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Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University School of Medicine is the medical school of Stanford University and is located in Stanford, California. It is the successor to the Medical Department of the University of the Pacific, founded in San Francisco in 1858 and later named Cooper Medical College; the medical school was acquired by Stanford in 1908.


Stanford: /ˈstæn.fərd/ University: /ˌjuː.nɪˈvɜːr.sɪ.ti/ School of Medicine: /skuːl ɒv ˈmɛdɪsɪn/


The name "Stanford" comes from Leland Stanford, a 19th-century American industrialist, politician, and tycoon who founded the university. The term "University" originates from the Latin 'universitas magistrorum et scholarium', which roughly means "community of teachers and scholars". The term "School of Medicine" is self-explanatory, referring to an institution for learning and research in the field of medicine.

Related Terms

  • Medical school: An educational institution that teaches medicine, and awards a professional degree for physicians and surgeons.
  • Stanford University: A private research university located in Stanford, California.
  • Stanford, California: A census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Clara County, California, United States and is the home of Stanford University.
  • Leland Stanford: An American industrialist and politician, he is the founder of Stanford University.
  • Cooper Medical College: The predecessor to Stanford University School of Medicine.

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