The "White Coat Ceremony" is the first symbolic act for students beginning their medical career at Yale School of Medicine. Here students gather in the Harvey Cushing Library proudly wearing their white coats for the first time.
Building on a Tradition of Excellence
Our new curriculum 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.
More than 200 faculty and students have been actively involved in creating models and recommendations for the components of this new curriculum, each with important new 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.