Community Programs

Yale School of Medicine receives significant help from its neighbors in advancing the school’s three core missions—education, research and patient care—while also offering a wealth of resources and expertise in support of the community.

Residents of the neighborhoods adjoining the medical campus, along with their neighbors across New Haven and in surrounding towns, are served by one of the nation’s premiere centers for advanced medical care, with access to more than 800 physicians practicing in 100 specialty and subspecialty areas. The Yale Medical Group provided $4.7 million in free care to New Haven residents in 2006, and many medical school departments reach out with services tailored to the needs of inner-city families and individuals. Yale faculty have developed programs to combat asthma, diabetes, preventable injuries, infectious diseases, childhood illnesses and exposure to violence, many of which affect urban dwellers in greater numbers.

Community members have the opportunity, through the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, to help advance the frontiers of medicine by participating in the hundreds of clinical trials Yale faculty conduct annually in search of better ways of detecting and treating illness, and by helping to guide the direction of future research. Community physicians help their Yale colleagues to educate the next generation of doctors by opening their practices to medical students in their learning years and by lecturing and rounding with students and residents in the hospital.

For their part, Yale medical, nursing, public health and PA students volunteer in dozens of settings [more information]. Fellows of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program participate in a wide array of community programs, including some two dozen listed on the program’s web site. And the Science Education Outreach Program matches graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the sciences with New Haven middle school students for an introduction to genetics, including projects with fruit flies, worms, DNA bracelets and electrophoresis gels.

Medical student Terri Huynh (right) teaches Career High students in the medical school’s anatomy lab.

Medical student Terri Huynh (right) teaches Career High students in the medical school’s anatomy lab.