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:
- To solidify clinical training that occurred during their preclinical clerkships;
- 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;
- Provide the continuity and continuing experience with patients that greatly facilitates reentry to the wards following their PhD work.
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.
The mission of Yale Medical School is to "train leaders in medicine and in biomedical research".