Student Handbook and Policies

Master of Science in PA Studies Program Handbook and Policy Manual


The Stanford School of Medicine Master of Science in PA Studies Program Handbook and Policy Manual is a guide to current policies, standards, procedures, and resources that govern students in the MSPA Studies program at Stanford. In addition, students participating in Master of Science in PA Studies program are subject to policies and standards established by both Stanford University and the School of Medicine.

Every effort is made to ensure the information contained in this online handbook is accurate and current. Stanford University and the School of Medicine reserve the right to make changes and revisions in the applicable regulations, procedures, policies, requirements, and other information contained on the website at any time without notice.


Stanford University Policies

A great many of the policies established for all Stanford University students are published by the Stanford University Office of the Registrar in the Stanford Bulletin. Visit the Stanford Bulletin to review the current version of the Bulletin to see versions from previous years, or for information about distribution of printed copies.

The Stanford Affirmation


"On my admission to the Practice of Medicine

I pledge to devote my life to the service of humanity.

The care of my patients will be my first consideration.

I will strive to acquire and share new knowledge with my colleagues and my patients;

I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity, and to the best of my ability and judgment.

I will approach each patient with charity, attention, humility, and commitment;

I will hold all life dear, and let knowledge, wisdom, courage, and compassion guide my therapy;

I will use my medical knowledge and skills to promote human rights, social justice, and civil liberties;

I will not permit considerations of age, disease or disability, faith, ethnic origin, gender identity, nationality, race, sexual orientation, social standing or other forms of discrimination to intervene between my duty and my patient;

I will respect the confidences with which I will be entrusted;

I will give gratitude and respect to those from whom I have learned my Science and my Art;

I will uphold the integrity of the medical profession;

I will cultivate peace in both personal conduct and political expression;

I will not use my knowledge contrary to the spirit of this Affirmation.

I make these promises in witness of those who have stood here before me, and those will come after,

Solemnly, freely, and upon my honor."


Based on the Declaration of Geneva, as modified by the graduating class of 1990 and revised in 2008