Dean's Letter

The Dean’s Letter is a key element of the residency application. It tells the story of the student’s time and effort at Yale without comparing one student’s performance with that of others.

The Dean’s Letter begins with a report of the student’s activities and accomplishments before medical school. This is written by the associate dean for student affairs after meeting with the student during the first year. That is followed by an account of the student’s endeavors while in medical school.

Other information contained in the Dean’s Letter includes:

  • All clinical evaluations
  • A paragraph about the student’s research
  • A paragraph on the student’s extracurricular activities and interests