Stanford MD Application Web Portal
Beginning in early July, the Stanford MD Application Web Portal (MedAdmit) will be available for you to monitor our receipt of your AMCAS application, Stanford Supplemental Application, letters of evaluation and fee. If your information does not appear in the website, we have not yet received your application from AMCAS.
Updates to an application will be accepted only after an applicant has been invited to interview.
Application Process & Timeline
Stanford Medicine seeks candidates who want to move the fields of medicine and biomedical sciences forward, whose past accomplishments show evidence for originality, creativity, and a capacity for independent, critical thinking, who are academically ready to succeed at Stanford and whose personal qualities will serve them well in our profession.
The School of Medicine has an institutional commitment to provide equal educational opportunities for qualified students. Stanford Medicine supports and encourages applicants with a range of abilities and disabilities, including disabilities that are not immediately apparent.
The following resources and application materials are required as part of the admissions process for the entering class of 2021. Please refer to the timeline for details regarding notification of different admissions decisions.
Updates to an application will be accepted only after an applicant has been invited to interview.
Step 1: AMCAS Application
Application to Stanford Medicine must be made through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).
The AMCAS application deadline is October 19, 2020 (11:59 PM ET). The 2021 AMCAS Application will open for submission in early June. All sections of the primary applications must be complete by the deadline. AMCAS may take several weeks to process your entire application. Extensions are not granted.
Please do not send transcripts or letters of recommendation to our office unless we have specifically requested such information from you.
A. Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
All MCAT test scores taken are sent automatically by AAMC to the medical schools.
With regard to the 2021 application cycle, applications may be submitted without an MCAT score taken during the COVID-19 pandemic, March 14 - September 30, 2020. For Stanford Medicine applicants without any prior reported MCAT scores, MCAT is optional for the 2021 application cycle. For Stanford Medicine applicants who have tested, all MCAT scores will automatically be sent to Stanford Medicine. The choice to take or re-take the MCAT examination is up to the applicant. In fairness to all applicants, the MCAT will not be part of the screening and initial review process for interview decisions.
See the AMCAS 2021 application cycle update for more information.
B. Letters of Recommendation
All letters of recommendation must be submitted through the AMCAS Letters Service. A minimum of three and a maximum of six individual letters of recommendation is required. All letters must be written on official letterhead and signed by the recommender(s) or committee members.
Pre-medical committee evaluations/letters
Pre-medical committee evaluations/letters are not required. However, if submitted, only the individual letters contained within the pre-medical committee packet will count toward the number of letters of recommendation. If the committee evaluation/letter references or summarizes individual evaluators, each individual evaluation/letter of recommendation must be included with the committee packet.
- If one committee evaluation/letter is submitted containing four individual letters, the letters of recommendation requirement is fulfilled. However, you may submit up to two additional letters.
- If one committee evaluation/letter contains no individual letters, the letters of recommendation requirement is NOT fulfilled. At least three and no more than six additional letters are required to meet the letters of recommendation requirement.
An application is not complete until all letters listed on the AMCAS application are received. If more than three letters are listed, and at least three of those letters are received by the supplemental application deadline of November 5, 2020, the letter of recommendation requirement will have been met and the application may be considered complete. If a minimum of three letters of recommendation are not received by November 5, 2020, this application will be considered incomplete and may be withdrawn from consideration.
All letters must reach the Admissions Office from AMCAS no later than 11:59 PM Pacific Time on November 5, 2020. Please log into AMCAS to make corrections (if needed). It may take up to 2-3 days for these changes to be reflected.
The Knight-Hennessy Scholars (http://kh.stanford.edu) program cultivates a diverse, multidisciplinary community of emerging leaders from around the world and guides them to collaborate, innovate, and communicate as they prepare to address the complex challenges facing society.
Knight-Hennessy Scholars become part of a supportive family of fellow scholars. Through the King Global Leadership Program, scholars will broaden knowledge, develop skills, and strengthen character; this platform provides a collection of community experiences, workshops, meetings with leaders, domestic and global study trips, and personal development opportunities. Knight-Hennessy Scholars also receive funding for graduate study at Stanford University.
