The Investigative Medicine Program is an innovative training program in clinical investigation for physicians that leads to a PhD degree in Investigative Medicine awarded from the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The next information session for potential applicants will be October 16, from 2 to 3 p.m, at TAC N205.
Additional sessions will be November 5 and November 18. The application deadline for the 2020/21 academic year is January 1, 2020.
The over-arching goal of the graduate program is to provide the training required to develop a broad knowledge base, analytical skill, creative thinking, and the hands-on experience demanded of clinical researchers devoted to either laboratory-based or clinically-based patient-oriented investigation.
Admission to the Investigative Medicine Program is competitive, across multiple disciplines (clinical subspecialties), and with a choice of focus on either patient-oriented research, disease oriented research, or basic “translational” laboratory research.
Students are provided with individualized research training encompassing both formal coursework and practical experience, under the supervision and mentorship of a senior faculty member.
Students can undertake thesis work in a variety of disciplines. These include: evaluating risk factors and interventions for disease using modern concepts in quantitative methods and clinical study design; exploring the molecular basis for a disease from the laboratory standpoint; investigating the biochemical, physiologic, and genetic basis for disease in the setting of a Clinical Research Center.
To be eligible for admission, applicants must have an MD or DO degree and completed two or more years of postgraduate clinical training (residency or fellowship), and must currently (or by the time of IMP matriculation) be a member of a residency or fellowship program at Yale and eligible to practice in the U.S.
Requirements for the PhD degree are completion of a didactic curriculum of required and elective courses, comprehensive examination, and a research project resulting in a dissertation – under the guidance of a Qualifying and Thesis Committee.
Students will be able to obtain a PhD degree in a timeframe not substantially different from that required for research training in most medical subspecialties. It is expected that most students will complete the program in 3-4 years.
For more information, contact IMP@yale.edu.