Stanford Residency Curriculum

First Year

The first year starts with a 5-week orientation to familiarize interns with the emergency department, refresh emergency medicine topics, provide hands-on skills labs, and foster connections with classmates. Rotations during the intern year cover the essential areas of emergency medicine, as well as Neonatal ICU and Medical ICU. Interns also begin to explore ACCEL.

Blocks are 3-4 weeks.

  • Orientation: 1 block

  • Emergency Medicine: 4 blocks

  • Pediatric EM: 1 block dedicated (other blocks also include pediatric exposure)

  • Trauma: 2 blocks

  • MICU:  1 block

  • Anesthesia: 1 block

  • Orthopedics: 1 block
CCU: 1 block
Ob/Gyn: 1 block

  • NICU: 0.5 block

  • ED Ultrasound: 0.5 block dedicated (also integrated into other areas)

Vacation: 0.75 block

Second Year

Residents spend the majority of this year in the emergency department  and ICU's, learning how to multi-task. Residents are given  ACCEL time for further experience in their niche of focus or clinical elective.

  • Emergency Medicine: 8.5 blocks

  • MICU: 1 block

  • SICU: 1 block

  • PICU: 1 block

  • QI project: 0.25 block
Selective: 1 block

  • Vacation: 0.75 block

Third Year

Residents refine clinical skills  through increased graduated responsibilities and move into a supervisory role and learn to manage multiple critical patients. Residents have clinical elective time and ACCEL time to develop expertise in a sub-specialty.

  • Emergency Medicine: 8.5 blocks
Pediatric EM: 1 block
  • Fast Track: 0.5 block

  • EMS: 0.5 block

  • Selectives: 2 blocks

  • QI Project: 0.25 block
Vacation: 0.75 block

Fourth Year

Our goal is for residents to be able to run an emergency department. Fourth years are also responsible for flow and supervise our junior residents and medical students. 

  • Emergency Medicine: 8 blocks

  • Pediatric EM: 1 block

  • Selectives: 2.5 blocks

  • QI Project: 0.25 block

  • Vacation: 0.75 block

Residency Training Sites

Stanford Medicine offers world-class tertiary care exposure, as a Level I Trauma Center for adults and pediatrics, regional stroke hospital, and STEMI receiving center. Because Stanford Hospital is recognized as one of America’s best hospitals, patients come from all over the world for specialized care, resulting in a patient population with complex pathology.

We also pride ourselves on taking great care of our local patients, an extremely diverse population. 

Rotation highights include: emergency medicine, pediatric emergency medicine, critical care, and other quality off-service rotations that build a strong foundation. Multiple elective opportunities are also available.

The new 824,000-square-foot Stanford Hospital, opening in 2019, will feature state-of-art technology and an emergency department with twice the floor space of the current facility.

Stanford is the main site of clinical training. We also have rotations at community and county sites to provide  exposure to different practice settings, resulting in a well-rounded clinical education.

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center offers award-winning community-based care, and a precedent-setting efficiency model, as well as 1:1 faculty-to-resident teaching ratio. Interns run codes alongside attendings.

Senior residents take on more graduated responsibility and also lead daily teaching rounds.

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center provides a robust county experience in the busiest county emergency department in the Bay Area.

This is a high-acuity environment serving an extremely diverse urban population with advanced medical pathology and a high number of trauma cases. 


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