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Transfer Admissions (Advanced Standing)

Because of a limited number of available positions, the Yale School of Medicine does not routinely consider requests for transfer with advanced standing. The only exception to this policy is that the School will consider applications into the second-year or third-year class from students who are enrolled in LCME-accredited medical schools in the United States or Canada and who have a compelling personal need to be at Yale.


The following three circumstances constitute “compelling personal need” under this policy:

  1. The applicant's spouse holds, or has been accepted for, a position in the Yale-New Haven Medical Center community as a student, a member of the house staff at Yale-New Haven Hospital, a postdoctoral fellow, or a faculty member. Transfer applicants whose eligibility is established in this manner must by married at the time of matriculation, and the applicant’s spouse must be in residence in New Haven and holding a position in the Yale-New Haven Medical Center.
  2. A serious illness in the immediate family of the applicant requires the ill person to be in New Haven for treatment and the applicant to be in New Haven as the primary supportive member of the family during the time of the illness. Transfer applicants whose eligibility is established in this manner must provide specific information regarding the family member’s illness to the Admissions Committee.
  3. In collaboration with a faculty member of the Yale School of Medicine, the applicant has completed exceptional biomedical research, which both the applicant and the faculty member wish to continue.. Completing medical studies at Yale would enable the applicant to pursue this collaborative research and achieve important and unique educational and scientific objectives that would not be possible at the original medical school. Decisions regarding the exceptional nature of the research and uniqueness of opportunities at Yale will be made by the Admissions Committee, based on information provided by the applicant and by the Yale faculty member with whom the applicant has collaborated.

If an applicant does not fall into one of the above “compelling need” eligibility categories, as determined by the Admissions Committee, his/her transfer application will not be considered, regardless of other qualifications. The distance of the applicant from New Haven will also be taken into consideration. Students attending medical school in New York City, Connecticut, or Rhode Island will not normally be eligible to apply for advanced standing.

Transfer into the second year class is possible only from medical schools with a basic science curriculum compatible with the curriculum at Yale.

Transfer into the third year class is contingent upon passing Step I of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). An applicant who fails USMLE Step I will not be considered for admission under any circumstances.

In all cases, in accordance with AAMC guidelines, the applicant’s transfer request must be supported by the Dean of Students (or comparable official) at the original medical school, and courses being taken at the original medical school must be completed successfully. Eligible transfer applicants will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee, with decisions based on academic credentials, supporting material, interviews, and the urgency of the need to transfer. Overall qualifications are expected to be comparable to those of Yale students admitted through the regular admissions process. Regardless of eligibility factors and qualifications, transfer into either the second or third year class is contingent upon the availability of positions in the class at Yale, and transfer into the third year class is also contingent on the capacity of clinical clerkships to accommodate additional students.

Transfer Policies

All accepted applicants must matriculate in the year accepted. Transfer students must complete all required clinical clerkships (including the fourth year Primary Care Clerkship and the Integrative Clinical Medicine Clerkship) and the thesis requirement at Yale School of Medicine. If a transfer student wishes to spend an extra (fifth) year at Yale, one half of the tuition for that year will be waived. Completed transfer applications consist of Yale School of Medicine application forms, letters of recommendation, MCAT scores, college transcripts, a transcript from the current medical school, and a letter from the dean of students (or comparable official) at the current medical school.

Inquiries regarding transfer applications should be addressed to the Office of Admissions, Yale School of Medicine, 367 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT 06510 or Transfer applications, including all supporting credentials, must be submitted by April 1 of the year the student wishes to enter Yale.