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Program to Advance Training in Health & Sciences (PATHS)

The Program to Advance Training in Health & Sciences (PATHS) is a 10-month program that provides undergraduate students or recent graduates with a transformative learning experience to support their goal of applying for and earning an MD, MD/PhD, or PhD in the biomedical sciences. Students will be given access to critical online conversations, trainings, information, role models, mentors, tools, and resources specifically tailored to their future advanced degree track.

This is a great opportunity for students from underrepresented groups who are 1-2 years from applying to an MD, MD/PhD or an PhD program in the biomedical sciences and who may lack similar programs or resources at their institutions. Students will be able to strengthen their applications by participating in a positive learning environment and gaining exposure to a supportive professional network.

Register here to receive an application when the process opens!


Science and health professions can sometimes seem distant and unattainable—I think we are effective in helping students and advisors see that there is a path in science and health for anyone with the talent and commitment.

Giovanna Guerrero-Medina, PhD; Principal Investigator and Project Director

Program Benefits and Expectations

Students will be divided into three tracks according to the advanced degree (MD, MD/PhD, and PhD) they are committed to pursuing. Each advanced degree track will have 20 students, for a total of 60 students in the entire cohort.

All students in each track will have the following benefits and expectations:

  • Trainings - Students will participate in monthly online evening workshops and conversations about topics related to preparing for and applying to MD, MD/PhD or PhD degree programs. Sessions will be scheduled during weekdays, from 7pm-8:30pm ET.
  • Mentoring Program - Students will have the option to be mentored by current MD, MD/PhD, or PhD candidates at Yale School of Medicine (YSM) for the duration of the program to receive feedback and support on their application materials. They will meet with their mentor at least once a month while receiving advice and insight on the degree application process.
  • Opportunities & Community of Support - Become part of a supportive network of peers and role models and receive regular notices about professional and career advancement opportunities at Yale and beyond.

I am so full of ideas. I found my worth. By talking to people who have done it, I realized it is not an easy path, but it is possible.

Nelson Perez Catalan, MD/PhD Candidate; Albert Einstein College of Medicine (PATHS alumni)


  • Individuals who self-identify as underrepresented in science
  • Undergraduate students or postgraduates who plan on commencing an advanced degree program (MD, MD/PhD or PhD in the biomedical sciences) in 2025 (Applying in 2024 for matriculation in 2025).
  • Students who are US citizens or residents and/or international or DACA students enrolled in a US university

Application, Evaluation and Selection Process

Students need to submit the following on or before the application deadline:

  • An online application. You can take a look at the application form that you will be required to complete.
  • A CV/resume and a copy of your most recent college transcript (unofficial or official copies will be accepted).
  • A recommendation form completed by a mentor or someone who knows your academic and professional goals and interests. Please give your recommender this link with enough time to complete it before the deadline. (We will not be accepting individual letters of recommendation outside of the recommendation form).

Is this program a good fit for you? Think about the questions below before applying.

  1. Eligibility: Are you applying to an advanced degree program in 2025?
  2. Commitment to Pursuing Advanced Degree: Are you committed to pursuing an advanced degree, and eager to learn important skill sets that will position you for success?
  3. Coachability: Do you know when to seek support? Are you open to feedback? And do you know how to incorporate feedback to advance your goals?
  4. Self-Awareness: Are you aware of your strengths and weaknesses? Do you think of ways to address areas where there are opportunities for growth?
  5. Demonstration of Need: Do you lack access to similar programs or resources like PATHS to orient you about how to apply to advanced degree programs?
  6. Learning Environment: Do you value being part of a supportive, positive and diverse learning environment?

If you answered ‘yes’ to the questions above, then this is the program for you!

Important Deadlines and Dates

  • Application Opens: Thursday, February 1st.
  • Application Deadline: Thursday, March 28th, 3:00 pm EST.
  • Notification of Acceptance by end of May, 2024
  • Program Starts: August 2024
  • Program Ends: May 2025

Register here to receive an application when the process opens!



We are extremely grateful to the following groups for their commitment for mentoring and their contributions to the program: