Medical Student Education Program


New Curriculum (Click to Expand)

Building on a Tradition of Excellence

Our new curriculum, launched in 2015, embraces the proud traditions of our past while keeping an eye towards the future. Eight new Overarching Goals and six Guiding Principles form the foundation of the new curriculum. You will see that these goals focus on areas essential for students to become successful future leaders in medicine.  In addition, our Guiding Principles ensure that the new curriculum is built upon the principles and values of the Yale System of Education, including respect for student initiative and maturity, curricular flexibility, close faculty mentoring and a required thesis to promote scientific inquiry, all hallmarks of our unique learning environment.  

Curriculum Features:

  • Basic and Clinical Sciences - Basic and clinical science content is organized and integrated across 8 sequential theme-based Master Courses and 3 Longitudinal Courses.
  • Longitudinal Clinical Experience (Pilot) - Students are directly involved in patient care from the beginning of medical school, with an emphasis on interprofessional education, team-based care and knowledge of the healthcare system.
  • Clinical Skills - Teaching and assessment of clinical skills is coordinated and integrated across the four years of the curriculum, and includes competencies in medical history and communications, physical examination, medical procedures, clinical reasoning and professionalism.
  • Clinical Clerkships - A remodeled clerkship year begins earlier in the curriculum, includes integration across disciplines, and provides opportunities for greater continuity with patients, teams and mentorship.
  • Enhanced flexibility - The first summer and final 17 months of the curriculum are available to ensure students have sufficient research/thesis time, opportunities to complete electives and sub-internships, study for and take required USMLE Board examinations, go on residency interviews and participate in other experiences based on students’ individual choices.

Transforming Medical Education at Yale

On April 16, 2015 Deputy  Dean for Education, Richard Belitsky and Associate Dean for Curriculum, Michael Schwartz provided prospective students with an in-depth look at the new curriculum.  Click here for a copy of the presentation.