SIMS Information for Students

Thank you for your interest in the SIMS program. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for health safety reasons, this program has been put on hold for the present time. We look forward to reinstating it in the future.

Program overview

SIMS provides undergraduates who are interested in pursuing medicine with an opportunity to shadow physicians at Stanford Hospital, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and the Palo Alto VA Hospital.  Sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good academic standing are eligible to apply. 

SIMS students are paired with a physician mentor and learn from a breadth of experiences including shadowing in clinics and on rounds, observing in the operating room, attending departmental Grand Rounds lectures, and other opportunities as identified. 

Over the course of a quarter, students will hopefully establish a meaningful and long-lasting relationship with their physician mentors which can often play an influential role in a student’s decision to pursue medicine.

Program Prerequisites

Before a student begins shadowing a physician, proof of a negative TB skin test or QuantiFERON test within the last 3 months (and within 12 months for returning program participants), as well as MMR, varicella, Tdap, and hepatitis B vaccinations are required.  If your hepatitis B vaccination is in process, you may still participate.

Participants must also be in good academic standing to apply (e.g., not on academic probation or provisional registration). If you have any concerns about your status, please email Academic Advisor, Patricia Lewis, at


Requirements After acceptance

  1. Read the physician profiles.
  2. Attend the SIMS Orientation. This session further defines requirements, hospital policies, and appropriate conduct and attire. Attendance is required.
  3. Register for MED 160 in Axess (required).  The 1-unit, CR/NC course counts toward the 20-unit total for a quarter.
  4. Meet with your Physician Mentor:  Participants are required to meet with their physician mentor on at least 4 occasions throughout the quarter.  The duration of each visit is determined by the physician and student.  An initial brief meeting is suggested for introductions and schedule setting.
  5. Complete a reflective essay.  Participants are required to write a 1-page reflective essay due at the end of the quarter.

Apply to SIMS

The Dates for the Application will be announced by SPA and UAR Pre-Med List.

For more information

For questions, or additional program information, contact Miao Gong: and Marlon Washington:

SIMS is advised by the School of Medicine and coordinated by the Stanford Pre-medical Association (SPA) and the office of Academic Advising.