Overarching Goals

The purpose of the Yale School of Medicine curriculum is to educate and inspire students to become physicians who achieve excellence in patient care, understand and advance the science of medicine, and become leaders in their chosen field.  Emphasis is placed on goals that meet the growing needs of a changing society and medical practice.  A strong foundation in science provides special opportunities for students to participate in creative endeavors that foster the life-long pursuit of scholarship.

  1. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention:   Students apply scientific knowledge and use clinical skills to promote health and prevent disease in individuals and communities.
  2. Mechanisms and Treatment of Disease:   Students acquire knowledge at the molecular, cellular, organ-system, whole body, and societal levels, and integrate this knowledge with clinical science and skills to diagnose and treat disease.
  3. Clinical Reasoning:   Students exercise clinical judgment based on a thorough understanding of the patient, application of sound scientific principles, and knowledge of the health care systems.  Clinical reasoning is learned through practice, self-reflection, and feedback.
  4. Patient Care:   Students achieve competency in the care of patients at a level required to excel in residency.
  5. Professionalism and Communication:   Students demonstrate respectful and ethical behavior in all of their professional interactions and provide compassionate, empathic care to patients and families.  Professionalism and communication skills are acquired through practice, self-reflection, and feedback.
  6. Responsibility to Society:   Students learn to practice medicine with cultural competence and fiscal responsibility in preparation for work in a society characterized by diverse populations and economic constraints.
  7. Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge:   Students manifest independent and creative thinking fostered by a collaborative graduate school environment.  They perform mentored scholarly research culminating in a formal written thesis to promote critical thinking, understand the scientific method, and contribute to medical knowledge.
  8. Physician as Scientist:   Students learn to approach medicine from a scientifically minded perspective and are educated and mentored by leading scientists.  This prepares them for careers in biomedical science and as medical practitioners, and to become the next generation of medical scientists and leaders in academic medicine.