Physician Scientist: How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in our program. We welcome applications from all interested MD/PhD residency candidates.

Application materials MUST be submitted through ERAS.

Application Deadline: October 1

Interview decisions will be made after a review of your complete application. In order for your application to be considered complete, all required materials must be received no later than October 1.

Physician Scientist Interview Days

  • 2018 interview dates to be announced.  

Required Materials

  • Completed ERAS application form (recommend applying to both the Physician Scientist Track and the Stanford Categorical Pediatrics Track)
  • MSPE ("Dean's Letter" from your school)
  • Letters of Recommendation (4):
    • Letter from one of these members of your Institution's Department of Pediatrics: Chair, Clerkship Director, or Program Director
    • Clinical letter from Pediatrics faculty member
    • Clinical letter from any Pediatrics or Non-Pediatrics faculty member
    • Letter from your PhD advisor (or another significant research mentor)
  • Personal statement
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE Score Transcript
  • NRMP Number
  • Stanford Residency to Fellowship Research Track form (due by 10/1--email PDF form to:
  • To be considered for the Stanford Residency to Fellowship Research Track, please complete the Stanford Residency to Fellowship Research Track form and email it, in PDF format, to:

Special Materials

  • If you are currently in a residency training program, a letter is also required from the program director.
  • All International Medical Graduate applicants must send a status letter from the California Medical License Board.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  • Additional letters of reference are accepted if sent through ERAS.
  • We require that you have a passing USMLE score. Otherwise, we do not have a minimum score cut-off. We also do not have a graduation date cut off.
  • We will accept COMLEX scores in addition to -but not in place of- USMLE scores.
  • Only J-1 visas are sponsored through the Graduate Medical Education Office.
  • Candidates must have an MD/PhD by the start of residency.
  • While we encourage all interested students to spend time doing a visiting rotation to get to know our program better, we cannot guarantee an interview to every visiting student.


Becky Blankenburg, MD, MPH
Residency Program Director

Mark Kay, MD, PhD
Associate Chair for Research