Students at the School of Medicine are candidates for the degree of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). Students receiving competitive fifth-year research fellowships are eligible for the combined degree M.D./M.H.S. (Master of Health Science). Students completing a curriculum of didactic, research, and clinical experiences in global health are eligible for the Certificate in Global Medicine. Jointly with the School of Public Health, the School of Medicine administers a program leading to the degrees of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.). Jointly with the Graduate School, the School of Medicine also administers the combined degrees of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). In addition, special arrangements may be made with the appropriate associate deans to receive the combined Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degrees, the combined Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degrees, and the combined Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degrees. The School of Medicine also offers a Physician Associate program and a Physician Assistant Online program leading to a Master of Medical Science (M.M.Sc.) degree. Jointly with the School of Public Health, the School of Medicine also administers the PA/M.P.H. program leading to the combined Master of Medical Science (M.M.Sc.) and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degrees.
Doctor of Medicine
The degree of Doctor of Medicine is conferred upon students who have satisfactorily completed the requirements stated below.
- Pass all of the required pre-clerkship integrated courses and clinical experience courses.
- Pass all of the required clinical clerkships.
- Complete and pass a subinternship.
- Pass the examinations of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), Steps I and II.
- Submit an approved dissertation by mid-March of the year of graduation.
- Pass the clinical skills assessment, performed at the University of Connecticut (C-OSCE) in Year 3.
- Meet all of the requirements of the Progress Committee and Board of Permanent Officers concerning academic standing, moral and ethical character, emotional stability, and professional conduct.
Because of the heavy demands in terms of time and energy required for the study of medicine, the Yale School of Medicine discourages students from assuming extracurricular activities that may prove burdensome. Such extracurricular work and/or professional activity will not justify inadequate academic performance. Any student wishing to work or pursue a professional activity other than medicine that would consume a significant amount of time must have the permission of the associate dean for student affairs.
The Yale School of Medicine seeks to provide an education in the scholarly and humane aspects of medicine and to foster the development of leaders who will advance medical practice and knowledge. The Committee on Admissions, in general, seeks to admit students who seem best suited for the educational programs and aims of the School. In particular, the committee looks for intelligent, mature, and intrinsically motivated students who show the greatest promise for becoming leaders and contributors in medicine. The Committee on Admissions also considers very carefully personal qualities necessary for the successful study and practice of medicine. These include maturity, integrity, common sense, personal stability, compassion, dedication to the ideal of service, and the ability to inspire and maintain confidence.
School of Medicine graduates must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care. In addition to scholastic accomplishments and potential, applicants must have the physical capacities and personal characteristics to meet the full requirements of the School’s curriculum and to graduate as skilled and effective practitioners of medicine.
The School also attempts to ensure adequate representation of women and all minority groups and a diversity of interests and backgrounds. All applications to the Yale School of Medicine are given careful consideration without regard to sex, race, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or financial status. For a complete statement of the Yale University policy on nondiscrimination, refer to https://equalopportunity.yale.edu/policies-and-programs.
The School of Medicine admissions process is holistic and contextual. In evaluating candidates, the committee takes into consideration many factors including academic record; MCAT scores; medical experience; research experience; extracurricular and community activities and accomplishments; leadership potential; recommendations from premedical committees, individual science teachers, or research mentors; and personal interviews.
It is recommended that students enter medical school after four years of study in a college of arts and sciences. Students holding advanced degrees in science or other fields are also considered. International students (other than Canadians) must have completed at least one year of study in an American college prior to application. Students who have been refused admission on three prior occasions are ineligible to apply for admission to the first-year class.
The minimum requirements for admission to the first-year class are:
- Attendance for three academic years, or the equivalent, at an accredited college of arts and sciences or institute of technology.
- Satisfactory completion of the following courses including laboratory work:
General Biology or Zoology (one year)
General Chemistry (one year)
Organic Chemistry (one semester)
Biochemistry (one semester)
General Physics (one year)
(Acceptable courses in these subjects are usually given six to eight hours credit per year, or three to four term hours credit per semester.) These courses should be completed in a U.S., Canadian, or U.K. college or university. Advanced courses may be substituted for introductory-level courses in each of these subjects.
The Committee on Admissions has no preference as to a major field for undergraduate study and leaves this decision to students, with the advice that they advance beyond the elementary level in the field of their choice rather than pursue an undirected program. A liberal education is the supporting structure for graduate study and must encompass understanding of the humanities, arts, and society as well as the scientific foundations of technology and civilization. The student of medicine enters a profession closely allied to the natural sciences and must be prepared to cope with chemistry and biology at the graduate level. Students entering college with a strong background in the sciences, as demonstrated by Advanced Placement courses, are encouraged to substitute advanced science courses for the basic requirements listed above.
