Medical Student Education

We offer a variety of opportunities for students interested in learning about pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics.

Pediatric Pre-Clinical Studies

As a Department, we are dedicated to providing trainees with outstanding educational experiences in the care of children starting as early in training as possible. During the first years of medical school, students will meet and learn from pediatric faculty during basic and clinical sciences courses as well as in the clinical setting. Opportunities include active involvement in the Pediatric Interest Group run by medical students and mentored by faculty in our department, the Buddies Program which matches students with pediatric patients having chronic diseases and in the context of clinical skills training.

Pediatric Clerkship

During the primary clinical training, Yale medical students spend eight weeks on rotation in the Department of Pediatrics. They spend 4 weeks on an inpatient unit as part of a team and 4 weeks in an outpatient setting in general pediatrics and in a subspecialty area. They also attend weekly case-based sessions with select pediatric faculty as well as sessions practicing team training and clinical care through simulation.

Pediatric Clerkship Handbook

For further information about the Clerkship please contact:

Eve Colson, MD, MHPE
Professor and Chief, Section of Education
Director, Pediatric Clerkship

David Hersh, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor Associate Director, Pediatric Clerkship
Director, Subinternship and Electives

Electives & Subinternship

Clinical Electives

Each year, senior students come to our department for advanced electives. These students come from Yale School of Medicine and from around the world. We offer advanced electives in many of our sub-specialties.

Elective experiences for international students are run through the Office of International Medical Student Education. To find our more information about electives for international students wishing to come to Yale visit the Elective Program website.

Students from schools in the United States other than Yale can find out more information about electives by visiting the Program Eligibility website.

Yale students can find out more details about pediatric electives by visiting the Pediatrics section of the Elective Catalog.


The Department offers a sub-internship in pediatrics during which students, under supervision of faculty and residents, take on primary responsibility for the care of patients in our inpatient settings. We have orientation and a specific curriculum to guide the sub-intern experience.

If you have further questions about elective or sub-internship opportunities please contact Dr. David Hersh, Director of the Electives and Sub-internship Programs in the Department of Pediatrics.