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Student Viewpoints

"The different types of diversity at Stanford is great; it's not just diversity of ethnicity but backgrounds and experiences too."

—Adeoti Oshinowo, Fifth Year

"The atmosphere is very warm and personalized. I not only know my classmates well, but also everyone else here. It's a fun, collaborative, cooperative environment."

—Matthew Goldstein, Fourth Year

"I feel welcome here as a student coming from a small liberal-arts college."

—Jane Whitney, First Year

Stanford Medical Student Association (SMSA)

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Student Life

Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, the School of Medicine is part of a vibrant, metropolitan area which boasts world-renown, innovative organizations such as Hewlett Packard and Google. Known for its cutting-edge technology and wealth of opportunities, the region attracts people from virtually every continent and culture.

The university 's student body of more than 14,000 (split almost evenly between undergraduate and graduate students) and its distinguished faculty of over 1,700 enjoy a creative collaboration that promotes outstanding academic and artistic achievement.

Public service is also an important part of Stanford life, and medical students seek or create service opportunities outside the campus to address the needs of local communities.

The School of Medicine has many partners, both on and off campus, with whom we develop and present unparalelled opportunities:

  • World-renown Stanford Medical Center, as well as nearby Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System and county medical facilities, provide unparalleled opportunities in clinical patient care.
  • Physician-scholars undertake scientific investigation in some of the country 's top graduate biomedical research programs at the medical school and on Stanford 's main campus.
  • Students may pursue concurrent graduate degrees at other schools at Stanford or through programs at other universities.
  • Stanford 's Learning Tech team leads the nation in developing cutting-edge technologies for biomedical education.

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