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.

Peer Advocate Program


The Peer Advocates program was created to provide students with non-threatening peer listeners who are available at any time of day or night, to confidentially discuss strategies, reality-test, brainstorm solutions when encountered with challenging personal, academic, or professional situations and point students in the direction of appropriate resources.

Program History

The Peer Advocate program was created in 2000 by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and several medical students.  The primary goal of the program was to provide students with accessible and non-threatening trained peer listeners who could also facilitate access to support services such as medical care, counseling, and resources to aid victims of sexual harassment and assault.

Meet Your Peer Advocates

We are medical students chosen by our classmates during the first year of medical school for being approachable, trustworthy, mature, thoughtful and discerning - qualities that hopefully allow us to be good listeners and trusted confidants.  The nomination process does not permit campaigning.  We serve our fellow students for the duration of medical school. 

Contact Information:
Melissa Herrin, YSM IV P: (206) 225-7734
Hiam Naiditch, YSM IV P: (412) 973-1592
Ian McConnell, YSM IV P: (617) 372-0914
Talía Robledo-Gil, YSM V
Wardah Athar, YSM III (MD/PhD)
Corey Horien, YSM III (MD/PhD) P: (218) 689-7212
Eduardo Fleisher, YSM II P: (305) 776-0423
Kristina Klara, YSM II