Students

The MD-PHD Program at Yale University was established in 1969 and graduated its first students in 1973. The Program has had 309 graduates to date; 240 of these have completed their training.  For a comprehensive listing of our students, click here to view the Student directory 2015-16.

These data are shown in the Summary of Trainee History.  Of the graduates who received both the M.D. and Ph.D. Degrees, 41% are in clinical departments or clinical services, 11% are in basic science departments, 15% are in private practice, 6% are in industry or biotech, and 23% are still in residency or postdoctoral training. Of those who have completed training and are in academic positions, 15% are full Professors, 12% are Associate Professors, 17% are Assistant Professors and 18% are Chairs or Co-chairs. An indicator of success is the fact that 53% of those in full-time academic or research positions who have completed training have active research grant from the NIH or other government agencies. Our questionnaire also included a request for an update on the publications of past trainees.  During the period 1973 to the present, a total of ~8,000 papers have been published by 248 out of 261 total graduates whom we contacted. 

The table below indicates the distribution of Ph.D. departments where our students are affiliated.

Distribution of 84 Students in Ph.D. Programs 2015-2016

Applied Math1MB&B3
BioMedical Engineering 8MCD Biology6
C&M Physiology1Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program20
Computational Biology & Bioinformatics1Pathology5
Genetics11Pharmacology1
History of Medicine1Public Health 2
Immunbiology14

Research Rotations

Students are expected to carry out two lab rotations in the summer of their first year that are designed to narrow down the choice of a thesis mentor and lab prior to embarking on the 6 month of clinical rotations. To help with this crucial choice of a mentor,students can meet with any of the MD-PhD faculty.  The Director and, Deputy Director, Dr. Fred Gorelick play a major role in finalizing this choice. Of course the more senior students are an excellent source of information!

Lab Rotation Summary

Faculty Mentoring Program

We have established a faculty-mentoring program for our students, which are designed to help students in 3 specific areas:

  1. Choice of PhD thesis mentor;
  2. Relevant coursework;
  3. Career planning.

Each mentor meets with his or her mentees at least 2 times a year, usually prior to registration and/or at a challenging time in the student's academic schedule. Mentors volunteer as role models and are to be regarded as touchstones when students may be going through a difficult personal situation in which they need extra support, advice or friendship.

Wards Re-entry

A challenging time in an MD-PhD's timeline takes place a few months before defending their thesis when the specter of re-entry to the wards faces them. Dr. Tamar Taddei, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine/Digestive Disease, meets with each student thorough their time here and especially when reentry to the ward is imminent. She helps students assess their clinical preparedness arranges for warm ups as needed. She also helps students arrange for longitudinal clinical experiences during the PhD years including a new initiative where students are matched up on one with a clinical preceptor in an area that the student may consider for their long-term careers as physician-scientists. See more information in the Program handbook.

Career Planning

Drs. Taddei and Aronson arrange an annual set of career planning session in residency programs that students will usually think. This will include discussions of planning personal lives around careers as physician-scientists, research residencies suited for MD-PhD students, post residency fellowships and grants, and applying for an academic position.

Following graduation, the majority of our students carry out a research residency. The table below shows where our most recent graduates have matched and as you see, they go to exemplary programs known for their excellence in research and training of physician-scientist.  Click here to review the areas of our previous trainees.

For a complete listing of our alumni, see our Alumni Directory.

2014 MD-PhD Match Results

NameSpecialty
InstitutionCityState

Akbik, Feras


Medicine-Preliminary/Neurology

Neurology

Brigham & Women's Hospital

Brigham & Women's Hospital/MASS General

Boston

Boston

MA

MA

Davey, DylanSurgery-PreliminaryYale-New Haven HospitalNew HavenCT

Little, Alicia


Medicine-Preliminary

Dermatology

Yale-New Haven Hospital

Yale-New Haven Hospital

New Haven

New Haven

CT

CT

McNeer, NicolePediatricsYale-New Haven HospitalNew HavenCT
Vollmers, EllenEmergency MedicineBrigham & Women's Hospital/MASS GeneralBostonMA

Yang, Qing



Transitional

Anesthesiology

Yale-New Haven Hospital (St. Raphael Campus)

MASS General Hospital

New Haven

Boston

CT

MA

Finances

In addition to tuition and health insurance coverage, MD/PhD students receive a stipend to supplement their living expenses. The level of stipend support for MD/PhD students is $23,376/yr for 2016-2017. Once a student affiliates with a graduate program and begins research in the laboratory full time, the school administration and department supplement the stipend level to that of a graduate student, which is $34,450/yr for 2016-2017.

Health Services

All MSTP students are provided with comprehensive prepaid health care services and hospitalization through the Yale Health Plan (YHP), a health maintenance organization located at the University Health Services Center,  55 Lock St, New Haven, CT 06511,  telephone (203) 432-0246.

A supplemental benefit plan is available for purchase at a nominal charge to MSTP students. This plan provides protection against some types of medical expenses not covered by the YHP primary care services and the hospitalization plan, such as prescription drugs, routine vision care, durable medical equipment, podiatry services, dental services necessary due to traumatic accidental injury, organ transplants, and inpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services.

Students who carry their own coverage or are covered as dependents under parental plans must notify the MSTP office of this coverage and complete a YHP waiver form.