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. 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.
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.
|Suitable for framing||Not for framing|
|Can take months if you opt for the paper version, as paper certificates require wet signatures||Typically produced in less than a week|
|Not appropriate for job applications||Appropriate for job applications|
|To obtain, complete this form: https://forms.gle/AoT4vjJp2zMQE2qNA||
To obtain, complete this form: https://postdocs.stanford.edu/about/verifications
|Paper certificates sent via snail mail; electronic certificates sent via email||Sent via email|