Medical Education at Stanford

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The Stanford MD curriculum combines basic science and clinical experience with in-depth study and independent research through the Scholarly Concentrations.

The School of Medicine recruits students who are passionate about their interests and who bring enthusiasm and creativity to their work.

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, clinical practice and leadership.

We enable each graduate to explore his/her potential as a student, scholar, and clinician. Key goals of the curriculum include:

After intensive development of core knowledge, students participate in an innovative medical curriculum which has been developed to meet these two goals. The open, expansive learning environment at the School of Medicine supports this curriculum by integrating technology, information resources, and dynamic learning experiences needed by the modern clinician.

As part of the curriculum, scholarly concentrations enable students to build on their basic sciences and clinical experiences by conducting in-depth practice and research in their selected area.

Institutional Goals

The following goals for the MD Program at Stanford University School of Medicine reflect a commitment to educate future physicians and foster their capacity to make discoveries and lead innovation in the science and practice of medicine:

  1. To assure excellence in clinical medicine with emphasis on:

    • Understanding the traditional and emerging areas of biomedical and clinical sciences, including the etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease
    • Understanding the scientific theory and methodology that form the basis of medical discoveries
    • Utilizing opportunities to explore research and teaching, both broadly defined, in various branches of medicine, with access to the full resources of Stanford University
    • Using technology to manage information and knowledge effectively and efficiently
  2. To develop effective communication skills with patients, colleagues, and the public
  3. To promote leadership training in the various branches of medicine
  4. To promote ethical and moral behavior, the humane and caring practice of medicine, and a sense of obligation to improve the health of the public
  5. To promote delivery of health care that appropriately responds to the social, cultural, and health system context within which the care is delivered
  6. To teach the skills necessary to sustain a lifetime of learning


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