3.11: Medical Health Requirements and Immunizations

Medical Health Requirements

All matriculated Stanford students must complete the Entrance Health Requirements at their own expense. These requirements are established and monitored by Vaden Student Health Center.

Annual Tests and Immunizations

The following immunizations are required of each MD student ANNUALLY (even if the student is also pursuing another degree such as an MPH, MS, MBA or PhD).

  • Tuberculosis (TB): Student may choose to have either a PPD test (requires a return visit to have the test result read) or Quantiferon.
  • Influenza:  All MD students must be immunized against influenza.

Immunizations can be performed at the following location:

Vaden Student Health Center
866 Campus Drive
Stanford, CA 94305-8580
(650) 498-2336

Additional tests or immunizations required by specific clerkships require a note of explanation from the requiring Clerkship Director. The note should be presented to either Vaden or OHC before the test or immunization is received.

Annual immunizations required by the School of Medicine and its clerkships are performed at the School of Medicine’s expense. The School of Medicine does not provide funding for immunizations required by residency programs.

If a student is not in compliance with required immunizations and annual testing, an enrollment hold will be placed on the student’s account preventing enrollment. The hold will be released once the student is in compliance with the required immunizations and annual testing.

COVID Protocols

Students are required to comply with all policies and protocols related to COVID at Stanford and its affiliated clinical sites. Note that guidelines for COVID may differ between classroom and clinical settings and may evolve throughout the year. For general information please refer to Stanford Health Alerts for the latest and for guidelines in Stanford Hospital and Clinics please view the resource here

updated August 2023