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Certificates vs. Verifications

***TEMPORARY COVID19 UPDATE: OPA cannot print certificates until we're back on campus. We can, however, still provide verifications.***

OPA can issue certificates of completion upon request. If you need evidence that you completed your postdoctoral training, a verification letter is the best choice. Letters are faster to produce; certificates can take months, as they require specialized printing and multiple signatures. Please note: certificates are decorative and suitable for framing; if you need evidence of training for a job, a verification is a better option than a certificate. If you need a certificate, email kwheller@stanford.edu.

Specific fellowships or subspecialties are not included on certificates.

Certificates document the time postdocs were directly appointed though OPA. Certificates are not issued for periods of time when the trainee/scholar was appointed through a different office or held a different status at Stanford, i.e., if the individual only held an appointment through the GME office at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, appointed through HHMI, or held a Visiting Scholar, Visiting Student, or staff position.

Certificates Verifications
Suitable for framing Not for framing
Can take months, as they require wet signatures Typically produced in less than a week
Not appropriate for job applications Appropriate for job applications