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Overview and History

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The Class of 2021 celebrated Match Day virtually for the second year in a row. Students were joined by faculty, staff, family, and friends via Zoom for a gathering that was filled with excitement for the significance of the event.
Yale School of Medicine is one of the world’s leading centers for biomedical research, advanced clinical care, and medical education. It ranks fourth among medical schools receiving funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and eleventh in NIH dollars per faculty member. More than 1,500 Yale physicians provide care to patients from across the region and around the world. The Yale system of medical education, with its emphasis on critical thinking and independent student research, has produced leaders in every field of academic medicine.

The sixth-oldest medical school in the United States, it was chartered by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1810 as the Medical Institution of Yale College, located first on Grove Street, then at 150 York Street. Since 1924, it has occupied Sterling Hall of Medicine at 333 Cedar Street and surrounding buildings. It has awarded 9,302 medical degrees since 1814. There are 5,629 living alumni with MD degrees, 5,274 with MPH degrees, and 1,319 alumni of the Physician Associate Program with the PA-C certificate or MMSc degree, and 32 alumni of the Physician Assistant Online Program division.

All data in Facts & Figures as of 6/30/20 unless otherwise noted.


Brief Chronology
Year Milestone
1701 Yale College founded
1810 Medical Institution of Yale College chartered
1833 The State Hospital, precursor to New Haven Hospital, opens
1839 MD student thesis requirement formalized
1857 First African American student graduates
1915 Department of Public Health established
1916 First women students admitted
1923 Yale School of Nursing established
1924 Yale School of Medicine relocates to Sterling Hall of Medicine
1941 Yale Medical Library is dedicated
1945 New Haven Hospital merges with Grace Hospital, becoming Grace-New Haven Community Hospital
1965 Yale School of Medicine and Grace-New Haven Community Hospital revise their affiliation, creating Yale New Haven Hospital
1970 Physician Associate Program founded
1974 Yale Cancer Center established
1991 Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine completed
1993 Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital opens
2003 The Anlyan Center for Medical Research & Education at Yale is completed
2007 Amistad Street Building opens
2007 Yale West Campus acquired
2009 Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven opens
2010–11 Yale School of Medicine celebrates its bicentennial
2012 YNHH acquires the Hospital of Saint Raphael
2018 Physician Assistant online program launches