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Information for MD-PhD Applicants

MD-PhD students must apply to the Yale School of Medicine and indicate their interest in being considered for the MD-PhD Program in the AMCAS and Yale Secondary Applications. We welcome applications from students interested in pursuing PhD studies that are "non-traditional," which include such programs such as Anthropology, Sociology, History of Science and Economics; there may be an additional application step for full consideration by these programs.

The review of completed applications by the MD-PhD Program begin in September. Invitations to interview will be sent via email from September to February. Applicants to the MD-PhD Program who are no longer in consideration will automatically be reviewed by the School of Medicine's Committee on Admissions for the MD Program only.

MD-PhD candidates who are invited for interviews will visit Yale and the Program over a two-day period. The purpose of these interviews is to give you an opportunity to indicate your interests and experiences that led you to consider combining medicine in all its ramifications with research – the essence of being a physician-scientist. On the first day, you will be interviewed by two faculty members on the Medical School Admissions Committee. On the second day of your visit, you will meet with two members of the MD-PhD Faculty Interview Committee to talk about your research experiences and interests in science at Yale. This is also a great opportunity for you to tell us of your future aspirations to become a physician-scientist and to indicate how you will combine your research and clinical careers. Importantly, during your visit here, you will have a chance to meet current students and visit potential labs and mentors at Yale for informal meetings.



A list of potential mentors and their research interests is available on the Biological and Biomedical Sciences website.

Diversity Recruitment

The MD-PhD Program at Yale encourages individuals with disabilities or who may be from economically, socially, culturally and/or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to apply to our Program. Individuals with disabilities, with appropriate accommodations, must be able to satisfy all requirements of the program. Yale will ensure that these accommodations are provided, and encourages applicants to contact the MD-PhD Program and the Resource Office on Disabilities for further information.

Yale is committed to the success of all students admitted to our Program. Applicants are encouraged to explore the resources available to our students by clicking on the "Diversity" tab of our web page.

Early Matriculation

Admitted students have the option of matriculating early to complete one lab rotation at Yale through the START@Yale program. The student must identify a particular lab in which to rotate and secure the lab advisor's consent and support for the rotation.

Note: Admission to Advanced Standing
The MD-PhD Program at Yale School of Medicine does not regularly accept transfer students. Please contact the Director of the Program for further information.