Stanford Residency Salary, Benefits & Affordability

Salaries 2017-18

Year 1: $66,393 

Year 2: $69,763

Year 3: $75,067

Year 4: $79,310 


  • Housing stipend: $7,200 per year (paid as $600 monthly)

  • Moving allowance: $3,000

  • Annual educational allowance: $2,000

  • Cell phone allowance: $1,000

  • Food allowance: $10 per day (shifts of 12 hours or longer for clinical rotations at SHC & LPCH with timely duty hours completion)
  • Cost of initial CA medical license and renewals

  • Cost of initial DEA certification and renewals

  • Cost of USMLE III

  • Medical, dental, vision and long-term disability insurance

  • 1% annual bonus based on completion of a Quality Improvement Project


Please visit the Graduate Medical Education website to learn more.

Oustanding Support

Our supportive leadership and faculty are recognized for education, administration, and mentorship. Residents meet quarterly with advisors, and receive help and feedback on all presentations. 

Diverse Clinical Training

Three diverse hospital provide training in tertiary care, community, and county hospitals. Residents receive outstanding trauma and procedural training at two Level I trauma centers, with a combined trauma volume of nearly 5,000 activations per year. Stanford is a major referral center for the West Coast with complex and unusual cases. Residents gain experience with complex cardiac, surgical, orthopedic, neurological, transplant, oncology, as well as high acuity pediatric cases.

Research Resources

Residents can utilize Lane Medical Library, the renowned Health Services Department at Stanford, and the vast array of public and community health projects through the Kaiser Permanente system. Residents have access to the Kaiser research unit where statisticians help crunch research numbers. And residents can take the monthly seminar, “Health Care Policy, Economics, and Finance for Resident Physicians,” featuring Bay Area health care leaders.

Hands-On Training

Stanford offers high-fidelity adult and pediatric simulators to create a very realistic educational experience. Cadaver and Airway labs provide critical practice, enabling residents to perfect techniques before performing on real patients.


Time and funding are granted for residents for committee involvement or presentations at the AAEM Conference in Year 2, and the ACEP Conference in Year 3.

Once-a-month conferences in Year 3 focus on topics such as job searches, financial planning, billing, and practice management

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.