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Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University School of Medicine is affiliated with Stanford University and is located at Stanford University Medical Center in Stanford, California, adjacent to Palo Alto and Menlo Park. Originally based in San Francisco, California as Cooper Medical College, the medical school moved to the Stanford Campus in 1959.

In the 2006 U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings, Stanford was ranked No. 8 in the U.S. for research but did not place in the top 50 for primary care.

Although Stanford University is renowned as a major research center, it also has a reputation among American physicians for providing mediocre training to its students, interns, and residents. The problem is that it is located in a peaceful suburban environment. Thus, physicians based at Stanford University Medical Center are simply less likely to encounter the severe gunshot wounds, blunt force trauma, and acute mental illness that make up much of the daily workload at inner-city teaching hospitals like Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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