Educational Philosophy: The Yale System

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The Yale System of Education gives our school its distinct identity and character, creates a highly collaborative learning environment, and makes Yale unique among medical schools. It has been described as the School’s most powerful educational strength and is a major factor in our ability to consistently attract extraordinarily talented students. The Yale System enjoys widespread and passionate support from our students, faculty and alumni.

Respect for student initiative and maturity, close faculty mentoring, and a required thesis to promote scientific inquiry are hallmarks of the Yale System. Students are assessed based on their performance, but there is no class rank, and efforts are made to minimize competition while promoting collaboration, self-directed learning, and the expectation that students take more than the usual responsibility for their education.