START@Yale for MD/PhD Students

MD/PhD Summer to Advance Research Training

The general goals of the program are to: 

  1. Provide a research rotation with a faculty member in each student’s chosen field of interest.
  2. Educate students about the research activities in diverse disciplines through small group tutorial sessions with the mentoring faculty.
  3. Provide the opportunity for students to present a brief summary of their work at the end of the program.
  4. Enable students to get to know some of their classmates and several Yale faculty in an informal environment.
  5. Provide the opportunity to experience entertainment and recreational activities in the New Haven area before the start of classes.

Eligibility: All MD/PhD students who matriculate at Yale are eligible for acceptance into this optional program.

Program period: June 16 through August 8, 2014 Stipend: NIH-base level stipend will begin with matriculation on June 16, 2014

Housing: Space is reserved in Harkness Dorm for the summer for students who choose to commit to live in Harkness for the full academic year. Alternatively, there are outstanding off-campus housing options, many of which are listed in Yale’s off-campus housing website ( Please feel free to contact current MD/PhD student Amanda Jeng ( for advice about neighborhoods and housing options.

Mentors: Students will be matched to mentors based on their preferences. Please click here for information about mentors for the MD/PhD track of the START program.

Application: Please click here to access the application. Please be sure to submit your application by the May 30th deadline.  Please be sure to review other enrollment information at the Medstation website. 

Contact: Please feel free to contact MD/PhD-track START Program Coordinator Dr. Peter Aronson ( with any questions.

Important dates and deadlines:

April 3rd & 4th: Second Look Weekend. Opportunity to learn about Yale, and meet future classmates and current students. Visits with prospective faculty mentors will be arranged on Wednesday April 2nd for those interested and able to arrive a day early.

May 30th: Deadline to file application form indicating preferences of research area and potential mentors

June 4th: Deadline for accepted students to commit to participate in START

June 14-15th: Move-in weekend for START students

June 15th: Welcome dinner event for START students

June 16th: START student matriculation; program begins

August 6th: Program ends with mini-symposium

August 15th: White Coat Ceremony for entire entering class