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Yale School of Medicine (YSM) educates and nurtures creative leaders in medicine and science, promoting curiosity and critical inquiry in an inclusive environment enriched by diversity. We advance discovery and innovation fostered by partnerships across the University, our local community, and the world. We care for patients with compassion, and commit to improving the health of all people.

In line with YSM’s above mission statement, the mission statement of the Office of Admissions is to admit a diverse class of outstanding students who show the greatest promise for becoming creative leaders in medicine and science. With their broad range of experiences, backgrounds, knowledge and humanity, these students commit to improving the health and well-being of all people.

The educational program is designed to develop physicians who are highly competent and compassionate practitioners of the medical arts schooled in the current state of knowledge of both medical biology and patient care. It is expected that Yale-trained physicians will establish a lifelong process of learning the medical, behavioral, and social sciences by independent study. The aim is to produce physicians who will be among the leaders in their chosen field, to sustain and improve health and to alleviate suffering caused by illness and disease, and to provide outstanding care and service for patients in a compassionate and respectful manner.

Statement on Ayaska Fernando

October 2021

We are deeply saddened that Ayaska Fernando, our director of admissions, passed away on Saturday, October 2, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Prospective students may have had the opportunity to engage with Ayaska over the past few months. Ayaska, a highly respected and much-loved member of our community, worked passionately for medical education, for Yale School of Medicine, and for the entire Yale community. His warmth, fierce optimism, and keen intellect will be greatly missed, but his contributions to YSM will be felt for many years to come.

YSM Office of Admissions Statement on COVID-19

The Yale School of Medicine (YSM) Office of Admissions faculty and staff recognize the unprecedented challenges that many applicants to medical school will will face in the upcoming admissions cycle. Information regarding PASS/FAIL grades and online instruction, and necessity of the MCAT can be found below.

The following notifications apply to both the MD and MD-PhD programs.


Required pre-medical classes play an important role in preparing students for the curriculum at YSM. Given the challenging circumstances surrounding COVID-19, YSM Office of Admissions will be cognizant of the fact that many colleges and universities may elect to change their grading policies midterm from letter grades to PASS/FAIL, or to offer students the choice to make such a decision. We believe that individual colleges and universities are best equipped to make decisions on their grading systems, and YSM Office of Admissions will respect and trust each college/university’s response to grading policies, and those of students, with regard to the entirety of 2020 and 2021 (spring, summer, and fall).

YSM permits applicants to take pre-medical requirements online provided the courses include laboratory work (where applicable, as detailed in our pre-medical requirements). Students will be asked to specify any pre-medical courses taken online when filling out the YSM Secondary Application.

YSM Office of Admissions and the admissions committee will take circumstances surrounding 2020 and 2021 into account when evaluating the applications of all students enrolled in classes in 2020 and 2021. As such, prospective applicants to YSM enrolled in pre-medical classes in 2020 and 2021 should, if applicable, make decisions that they believe are best for them in context of their individual situations.


Our application evaluation is holistic and contextual and takes into account the entirety of an application. The MCAT examination continues to be a steadfast and important component of this evaluation. The AAMC has reiterated that they remain committed to testing everyone who wishes to sit for the examination for the 2022 application cycle. As such, we will accept scores from all 2021 MCAT test dates.

Deadlines for 2021-2022

  • AMCAS Application Deadline:
    October 15
  • Yale Secondary Application Deadline:
    November 15
  • Letters of Recommendation Deadline:
    November 15
  • Interview Invitation Mailing:
  • Decision Notification:
    By March 15

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Yale School of Medicine welcomes applicants regardless of documented or undocumented immigration status and endorses the values of the University as stated by President Peter Salovey in 2016:

Yale’s commitment to its students is long-standing, and I am dedicated to maintaining and strengthening the supports and resources we have in place. We admit students without regard to immigration status, and our financial aid policies assure that no student will be denied an education because of immigration status. These policies will continue.

If you have questions or concerns, please visit the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) website.

In addition to the M.D. Program, the Yale School of Medicine offers a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), a Master of Health Science (M.H.S.), and a variety of other combined degree programs including the M.D.-Ph.D. Program.