Diversity

A group of residents gathers around a table to study.

Welcome to the Yale Internal Medicine Residency Programs Diversity site!

The Department of Medicine at Yale believes that residents should have the opportunity to train with colleagues who share common goals and values within the profession of medicine, but who themselves represent a broad range of life experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives. 

This webpage has been created to afford residency applicants an opportunity to connect with current residents and/or faculty who share a common background, interest, or stage of life as well as to offer a sense of the scope of the diversity of our programs which we view as one of the hidden strengths of residency training at Yale.  We are confident that no matter what your ethnicity, where you come from, whom you pray to (or don’t), whom you love, or what your professional and personal interests might be, you will find a home at Yale.

For additional information, please visit our Yale Department of Internal Medicine, Diversity website.

Benjamin Doolittle, MD MDiv

John P. Moriarty, MD, FACP

Mark D. Siegel, MD


Department of Internal Medicine, Residency Program Directors

Underrepresented Minorities

Yale School of Medicine, Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Yale Department of Internal Medicine strive to recruit medical students from underrepresented backgrounds including a wide range of racial backgrounds. We believe that residents learn best how to care for a diverse population of patients when they themselves have the opportunity to interact and train with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds. It is through the eyes and experiences of others that we learn about who we are and how we are perceived. At Yale we provide access to rich cultural opportunities to connect with other professionals in and around the medical center and New Haven. 

Please visit our Yale Department of Internal Medicine, Diversity Website (click orange button on this webpage) for a list of Minority Resident & Fellow Resources. 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Affairs (LGBTQI+)

Yale-New Haven Medical Center, Yale School of Medicine and the Yale Department of Medicine have a long history of supporting equality for sexual minorities. Long before Connecticut recognized same-sex marriage in 2008, Yale was a leader in equal benefits and recognition for same-sex couples. Our environment is a welcoming place for LGBTQI+ trainees, faculty and their partners and allies. There is a diverse and well-connected community throughout the University and the New Haven area.  As Rolling Stone magazine wrote in 2001, “Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut, has always been at the forefront of gay campus culture: What happens there tends to occur at other campuses a few years later.” We pride ourselves on the diversity of our Department's residency programs and we welcome the opportunity to connect applicants with LGBTQI+ residents and faculty to provide additional information about our programs, New Haven and Yale.

Several helpful links are provided on this page below. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Jewish

New Haven and Yale foster a diverse and rich wealth of Jewish life and culture. There are far more Jewish opportunities - spiritually, intellectually, socially and otherwise - than any one person can enjoy.

New Haven is home to two kosher dining establishments: Claire's, rated one of Connecticut's best vegetarian restaurants, and Edge of the Woods, which has an organic kosher bakery, hot buffet, take-out, sandwich bar, smoothie bar and pizzeria. Additionally, the Slifka Center is home to a full time and delicious kosher cafeteria, hosting three meals a day as well as festive meals for the Sabbath and holidays. Sabbath and holiday meals can also be enjoyed - for free - at Chabad at Yale. The local Stop & Shop has an excellent variety of kosher foods - meats, cheese, bakery, etc - and there is a kosher grocery in nearby Westville, as its name, Westville Kosher, gives away.

In terms of Jewish learning and spirituality, the Slifka Center (home to Yale's Hillel) is one of the most active and diverse centers of Jewish student life in the country. Prayer services of every stripe - Orthodox, Egalitarian, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, and more - are run every week, if not every day. A huge variety of lectures, book talks, interfaith dialogues, challah bakes, shiurim, singing groups, dance parties, krav maga trainings, etc, etc, occur on a daily basis and by some of the biggest names in the Jewish world. It is also home to a large and diverse rabbinic staff - again, ranging from Orthodox to Reform - who are brilliant, warm, passionate and wishing to serve. Another great resource is Chabad at Yale, which, like Slifka, hosts a large array of classes, prayer opportunities, meals and pastoral counseling in the unique style of Chabad-Lubavitch hassidism. The Maimonides Society also offers enriching programs to begin or expand your Jewish education. Lastly, don't miss out on the incredible lectures and seminars offered by Yale's world-renowned Judaic Studies department; the exclusive and inspiring programming run by Eliezer, Yale's Jewish Society; or the endless books and other items in Yale Library's world-class Judaica collection.

Muslim

The Yale Medicine Residency Programs generally have at least a few Muslim residents in any given year, and they hail from all over the U.S. and beyond. The presence of Muslims is easily felt, both within the hospital and around New Haven. In the hospital, you will encounter Muslim brothers and sisters on every level. This includes residents, chief residents, and attendings in almost every field.  In addition, there are a sizable number of Muslim chaplains, parking attendants, and, of course, patients. There is space to pray (with prayer rugs) in the chapel. If you have not heard of the food cart options near the hospital, you will when you visit. Thankfully, there are several halal options available. In New Haven and the surrounding area, there are several halal restaurants serving Middle Eastern, American, Indian/Pakistani and Turkish food. There are also several mosques located close by. Masjid Al-Islam is right across from the Chapel Street campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital. The New Haven Islamic Center is located in West Haven, en route to the VA. The Islamic Center of Hamden is a little farther but still only a short drive away. The Yale University Muslim Students Association is very active. They host Jummah prayers weekly during the school year and daily iftars during Ramadan. There are wonderful Eid prayers organized every year. By attending MSA events, many residents have made friends in other graduate programs and in other lines of work.

You will find that Muslim life at Yale and in New Haven is robust and accommodating.