Social Support Services

YSM strives to provide students with a supportive environment outside the classroom as well as within. We hope that the resources below will help create a welcoming social environment for students


Students who need help with a physical or learning disability should get in touch with the Office of Student Affairs as soon as possible. They also should register with the Resource Office on Disabilities for the University at 432-2324.

Students who have had accommodations for standardized exams such as the SAT or the MCAT in the past and think they will be necessary for the USMLE Board exams should contact the Resource Office on Student Affairs and the Office of Student Affairs as early as possible.

Student impairment

Students can be impaired for many reasons. Yale University Health Services (commonly known as the Yale Health Plan) has services for students impaired as a result of mental or physical illness or use of alcohol or drugs. In all cases, appropriate referrals will be made.

International Students

Yale provides many opportunities for medical students to broaden their education and hone their clinical skills by experiencing medicine as it is practiced throughout the world. Conversely, we enrich our learning environment in New Haven by providing opportunities for top students from international schools to come to Yale for clinical electives.

In 2006, the Office of International Medical Student Education (OIMSE) was founded to help students do clinical electives and research abroad and to support students from other countries who come to Yale for clinical rotations. 

Click here for more information, including a list of clinical electives, the application forms you’ll need to fill out and the deadlines.

Office for Women in Medicine

Yale is unique among American medical schools in having an Office for Women in Medicine that serves as a resource clearinghouse to address the concerns of women from all sectors of the medical school. More information can be found at

Services offered by the office include:

  • Providing advisors and mentors to female students, house staff and faculty.
  • Bringing women distinguished in the medical sciences to campus as mentors and teachers.
  • Facilitating access by students to professional women in an informal setting.
  • Sponsoring workshops and seminars on professional development and career opportunities for women in medicine and the sciences.
  • Serving as a catalyst for the discussion and resolution of issues of concern to the medical school community.