New to Stanford

Welcome! Congratulations on your appointment to the Faculty!

Whether you are new to the Bay Area and the University, or have a long history with Stanford, we welcome you to the faculty of the School of Medicine.


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Benefits Overview

The University Benefits Office is your source for all information regarding your benefits. The Stanford Benefits website provides detailed information about benefits eligibility, medical and life benefits, retirement savings, and professional and wellness programs. You will also find a video library to help you learn more about Stanford’s benefits and resources.

Sign Up for Health Benefits
You must enroll in benefits within thirty days of your start date at the University as a benefited employee.  Enrollment can be done online or by phone and requires your Stanford ID and PIN.

Stanford ID
– see your Stanford ID card and use the last 8 digits, or request this number from your Human Resources administrator.

PIN – your temporary PIN is the month and year of your birth (MMYYYY).  Otherwise it is the PIN you selected the first time you called the Benefits office or logged in on their website.

School Of Medicine Orientation


The Stanford Medicine Virtual New Faculty Orientation was held in October 2022. Below are the recorded Zoom sessions with corresponding slides for your reference. 

  • Session I: Presented Material and Recordings
    • Overview of Stanford University and Stanford Medicine -  Linda M. Boxer, M.D., Ph.D., Vice Dean of the School of Medicine; Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor; Professor of Medicine (Hematology)
    • Introduction to Clinical Care - Niraj L. Sehgal, M.D, M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer, Stanford Health Care; Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Clinical Professor of Medicine
    • Introduction to Clinical Care - Dennis P. Lund, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford; Associate Dean of the Faculty for Maternal and Child Health; Elizabeth Wood Dunlevie Professor
  • Session II: Presented Material and Recordings (recording not available for Faculty Well-Being presentation)
    • Role of Department Leadership - Mary B. Leonard, M.D., M.S.C.E., Arline and Pete Harman Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics; Adalyn Jay Physician-in-Chief, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford; Director, Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute 
    • Faculty Well- Being - Tait Shanafelt, M.D., Chief Wellness Officer; Director, WellMD Center; Professor of Medicine (Hematology)
    • The Office of Chief Risk Officer - Raina Rose Tagle, Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, Office of the Chief Risk Officer; Vinita Bali, Senior Director, Risk Strategies, Office of the Chief Risk Officer
  • Session III: Presented Material and Recordings
    • Introduction to Research- Jennifer Brown, RN Director, Clinical Research Quality Assistant Dean, Compliance, Regulatory and Quality
    • Role of the Office of Academic Affairs - Adam Sherman, M.P.A., J.D. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    • Faculty Lines and Criteria for Promotion (CE) -  Janice Lowe, M.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Clinical Professor of Pediatrics; Geoffrey M. Riley, M.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Clinical Professor of Radiology; Allison L. Thompson, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    • Faculty Lines and Criteria for Promotion (UML) - Cheryl Gore-Felton, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Gordan Li, M.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Neurosurgery
    • Faculty Lines and Criteria for Promotion (UTL, NTL) -   John B. Sunwoo, M.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Edward C. and Amy H. Sewall Professor in the School of Medicine; Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Session IV: Presented Material and Recordings
    • Faculty Mentoring at Stanford -  Ruth O' Hara, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Research; Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    • Mentoring Reflections - Daniel F. Jarosz, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Chemical and Systems Biology; Ranak B. Trivedi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    • Importance of Teaching and Resources -  Lars Osterberg, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Educators-4-CARE; Professor (Teaching) of Medicine


Department Orientation

By now you should have received an initial package of information, either through the School of Medicine Faculty Onboarding system or from your department's faculty affairs administrator (FAA), including the items below. If you have not received this, you may want to request it right away from your department contact.

  • Who's who in your department: a list of relevant faculty and staff, including departmental leadership as well as people who manage grants, finance, space, and computing.
  • Benefits information: faculty benefits including the Tuition Grant Program, medical coverage and retirement information; where and when to sign up, and how to find a benefits orientation.
  • Identification: how to get your SUNET ID, which uniquely identifies you for email and secure access to many Stanford websites; your campus ID card, hospital (or other building) badge.
  • Work/Life: the Parking and Transportation website and group; the PE, Recreation and Wellness organization; and the Stanford WorkLife office.
  • Physician information: for faculty with clinical duties, how to obtain medical staff privileges at the hospitals, and information on physician billing and malpractice coverage.
  • Required training: HIPAA compliance, sexual harassment training, laboratory safety, and how to determine what training is required for you.
  • Home and family: relocation services; the University's Faculty/Staff Housing office; resources for dual-career families (e.g. finding employment at the University or elsewhere for a spouse or partner).

University Orientation (Professoriate Only)

Every fall, the University's Faculty Development and Diversity Office offers New Faculty Orientation. Invitations are sent out via email to all new faculty. This office also maintains a website for new faculty, which includes an online orientation, to-do checklist and quicklinks to information of interest to new faculty.

Welcome Meeting with an Associate Dean

The Associate Deans of Academic Affairs will meet with new Assistant Professors to welcome you to Stanford, answer questions about getting started at Stanford, and inform you about resources available to you.

If you are interested in meeting with an Associate Dean but have not been contacted, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs.

Faculty Mentoring

The School of Medicine organizes numerous workshops for faculty in all lines on topics related to prefessional development and career advancement. Announcments to these workshops are sent by email, typically 3-4 weeks prior to the worskhop dates. Click HERE for upcoming and past workshops.