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

The Pediatric Clerkship integrated with the Ob/Gyn Clerkship and is now part of the Women’s & Children’s Health 12-week Clerkship. Students will start in either the Women’s Health component of the clerkship or the Children’s Health component of the clerkship and then switch after six weeks.

Week one of the 12-week block will include a day of shared curriculum during which all of the School of Medicine clerkship students participate in a clinical skills activity. During the 12-week period, all Women’s and Children’s health clerkship students will come together for three shared didactic lectures on topics pertinent to both Women’s Health & Children’s Health. Didactic sessions will include Clinical Reasoning Workshops and Simulation Sessions.

During the Children’s Health component of the clerkship, students will spend three weeks on an inpatient unit as part of a team and three weeks in an outpatient setting in either a primary care setting or a subspecialty area if a student has an interest and has already had exposure to pediatric primary care in the Primary Care Clerkship.

During the Women’s Health component of the clerkship, students will rotate for two weeks in an ambulatory setting, including some sub-specialty clinics; two weeks will be spent on the Gynecology service with exposure to Gynecologic-Oncology; and two weeks will be spent on Obstetrics for day and/or night float.

At the end of the 12-week rotation all students will come together for an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) that will cover both OB/Gyn and Pediatric topics and held at the Yale Center for Medical Simulation.

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.

Yale Pediatrics Minority Visiting Elective Program

The Yale Pediatric Residency Program and the Department of Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine are committed to building a diverse workforce of future pediatricians who are ready to serve the needs of all children. To this end, we have established the Yale Pediatrics Minority Visiting Elective Program, a four-week, funded externship for fourth year medical students in US medical schools from races and ethnicities underrepresented in medicine (URM). URM is currently defined based on U.S. population demographics as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.

Our program includes a four-week clinical rotation (elective or sub-internship) as well as full participation in residency program didactic learning experiences. Visiting students also will engage in weekly meetings with a member of the Yale Pediatric Residency Program Leadership Team to receive career mentoring.

The greater New Haven area is home to an extraordinarily diverse pediatric patient population. It also boasts rich cultural offerings and wonderful outdoor recreation activities.

The Yale Pediatrics Minority Visiting Elective Program provides a $1500 stipend to offset the costs of elective registration, travel and housing in the New Haven area.

Please click here to access the application for the Yale Pediatrics Minority Visiting Elective Program. Applicants also must complete the VSAS application at and are encouraged to apply to multiple options and rotation dates. Applications will be accepted through May 15, 2016.

Please contact Dr. Andrea Asnes at with any questions you may have about the Yale Pediatrics Minority Visiting Elective Program.