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Yale School of Medicine Summer Research Program

Program dates: May 30 – July 28, 2023


Meharry Medical College applicants: Please contact your course director, Dr. Jamaine Davis, for more information on how to apply.

The Yale School of Medicine Summer Research Program is a free residential, eight-week research experience for medical students to participate in cutting-edge research in various fields. Each student will be matched with a faculty member, work on an independent research project, and participate in the life of the lab. This program is open to medical students from the following institutions:

  • Meharry Medical College
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Ponce Health Sciences University
  • San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
  • Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
  • University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

The program pairs visiting medical students with Yale faculty members and residents in their specialty of interest. Students in the program work on a clinical or basic science research project, ultimately completing and presenting a research poster with their results. The experience allows them the opportunity to fully engage in a specialty of interest and determine if it’s the path in medicine they want to pursue.

Research projects in the following departments will be available:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Dermatology
  • General Surgery and Surgical Subspecialties
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Yale Cancer Center

Through regular sessions, the students also work on professional development, community building, and prepare for residencies. They learn how to write a CV, a personal statement, and how to interview, among other skills. The Yale School of Medicine Summer Research Program also introduces students to the Yale campus and research facilities, and aims to be a pipeline to bring students from underrepresented groups to Yale residency programs.

Other Program Benefits

  • $5,000 stipend
  • Housing provided on YSM Campus
  • Travel Funds provided

To Apply:

A completed application includes:

  • One letter of recommendation
  • Medical school transcript (official or unofficial) and/or Letter of Good Standing
  • Resume (including extra-curricular activities)
  • Personal Statement (400 word maximum)
    Explain how this program would help you advance your career goals and how it meets any needs that are not being met by other programs at your institution. Describe your specific research interests and address the following in your statement:
    • description of your journey to medical school
    • challenges you have had to overcome to get where you are today