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How to Get Into Stanford Medical School

Hi Pre Meds!

What a better way to learn about How to Get Into Stanford Medical School than to be advised by former Stanford med students and residents themselves?

Drs. Rishi Mediratta and Rachel Rizal LOVED their Stanford Medical School experience. We also love helping pre-meds get into Stanford Medicine.

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This page serves as a high-yield resource for Stanford Medical School. The information from this page is a GOLDEN resource. We’ve compiled it from Stanford medical school acceptance rate data, the Stanford University Medical school website, and most importantly, from Stanford med students themselves! You will have facts such as Stanford medical school admissions statistics AND we will give you the insider perspective of student life, scholarly concentration, and Med Scholars.

Whether you’re comparing medical schools that you have been accepted to, preparing for an interview, or wanting to learn more about getting into Stanford Medical School, keep reading!

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Here is a glimpse of some of the activities we were involved with at Stanford Medical School:

Stanford Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts:
  1. The Committee on Admissions regards the diversity (broadly defined) of an entering class as an important factor in serving the educational mission of the school. The Committee on Admissions strongly encourages you to share unique, personally important, and/or challenging factors in your background, such as the quality of your early educational environment, socioeconomic status, culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and life or work experiences. Please discuss how such factors have influenced your goals and preparation for a career in medicine. (Please limit your answer to 2,000 characters including spaces)
  2. What do you see as the most likely practice scenario for your future medical career? Why do you feel you are particularly suited for this practice scenario? What knowledge, skills and attitudes have you developed that have prepared you for this career path? (Please limit your answer to 1,000 characters including spaces)
  3. How will the Stanford curriculum, and specifically the requirement for a scholarly concentration, help your personal career goals? (Please limit your answer to 1,000 characters including spaces)
  4. If you have peer-reviewed publications resulting from scholarly endeavors, please complete a citation for each of your publications in the space below using the following format: Author, Title, Journal, Volume, Pages, and Date of Publication (e.g., searchable on PubMed). Please do not include abstract, conference, or unpublished papers.
  5. Optional: Is there anything that we have not specifically asked that you would like for us to know and how you may uniquely contribute to Stanford Medicine? (Please limit your answer to 1,000 characters including spaces)

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How to Get Into Stanford Medical School – Interview Style:

Want to learn more about how to prepare for the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)? Prepare for your Stanford Medical School interview by using the Cracking Med School Admission’s resources! Read our blogs about MMI interviews to get tips and tricks to ace multiple mini interviews. And schedule a mock interview with us today!

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Stanford Medical School Acceptance Rate







Admit Rate

Stanford Med School Median GPA: 3.83

Stanford Med School Median Old MCAT: 38 Total (12 Verbal / 13 Physical Science / 13 Biological Science)

Stanford Med School New MCAT: 519 (130 chemical & physical / 129 critical analysis / 130 biological & biochemical / 130 psychological, social)


How did Stanford med students do on the USMLE Step exams?

Average USMLE Step 1 Exam Score: 242

Average USMLE Step 2 Exam Score: 239

Rachel Rizal, MD

Rachel Rizal, M.D.

Changing the trajectory of people’s lives

Undergraduate: Princeton University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Harvard, Emergency Medicine
What I did After College:
• Improved vaccine distribution in developing countries
• Worked with the World Health Organization in the Philippines
• Launched a national HIV Awareness Campaign in the Philippines
• Produced an HIV awareness commercial for MTV
• Worked full-time at a healthcare consulting firm, advising pharmaceutical companies
• Created a public health program in Stanford’s Emergency Department
Rishi Mediratta, MD, MSc, MA

Rishi Mediratta, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Advising students to attend their dream schools

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics, Stanford
Masters: Masters in Medical Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies; Masters of Science in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
What I did after I graduated:
• Interned with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland
• Founded and launched an NGO to improve the health and education of Ethiopian
• World Bank consultant who helped implement Ethiopia’s national nutrition program
• Partnered with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to study child health practices in communities

The Insider’s View on How to Get Into Stanford Medical School

How to Get Into Stanford Med School – Know the Curriculum:

Stanford Medical School Curriculum:


As a Stanford medical school student, your first two years are spent as a pre-clinical student, mainly learning through lectures. Then, you have the option of taking USMLE Step 1. Your third and fourth years of medical school are spent in clinical rotations. However, you do have several months off when you can: receive funding to do research, travel & relax, or complete additional electives, including global health rotations.

Stanford prides itself in being extremely FLEXIBLE with it’s curriculum. Stanford med students can take 1 month off to 5+ years off in order to pursue their interests or take a breather for personal issues.

