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Really Want a Residency Spot at Stanford

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Mar 6, 2005
  1. Attending Physician
is this serious? do u even have a specialty in mind? or as long as it's stanford?

internal medicine, pediatric, or family medicine


But srsly...if you are dead set on doing residency at Stanford, the best thing you can do to ensure that is not go to a DO school. I'm not digging on DOs (some of my best friends are DOs man) but Stanford is one of those places that does.

Also, how the holy hell do you know you want a residency at Stanford as a pre-med? Wait a year or 3...let's talk then.
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Generally competitiveness goes up as you get further down the list from undergrad to med school to residency. Each one filters out a large number of applicants. I realize that people peak at different times or may not have been interested in certain undergrads or even med schools they were accepted at due to location or financial considerations. However, if one hasn't been accepted to a med school near the caliber of stanford what makes one think they will rise to the cream of the med school crop and attain a residency there?

Only on SDN does everyone think they will land some super competitive specialty or even be in a position for significant doors to be shut on them based on anything other than their own academic achievement. By definition a third will be below average and another third will be average. Odds are that most of us fall in these categories.


Dec 17, 2012
Being dead-set on a particular university for residency comes off as pretty naive. Let alone with no idea of what you'll be doing a residency in. Let further alone a Stanford-esque type place.

Pass anatomy first. After that you only have about 1,328 more hoops to jump through.

Maybe then your question won't be quite as absurd.


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Without specifically researching their past history, I would bet it is HIGHLY unlikely. Highly unlikely meaning essentially 0% for anything other than family medicine (that even being extremely low). However, this is all speculation due to the upcoming residency merger.

I echo everyone else's sentiments on it being too soon to think about that. Who knows, you could be in a relationship by then or find some great hospital that wants you for your dream specialty. Look at your schools match list for the last few years... I don't think you'll see too many Stanford/Ivy caliber placements.


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Do a search on this site of match lists for DO schools. There have been some really great matches for DO students, many have gotten into competitive residencies at JHU, Mayo... Some threads contain those exact individuals giving personal experience on how they got there. Example from AZCOM: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=710904

Although the vast majority of DO students won't go to those competitive residencies for various reasons, There are some who do end up in prestigious places, you will hear a lot of negative comments and about how it's impossible, but it all boils down to your personal effort. Plus if it's never been done before, why not try to be the first one? Pave the way for DOs in the future. Good luck.
Jul 28, 2012
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Umm, be adopted into a filthy rich family and have your daddy write a really big, million dollar donation check to open a new wing or building on the Stanford campus. Be sure your family name is on the building so they remember who you are 4 years from now.

+1 This.

along with this:



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