New to Stanford

Welcome! Congratulations on your appointment to the Faculty!

Whether you are new to the Bay Area and the University, or have a long history with Stanford, we welcome you to the faculty of the School of Medicine.



Benefits Overview

The University Benefits Office is your source for all information regarding your benefits. The Stanford Benefits website provides detailed information about benefits eligibility, medical and life benefits, retirement savings, and professional and wellness programs. You will also find a video library to help you learn more about Stanford’s benefits and resources.

Sign Up for Health Benefits
You must enroll in benefits within thirty days of your start date at the University as a benefited employee.  Enrollment can be done online or by phone and requires your Stanford ID and PIN.

Stanford ID
– see your Stanford ID card and use the last 8 digits, or request this number from your Human Resources administrator.

PIN – your temporary PIN is the month and year of your birth (MMYYYY).  Otherwise it is the PIN you selected the first time you called the Benefits office or logged in on their website.

Department Orientation

By now you should have received an initial package of information, either through the School of Medicine Faculty Onboarding system or from your department's faculty affairs administrator (FAA), including the items below. If you have not received this, you may want to request it right away from your department contact.

  • Who's who in your department: a list of relevant faculty and staff, including departmental leadership as well as people who manage grants, finance, space, and computing.
  • Benefits information: faculty benefits including the Tuition Grant Program, medical coverage and retirement information; where and when to sign up, and how to find a benefits orientation.
  • Identification: how to get your SUNET ID, which uniquely identifies you for email and secure access to many Stanford websites; your campus ID card, hospital (or other building) badge.
  • Work/Life: the Parking and Transportation website and group; the PE, Recreation and Wellness organization; and the Stanford WorkLife office.
  • Physician information: for faculty with clinical duties, how to obtain medical staff privileges at the hospitals, and information on physician billing and malpractice coverage.
  • Required training: HIPAA compliance, sexual harassment training, laboratory safety, and how to determine what training is required for you.
  • Home and family: relocation services; the University's Faculty/Staff Housing office; resources for dual-career families (e.g. finding employment at the University or elsewhere for a spouse or partner).

Welcome Meeting with an Associate Dean

The Associate Deans of Academic Affairs will meet with new Assistant Professors to welcome you to Stanford, answer questions about getting started at Stanford, and inform you about resources available to you.

If you are interested in meeting with an Associate Dean but have not been contacted, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs.

University Orientation (Professoriate Only)

Every fall, the University's Faculty Development and Diversity Office offers New Faculty Orientation. Invitations are sent out via email to all new faculty. This office also maintains a website for new faculty, which includes an online orientation, to-do checklist and quicklinks to information of interest to new faculty.