Summer to Advance Research Training at Yale School of Medicine

START@Yale provides incoming MD and MD/PhD students with a mentored research experience and associated educational activities during the summer before the first year of medical school.

The START@Yale program was inaugurated with great success in the summer of 2012 and was featured in the fall 2012 issue of Yale Medicine magazine. Click here to read the article:

The overarching goals of the START@Yale program are to: 

  1. Provide hands-on mentored research experiences in diverse areas of investigation directly relevant to medicine under the guidance of eminent physician-scientist faculty.
  2. Educate students about the research activities and career development of physician-scientists through small group tutorial sessions with the mentoring faculty.
  3. Provide the opportunity for students to present a brief summary of their work at the end of the program.
  4. Enable students to gain early research experiences that will inform their choices of mentors and projects for their future research activities at Yale, including thesis work.

START@Yale is designed to meet the needs of MD students with substantial research experience as well as those with little or no prior experience in biomedical research.

In the case of MD/PhD students, START@Yale provides the opportunity to take an early 8-week research rotation in addition to the two 6-week research rotations normally carried out in the summer between the first and second years.

Along with its academic goals, the program will provide a wonderful opportunity for incoming students to get to know some of their classmates and several of our most outstanding faculty in an informal environment. It will also provide a chance to experience entertainment and recreational activities in the New Haven area before the start of classes.

An overview of the program.


Laura R. Ment, MD, Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology, Associate Dean

Coordinator MD/PhD-Track 

Peter S. Aronson, MD, Associate Director MD/PhD Program

Student Mentors

Nicholas Lee, MD Student

Julie Ramseier, MD Student