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 13 through August 4, 2016 Stipend: NIH-base level stipend will begin with matriculation on June 13, 2016

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 students Nicholas Lee ( or Julie Ramseier ( 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: Detailed information about the program, including a list of participating faculty mentors and their research interests, and a link to the online START@Yale application, are available via the following website:

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

Important dates and deadlines:

Dates of Program: June 13-August 4, 2016

Stipend to Students for 8-Week Program: $3,896

Application Deadline: May 4, 2016

Notification of Acceptance into START@Yale and Mentor Match: May 11, 2016

Deadline to Commit to Attend START@Yale: May 27, 2016

Move-in Weekend for START@Yale Students: June 11-12, 2016

Matriculation Date for START@Yale Students: June 13, 2016

Matriculation Date for Incoming Students not in START@Yale: August 11, 2016

White Coat Ceremony for all Incoming Students: August 11, 2016