Sequence: 79

Non-Course Requirements

All students must complete a Clinical Experience prior to conferring the degree. Most often this takes the form of a shadow arrangement, equivalent to 1 week of full-time work (40 hours). This arrangement can be broken up as desired (e.g., four weeks quarter-time or two weeks part-time). Students are encouraged to match the clinical experience to their research interest. Primary responsibility to find these opportunities falls to each student.

Master of Science in Medicine, Subplan in Biomedical Investigation

The University’s basic requirements for the M.S. degree are discussed in the “Graduate Degrees” section of this bulletin.

Overview

The goal of the Stanford Berg Scholars Program (Master of Science in Medicine with a subplan in Biomedical Investigation) is to address decreasing numbers of physician-scientists by shortening the training period without compromising quality of research, focusing instead on individualized career development of our M.D.-only physician-scientists by placing them in outstanding research groups led by experienced faculty.

Degree Requirements

Berg Scholars must complete all Stanford University requirements for the Master in Science (M.S.) in Medicine in Biomedical Investigation while pursuing their M.D. Students must adhere to the University's residency requirements. Units may not be duplicated or double-counted toward the residency requirement for both degrees. Students must complete the master’s degree requirements within three years of the first graduate quarter of the M.S.

Course Requirements

Students are required to complete 280 minimum units (combined M.S. and M.D.) to graduate. These unit are broken down as follows:

  • 45 unduplicated units taken in specific courses for the M.S. degree
    • 33 units in research
    •  12 units of coursework (11 required plus 1 elective)
  • 235 units in pre-clinical and clinical clerkships for the M.D. degree

Only courses 100 level or above can be counted towards the degree. A minimum of 23 units must be at the 200-level or above. All courses towards the 45 unit requirement must receive a passing grade.

Units
Core Courses
MED 255The Responsible Conduct of Research1
INDE 217Physician Scientist Hour (take this course three times)3
INDE 258PSTP Career Development Symposium1
SOMGEN 223Introduction to R for data analysis3
Choose one of the following3
Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Epidemiology
Intermediate Biostatistics: Analysis of Discrete Data
or an equivalent course for a minimum of 3 units
Research Units
Complete 33 units of research from the SoM department in the student's file of study33
Such courses are typically numbered 399
Elective courses
Choose one or more of the following:1-5
Translational Research and Applied Medicine
Introduction to Bioengineering Research
Frontiers in Interdisciplinary Biosciences
Workshop in Biostatistics
Workshop in Biostatistics
Workshop in Biostatistics
Introduction to Biomedical Informatics Research Methodology
Intermediate Biostatistics: Analysis of Discrete Data
Outcomes Analysis
Introductory Python Programming for Genomics
Meta-research: Appraising Research Findings, Bias, and Meta-analysis
The Science of Community Engagement in Health Research
Biostatistics for the Life Sciences
Genomics
Introduction to Concepts and Methods in Health Services and Policy Research I
Introduction to Concepts and Methods in Health Services and Policy Research II
Analytical and Practical Issues in the Conduct of Clinical and Epidemiologic Research
Methods for Health Care Delivery Innovation, Implementation and Evaluation
Evaluating Technologies for Diagnosis, Prediction and Screening
Introduction to Data Management and Analysis in SAS
Introduction to Epidemiologic and Clinical Research Methods
Intermediate Epidemiologic and Clinical Research Methods
Intermediate Biostatistics: Analysis of Discrete Data
Intermediate Biostatistics: Regression, Prediction, Survival Analysis
Foundations of Statistical and Scientific Inference
Population Health Research
Immunology Research Seminars for Medical Students
Meta-research: Appraising Research Findings, Bias, and Meta-analysis
Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lab (SE Lab) - Human & Planetary Health
Experimental Immersion in Neuroscience
RADO 203SI
Stem Cells and Human Development: From Embryo to Cell Lineage Determination
Practical Applications for Qualitative Data Analysis
SURG 202B
Qualitative Research Methods and Study Design
Total Units45-49

Non-Course Requirements

Additionally, students must complete the following non-course requirements in order to confer their degree.

Research Proposal

Students must submit a written research proposal for committee review.

Research Proposal Presentation

Students must orally present their proposed research to their research committee for approval.

Thesis Defense

Students must defend their thesis with an oral presentation and closed door questioning from their research committee.

Thesis

Students must publish their thesis in order to confer their M.S. degree.

