Admitted Students: Class of 2021

Congratulations on your offer of admission to the Stanford School of Medicine's Master of Science in PA Studies Program!


What to do next:

1. Notify the Program of your decision by email by the date noted on the invitation (

All candidates offered admission must inform the Program of their decision to accept or decline their offer by the date noted on their offer of admission letter.


2. Submit seat deposit within 2 weeks

Please submit your $1,000 non-refundable deposit to secure your seat in the Program within 2 weeks of the date on your offer of admission letter.  Your deposit will be applied toward your tuition upon matriculation.  Please make checks out to Stanford University and mail them to the address below:

            Office of PA Education

            1265 Welch Road, Suite 100

            Stanford, CA 94305


3. Request official transcripts for receipt by July 1

The Program must receive two copies of official transcripts from each school you attended by July 1.  Please have them sent to the address above.


4.  Create a student account

Please visit the Graduate Admissions Office website to set up a student account and get your SUNetID.  Your unique ID number that is required to set up this account  is located on your offer letter.

Please note:  if you already have a SUNetID and a University student or employee ID number, you will continue to use these credentials.  You do not need to set up anything new.


5. Apply for financial aid

If you require financial aid, please complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at  Please use the Stanford code of 001305 to ensure correct routing of your application.  Then, complete the Stanford Graduate Financial Aid Application on or after 2/1/2018 at  The University's financial aid office will not be able to review your application for aid until both of the above applications are completed.

Please note that the tuition for the 2018/2019 school year will be set in mid-February of 2018.  Applications for financial aid will begin to be reviewed after that date. Our financial aid office will begin generating award letters during the first week of March.


6.  Register for student housing by visiting the Stanford Housing Office website.

Once you have created a SUNetID, you can apply for housing.  The deadline for the first round of applications is in early May; the deadline for the second round is in early-to-mid July.


7.  Visit the Vaden Health Center website to learn about incoming student health requirements.

The deadline to submit your medical information to the Vaden Health Center is July 31.


8. Mark your calendar for the start of school.  

 Orientation begins Wednesday, August 22, and classes begin on Monday, August 27, 2018.


9. Wait to buy your medical equipment.

You will be required to purchase medical equipment for the Practice of Medicine (POM) course: POM is the course in which you will learn and gradually develop your clinical skills, including patient interviewing, physical examination, and clinical reasoning. Since the POM course does not start until later in September, it is not essential that you purchase medical equipment in advance of your arrival on campus. We will have representatives on campus early in the academic year for you to select and purchase your equipment.  However, if you must purchase before then, here are some guidelines on what will be required for the course:


•    Stethoscope: Your stethoscope will be provided to you through the generosity of the Stanford Medicine Alumni Association, at a ceremony during orientation that is the first of many milestone events that will mark your entry into the medical profession. 

•    Penlight

 •   Tuning forks (128 Hz for vibration assessment)

•    Reflex hammer (Note: the key to reflexes is not a bigger hammer, but more practice of the technique. Thus any reflex hammer will be fine. For future reference, the Queen Square reflex hammer is recommended in the Medicine and Neurology clerkships.

•    Oto-ophthalmoscope.  As students, you will be required to purchase a kit that you can bring with you to practice sessions, different sites and patient visits. There are three versions of the ophthalmoscope.  1) The pocket version is small, convenient to carry, less expensive, and easy to use with practice; 2) The larger, standard size can be easier to use, but is more expensive. Most clinics have these large models mounted on walls; 3) The panoptic version is the largest model, most expensive, and least frequently used.