Emergency Medicine

Resident Life

The residency experience is more than clinical time, conferences, and studying. Stanford/Kaiser has a long tradition of placing a priority on resident well-being, and from the program director to the faculty to the staff of the Graduate Medical Education Office, a strong support network exists to help the transition to a new and challenging stage in life.

Wilderness Splinting Welcome Luncheon
Wilderness Medicine hike New intern orientation luncheon

All incoming interns have a one-month orientation consisting of lectures, workshops, ATLS training, and proctored ED shifts to start residency. Besides allowing for a smoother transition, this also permits each class to develop a camaraderie that often lasts far beyond graduation. For those new to the area, there is also time to get the “lay of the land.”

No doubt the easiest way for residents to enjoy days off is to simply step out their door. The Bay Area is one of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the world, and as a true cross-section of so many cultures it offers an open and fascinating experience for everyone. Read on to experience some of the unique aspects of our lives beyond the hospital walls.

Residency Retreat

guitar Asilomar
beach volleyball

Every spring, residents and faculty attend a two-day retreat at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds, located on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. The working agenda is designed by the residents in a pre-retreat meeting to address any and all issues that they feel are important. Residents are encouraged to develop innovative ideas for improving and expanding their education in concert with a faculty member in the weeks leading up to the retreat.

The first day is capped by the annual “Resident-Faculty Volleyball Match of the Ages,” a gourmet dinner, resident skits, and a good old-fashioned campfire and revelry. Click here to see more of this year's resident-faculty retreat.

Stanford Life

Stanford Medical Center lies adjacent to the undergraduate campus on a sprawling 8,180 acres of land owned by the university. The proximity between the undergraduate campus and all of Stanford’s graduate schools has allowed for close association between the many world-class disciplines present here and continues to drive innovation in fields such as medical devices and technologies. Of course, it also means that our residents can walk out of the hospital and in less than 5 minutes enjoy a meal amidst the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside Paris.

Stanford Stadium
The new Stanford Stadium
The Rodin Sculpture Garden at Twilight
Historic Memorial Church
Memorial Church on Main Quad
Campus Life
Campus commuting

Many residents have taken advantage of the unique opportunities at Stanford by becoming faculty advisors to undergraduates, mentoring undergraduates and medical students on research projects, or even teaching courses themselves.

Residents can also enjoy the sporting life, either as spectators or participants. Stanford teams have won a total 101 NCAA championships, with 60 coming since 1990. To support athletics, the campus houses 1 million gross feet of indoor facilities and 94 acres of outdoor fields, most of which are available to residents for recreation. These include four pools, thirty tennis courts, three fitness centers, and a championship golf course.

The Bay Area

Golden Gate Bridge Big Sur
The Golden Gate Bridge California coastline at Big Sur

Stanford University Hospital is located in Palo Alto, in the northern section of Santa Clara County, 30 miles south of San Francisco and 15 miles north of San Jose. Santa Clara, where Kaiser Permanente and Santa Clara Valley Medical Centers are situated, is approximately 20 minutes southeast of Palo Alto. The facilities are located near the San Francisco Bay and have the beautifully developed Santa Cruz Mountains and Pacific Ocean to the west.

Beautiful, natural areas are found in all directions and are close enough to make perfect weekend retreats. To the north is Mendocino County with its rugged, romantic coast to explore and its many fine country inns. Also to the north, approximately two and one-half hours from Palo Alto, is the famous wine region of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. A four-hour drive northeast will take you to Lake Tahoe with some of the most scenic ski resorts on the continent. Directly east is Yosemite National Park, with endless numbers of alpine trails and some of the most spectacular views in the National Parks system. Traveling south brings one to Carmel, the Monterey Peninsula and the gorgeous rolling hills and rocky coastline of Big Sur. It is no wonder this area is considered one of the most desirable places in the country to live.

Castle Rock Big Sur
Hiking Castle Rock Biking the Peninsula


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