Advanced Hospitalist Training

The Stanford Hospitalist Advanced Practice & Education (SHAPE) program is designed to foster professional growth and teach high-impact skills for residents planning careers in Hospitalist Medicine, including procedural skills, ultrasound technique, surgical co-management, and quality improvement. Residents also receive personalized mentorship on their career goals as well as securing their first position after residency.

The clinical and non-clinical course requirements to graduate with a clinical certificate and program recognition are as follows:

Clinical Rotations

  • Medicine consults
  • Additional month in Critical Care
  • Ultrasound elective
  • QI elective
  • Inpatient neurology
  • Palliative care
  • Hospitalist co-management service
  • ValleyCare (a community-based hospitalist rotation)

Non-Clinical Work

  • QI or education project during PGY2 or PGY3 year. Participants will present their work at an academic conference.
  • Participation in hospitalist-specific mentorship program
  • Enrollment in the Medical Teaching workshop 


  • Close career mentorship throughout your residency from academic hospitalists at Stanford University Hospital and the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital
  • Workshops in CV and cover letter development, interviewing, and contract negotiation
  • Direct access to a list of current contacts at a variety of academic centers in the West Coast and beyond

Lectures throughout the year embedded in Core Curriculum

  • Cost containment
  • Patient safety
  • Hospital efficiency
  • Hospital administration
  • Fundamentals of perioperative medicine
  • Healthcare system structure and changing reimbursement patterns
  • LEAN modeling in the hospital setting


  • Focused education to best prepare for a career as an academic hospitalist
  • Research opportunities, mentorship, networking, and preference on historically desired rotations such as ultrasound
  • Certificate upon completion of the program.