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Life in the Bay Area

The Bay Area is an amazing place to live! With great weather, lots of parks, and various terrain the outdoor enthusiast will have plenty to do. Popular activies include cycling, mountain biking, hiking, sailing, surfing, get the picture.  Napa (wine country), Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay are within driving distance for great weekend getaways.

Palo Alto has a beautiful downtown with diverse shops, restaurants and events like farmers markets to keep you busy. As part of the Stanford community, you have access to all of the events on campus.

San Francisco is a short drive (or train ride) away and is a cultural hub for festivals, clubs, concerts, ballet, theater, opera, museums, sporting events, restaurants and sight-seeing.



Stanford leads the nation in addressing the important issue of physician well-being. The institution created the WellMD Center in 2015 and is the first academic center to have created and recruited a chief wellness officer.

Please refer to the ACGME website for resources that promote a culture of well-being:


Please refer to the GME website for full details on your benefits as a fellow.

Example House Staff Contract
House Staff Policies and Proceedures

Highlights include: full healthcare insurance (medical/dental/vision), $3000 moving stipend for fellows new to Stanford, annual education stipend, annual living expense stipend, reimbursement for most licensing fees and exams, and access to the Stanford University community (including academic and athletic communities).

Stanford HealthCare Resident/Fellow Salaries & Benefits 2017-18 (effective Sept. 1st)

Year Annual   Per Month
IV $77,001.60   $6416.68
V $81,827.20   $6,818.80
VI $85,467.20   $7,122.13
VII $90,251.20   $7,520.79
VIII $94,369.60   $7,863.98
Moving allowance (new hires only) $3,000        
Annual educational allowance $2,000    
Cell phone allowance  $1,000 *    
Food allowance $10 per day (shifts of 12 hours or longer)  
Housing stipend $6,000 per year (paid as $500 monthly)  
Cost of initial CA MD license and renewals*    
Cost of initial DEA and renewals*    
Cost of USMLE III*
ATLS Certification
PALS Certification
Medical, dental, vision, and long term disability insurance provided

1% annual bonus based on completion of a Quality Improvent Project

The PCCM division will reimburse fellow for permitted expenses up to $2000 per year when fellow presents research at a major conference; will reimburse 1 major conference early registration fee per year even if fellow is not presenting.

Laptop (choice of MacBookAir or Dell) to facilitate research. It remains University property and is returned upon departure from the program.

* Please see House Staff Policies and Procedures for full details.
Subject to appropriate taxes  


Palo Alto is located in the heart of Silicon Valley and is connected to San Francisco and San Jose by two major freeways (Hwys. 280 & Hwy. 101). There is easy access into San Francisco and Berkeley for cultural events. City life may be combined with the pleasures of rural Portola Valley and Half Moon Bay. Rentals in the Palo Alto area are costly but the benefits of living here more than make up for it. Do not limit yourself to the immediate surrounding area. Fellows have even lived in San Francisco (not recommended in the first year). Parking is scarce so many fellows choose to take public transportation or bike to campus.

Stanford Campus: Fellows are not eligible to live on the Stanford campus in dorms, Escondido Village, or purchase condominiums and houses for sale on campus land. You are able to rent apartments at University owned apartment complexes: Welch Road Apartments (at the corner of Pasteur Drive and Welch Road) and Stanford West (located on Sand Hill road).

Applications for the Welch Road apartments are included in your registration packets and should be returned promptly to House Staff Administration. Incoming interns and residents are given top priority for any available units. Assignment is based on a lottery held on May 1-2 of each year. Residents are allowed to live at Welch Road during their initial Stanford residency only.

Stanford West Apartments were completed in the Spring of 2002 and are filled predominantly by faculty and staff. You may join a waitlist for one, two, and three bedroom apartments within walking distance from the Medical Center. The complex has an on-site day care center.

For other local and Stanford owned rentals try the Faculty and Staff Housing Office suggested locations, Craig's List, or SU Post in addition to your direct searches.

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