Stanford Neurosurgery Resident Life

Resident Wellness

Stanford Neurosurgery places resident well-being at a high-priority with a variety of outings and socials, and has a strong support network of co-residents, faculty, administrative staff, the Program Director and the Graduate Medical Education Office to help the transition to a new and challenging stage in life.

Physical Well-being

The Neurosurgery call room is often stocked with healthy snacks, in addition we provide a loaded meal card that can be used at the Stanford Market Square Cafeteria, Harvest Cafeteria in LPCH, Java Junction and the 7730 Welch Coffee kiosk.

Residents have access to The Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center (AEORC), a 10 minute walk from the hospital with an outdoor pool, rock climbing wall, fitness center, and basketball courts; and a gym on the 4th floor of the hospital in the GME office. Stanford Residents also receive a discounted rate at the Stanford Golf Course.

The Palo Alto surroundings has numerous hiking and walking trails: the Dish, Baylands Preserve, Arastradero Regional Preserve, or Foothills Park.

Residents are encouraged to schedule their dental and primary care appointments. If appointments cannot be scheduled outside clinical hours, the Program supports 12 hours per year for residents to attend health-related appointments.

Psychological Well-being

We support each resident’s psychological and emotional wellbeing with our resident mentor program. Each resident chooses their mentor to provide them guidance throughout their residency in wellbeing, professional career development, work-life balance, and research aspects. Residents meet with their mentors at least 3 times a year.

Counseling services are available as needed through the Stanford GME office and Stanford ombsudsman.

Social Well-being

The Program organizes social events at least once a month. Some of these social events have included dinners, happy hour, hikes, pilates, pick-up basketball games, volleyball, and full day trips.

Resident Well-being Events

American River Rafting

Our residents got together for another adventure!  This time they rafted 15 miles down the South Fork of the American River.

Ropes Course Adventure

All our residents got together for adventure, fun and team bonding at Mount Hermon's Ropes Course.