Social Support Services

YSM strives to provide students with a supportive environment outside the classroom as well as within. We hope that the resources below will help create a welcoming social environment for students


Students who need help with a physical or learning disability should get in touch with the Office of Student Affairs as soon as possible. They also should register with the Resource Office on Disabilities for the University at 432-2324.

Students who have had accommodations for standardized exams such as the SAT or the MCAT in the past and think they will be necessary for the USMLE Board exams should contact the Resource Office on Student Affairs and the Office of Student Affairs as early as possible.

Student impairment

Students can be impaired for many reasons. Yale University Health Services (commonly known as the Yale Health Plan) has services for students impaired as a result of mental or physical illness or use of alcohol or drugs. In all cases, appropriate referrals will be made.

International Students

Yale provides many opportunities for medical students to broaden their education and hone their clinical skills by experiencing medicine as it is practiced throughout the world. Conversely, we enrich our learning environment in New Haven by providing opportunities for top students from international schools to come to Yale for clinical electives.

In 2006, the Office of International Medical Student Education (OIMSE) was founded to help students do clinical electives and research abroad and to support students from other countries who come to Yale for clinical rotations. For more information, including a list of clinical electives, the application forms you’ll need to fill out and the deadlines, click here.

Office for Women in Medicine

Yale is unique among American medical schools in having an Office for Women in Medicine that serves as a resource clearinghouse to address the concerns of women from all sectors of the medical school. More information can be found at

Services offered by the office include:

  • Providing advisors and mentors to female students, house staff and faculty.
  • Bringing women distinguished in the medical sciences to campus as mentors and teachers.
  • Facilitating access by students to professional women in an informal setting.
  • Sponsoring workshops and seminars on professional development and career opportunities for women in medicine and the sciences.
  • Serving as a catalyst for the discussion and resolution of issues of concern to the medical school community.

Peer Advocate Program

A group of peer advocates chosen by the student body is available to help students with issues related to mistreatment, abuse, harassment or to discuss any concerns.

There are 10 peer advocates, two from each of the second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-year classes, and one each from the M.D./Ph.D. and Physician Associate programs. Their names and beeper numbers are given out to all students early in the school year.

Peer advocates are trained by the director of Mental Health Services of the Yale Health Plan. While they aren’t mental health counselors themselves, peer advocates are taught how to get help to a student who needs mental health services. Actions recommended by an advocate can range from discussing the problem informally to taking it to the department chair or to the dean of the medical school.

Confidentiality is assured to the extent covered by law.

For more information, see the peer advocates page on medStation.