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In addition to excellent clinical training, Yale offers unparalleled research opportunities. Whether your interests lie in the basic sciences or clinical research, your research experience at Yale can be tailored and provide you tremendous professional development during your dedicated research time.

The program is structured to include a two year professional development experience between clinical PGY-2 and PGY-3. Many will earn an additional degree during this time. In the past, residents have pursued MHS, MHS Med-Ed, MBA, MPH during their two year professional development experiences. Occasionally a trainee with a particularly focused area of interest may elect to pursue a doctoral degree.

As a department we want to ensure all residents have a research opportunity that meets their academic and career goals, and lays the foundations for Yale surgical residents to become influential thinkers and leaders in our field. The department works with each resident to develop and individualized plan for scholarship, travel, and salary support during their professional development years. Residents also are permitted to moonlight during the research years, provided it does not interfere with their primary assignments.

Resident Funding Opportunities

Residents in the professional development years can be fully supported without the need to obtain extramural funding
  • National Clinical Scholars Program (NCSP)
    • Yale University School of Medicine serves as one of four national sites (Yale, UCLA, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan) of the National Clinician Scholars Program aims to offer unparalleled training for clinicians as change agents driving policy-relevant research and partnerships to improve health and healthcare. The goal of the program is to cultivate health equity, eliminate health disparities, invent new models of care, and achieve higher quality health care at lower cost by training nurse and physician researchers who work as leaders and collaborators embedded in communities, health care systems, government, foundations, and think tanks in the U.S. and around the world
      • Partnerships at Yale University NCSP include the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Yale School of Nursing, Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH), YNHH-Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE), the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, Columbus House, Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS), Project Access New Haven, and New Haven Family Alliance, among others
  • NIH
    • T32, available through several collaborations around the medical school campus
    • Career Development Award with Faculty Sponsor
    • Loan Repayment Program
  • Private grant funding
    • Dependent on the area of research