MD-PhD Program


The Yale MD-PhD Program was officially established in 1969 and has been supported continuously by a National Institutes of Health Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) grant since 1973. Our mission is to train outstanding physician-scientists who will serve as leaders in biomedical research, education, and improved healthcare for our population. 

MD-PhD students at Yale enjoy tremendous human, intellectual and physical resources during their clinical training and graduate education. We are committed to creating a rigorous, yet flexible training program that addresses each student’s interests and professional goals and makes full use of the outstanding research and clinical training opportunities at Yale. Our collaborative faculty and students, drawn from the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Arts & Sciences, create an environment that values curiosity, creativity, diversity and integrity—and look for opportunities to have a positive impact on our local community and the greater world. And our hospitals and clinics share our mission of using cutting-edge science to improve patient care and outcomes. 

We invite you to explore these webpages to learn what puts Yale’s MD-PhD Program at the forefront of physician-scientist training today—and to learn how you can join us in our mission to improve human knowledge and well-being.

Breaking News

The Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation Endowed Professorship

The Yale Corporation has approved the appointment of Barbara Kazmierczak, MD PhD, as the Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation MD-PhD Program Director. Dr. Kazmierczak, who is a Professor of Medicine and Microbial Pathogenesis, has served as the program's director since 2014.

Congratulations to the following amazing students:

  • CONGRATULATIONS Eric Song was awarded an individual NRSA F30 Fellowship from the NIH/NCI
  • CONGRATULATIONS to Woong Hwang was awarded an individual NRSA F30 Fellowship from the NIH/NHLBI
  • CONGRATULATIONS to alumni Dr. Stanford Peng ('99), appointed President and Head of Research and Development of Alpine Immune Science
  • CONGRATULATIONS to Ryan Chow (3rd year); first author on an amazing study
  • CONGRATULATIONS to Woong Hwang (5th year) for receiving the "SOROS Fellowship"
  • CONGRATULATIONS to Sadie Meller (5th year) who has been awarded a 'SPR-MD-PhD Student Research Award' for her abstract: "The role of microglia in neuroblast migration".
  • CONGRATULATIONS to our graduating students on "Match Day"!!  So proud of you all!!

Newsletter Issue 5: Summer 2019

Message from the Director

Kazmierczak Headshot

Welcome to the Yale MD-PhD Program! 

Whether you are a prospective or current student, alumnus, faculty or staff member, you are here because of a shared interest in how physician-scientists can advance patient care through their unique and rigorous training in both clinical medicine and research. 

Here at Yale, we have world-class scientists and clinicians engaged in basic, translational and clinical research that runs from sub-atomic bonds to the bonds that hold society together, and everything in between. Our students come from diverse backgrounds, with different scientific and clinical interests, but share the desire to make an impact through their work and practice. Our program has didactic, clinical and research opportunities within divisions, departments and schools that span the entire University. I am glad to report that the Yale System still lives and continues to promote a culture of independence of thought, creativity, mission and service among our collaborative students and faculty. I am very proud of our past and current students who do groundbreaking research that leads to advances in medicine. I hope you take a moment to learn more about our program from these web pages, or by contacting any of our students, faculty or staff. 

If you are a student who is ready to accept the challenges, responsibilities and rewards of preparing for a career that makes a positive impact on human health and well-being, I invite you to apply to our MD-PhD program. We hope that you will become part of the Yale MD-PhD family, and join us in celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2020! 

With warm regards,
Barbara Kazmierczak, MD PhD
Professor of Medicine & Microbial Pathogenesis
Director, MD-PhD Program

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our mission is to support a diverse YSM community that is empowered to transform health care and biomedical science. We strive to create an inclusive community of faculty, staff, and students whose voices and contributions are valued and respected.

Contact Us

Cheryl DeFilippo, JD

Associate Director Yale School of Medicine MD/PhD Program

Alexandra Mauzerall

Registrar MD/PhD Program, YSM

Reiko Fitzsimonds, PhD

Associate Director, MD-PhD Program Development & Assessment