Department of Medicine


Set against the beautiful California hills, Stanford not only provides its housestaff with unmatched clinical and research opportunities, it is a great place to work and enjoy personal and family time On long days, an evening surf session or long mountain bike ride may be your outlet of choice, or hiking or rock climbing in the local hills.

Wine tasting is just minutes away in the Santa Cruz Mountains, or in two hours, you can find yourself in the famous Napa Valley. A three hour drive north takes you to world class ski slopes in the Lake Tahoe area
Palo Alto itself is a bastion of social life.  From an immense variety of restaurants and bars, Stanford residents often find themselves without need to venture far for night life.

And just forty-five minutes north on Highway 101 will land you in the beautiful setting of San Francisco, with its diverse, fun, and quirky neighborhoods.

Stanford University is also well known for its commitment to athletics. Elite athletic training facilities are accessible to housestaff, as are the wide range of college sporting events for viewing. Take a Saturday off to go surfing in the morning, catch a Stanford football game in the afternoon, and then hit downtown Palo Alto for the night life.  At Stanford, our housestaff can balance their work life and personal life with the variety of outdoor opportunities that northern California has to offer. 

Something for Everyone

Palo Alto and the neighboring communities offer vibrant atmospheres with a multitude of restaurants and shopping areas. Local and campus events could easily fill one's calendar. The San Francisco Bay Area is also well known for its museums, theaters, restaurants, music, and the arts. Sports activities range from college and intramural programs at Stanford to professional sporting events in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. Overall, the area is a rich cultural center and is diverse in its offerings to local residents.


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