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

Candidates for the degree of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) must satisfactorily complete the required curriculum in medicine. The requirements for the M.D. degree are detailed below and in the M.D. Handbook.

Overview

The Discovery Curriculum enables students to complete their M.D. program at a more individualized pace, introducing a greater diversity of learning pathways available to students. Depending on their unique goals and pursuits at Stanford, students can complete the pre-clerkship curriculum at full pace in two years or at a slower pace in three years. During the first year, all students complete the same courses at the same pace. In Autumn Quarter of the second year, students can complete the remainder of their pre-clerkship curriculum at full pace or apply for the option of splitting the course workload over two years. Students who are approved for the three-year option have substantially more open time to pursue independent research, a dual degree, or other longitudinal scholarship and leadership activities. The course requirements, learning objectives, and assessments are the same for two-year and three-year pre-clerkship students. The three-year option is selective with an application process; the majority of students are expected initially to opt for the traditional two-year pre-clerkship option.

Degree Requirements

Satisfactory completion of a minimum total of 238 required academic units as specified in the table Courses and Units for Students Matriculating Academic Year 2020-21.

Students cannot graduate with any uncorrected failing grade in a pre-clerkship course or any uncorrected failing or marginal pass grade in clinical clerkships. Students can graduate with one uncorrected marginal pass in a pre-clerkship course having fewer than 8 units.

Course Requirements

Students must successfully complete a minimum of the following:

  • 124 pre-clerkship units
  • 6 units of additional required coursework (INDE 297 and MED 295)
  •  64 weeks of clerkships equaling at least 96 units
  • 12 units of a Scholarly Concentration

Requirements & Timeline

The following is a list and timeline of required courses for students who continuously pursue the M.D. without engaging in a dual degree or separate research track.

