Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interviews will be conducted virtually during the 2020-2021 application cycle.
When are interviews held?
Our interview season begins in mid-October and goes through the end of January.
We conduct Categorical interviews only on Thursdays. Typically, we start at 7:45am and end at 5:15pm. After the interview day, our residents host a dinner/happy hour in downtown Palo Alto. This is our only Thursday evening event.
We conduct Research track interviews only on the following Friday. Typically, we start at 8:00am and end around 4:00pm.
We review complete applications in September before the MSPE are released by medical schools (October 1). Should you receive an invitation to interview from us, please reply with two days to confirm your interview date.
Where can I stay when I come to interview?
Stanford’s location adjacent Palo Alto and Menlo Park offers an abundance of lodging choices, ranging from B&Bs and motels to luxury hotels.
The Stanford lodging guide is based on proximity to the main campus and includes website links, rates, and contact information.
Other helpful lodging information is available at Destination Palo Alto.
While our program does not endorse Airbnb, some visitors have had relative success using the lodging application.
Stanford is roughly equidistant from the San Francisco and San Jose airports. Three major airports serve the San Francisco Bay Area:
We suggest comparing fares to all three airports, as there can be significant differences, even for the same airline.
Although San Francisco is the largest of the three area airports and offers the most airlines and flights, some visitors find that San Jose’s smaller size makes it a somewhat more convenient alternative, especially for domestic flights.