ACCEL Program for Stanford Residents

Create your new professional identity.

The Advanced Clinical and Career Enrichment Line (ACCEL) Program allows residents to focus on a scholarly "Line" of their choosing throughout their four years, fostering scholarly pursuits and advanced professional development. 

Residents are mentored by faculty with shared interests, attend educational events, and exchange ideas for scholarship and collaboration. Each resident is expected to complete at least one scholarly project within four years, and prepare a publishable manuscript.

We also facilitate presentation of residents’ work at regional, national, and international meetings. Electives provide residents with additional clinical and professional development opportunities specific to their goals.


During year 1, residents explore three Lines:

  • Global and Population Health
  • Medical Education
  • Advanced In-Hospital Medical Care and Clinical Operations


At the end of year 1, residents select one Line. Occasionally, a resident may apply for an independent studies track, subject to approval. Residents also select a preliminary faculty mentor with expertise in their chosen Line.

By the end of Year 2, residents choose a track within their Line (listed below). Also in year 2, residents identify and develop collaborators, and develop a scholarly focus and project ideas.

Global and Population Health tracks:

  • International Emergency Medicine
  • Social and Population Health
  • EMS/Disaster
  • Wilderness Medicine
  • Tactical Emergency Medicine


Medical Education tracks:

  • Medical Education Scholarship
  • Simulation
  • Medical Student Education
  • Graduate Medical Education
  • Medical Humanities


Advanced In-Hospital Medical Care and Clinical Operations tracks:

  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Ultrasound
  • Cardiovascular Emergency Medicine
  • Clinical Operations/Administrative


In years 3 and 4, residents work toward completing their project(s), using elective time to hone their focus, and acquire additional clinical skills as part of their individualized professional development plan.

Resources for Success

In addition to the above, all residents can apply for:

Clinical Teaching Scholars Seminars Series

Residents may apply to the interdisciplinary Clinical Teaching Scholars Seminars Series (CTSS), endorsed by the Stanford University School of Medicine Teaching and Mentoring Academy.

CTSS offers nine succinct monthly seminars on key medical education concepts, including designing assessments, giving feedback, and bedside teaching. Participants apply what they have learned to their own projects, receiving near-peer and faculty mentoring in small break-out sessions, and have the opportunity to present at a major end-of-year conference.

CTSS also offers an Honors Certificate in Medical Education to scholars who complete specific requirements.

Opportunities in Emergency Medicine Specialties

  • Recognized as a leader in global health and international emergency medicine, Stanford has active projects in India, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Nepal, and Guatemala.
  • Stanford emergency medicine residency has one of the most robust faculty in the country specializing in wilderness medicine, including Paul Auerbach, MD, author of renowned text book, Wilderness Medicine.
  • Our competitive ultrasound program is fully integrated throughout the four-year curriculum. Stanford EM faculty consistently utilize ultrasound for new, innovative diagnostic techniques.
  • From PE and Acute MI research to cardiac ultrasound and non-invasive cardiac testing, the sky is the limit in exploring cardiovascular emergency medicine. Many residents have coordinated projects with some of Stanford’s internationally renowned cardiologists
  • The EMS program works closely with Santa Clara County EMS, which covers one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the country. A Stanford Life Flight elective is available for those interested in aeromedical medicine.
  • Our sports medicine faculty serve as physicians and doctors for San Francisco 49ers, the Golden State Warriors, and of course Stanford, a top Division I athletic program in the country.

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