Frequently Asked Questions-General Surgery Training Program

How many categorical positions are available?
There are 6 categorical positions available each year. Five in the 6 year residency track and one in the fast track (no professional development time). We offer up to 5 undesignated preliminary positions.

What is the yearly stipend of interns?
In the 2014-2015 academic year, interns are being paid $58,260.80  Chief Residents currently make $73,944.00.  

What benefits does Stanford University Medical Center provide its residents?
The following benefits are provided to residents: 

  • Residents receive a one-time housing/moving expense allowance of $3000.
  • Each year they receive an educational allowance of $2000, and they receive $1000 to cover gas, car mileage, and cell phone charges.
  • hospital and major medical insurance for house officer and dependents; dental insurance for house officer and children (available for spouse at the house officer’s expense), vision and mental health coverage; lab coats and their laundry, malpractice coverage, certain University privileges, disability insurance, paid time off for illness and vacation; cost of initial medical license (obtained after receipt of a valid Stanford Hospital and Clinics contract) is reimbursed;  on-call meal arrangements at Stanford for those required to be in-house for 24 hours;  cost of USMLE Part III for PGY I’s;  cost of CA MD license renewals and initial DEA & renewal of DEA. 

What is “Professional Development” time?
After their 2nd or 3rd year residents take time away from their clinical training to develop further interests related to surgery.  We call this “professional development” time.  Traditionally, residents have used this time to take advantage of the extensive research opportunities at Stanford.  Residents developed scientific expertise in plastics surgery, transplant surgery, pediatric surgery and cardiac surgery.  However, other residents have used this time to pursue additional degrees or experiences in business, education, bio design, quality, and public health.

What funding is available for the “Professional Development” time?
Residents are responsible for seeking and applying for funding to support their professional time. Our residents have been very competitive at finding funding from national organizations. A limited amount of funding is available for residents who have made a good faith effort at obtaining funding.

Does the Stanford General Surgery Residency support travel to national meetings?
The residency pays for the chief residents to go to one meeting during their chief year.  Usually, they go to the American College of Surgery meeting. If residents of any level are presenting at a national meeting, the principle investigator is expected to cover the expenses.

How is the call schedule determined?
Each year two chief residents are chosen to be the Administrative Chiefs. Their responsibilities include maintaining a call schedule that is fair and compliant with the ACGME duty hour rules.

What is the current accreditation of the Stanford General Surgery Residency Program?
We are accredited by the Residency Review Council through 2020. Around that time we will undergo a scheduled review.