Diversity at YSM

History of African Americans at Yale School of Medicine

The School of Medicine was established by passage of a bill in the Connecticut General Assembly in 1810 granting a charter for "The Medical Institution of Yale College". The Institution was formally opened in 1813, and the first degrees were conferred the following year. The first African American student to graduate from the School of Medicine was Dr. Cortlandt Van Rensselaer Creed. A native of New Haven, Creed obtained his MD degree from Yale in 1857.


A Multicultural Perspective

Yale minority medical students begin their first year with experiences and interests as varied as the career pathways they will pursue upon leaving. They develop a network of friends and colleagues built on a foundation of mutual support and respect. Together they create a spirit of community and camaraderie that makes Yale a very special place.


African American Graduates of Yale School of Medicine

This listing is based in part on the research of Dr. Daryl Keith Daniels, YSM '91, as reported in his medical school thesis - African-Americans at the Yale University School of Medicine : 1810-1960.