Students in Combined Research Training Program

Ph.D. Thesis in Lieu of M.D. Thesis

For students enrolled in the combined M.D./Ph.D. Program, the doctoral thesis submitted to and approved by the Graduate School will serve in lieu of the thesis requirement of the Medical School. The Graduate School awards degrees twice a year, in late fall (November or December, depending on the Corporation schedule) and May. In order to guarantee consideration by the appropriate Graduate School Committee on Degrees, the dissertation must be submitted by September 15 for a fall degree, or March 15 for a May degree. Students planning to submit the dissertation on March 15 for a May degree, however, should make every effort to file the petition by March 1, so that planning for commencement ceremonies can proceed in a timely fashion. If the Ph.D. has not been completed, a separate M.D. thesis must be submitted to qualify for the M.D. degree.

Joint M.D./Master of Health Sciece Degree Program

Yale University School of Medicine and the Office of Student Research have established a new joint degree, the MD-Master of Health Science (MD-MHS) which was approved by the Yale Corporation in January 2006. There are currently 33 Yale medical students in this program.

There are two pathways in the MD- Master of Health Science degree for medical students. These are a clinical research pathway and a laboratory/translational pathway. The clinical research pathway also includes medical research projects in the broad areas of medicine and the humanities (medical history, medical -legal, bioethics, etc). The MD-Master of Health Science degree requires a fifth year pull out supported by a fully funded one year medical student research fellowship at Yale (currently Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute-Yale, Yale NIH T32, NIH-NIDDK, Yale Endowment Fellowships).

The research project in the fifth year is the centerpiece of the MD-Master of Health Science degree program. In addition are the following requirements:

  1. The project mentor and a three person thesis committee must be approved by the Office of Student Research and the Master of Health Science Advisory Committee.
  2. Additional coursework is required:
    • Clinical research pathway – Courses: Principles of Clinical Research; Applied Biostatistics; Organization and Leadership; Ethical and Practical Issues in Clinical Investigation (during Masters year)
    • Laboratory/Translational research pathway – Courses: Intensive Pedagogical Experience in Techniques or Selected Seminars in CBB 740a Clinical and Translational Informatics; Organization and Leadership; IMED 630 Ethical and Practical Issues in Clinical Investigation (during Masters year)
    These courses can be taken prior to the Masters year or during except the Ethical and Practical Issues in Clinical Investigation which must be taken during the Masters year.
  3. Participation in monthly seminars, journal clubs, Leadership in Biomedicine lectures and dinners, and other announced activities throughout the Masters year.

Joint M.D./M.P.H. Degree Program

For students in the M.D./M.P.H. Program, one thesis satisfies both degree requirements provided it is approved and carried out under a Yale faculty member of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health and is in an appropriate subject area. The same regulations concerning content, organization and dates for submission of the M.D. thesis and review by the appropriate departmental committee will apply.

Joint M.D./J.D. Degree Program

The Yale School of Medicine has a formal relationship with the Law School to allow students to seek degrees from both schools. This can be done in six years instead of seven. A focused M.D. thesis, answering a significant question of relevance to medicine is required for the M.D. portion of the degree. Six years are required for the combined M.D./J.D. Program.

Joint M.D./M.B.A. Degree Program

The purpose of the joint-degree program in medicine and management is to develop clinician-managers capable of pursuing careers that balance delivery of patient care with sound management in a changing health-care environment. The join-degree program normally requires five years of study and simultaneous award of the degrees of Doctor of Medicine and Master of Business Administration at the conclusion of the five-year period. A focused M.D. thesis, answering a significant question of relevance to medicine is required for the M.D. portion of the degree. Six years are required for the combined M.D./M.B.A. Program.

Joint M.D./M. Div. Degree Program

Students who have been admitted to the Yale School of Medicine and are enrolled for the M.D. degree may apply to the Divinity School or admission to a combined program leading to the degrees of Doctor of Medicine and Master of Divinity. The joint program is tailored to the individual interests of students seeking professional education and training in a theological understanding of the self, society, and work; in bioethics; in international health and missions; in hospice or similar patient-care facilities; or in academic work in teaching, counseling and chaplaincy. A focused M.D. thesis, answering a significant question of relevance to medicine is required for the M.D. portion of the degree. Six years are required for the combined M.D./M.Div. Program.

M.D./M.P.H. Program

For students in the M.D./M.P.H. Program, one thesis satisfies both degree requirements provided it is approved and carried out under a Yale faculty member of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health and is in an appropriate subject area. The same regulations concerning the dates of the M.D. thesis submission and review by the appropriate departmental committee will apply.