Physician Scientist: How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in our program. We welcome applications from all interested candidates from across the country and from diverse backgrounds. We use holistic review of applicant files and do not have a specific board score cut-off for consideration.

Application materials MUST be submitted through ERAS.

Application Deadline: by 8:00 am PST, September 27, 2023

Interview decisions will be made after a review of your complete application. In order for your application to be considered complete, all required materials must be received no later than 8:00 am PST, September 27th.


Required Materials

  • To be considered for the Stanford Pediatric Residency Physician Scientist Track, you must complete the Stanford Pediatric Residency Physician Scientist Track online form (due by October 2nd). 
  • Completed ERAS application form (recommend applying to both the Physician Scientist Track and the Stanford Categorical Pediatrics Track)
  • MSPE ("Dean's Letter" from your school)
  • Letters of Recommendation (3-4):
    • Minimum: 3 letters of recommendation with at least 2 that must be clinical letters from faculty that can describe your clinical skills including medical knowledge, clinical reasoning, communication, professionalism
    • 1 Clinical letter from Pediatrics faculty member
    • 1-2 Clinical letter(s) from any Pediatrics or Non-Pediatrics faculty member
    • Required: Letter from your PhD advisor (or another significant research mentor)
  • Personal statement
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE Score Transcript
  • NRMP Number
  • Applicants may apply to both the Physician Scientist and Categorical tracks

Special Materials

  •  If you are currently in a residency training program, a letter is also required from the program director.
  • If you also hold a PhD, please also include a letter from your PhD advisor.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  • Additional letters of reference are accepted – Email letter
  • We require that you have passing USMLE Step 1 and 2 scores and do not have a minimum score cut-off. We do not require Step 2 completion by the time applications open but will require it by the time we rank applicants in February.
  • DO Applicants: We will accept either USMLE or COMLEX scores. Pediatric inpatient experience is required with letter from this inpatient experience highly preferred.
  • IMGs: Must have clinical experience in the US with at least 2 letters from faculty in the US you worked with in the clinical setting. J-1 visas are sponsored through the Graduate Medical Education Office. H-1B visas may be considered.


Carrie Rassbach, MD, MA Ed
Residency Program Director

Anna Gloyn, DPhil
Betsy Mellins, MD

Co-Director of Physician Scientist Training Program