Congratulations on your acceptance to the Yale School of Medicine. 2009's applicant pool was remarkably competitive, and if you choose to come to Yale, you will be joining an extraordinary incoming class.

Like yourself, your future classmates are outstanding men and women, exceptionally diverse in terms of their personal backgrounds and possessing the intelligence, energy, and compassion to become the next generation of scholars and leaders who will advance the practice of medicine and the biomedical sciences to improve the human condition.

You will find at the Yale School of Medicine a commitment to excellence that informs everything we do and underlies our position as one of the world’s leading centers for biomedical research, advanced clinical care and medical education. Yale’s distinctive educational system, commonly known as the Yale System, fosters a remarkably collaborative culture, where teamwork and mutual support are central and learning is the paramount objective.

Our faculty includes some of the finest scientists and clinician-teachers in the world, and you will quickly discover that they are accessible to you and supportive of your work in every way. With its emphasis on critical thinking and independent student research, the Yale System has evolved over the years into an exciting and challenging approach to medical education, and it has produced outstanding results for our students.

Yale School of Medicine graduates have consistently secured positions in the most selective residency programs in the country and have gone on to become leaders in every field of medicine. As the School of Medicine moves toward its 200th anniversary in 2010, we are not only celebrating our past, but also looking ahead.

Spectacular new facilities are being developed, and our curriculum is changing to incorporate new knowledge, new technology, challenging 21st century healthcare issues, and innovative teaching methods.  The newly published Spring 2009 edition of Yale Medicine includes articles on many important developments at the School.

Again, please accept my warmest congratulations on your acceptance.


Robert J. Alpern, M.D.
Dean and Ensign Professor of Medicine