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YSM MD Program Curriculum

MD Curriculum

Building on a Tradition of Excellence

Our curriculum, launched in 2015, embraces the proud traditions of our past while keeping an eye towards the future. Nine Competencies and Five Guiding Principles form the foundation of the curriculum. You will see that these goals focus on areas essential for students to become successful future leaders in medicine. In addition, our Guiding Principles ensure that the curriculum is built upon the principles and values of the Yale system of medical education, including respect for student initiative and maturity, curricular flexibility, close faculty mentoring and a required thesis to promote scientific inquiry, all hallmarks of our unique learning environment.

Curriculum Timeline

Below is a description of the curriculum timeline. This video provides additional details.

Phase 1 – Pre-clerkship Period

Year Two

Over the summer, students conduct research, participate in electives, and enjoy time off. From September through December, students participate in the Integrated Course Curriculum, as well as Clinical Skills and Medical Clinical Experience.

Phase 2 - Clerkship Period

Year Two

In January of the second year, students start their Clinical Clerkships. Between January and July they complete two of the four required twelve week Integrated Clerkships.

Year Three

From July through December, students engage in their Clinical Clerkships, completing the remaining two of four required Integrated clerkships.

Phase 3 – Advanced Training Period

Year Three

The Advanced Training Period begins in January of the third year, with students studying for and taking USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 and participating in subinternships, electives, and research.

Year Four

The Advanced Training Period continues, with students participating in subinternships, electives, and research.

Yale offers fantastic physician and physician-scientist training and presents students with a unique medical school curriculum that places less of an emphasis on competition & grades and a greater emphasis on collaboration & curiosity. I ultimately decided Yale was the right place for me because students openly supported one-another in and outside of the classroom and students here seemed genuinely happy.

Elsie Gonzalez-Hurtado
MD-PhD student

Accreditation Statement

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) program is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, and as such, it meets the educational requirements for licensure in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.