COVID-2019 Alert

The latest information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, including vaccine clinics for children ages 6 months and older.

La información más reciente sobre el nuevo Coronavirus de 2019, incluidas las clínicas de vacunación para niños de 6 meses en adelante.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need to be credentialed?
As stated by state law, accrediting bodies and Lucile Packard Children's Medical Staff Bylaws, all Licensed Independent Practitioners (LIP’s) who wish to treat patients at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford/Stanford Children's Health must have clinical privileges and be a member of the medical staff.

If I am currently in a Stanford University fellowship program, do I need to be credentialed?
All Licensed Independent Practitioners (LIP’s) who treat patients independently at SHC and/or Stanford Children's Health are required to be a member of the medical staff. However, privileges will only be granted in areas outside the fellowship and meets appropriate criteria.

How do I obtain an I.D. Number and Dictation Number?
Once you have been approved by the Board of Directors of Stanford Health Care and/or Stanford Children's Health to treat patients within the hospital(s), a Physician I.D. number is issued. This number will then serve as a validation number by the Health Information Management Services (HIMS) dept who issue Dictation Numbers. Your Physician ID number will be communicated to you by the Credentials Coordinator via membership approval letter and/or telephone. To obtain access to the dictation system please contact the HIMS dept at (650) 723-5588.

Why do I need to complete a reappointment application EVERY two years if most of the information has not changed?
In compliance with state law, accreditation bodies and as part of Stanford Health Care /Stanford Children's Health Performance Improvement and Quality Assurance it is necessary to evaluate each medical staff members’ performance, activity, licensure, clinical competence (including but not limited to sanctions) AT LEAST every two years.

Why do I need to complete a reappointment application 6 months before my current appointment expires?
Our current reappointment processing time averages 4 months from receipt of application to final approval. To ensure applications are processed within the time frame of the providers’ current appointment, it is essential to mail packets 180 days in advance and to receive them back within 30 days.

Why do I need to submit CME information when I already submit it to the California Medical Board when I renew my Medical License?
As part of our peer review process as well as meeting the requirements of JCAHO, we must provide documentation that all individuals with hospital/clinical privileges participate in continuing education.

How long does it take to process a new appointment application?
Our department goal is to complete new appointment applications within 90 days. However, this time frame is contingent upon the receipt of all verifying documentation.

Who should I contact if I have a question on or would like to change my current clinical privileges?
If you would like to change or review your current clinical privileges, contact your Credentialing Coordinator directly. The Credentials Coordinator can assist you in completing the appropriate clinical privilege forms.

Who do I contact if I have a question regarding the Physician Online Ordering System (POE)?
General questions should be directed to the IT Help Desk at (650) 498-7500. Training the POE system is also available by calling the IT Help Desk.