Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of applicants to the Yale MD/PhD Program are U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents.  For the 2014 applicant cycle, we will not be accepting applications from foreign nationals.

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Yale’s MD/PhD Program participates in the NIH GPP on a limited basis.  Please “click here” for our eligibility requirements.

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The Program considers applications from students interested in traditional areas of biomedical research including biomedical engineering and epidemiology and public health. Applications from students interested in non-scientific Ph.D. programs will be considered on a case by case basis.

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Students who have matriculated at Yale School of Medicine and are interested in applying to the MD/PhD Program should meet with Dr. James Jamieson to discuss the internal application process. 

An important consideration for admission to the MD/PhD Program is an adequate research experience. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. It may be necessary to complete a summer (or the equivalent in time) of research in a lab at Yale for an application to be considered.

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In general, applications from students enrolled in the Graduate School at Yale will not be considered.

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All students admitted to Yale’s MD/PhD Program are currently supported for the duration of their studies, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance. This comes primarily from an MSTP Training Grant from the NIGMS. Support for additional years required to complete the MD and PhD degrees is the responsibility of the student’s advisor. For FY 2013, stipend support for the preclinical and clinical years in the Program is $22,032. During the PhD years, stipend support is $32,500. Tuition and basic health care coverage are provided by the Program.

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Application to the Yale MD/PhD Program is made through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). AMCAS applicants will then be emailed instructions for completing the on-line Yale application. Applicants should also visit the Application Process page.

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The deadline for submission of applications to the Yale MD/PhD Program is November 15, 2013.

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Yale accepts letters of recommendation sent via AMCAS Letter Service, VirtualEvals, or Interfolio. Letters can also be sent directly to Yale at the following address: Yale School of Medicine, Office of Admissions, 367 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT 06510.

Electronic submission is the preferred method for sending in letters.

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The deadline for submission of letters of recommendation to the Yale MD/PhD Program is November 15th.

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The Application Status page enables applicants to confirm the completeness of their applications. The page gives the dates on which the various components of the application were received and processed by the Admissions Office. Information about interview invitations and final admissions decisions will not appear on this site. Status page: https://medapps13.med.yale.edu/msa/msa_web.infstatus.

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After the Medical School Admissions Office has processed your application, the MD/PhD Faculty Committee will screen your application. A strong research and academic background are essential. We will let you know if you have been selected for interview. For admission in the fall of 2013, interviews will be held from October 2013 through the end of February 2014. Yale’s MD/PhD Program receives approximately 400 applications per year. Of those, 100 people will be invited for interview. About 25+ offers are made; the Program matriculates approximately 12 new students per year. If you are not invited to interview for the MD/PhD Program, your application will still be considered for admission as a regular medical student.

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Final decisions will be made after March 15th. Offers of admission will be made by formal letter. All students are expected to begin the Program in September; the Program does not have rolling admissions.

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Yale has its “Second Look Weekend” generally during the end of April.

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