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Summer to Advance Research Training at Yale School of Medicine

START@Yale 2023

The START@Yale Program for the summer of 2023 will be in-person and includes orientation, lab experiences, research, journal clubs, didactic activities, and a final symposium. START@Yale is appropriate for those with substantial research experience, as well as those with little or no prior experience in biomedical research. The overarching goal of START@Yale remains to encourage interest in physician-scientist careers among entering medical students. The hybrid model of programming will introduce our newest students to the extraordinary range of outstanding science at YSM.

Staff and Student Mentors

Laura R. Ment, MD, Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology, Associate Dean

Peter S. Aronson, MD, Associate Director MD/PhD Program

Associate Director
Anees Chagpar, MD, MBA, MPH, FAC, FRCS (C), Professor of Surgery (Oncology)

Student Mentors

General Information

Program period: June 12 through August 3, 2023

Mentors: Based on their preferences, students will be matched to mentors whose research interests span diverse areas of biomedical research. Recommended mentors have been selected who are clinically trained physician-scientists, have major grant funding, and are available during the summer to participate in program activities.

Click here for the list of recommended mentors
(Please note: this is a preliminary list and may be updated)

Applicants may also suggest additional members of the Yale faculty whom they have identified as potential mentors based on research interest. We will confirm that all mentors meet program criteria before matching them to students. Dr. Ment and Dr. Aronson will be pleased to provide advice and assistance in identifying additional mentors in your areas of interest.

Stipend: Last year, the stipend was $4,392 for the eight-week period. We anticipate it will be a similar amount this year. We will update the website with the amount for this year once the NIH provides information needed to determine the stipend.

Important Dates and Deadlines

May 8: Deadline to submit online application for START@Yale 2023

May 15: Notification of acceptance into START@Yale and mentor match

May 23: Deadline for accepted students to commit to participate in START@Yale 2023

June 10-11: Move in weekend

June 12: Orientation

August 3: Closing Symposium

August 7: Matriculation date for entering class

Mentors for START@Yale Students

Please Note: Mentor list is preliminary and may be updated.

A major goal of the START@Yale program is to provide participants with the opportunity to undertake research during the summer before the first year of medical school.

We encourage START@Yale participants to perform research with physician-scientist mentors who are role models for successful career development that involved both research and clinical training. Examples of clinically trained physician-scientist faculty members are listed below. A link is provided for information about the research interests of each of these faculty members.

NOTE: Those mentors indicated with an asterisk (*) can serve as mentor for either MD or MD/PhD participants.

Sanjay Aneja, MD
Therapeutic Radiology

*Peter Aronson, MD
Internal Medicine (Nephrology), Cellular and Molecular Physiology

*Ranjit Bindra, MD, Phd
Therapeutic Radiology

*Hal Blumenfeld, MD, PhD
Neurology, Neurobiology, Neurosurgery

Barbara Burtness, MD
Medical Oncology

*Lloyd Cantley, MD
Internal Medicine (Nephrology), Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Sarwat Chaudhry , MD
Internal Medicine

Keith Choate, MD, PhD
Dermatology, Genetics, and Pathology

Todd Constable, PhD
Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Neurosurgery

Eyiyemisi Damisah, MD

Alan Dardik, MD, PhD
Surgery, Cellulear and Molecular Physiology

Amanda Dettmer , PhD
Child Development

Jaime Grutzendler, MD

*David Hafler, MD
Neurology, Immunobiology

Erica Herzog, MD/PhD
Pathology; Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

*Elizabeth Jonas, MD
Internal Medicine (Endocrinology), Neuroscience

*Mustafa Khokha, MD
Pediatrics (Critical Care), Genetics

*Albert Ko, MD
Epidemiology (Microbial Pathogenesis), Internal Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Alexandra Lansky , MD, FACC, FAHA, FSCAI, FESC
Internal Medicine (Cardiology)

Francis Y. Lee, MD, PhD, FAAOS
Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Mandar Deepak Muzumdar, MD
Medical Oncology

*Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS
Internal Medicine (General), Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Kieran O'Donnell, Phd
Yale Child Study Center, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Carol Oladele, PhD, MPH
Chronic Disease Epidemiology, General Internal Medicine

*Elijah Paintsil, MBChB
Pediatrics (Infectious Disease), Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases), Pharmacology

Abhijeet Patel, Md, PhD
Therapeutic Radiology

Imran Quraishi, MD, PhD

Lauren Sansing, MD, MS, FAHA, FANA
Immunobiology, Neurology

*Gerald Shulman, MD/PhD
Internal Medicine (Endocrinology), Cellular & Molecular Physiology

Albert Sinusas, MD
Internal Medicine (Cardiology), Diagnostic Imaging

*Stefan Somlo, MD
Internal Medicine (Nephrology), Genetics

David Stitelman, MD
Pediatric Surgery

*Hugh Taylor, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Jeffrey Testani, MD, mTR
Cardiovascular Medicine

Silvia Vilarinho, MD, PhD
Digestive Diseases, Pathology

John Wysolmerski, MD
Internal Medicine (Endocrinology)