The Yale School of Medicine participates in the “common” application process of the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Applicants must first submit their AMCAS application, on which they indicate that they wish to apply to the Yale School of Medicine. After submitting the AMCAS application, applicants must complete the Yale Supplemental Application, which must be submitted online (see below for details).
Inquiries regarding AMCAS should be addressed to the American Medical College Application Service, 2501 M Street NW, Lobby 26, Washington DC 20037-1300. AMCAS can also be reached by telephone at 202.828.0600 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Extensive information can also be obtained at the AMCAS website: www.aamc.org.
Inquiries to the Yale School of Medicine regarding the degree of Doctor of Medicine should be addressed to the Office of Admissions, Yale School of Medicine, Edward S. Harkness Memorial Hall D, 367 Cedar Street, New Haven CT 06510. The e-mail address of the admissions office is email@example.com. Information about the Yale Supplemental Application can also be obtained online at http://medicine.yale.edu/education/admissions. Inquiries are welcome at any time.
AMCAS applications must be submitted no later than October 15 of the year prior to the fall in which enrollment is sought. Yale Supplemental Applications must be submitted online no later than November 15. Applicants seeking admission under the Early Decision Plan must submit the AMCAS application by August 1 and the Yale Supplemental Application by August 31. The number of students admitted each year for studies leading to the M.D. degree is 104.
A complete application consists of the following components:
- AMCAS application and all required components of the application (see 2 and 5 below).
- Complete official transcripts from all colleges attended. Transcripts should be sent from the colleges directly to AMCAS.
- Yale Supplemental Application submitted online no later than November 15.
- An evaluation from the applicant’s Premedical Advisory Committee or individual letters from three of the applicant’s instructors, two of whom should be in science fields. These evaluations must be sent to the Office of Admissions via AMCAS Letter Service. Detailed instructions regarding electronic transmission of evaluation letters will be found in the General Information section of the Supplemental Application.
- Scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) must be submitted in conjunction with the AMCAS application. For information on the MCAT, applicants should communicate directly with the MCAT Program Office, PO Box 4056, Iowa City IA 52243. Information on the MCAT can also be obtained online at www.aamc.org. Scores of tests taken earlier than three years prior to submitting an application will not be accepted.
- A fee of $95 or an AMCAS fee waiver must accompany the Yale Supplemental Application. The fee is not refundable.
During the course of the admissions process, selected applicants will be invited for personal interviews with members of the Committee on Admissions at Yale. Regional interviews can be arranged when necessary.
Early Decision Program
The Yale School of Medicine participates in the AMCAS Early Decision Program (EDP). Under EDP, a student may make a single early application to the school of the student’s choice and is guaranteed a prompt decision by the school. AMCAS applications for the EDP program must be submitted by August 1. Yale Supplemental Applications must be submitted by August 31. EDP applicants will be notified of the decision of the Committee on Admissions no later than October 1.
Admission to Advanced Standing (Transfer Admissions)
Because of a limited number of available positions, the Yale School of Medicine does not routinely consider requests for transfer with advanced standing. The only exception to this policy is that the School will consider applications into the second-year or third-year class from students who are enrolled in LCME-accredited medical schools in the United States or Canada and who have a compelling personal need to be at Yale.
The following three circumstances constitute “compelling personal need” under this policy:
- The applicant’s spouse holds, or has been accepted for, a position in the Yale New Haven Medical Center community as a student, a member of the house staff at Yale New Haven Hospital, a postdoctoral fellow, or a faculty member. Transfer applicants whose eligibility is established in this manner must by married at the time of matriculation, and the applicant’s spouse must be in residence in New Haven and holding a position in the Yale New Haven Medical Center.
- A serious illness in the immediate family of the applicant requires the ill person to be in New Haven for treatment and the applicant to be in New Haven as the primary supportive member of the family during the time of the illness. Transfer applicants whose eligibility is established in this manner must provide specific information regarding the family member’s illness to the Admissions Committee.
- In collaboration with a faculty member of the Yale School of Medicine, the applicant has completed exceptional biomedical research, which both the applicant and the faculty member wish to continue. Completing medical studies at Yale would enable the applicant to pursue this collaborative research and achieve important and unique educational and scientific objectives that would not be possible at the original medical school. Decisions regarding the exceptional nature of the research and uniqueness of opportunities at Yale will be made by the Admissions Committee, based on information provided by the applicant and by the Yale faculty member with whom the applicant has collaborated.
If an applicant does not fall into one of the above “compelling need” eligibility categories, as determined by the Admissions Committee, the applicant’s transfer application will not be considered, regardless of other qualifications. The distance of the applicant from New Haven will also be taken into consideration. Students attending medical school in New York City, Connecticut, or Rhode Island will not normally be eligible to apply for advanced standing.
