How We Live
Wellness, Quality of Life, and Benefits and Perks
The well-being of our residents is a priority here at Stanford Psychiatry. The Department, Training Program and GME continue to work together to understand and find solutions to the broader systemic issues impacting physician wellness. Below are avenues through which residents, faculty, and administration foster a supportive and enriching environment to ensure resident well-being throughout their training.
Training Program Initiatives and Events
- Frequent informal check-ins with training directors and open door policy
- Weekly process group with co-residents
- Weekly protected didactic time all 4 years
- Annual PRITE night
- Annual PGY-2 Appreciation Dinner
- Semi-annual Resident Retreats
- Dinners with Training Directors and Meet the Faculty events
- Self-care retreats sponsored by adjunct faculty
- Weekly lunchtime Wellness sessions for PGY1s on the inpatient VA Psychiatry rotations
- Newly formed Wellbeing communities that promote interactions between resident classes
Stanford University Offerings
- Mindfulness meditation offered on campus
- Supplemental educational activities including access to Stanford University lectures and groups
- Free access to Stanford's extensive athletic facilities including gyms, pools, tennis courts, yoga studios, and a championship golf course
- Free yoga classes at Stanford on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the Dean's Lawn
- Excellent health coverage for residents, spouses, and dependents including free prescriptions
- Access to long-term individual and couples psychotherapy (covered by insurance in full)
- Free pass for Caltrain, VTA, and local buses
- Reimbursement for Step 3, Licensing Fees, and DEA certification
- Monetary incentives for green commuting and health wellness
- Free financial consultations
- Childcare reimbursements and coverage
- HealthySteps employee wellness programs
Stanford psychiatry has a culture of support, enthusiasm, cooperation, and mutual respect. This creates a learning and training environment where I'm personally and professionally happy to come to work each day. I didn't think I'd enjoy residency this much."
- First year resident
Quality of Life
You may think we have no time for fun during residency...but one of the best things about Stanford is being in one of the most beautiful and exciting areas in the world and having the time outside of residency to enjoy it! Moreover, fellow residents and faculty make quality of life a priority by creating a culture that values balance. Below is just a sampling of all that Palo Alto and the greater San Francisco Bay Area have to offer.
- Beautiful hiking and biking trails nearby and throughout the Bay Area
- Wine tastings, from Cupertino to Napa Valley
- Stanford Cantor Arts Museum, Anderson Collection Rodin Sculpture Garden, Cactus Garden
- Music venues (Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain Winery, SF Symphony Hall, etc)
- More yoga studios than Starbucks
- Stanford Shopping Center, conveniently located steps from our offices
- Farmers markets abound with delicious organic produce
- Beaches for surfing, sailing, kayaking, picnicking, whalewatching
- Access to seasonal skiing/snowboarding and summer water sports in Tahoe (3 hr drive)
- Bustling arts scene with local open mics, local art vendors and festivals, theatre performances, comedy shows, touring musicals, concerts,
- Museums (Modern art, natural history, interactive Exploratorium, and more
Delicious and innovative cuisine in downtown Palo Alto, Mountain View, Redwood City, San Mateo, San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland. You will find lesser known cuisines such as Burmese and Ethiopian and will see everything from food trucks to Michelin star restaurants.
- College sporting events - including Stanford and Cal teams
- Professional sporting events - SF Giants, SF 49ers, Oakland A's, Oakland Raiders, Golden State Warriors, San Jose Sharks, San Jose Quakes
- World-class athletic facilities at Stanford
SF, Sausalito, Marin, Muir Woods, Napa, Sonoma, Tahoe, Yosemite, Monterey, Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, Calistoga
Benefits and Perks
- $6,000 per year housing stipend (paid as $500 monthly)
- $3,000 one-time moving allowance paid in August (even if you don't actually move)
- $2,000 per year education bonus (for books and resources, even if you don’t buy any)
- $1,000 per year miscellaneous bonus (use towards cell phone charges, gas, etc.)
