Muslim

The Yale Medicine Residency Programs generally have at least a few Muslim residents in any given year, and they hail from all over the U.S. and beyond. The presence of Muslims is easily felt, both within the hospital and around New Haven. In the hospital, you will encounter Muslim brothers and sisters on every level. This includes residents, chief residents, and attendings in almost every field.  In addition, there are a sizable number of Muslim chaplains, parking attendants, and, of course, patients. There is space to pray (with prayer rugs) in the chapel. If you have not heard of the food cart options near the hospital, you will when you visit. Thankfully, there are several halal options available. In New Haven and the surrounding area, there are several halal restaurants serving Middle Eastern, American, Indian/Pakistani and Turkish food. There are also several mosques located close by. Masjid Al-Islam is right across from the Chapel Street campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital. The New Haven Islamic Center is located in West Haven, en route to the VA. The Islamic Center of Hamden is a little farther but still only a short drive away. The Yale University Muslim Students Association is very active. They host Jummah prayers weekly during the school year and daily iftars during Ramadan. There are wonderful Eid prayers organized every year. By attending MSA events, many residents have made friends in other graduate programs and in other lines of work.

You will find that Muslim life at Yale and in New Haven is robust and accommodating.