Transfer into the second-year class is possible only from medical schools with a basic science curriculum compatible with the curriculum at Yale. Transfer into the third-year class is contingent upon passing Step I of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). An applicant who fails USMLE Step I will not be considered for admission under any circumstances. In all cases, in accordance with AAMC guidelines, the applicant’s transfer request must be supported by the dean of students (or comparable official) at the original medical school, and courses being taken at the original medical school must be completed successfully.
Eligible transfer applicants will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee, with decisions based on academic credentials, supporting material, interviews, and the urgency of the need to transfer. Overall qualifications are expected to be comparable to those of Yale students admitted through the regular admissions process. Regardless of eligibility factors and qualifications, transfer into either the second- or third-year class is contingent upon the availability of positions in the class at Yale, and transfer into the third-year class is also contingent on the capacity of clinical clerkships to accommodate additional students.
All accepted applicants must matriculate in the year accepted. Transfer students must complete all required clinical clerkships (including the fourth-year Primary Care Clerkship and the Integrative Clinical Medicine Clerkship) and the thesis requirement at Yale School of Medicine. If a transfer student wishes to spend an extra (fifth) year at Yale, one-half of the tuition for that year will be waived.
Completed transfer applications consist of Yale School of Medicine application forms, letters of recommendation, MCAT scores, college transcripts, a transcript from the current medical school, and a letter from the dean of students (or comparable official) at the current medical school. Inquiries regarding transfer applications should be addressed to the Office of Admissions, Yale School of Medicine, 367 Cedar Street, New Haven CT 06510 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Transfer applications, including all supporting credentials, must be submitted by April 1 of the year the student wishes to enter Yale.
The mission of Yale School of Medicine is to educate and inspire scholars and future leaders who will advance the practice of medicine and the biomedical sciences. The educational program is designed to develop physicians who are highly competent and compassionate practitioners of the medical arts, schooled in the current state of knowledge of both medical biology and patient care. It is expected that Yale-trained physicians will establish a lifelong process of learning the medical, behavioral, and social sciences by independent study. The aim is also to produce physicians who will be among the leaders in their chosen field, whether it be in the basic medical sciences, academic clinical medicine, or medical practice in the community. Belief in the maturity and responsibility of students is emphasized by creating a flexible program through anonymous examinations and the elimination of grades in pre-clerkship courses, and by encouraging independent study and research.
Educational Philosophy: The Yale System
The Yale System of Medical Education remains unique among medical schools. It has been an important part of life at the Yale School of Medicine since 1931. Although it has undergone modifications in the intervening years, its essential spirit has remained intact, and it is a major reason why many students choose to come to Yale for their medical education.
The fundamental element of the system is the concept that Yale medical students are mature individuals, strongly motivated to learn, requiring guidance and stimulation rather than compulsion or competition for relative standing in a group. The corollary of this concept is that students must assume more than usual responsibility for their education. Students should be considered adults in a graduate school and be permitted to enjoy as much freedom as is consistent with the fulfillment of requirements for the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Memorization of facts should be far less important than a well-rounded education in fundamental principles, training in methods of investigation, and the acquisition of the scientific habit of mind.
During the pre-clerkship years, the students acquire knowledge and develop clinical skills. In the integrated basic and clinical science courses, lectures are held to a minimum, and there is a focus on interactive learning in small-group workshops and conferences. Students are evaluated through examinations that they take anonymously. Performance is assessed by the faculty based upon participation in small-group sessions, by anonymous qualifying examinations at the end of each course, and by passing of the United States Medical Licensing Examinations. Competency in performing a complete history and physical examination is assessed at the end of the pre-clerkship period using standardized patients in an observed structured clinical examination (P-OSCE). Student attendance is expected in all skill-building sessions and sessions in which interactive learning, clinical reasoning, or collaboration are necessary for optimal learning.
In the pre-clerkship period (first eighteen months) there are no grades, and there is no class ranking throughout medical school. While grades are not given and rank order not established, evaluation of students is an important part of the educational process. The faculty considers small-group teaching with formative feedback interchanges between faculty and students to be the most effective means of teaching and evaluation. Students should expect direct questioning in workshops and labs as an important adjunct to the evaluation process. The final decision of acceptable performance for a given course or clerkship is determined by the course/clerkship director based upon the successful completion of the assessments described above. Freed from the usual anxieties provoked by high-stakes summative examinations, students tend to learn for their future rather than for tests. Competition for grades is eliminated and students are eager to help one another. Class spirit is remarkably high year after year. Upon completing a course, all students are expected to submit a programmatic evaluation so that course/clerkship directors can make changes based on student feedback.
Finally, the Yale System requires each student to design, carry out, and successfully complete a research thesis, intended to foster the development of a lifelong commitment to learning (see Required Thesis, in the chapter Degree Programs).
