A comprehensive and multi-tiered mentorship program underscores the Stanford IM Residency program's commitment to individualized career development. Learn more below about our Career Path-Based Mentorship, Pathways of Distinction, and Individualized Mentorship opportunities.

Career Path-Based Mentorship

Stanford IM Residency strives to provide mentorship options to residents tailored to their future career goals. While some career path-based mentorship is determined by the match, such as the Translational Investigator Program (TIP) and Global Health track, interns and residents have the option to join other programs after starting residency.

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Pathways of Distinction (PODs)

This unique and innovative program is designed to provide all residents in our Categorical Program with individualized areas of expertise and distinction. Beginning in their PGY-2 year, residents will have the opportunity to select a Pathway of Distinction (POD) which aligns with their clinical/scholarly interests. Each POD is directed by an Associate Program Director with expertise in their fields. A resident within a specific POD will have unique professional development opportunities and receive additional targeted mentorship from POD directors.

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Pathways of Distinction (PODs)

Clinical Research

Medical Education

Underserved Population/Global Health

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Individualized Mentorship

Each resident will be assigned an Associate Program Director (APD) mentor and Chief Resident mentor, who they will meet with quarterly. Interns and residents will be part of an APD mentor group that meet throughout the year. These mentorship groups also provide opportunities for peer-to-peer mentorship, in which more senior residents can advise more junior residents with insights and practical advice that complements the APD mentorship program. 

Other individualized mentorship opportunities include scholarly mentors, clinic mentors, and special interest mentors (e.g. Biodesign, Informatics, Narrative Medicine, Healthcare Leadership, Wellness, QI).