Thesis Requirement

Office of Student Research

The Office of Student Research assists students with the planning, implementation and completion of research leading to a thesis.

Since 1839, Yale MD students have been required to complete a thesis based on original research. The thesis program is designed to provide students the opportunity to strengthen critical thinking skills, develop habits of self-education and the application of the scientific method to medicine, and to work closely with Yale's distinguished faculty. Thesis subjects may have origins in basic science or in clinical, laboratory, or environmental medicine. Stipends are provided for summer and other short-term research periods, and there are many one-year fellowships available. Conduct of the research is often initiated during the summer between the first and second years and continued during free periods in the third and fourth year.