Clinical Years (3 & 4)
Students first rotate through clerkships where they master the core knowledge and basic skills of each discipline (Internal Medicine, Ambulatory Medicine, Surgery, Anesthesiology, Pediatrics, Clinical Neuroscience, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Psychiatry, Primary Care, and Integrative Clinical Medicine). Medical decision-making and clinical skills are taught, developed, and assessed by rotating on hospital ward teams, in private offices, and meeting with senior clinical faculty preceptors, who mentor, teach, and assess their student charges. In the fourth year there is ample time for students to participate in electives and continue their thesis research project. Consistent with the Yale System is an unusual level of flexibility; students are encouraged to enroll in any elective of their choice, in any part of the world.