The Discovery Curriculum

The first cohort of students to experience the Discovery Curriculum is the matriculating class of 2017-18.

Diversity of Learning Pathways - Only at Stanford

The Discovery Curriculum supports students’ scientific discovery and self-discovery by offering multiple learning pathways only available at Stanford. All pathways assume students will complete their clerkship education in 2 years. 

The Berg Scholars Program

This new program launched in 2018. The Program is designed for medical students who wish to pursue rigorous but shorter, non-MSTP physician investigator careers in laboratory and/or informatics and data science research areas. Up to 6 Berg Scholars will be selected annually for this prestigious 6 year program. Trainees will be partially funded for years 2 and 3, and fully funded for years 4-6. To learn more about the Berg Scholars program, visit the Stanford BWF and BWF PSIA Programs, and our webpage.


Key Features of Discovery Curriculum

  • 2-year and 3-year pre-clerkship options that enable students to complete their MD Program at a more individualized pace
  • •More opportunities for longitudinal scholarship and pursuing dual degrees
  • •Improvements to pedagogy and student assessment in courses
  • •New courses that provide a more robust medical education and training
  • •Redesigned courses as part of continuous quality improvement efforts
  • •Continuation of many strong components of the former curriculum
  • •Maintaining our excellence in clinical training 

MD Program Mission Statement

Our mission is to educate and inspire a diverse group of leaders in medicine and science who will improve human health through discovery, innovation, scholarship, education, and the delivery of outstanding patient-centered care.