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How to Get Into Stanford Medical School

Hi Pre Meds!

What a better way to learn about 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.

Be sure to contact us through email, info@crackingmedadmissions.com, or click the button below.

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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 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 Please do not include abstract, conference, or unpublished papers.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:

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Stanford Med School Admissions Statistics







Admit Rate


Median GPA: 3.85

Median MCAT: 35 Total (11 Verbal / 12 Physical Science / 12 Biological Science)

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

Devin Nambiar

Helping students reach their full potential

Hometown: San Francisco Bay Area, California
Undergraduate: Columbia University
What I did after I graduated:
• Worked at two education non-profits, improving public & charter schools across the U.S.
• Coached students to master interview, debate, and speech techniques in the U.S. and Asia
• Advised students in China, Korea, and Japan with college applications to American Universities
• Developed mobile education content for iPhone apps
• Worked in investment banking, conducting industry analysis and advising technology companies
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 Medical School – Know the Curriculum:


As a Stanford medical school student, your first two years are spent as a pre-clinical student, mainly learning through lectures. You start learning physical exam techniques with patients during some of your classes. Your pre-clinical years allow you to explore several of your academic interests, and you are not tied to classes in the medical school. Students have taken courses in the business school, engineering schools, and even undergraduate courses (from “English Literature” to “Intro to Golf”). 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.



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

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!


Where do students live?

Students can live on-campus in graduate-student housing scattered around Stanford University’s campus. 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
  • Full-time Tuition:
    • $52,491 per year
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