Apply at https://kh.stanford.edu/apply
The application deadline is October 14, 2020 at 1:00 pm Pacific Time.
MD-PhD Medical Scientist Training Program
The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) MD-PhD program provides a select group of medical students with an opportunity to pursue a training program designed to equip them for careers in academic investigative medicine. Individualization of the curricular and research programs of each trainee is the hallmark of the Program.
MD-PSTP Physician-Scientist Training Program
The Stanford Medicine MD-Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP) is an umbrella program designed to integrate and maximize career development of physician-scientists across the career continuum. The program's goal is to increase the number and diversity of successful physician researchers in the U.S. workforce.
The MD-Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP) is a five-year program designed for applicants considering long-term careers as physician scientists. Students pursuing this curriculum will participate in a 2-year apprentice-style training experience in a lab, supplemented with physician-scientist-specific career development coursework. The program combines medical education with rigorous laboratory or biomedical informatics research. Following matriculation, PSTP students have the option to apply for additional research training through the Berg Scholars Program or the Internal MSTP process.
Step 2: Stanford Supplemental Application
When we receive the AMCAS application, an e-mail invitation will be sent to submit the Stanford Supplemental Application. Avoid using a Hotmail email account as it tends to block communication from our web portal and please check your spam/junk folders as well. Eligible applicants will be invited to submit a Stanford Supplemental Application.
A. Supplemental Deadline
The deadline for the Stanford Supplemental Application is November 5, 2020 (11:59 p.m. Pacific Time). It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials arrive on time. Applicants can access the Stanford MD Application web portal (MedAdmit) to confirm if materials for the supplemental application have been received.
B. Application Fees
An application fee must be paid (via credit card) at the time the Stanford Supplemental Application is submitted. Exceptions are made only for those applicants who apply for and receive a fee waiver by the AAMC Fee Assistance Program. Application fees for the Supplemental Application are non-refundable.
C. Personal Essays
The Stanford Supplemental Application requests additional information, including essay questions about your personal background and professional interests.
D. Application Updates
Updates to an application will be accepted only after an applicant has been invited to interview. Interview decisions are made based on information submitted in the AMCAS application, Stanford Supplemental Application, and letters of recommendation.
It is important that we maintain a consistent and equitable standard for all applications to be considered with the same basis of information. If applicable, additional information can be submitted after the day of your interview.
When submitting additional information, please indicate that you have been interviewed or we may not include updates with your file. Acceptable updates include any significant developments in scholarly endeavors or projects, awards, or additional letters of recommendation. Please do not send additional coursework or transcripts unless we have specifically requested such information from you.
We will communicate with all applicants primarily via email; it is therefore essential that you have a reliable, permanent email account that you check on a regular basis to verify receipt of the Stanford Supplemental Application invitation email. Avoid using a Hotmail email account as it tends to block communication from our web portal and please check your spam/junk folders as well.
Leadership in Health Disparities Program
The Leadership in Health Disparities Program promotes academic careers in medicine among minority and disadvantaged medical students.
Step 3: Interviews
Eligible applications will be reviewed for consideration of an interview. The earliest notifications regarding an interview invitation will be sent in August and continue on a rolling basis. The Office of MD Admissions will inform each candidate whether or not an interview will be granted.
Each candidate invited to interview will be notified by e-mail and will use our online scheduling system to select a date that is mutually agreeable. Interviews are virtual and will be held between September and March.
Applicants who are in consideration, may also be invited to complete the AAMC VITA. The VITA will be complementary to our holistic review process.
Step 4: Acceptance
Decisions will be released between January and March.
Deferral of Matriculation
Accepted candidates may petition, in writing, for deferral of matriculation. Deferrals may be approved for up to two years for reasons related to the personal and professional circumstances of the admitted applicant and the furtherance of her/his educational plans. The request for deferral should provide an appropriate degree of detail. The final decision is at the discretion of the Committee on Admissions.
Stanford Medicine does not accept applications for Early Decision.
The Stanford Medicine MD Program does not accept applications for transfer.