Units
Pre-Clerkship Coursework
Quarter 1 (32-39 units)
INDE 201Practice of Medicine I8
SURG 203Clinical Anatomy11
BIOC 200Applied Biochemistry2
BIOC 205Molecular Foundations of Medicine4
GENE 202Human Genetics4
SURG 201Embryology1
INDE 218Histology1
EMED 201Basic Cardiac Life Support for Healthcare Professionals1
Elective Coursework0-7
Quarter 2 (21-26 units)
INDE 202Practice of Medicine II5
INDE 263Microbiology and Infectious Diseases I3
IMMUNOL 205Immunology in Health and Disease4
NBIO 206The Nervous System6
DBIO 201Cells and Signaling in Regenerative Medicine2
Elective Coursework0-5
Quarter 3 (19-26 units)
INDE 203Practice of Medicine III6
INDE 221Science of Medicine I12
Elective Coursework0-7
Early Clinical Engagement Requirement
Must be completed during the 1st year of study.
Complete one (1) of the following options:
INDE 268Early Clinical Engagement1
Must commit to course by Autumn quarter Final Study List deadline. Enroll in the Spring. But must participate in the course in Aut, Win, and Spr.
PEDS 281Childhood Chronic Illness: Impact on Family Development1
Must concurrently attend all of the INDE 268 didactic sessions throughout the year.
INDE 290AWalk With Me: A Patient and Family Centered Exploration of Health & The Health Care System1
Or INDE 290B or INDE 290C; Must commit to course by Autumn Quarter Final Study List Deadline.
FAMMED 280Student Community Outreach and Physician Support (Must commit to course by Autumn Quarter Final Study List Deadline.)1
Quarter 4 (24-39 units)
INDE 204APractice of Medicine IV-A4
INDE 204BPractice of Medicine IV-B4
INDE 222AScience of Medicine II-A7
INDE 222BScience of Medicine II-B7
INDE 265Microbiology and Infectious Diseases III2
Elective Coursework0-15
Quarter 5 (18-26 units)
INDE 205APractice of Medicine V3
INDE 205BPractice of Medicine V3
INDE 223AScience of Medicine III-A5
INDE 223BScience of Medicine III-B5
INDE 260APharmacological Treatment of Disease1
INDE 260BPharmacological Treatment of Disease1
Elective Coursework0-8
Quarter 6 (10-26 units)
INDE 206Practice of Medicine VI5
INDE 224Pathophysiology Capstone4
Elective Coursework16
Core Clerkships
The following must be taken within the student's first 12 months of clinical rotations
MED 300AInternal Medicine Core Clerkship10
SURG 300ASurgery Core Clerkship10
Two (2) of the following must be completed within the student's first 12 months (16 periods) of clinical rotations
OBGYN 300AObstetrics and Gynecology Core Clerkship10
PEDS 300APediatrics Core Clerkship10
MED 313AAmbulatory Medicine Core Clerkship5
FAMMED 301AFamily Medicine Core Clerkship5
NENS 301ANeurology Core Clerkship5
PSYC 300APsychiatry Core Clerkship5
EMED 301AEmergency Medicine Core Clerkship5
Choose one (1) of the following
ANES 306ACritical Care Core Clerkship5
ANES 306PCritical Care Core Clerkship5
Selective/Elective Clerkships
Selective I: Fundamentals of Clinical Care
Complete 3 weeks of clerkship listed under this category
ANES 304AChronic Pain Management Clerkship5
DERM 300ADermatology Clerkship5
EMED 313AEmergency Medicine Clerkship5
EMED 313DEmergency Medicine Clerkship5
FAMMED 310AContinuity of Care Clerkship1-6
FAMMED 345EFamily Practice Office Clerkship5
MED 303ACardiology Clerkship-Inpatient/Outpatient Consult5
MED 303BCardiology Clerkship5
MED 303CCardiology Clerkship5
MED 306AEndocrinology and Metabolism Clerkship5
MED 322AOutpatient Medical Oncology Clerkship3-6
MED 323ATrans-Disciplinary Breast Oncology Clerkship5
MED 342AGeriatric Medicine Clerkship5
MED 343BPalliative Care Clerkship5
OPHT 300AOphthalmology Clerkship5
OPHT 300EOphthalmology Clerkship5
ORTHO 303CClinical Clerkship in Rehabilitation Medicine5
ORTHO 304APhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clerkship5
ORTHO 306AOrthopedics Clerkship5
OTOHNS 307AOtolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Clerkship5
PEDS 315AAdolescent Medicine5
PEDS 340DChild Health Clerkship5
PSYC 328BAddiction Treatment Services5
RAD 301ADiagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Clerkship5
RADO 300ARadiation Oncology Clerkship5
UROL 308AUrology Clerkship5
UROL 308BUrology Clerkship5
UROL 308CUrology Clerkship5
Selective II: Subinternship
Complete 3 weeks of clerkship listed under this category
CTS 300ACardiothoracic Surgery Clerkship5
FAMMED 364ESubinternship in Family Medicine5
MED 304ACardiovascular Medicine Clerkship - Inpatients5
MED 311DAdvanced Medicine Clerkship5
MED 312CAdvanced Medicine Clerkship5
MED 314AAdvanced Medicine Clerkship5
MED 321AInpatient Medical Oncology Clerkship5
MED 339BAdvanced Medicine Clerkship5
NENS 307AAdvanced Clinical Elective in Child Neurology5
NENS 308AAdvanced Clinical Elective in Adult Neurology5
NSUR 318ASubinternship in Neurosurgery5
OBGYN 304AInpatient Gynecology Clerkship5
OBGYN 307AMaternal-Fetal Medicine Clerkship5
OBGYN 308AGynecologic Oncology Clerkship5
ORTHO 318ASubinternship in Orthopedic Surgery5
OTOHNS 336ASubinternship in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery5
PEDS 313ANeonatal Intensive Care Subinternship5
PEDS 314APediatric Intensive Care Clerkship5
PEDS 335APediatric Hematology and Oncology Subinternship5
PEDS 336ESubinternship in Community Hospital Pediatrics5
PEDS 338ASubinternship in Inpatient Pediatrics5
PSYC 358ASubinternship in Inpatient Psychiatry5
PSYC 362BSubinternship in Inpatient Psychiatry5
SURG 311CClerkship at the Burn Center5
SURG 316APediatric Surgery Clerkship5
SURG 333AMulti-Organ Transplantation Clerkship5
SURG 334AAdvanced Vascular Surgery Clerkship5
SURG 338AAdvanced Surgery Clerkship5
UROL 338AAdvanced Urology Clerkship5
UROL 338CAdvanced Urology Clerkship5
Elective Clerkship
Students are required to complete 5-6 electives (of any 3**-series clerkships) to reach the minimum of 64 weeks of clerkship training 1
Additional Course Requirements
INDE 297Reflection and Contextual Medicine (students should enroll in INDE 297 in the last quarter of enrollment prior to graduation)4
MED 295Advanced Cardiac Life Support2