- Meal allowance $10 per day (shifts of 12 hours or longer in one day) if timely duty hours completion
- 1% annual bonus based on completion of a Quality Improvement Project
- Childcare reimbursements and coverage (80 hours/year of free emergency child care, including in-home care, depending on availability)
For more information as a current/continuing resident: http://med.stanford.edu/gme/housestaff/current.html
*All stipends and allowances do not require receipts and will be taxed
- Delicious lunches during Thursday didactics
- Residents are allowed to moonlight in PGY3 and PGY4 year
- Annual Resident-only Retreat
- Resident-only Lounge
- Other goodies: SWAG, happy hours, etc.
Insurance & Health Care
- Medical, Dental, Vision, insurances are provided and co-pays are covered
- Psychotherapy insurance covered
- Disability (short and long term), Life, & Malpractice insurances are provided
- Medication prescriptions (including co-pays) are covered if received at Medical Plaza Pharmacy (211 Quarry Rd)
- Access to Stanford Integrative Medicine clinic which may include free acupuncture
- Residents can participate in online health initiatives to earn up to $500 in wellness incentives to be used towards any health-related expenses
- Discounted care for spouses and families
Stanford University Benefits
- Discounts on cell phone plan (15-18%)
- State of the art Gym facilities
- Free Marguerite shuttles transport around campus to/from Cal Train, SHC & Palo Alto VA Hospitals
- Free CalTrain Pass and other deals depending on where you live
- Clean Air Cash if you live far enough off campus and take alternative transportation
- Discount access to Stanford golf course
- Access to Stanford University Libraries
- Additional sweeteners, like free access to top of Hoover Tower, Windhover Meditation Center, Cantor Art Center, and Anderson collection with Rothko and Pollock paintings
- Cost of initial CA medical license and renewals*
- Cost of initial DEA certificate and renewals*
- Cost of USMLE Step III*
- State Medical License
Interns: Stanford interns are eligible to receive reimbursement of the initial application fee ($491) if the application is submitted to the GME office for review no later than March 3rd of the internship year. They are eligible to receive an additional reimbursement of the $416.50 license if issued no later than September 1st of the PGY II year.
New PGY II Residents: New PGY II residents (completed internship elsewhere) are eligible to receive partial reimbursement of application/license fees ($893). The license must be issued no later than September 1st to be eligible for reimbursement.
New PGY III and above: New PGY III and above are eligible to receive partial reimbursement of application/license fees ($893). The license must be issued after receipt of an offer letter from a Stanford program and before you start training at Stanford
Renewal (Continuing Residents):
Reimbursements for California Medical License renewals are done throughout the year. Please complete the reimbursement form and attach proof of payment.
Renewal will be reimbursed for only those CA MD licenses that expire while the resident is under contract with Stanford Hospital and Clinics.
Reimbursement will not be given to House Staff that let their CA MD license lapse.
Reimbursement will be in the amount of $805.
- DEA certificate
- For details on reimbursement for the above listed licensing:
- Residents can only obtain a DEA Certificate after receiving their California Medical License.
- Reimbursements are done throughout the year. Renewal will be reimbursed for only those DEA Certificates that expire while the resident is under contract to Stanford Hospital and Clinics.
Please see GME’s House Staff Policies and Procedures for more benefits & details
More specific information regarding these topics, as well as local housing information is available from Ms. Ann Dohn of the Stanford Hospital and Clinics' Graduate Medical Education Office at (650) 723-5948.
"The best thing about this program has been the feeling that the administration of the program (program leaders, support staff, faculty) genuinely care about our professional development and that they see a thriving personal life as intertwined in this process. This includes validating our experiences as residents, caring about the service to didactic ratio of our work, promoting the idea that we should have time and space for a life outside of residency, supporting the idea that the mind needs space to stretch out, explore, and be creative."
- Fourth year resident