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Teach Yale School of Medicine Students

Thank you for volunteering your time every week to help further our education. Your guidance and commitment to teaching was extremely valuable and the skills we learned will be reflected in our future practice.

Yale School of Medicine Student

Why Teach?


It is a joy to share our appreciation for medicine with enthusiastic students – to see their faces in those “light bulb moments” when learning actually happens!

Continued Learning

You will learn along with your students as you update your knowledge about trends in medicine and revised clinical practice guidelines.

Giving Back

Precepting provides the meaningful opportunity to make a contribution to the next generation of physicians, just as they once did for you.


Precepting in your Office

A community-based preceptor's main role is to facilitate a student's encounter with patients, assuring meaningful, graduated responsibility, during a student’s clerkship year. Students often report they feel like they become part of the practice, and that this rotation is one of their favorite medical school experiences. Student rotations are typically 2-4 weeks in length.

Contact: Peter Ellis

Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience (ILCE) Faculty Tutor

Yale medical and Physician Associate students are tutored together on a team in the clinical environment. The focus is on practicing interview and physical exam skills. Faculty tutors work with students one half day per week for 16 weeks.

Contact: Barry Wu

Medical Clinical Experience (MCE) Faculty Tutor

Teams of four second-year medical students work with a faculty tutor to further hone their clinical skills in interview, physical exam, and clinical reasoning, and develop their identity as future physicians in preparation for clerkships. Tutors work with students one half day per week for 23 weeks.

Contact: Barry Wu

Teaching Clinical Skills

Share your skills and knowledge to train first and second-year medical students in interview, physical exam, and clinical reasoning skills. Clinical Skills workshops occur Tuesday and Thursday afternoons throughout the academic year in our Clinical Skills Suite.

Contact: Jaideep Talwalkar

Join the Yale Teaching Faculty

The Voluntary Faculty make a valuable contribution to the educational programs at Yale School of Medicine. They are typically clinicians or others who are employed outside of Yale School of Medicine, but make significant contributions to department programs.

When you teach Yale medical students, you are eligible to join the Yale teaching faculty by applying for a Faculty Appointment in the Voluntary Faculty Rank in the department of your specialty. Each department has established guidelines for required participation.

Resources & Benefits

Your Yale Faculty ID Card gives you employee membership rates at:

Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Services and Resources for Voluntary Faculty

  • Online access to more than 20,000 leading health sciences journals, such as the NEJM, The Lancet, JAMA, and Annals of Internal Medicine
  • Free, remote access to leading point-of-care tools including: UpToDate, ClinicalKey, DynaMed Plus, PubMed
  • Access to STATPlus to get daily updates on medical, biopharma, and life sciences news
  • Full access to library services, including expert librarian assistance, and evidence-based research support during rounds
  • Free workshops on a wide range of library resources and tools
  • For more information visit the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library website

Continuing Medical Education

To show our appreciation for voluntary faculty teaching our medical students, we provide you with:

  • Up to two free on-campus live CME courses that are accredited and sponsored by the Yale School of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education (YSM CME)
  • Ten hours per year of online YSM CME courses
  • All CME educator development sessions sponsored by the Center for Medical Education including the Medical Education Discussion Group Series and Medical Education Day at Yale
  • AMA Category 1 CME Credit for Learning from Teaching
  • CME credited Faculty Development