Examination Requirements

Completion of the following examination requirements are required prior to conferral:

  • Mini-CPX
    • An exam administered at the end of the pre-clerkship period. Students must meet or exceed a minimum passing score on the exam to be eligible to enter clerkships.
  • Clinical Performance Examination (CPX)
    • An exam administered to all medical students in the State of California that may be taken at the end of the first year of clerkships. Students must demonstrate at least a minimum competency in each of the four skill areas. Students who fail to attain an overall passing score on the exam or who fail individual skill domains will have to complete a remediation program in order to graduate.
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)
    • In order to graduate, students must pass USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK (Clinical Knowledge) and must have taken the Step 2 CS (Clinical Skills). Students must receive an overall pass on Step 1 of the USMLE within 12 months of the start of clinical clerkships. Students must take the USMLE Step 2 CS examination prior to graduation. A passing grade is not required for graduation but is required to take Step 3.

Scholarly Concentration

All students are required to fulfill the scholarly concentration requirement. All students must declare a concentration using the Medical Education Platform (MEP) by September 1st of their second year of study.

Students must choose one (1) area of study from a Foundation area listed below and complete 12 units of coursework:

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities
  • Informatics and Data-Driven Medicine
  • Clinical Research
  • Community Health
  • Health Services and Policy Research
  • Medical Education
  • Molecular Basis of Medicine

If desired, students can apply the skills developed in their foundation area to one of the application areas below. Up to 6 of the 12 units can come from one of the application areas:

  • Cancer Biology
  • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
  • Global Health
  • Immunology
  • Neuroscience, Behavior, and Cognition
  • Prevention Research
  • Quality Improvement
  • Women’s Health and Sex Differences

The unit requirements for the Scholarly Concentration can also be achieved by completion of a graduate degree at Stanford alongside the M.D.

In addition, to the unit requirement, students must also complete two (2) non-course requirements (including those pursuing the additional graduate degree option):

Written Report

Students must submit a written report of their scholarly work by June 1 of their graduating year.

Presentation

Students must present their research and scholarly work by June 1 of their graduating year.

Medical Scientist Training Program

The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) M.D.-Ph.D. program provides a select group of medical students with an opportunity to pursue a training program designed to equip them for careers in academic investigative medicine. Individualization of the curricular and research programs of each trainee is the hallmark of the Program.

Admission Requirements

Stanford's MSTP is interested in identifying students with significant undergraduate research experience that would predict successful completion of a Ph.D. program. In addition, successful candidates must meet the standards expected of the very best M.D. candidates. The Stanford Medical Scientist Training Program admissions process utilizes the same application, process, and all policies as the M.D.-only application. For information regarding the Stanford School of Medicine’s M.D. Admissions process, policies and eligibility, visit the School of Medicine's How to Apply website. For specific questions regarding the application process, please contact Stanford's M.D. Admissions directly at mdadmissions@stanford.edu.

Program Requirements

Training for a combined M.D.-Ph.D. includes the same content encountered by students who pursue each degree separately, but the total time of training should be less than the sum of the time normally taken for each degree. To this end, students must plan their training carefully and commit to a rigorous and intensive period of study. The flexible curriculum at the Stanford Medical School allows each student to satisfy the requirements for the M.D. degree and to pursue an independent research program.

 For more information about the program structure, review the MSTP program website.

M.D. Degree Requirements

COVID-19 USMLE Exam Policies

Step 1

Per the MD Handbook, Section 3.22: Students must take Step 1 of the USMLE within 12 months of the start of their first clinical clerkship. However, due to testing center closures and postponed exams, the deadline date has been extended. For all students who began clerkships prior to March 31, 2020, the deadline to take Step 1 is now March 31, 2021. For students beginning clerkships after March 31, 2020 the original deadline of 12 months still applies. Please reference the full policy for more information. Students are encouraged discuss Step 1 plans with their Advising Deans.

Step 2 CS (Clinical Skills)

Per the MD Handbook, Section 3.22: Students must take the USMLE Step 2 CS (Clinical Skills) examination prior to graduation. A passing score is not required for graduation but is required to sit for Step 3; passing Step 3 is required for licensure in California and virtually every other state. However, as of May 26, 2020, the USMLE has suspended Step 2 CS test administrations for the next 12-18 months. Therefore, the requirement to take Step 2 CS will be waived for students graduating in June 2021 (or before). Please reference the full policy for more information.