Pre-Clinical Curriculum:

The first two two quarters at Stanford are foundational basic science courses. Then, you start learning medicine through organ systems. The “Practice of Medicine” course is where Stanford med students start learning physical exam techniques with patients.  This class is correlated with the organ systems, and you also learn diagnoses of common chief complaints (e.g. “cough” or “shortness of breath”).

Check out more details about the Pre-Clinical curriculum here.

Organ System blocks:

  • Respiratory
  • Cardiovascular
  • Renal
  • Endocrine & Reproductive Health
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Hematology & Oncology

Stanford Medical School Scholarly Concentration: What’s unique about Stanford is that your pre-clinical years allow you to explore several of your academic interests, and you are not tied to classes in the medical school. Think about scholarly concentrations as “majors.” Dr. Mediratta did his Stanford Med Scholarly Concentration in “Community Health” and Dr. Rizal did her Stanford Med Scholarly Concentration on “Health Policy.” Aside from the scholarly concentration courses, Stanford med students can take courses in the business school, engineering schools, and even undergraduate courses (from “English Literature” to “Intro to Golf”).

Stanford Med Scholars: Stanford excels and prides itself as a research institution. Therefore, they offer all its students Med Scholars research stipends. While we were medical school students, they allowed 5 quarters (more than 1 year!) of more or less guaranteed research funding. What’s great about research is that Stanford supports research in a non-traditional sense. We had friends who did basic science research in a lab, go abroad to do global health research, do data research for nearby start-up companies, and write books. All of this was considered scholarly work!



Pass/Fail during your pre-clinical year. Honors/Pass/Fail during your clinical years.

Student Ranking:

Stanford does not rank its students. It likes to foster a non-competitive atmosphere.

What Students are Saying About Stanford

"Because it’s in the heart of Silicon Valley, there is a huge emphasis on innovation"

You have the entire school at your finger tips. Great for people who are interested in fields outside of medicine.

There is ample funding to do whatever project you want. I spent my time writing a book. My other friends did bench research and global health. You can make an idea into a reality here at Stanford.

Scholarly Concentrations:

What are scholarly concentrations? Consider them “majors” within Stanford Medicine. You have to fulfill these major requirements throughout your time at Stanford; most students complete them throughout the first two years. You can also “minor” in a sub-field – Stanford calls these “applications.”

Currently, Stanford has 8 “majors:” Bioengineering; Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities; Clinical Research; Community Health; Health Services and Policy Research; Informatics 7 Data-Driven Medicine; Medical Education; Molecular Basis of Medicine

Currently, Stanford has 7 “minors:” Cancer biology, Cardiovascular Pulmonary; Global Health; Immunology; Neuroscience, Behavior, and Cognition; Prevention Research; Women’s Health & Sex Differences

To learn more about Stanford’s Scholarly Concentrations and its requirements, read more about them here: http://med.stanford.edu/md/student-research/scholarly-concentrations.html

Unique highlights about pre-clinical years:

  • Almost all your lectures are video-taped and usually uploaded the same day online
  • You have every Wednesday off

Main Clinical Rotation Sites:

  • Stanford Health Care
  • Stanford – Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
  • VA Palo Alto
  • Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara
  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Students have a wide variety of clinical sites they can choose from for each rotation. This allows students a wide breadth of experience across different types of hospital settings and patient populations. For example, Santa Clara Valley is a community hospital, and students can work clinics serving low-income, minority populations.

What students are saying about clinics at Stanford Med School

I enrolled in "Continuity Clinic" and worked with the same attending for 2 straight years. She was able to continuously give me feedback and watch me grow.

Everyone is very nice and my rotations had a non-toxic environment.

I did clinics at various rotation sites so I can get a feel for different healthcare systems.

My pediatrics rotation included 1 week at juvenile hall and 1 week at a low-income peds clinic. Eye opening experience!


Stanford Med School Housing:

Students can live on-campus in graduate-student housing scattered around Stanford University’s graduate housing. Most students live on-campus their first and second years of medical school and then move to surrounding cities their last years of medical school. Most students find reasonable off-campus housing in surrounding cities like Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View, and Redwood City. But, some students live as far as San Francisco, Fremont, and San Jose.


Financial Considerations:

  • Stanford is very generous with grants and loans. Because it is a private institution, it oftentimes gives its own private grants to help pay for your medical education.
  • Don’t think you qualify for financial aid? You may be surprised. They have “middle-income” assistance loans for students who are from families who are classified as middle-income.
  • Additionally, the financial aid office
  • You can be a Teaching Assistant for classes at the medical school, undergraduate campus, or other graduate classes. You typically get paid at a rate of ~$67/hour.
  • You are practically guaranteed 1-5 quarters of research funding if you apply with a good research idea through its “Medical Scholars” program. To learn more about Med Scholars and to read what prior students have done, visit this website: http://med.stanford.edu/medscholars.html
  • Stanford Medical School Tuition: ~$59,000 per year
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