MD-PhD Program

Unique Features of Our Program

The strength of our Program is the flexibility of the Yale System of medical education and the breadth and depth of the graduate programs at Yale. These programs of medical and graduate education allow MD-PhD students to customize their educational paths.

A special feature of our Program is the requirement that at the end of the second year in the Program, all students participate in 6 months of clinical rotations prior to entering the PhD phase of their training, usually in January of their 3rd year.

The purpose of the 6 months of clinical rotations is three-fold:

  1. To solidify clinical training that occurred during their preclinical clerkships;
  2. Enable students to participate in longitudinal clinics during their PhD years which provides the opportunity to serve as primary care physicians for a group of their own patients;
  3. Provide the continuity and continuing experience with patients that greatly facilitates reentry to the wards following their PhD work.

New BioMed Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at Yale School of Medicine

BioMed SURF Website -- click here

Program Application: Please email  click here to receive a Program application

BioMed SURF recommendation letter form -- click here

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Cooperative Program between University of Puerto Rico Medical School, Yale School of Medicine & Yale Graduate School

The Yale School of Medicine (YSM) is one of the oldest and most prestigious medical schools in the US. Since its inception, basic research has been a strong component of the medical education at Yale University, and this has underwritten decades of innovation, discovery and care in the development of physician-scientists. 

The Medical School at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus (UPR-MSC), located in the US Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, is one of the primary Hispanic-serving academic health centers and a referral center for medical care in Latin America and the Caribbean. This is a minority-serving 63 years old institution, and its LCME Accredited medical school program, has trained generations of Hispanic physicians. 

Both institutions are pleased to announce a cooperative program to train physician-scientists from UPR-MSC. We have two goals: to provide strong, Yale-based research training to UPR-MSC MD/PhD students, and to strengthen relationships and opportunities for collaboration between UPR-MSC and Yale.

START@Yale for MD/PhD Students

START@Yale is a program to provide incoming M.D. and MD/PhD students with a mentored research rotation and associated educational and social activities during the summer before the first year. Importantly, START provides the opportunity for MD/PhD students 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.  Click here to see this year's participants!

Elective Graduate Courses during the First Two Years of Medical School

The mission of Yale Medical School is to "train leaders in medicine and in biomedical research".

Our Faculty

The Program is fortunate to have a dedicated group of biomedical scientists on the faculty whose role is to help students applying to the Program in their decision making and after matriculation, to act as faculty mentors for students throughout their stay with us. Attached is a quick glance of our faculty!


Breaking News

We are proud to announce that two of our students, Jess Minor (3rd yr.) & Lorenzo Sewanan (5th yr.) were published in the print collection, in-Training: Stories from Tomorrow's Physicians

A big CONGRATULATIONS to this year's graduates!  We will miss each & every one of you! So proud of you!!

Congratulations to Andrew H. Smith, 7th year in Dr. Joel Gelernter's Lab, for receiving a CINP 30th World Congress Student Award Winners 2016empty


emptyemptyemptyemptyemptyemptyCongratulations toGenevieve Yang, for being awarded the Predoctoral Scholar Awards from the Society of Biological Psychiatry at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Atlanta GA.

Congratulations to Dr. Keith Choate (MD/PhD '04), Associate Director of our program, for being elected into the American Society for Clinical Investigation!

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Baserga (MD/PhD '88) who was honored by the ASBMB for her work on ribosomes and commitment to teaching and mentoring.

Yale MD/PhD Program & Yale BBS Program will participate in Biomedical Sciences Virtual Fair April 21, 2016

CONGRATULATIONS to Durga Thakral and Goran Micevic for being awarded the Soros Fellowship! They join Parwiz Abrahimi and Daniel Kim who recently were awarded this honor!

What an amazing Match List!  Congratulations to all of our students!!!

CONGRATULATIONS to Samuel Sondalle, 5th year in Dr. Susan Baserga's lab.  He was awarded an individual NRSA Fellowship from NIDDK

CONGRATULATIONS to Alexander Scherer, 5th year in Dr. Anthony Koleske's lab; for receiving an individual NRSA Fellowship from NIGMS

CONGRATULATIONS to Kelsey Loeliger, 6th year in Dr. Rick Altice's lab.  She was awarded an individual NRSA Fellowship from NIDA

Message from the Director

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Barbara Kazmierczak, M.D.,PhD., Director, Associate Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis

The MD-PhD Program at Yale University was established in 1969 and has as its goal the training of physician-scientists who will carry out basic, translational or clinical research that promotes the understanding and treatment of human disease. We welcome students who are ready to accept the challenges, responsibilities and rewards of preparing for careers that make a positive impact on human health and well-being.