The first eighteen months of the curriculum focus on providing students with a foundation in the basic and clinical sciences and the art of medical practice. During this period, students engage in eleven Integrated Courses, the Clinical Skills course, the Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience, and the Medical Coaching Experience. The integrated course curriculum includes eight master courses (Introduction to the Profession, Scientific Foundations, Genes and Development, Attacks and Defenses, Homeostasis, Energy and Metabolism, Connection to the World, and Across the Lifespan); and three longitudinal courses (Professional and Ethical Responsibility, Human Anatomy, and Scientific Inquiry).
The Clinical Skills course (CS) introduces students to the principles and skills of medical interviewing and physical examination. CS course sessions meet weekly and provide an opportunity for students to observe and develop clinical skills.
In addition to didactic sessions, students will also participate in the Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience (ILCE) in the first year, where students will work in interprofessional teams with students from Yale School of Nursing and the Physician Associate Program in a consistent clinical setting. Students meet at their clinical settings one afternoon per week. At the end of the first year, students are assessed on their acquired clinical skills utilizing a two-case Observed Structured Clinical Exam (P-OSCE).
At the conclusion of the ILCE and into the fall of the second year, students participate in the Medical Coaching Experience (MCE) to learn advanced clinical skills and prepare them for the clerkship year.
In order to proceed to the clerkship year, a student must satisfy the following requisites:
- Pass the mandatory qualifying examinations for all first- and second-year courses.
- Pass the Clinical Skills course by attending all didactic and skill-building sessions.
- Meet all requirements of the Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience (ILCE) and MCE courses.
- Achieve clinical competence as ascertained by the P-OSCE assessment.
- Comply with all immunization requirements.
- Provide feedback on all pre-clerkship courses by completing surveys and participating in advisory groups.
The Clerkship Year
The clerkship curriculum consists of four twelve-week integrated clerkship blocks:
- The Medical Approach to the Patient (Internal Medicine and Neurology)
- The Surgical Approach to the Patient (Surgery and Emergency Medicine)
- Women’s and Children’s Health (Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics)
- Biopsychosocial Approach to Health (Ambulatory Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Family Medicine, and Pediatric Primary Care)
Clerkship scheduling will be arranged through the registrar in the Office of Student Affairs. There is no required order for taking clerkships, and there is no advantage to any particular order. Students are required to complete and pass all clerkships before proceeding to the Advanced Clinical Training and Research period.
Advanced Clinical Training and Research
The final phase of the curriculum includes a time of maximum flexibility and choice for students to engage in a variety of clinical electives and subinternships, research, thesis preparation, and residency preparation.
The Office of Student Affairs holds an informational meeting in the fall of the third year (last six months of the clerkship period), and students meet with their advisers to discuss scheduling and requirements during the advanced clinical training and research period.
Graduating students are required to submit a thesis plan to the Office of Student Research in the fall of their final year. Students must provide a tentative thesis title and the name of the thesis adviser as part of the thesis plan.
Clinical Skills Assessment (C-OSCE) Requirements
It is important to have a formal assessment of clinical skills to determine whether students have achieved the required level of competence in history taking, physical examination, communication, and clinical reasoning.
For Yale medical students, this formal assessment occurs at the completion of the clerkships at the clinical skills facility at the University of Connecticut. Students evaluate simulated patients, who portray patients with common clinical presentations, and are evaluated using checklists and rating scales. All encounters are videotaped. Passing standards are determined with accepted procedures.
If a student fails the assessment, the student meets with a member of the Yale Skills Assessment Team to review the performance based on established criteria and create an action plan for improvement. The student then returns to UConn for reassessment in six to eight weeks.
- Students must demonstrate competence in clinical skills, determined by passing the C-OSCE assessment, as a requirement for graduation.
- C-OSCE is offered during, or immediately after, the last clerkship rotation in the clerkship year. Students will be scheduled to take it as close to the completion of their clerkships as possible, recognizing that some students such as those who have postponed a clerkship will have to take the assessment before they have completed all of their clerkships.
- If a student fails the first attempt, the student and the student’s academic adviser are notified and a plan is made for remediation. Two additional attempts to pass within the next twelve months are permitted.
- Failure on three attempts results in dismissal. Based on extraordinary circumstances, the Progress Committee may direct the Clinical Skills Assessment Committee (CSAC) to independently evaluate the student’s clinical skills, drawing upon observations in the two recent remediation periods and, if needed, new assessments. If the CSAC confirms insufficient clinical skills, the student will be dismissed. However, if the CSAC determines that the student demonstrates a minimum competence in clinical skills, the student will be credited for this graduation requirement.
United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) Requirements
Passing USMLE Step I and both parts of Step II is required for graduation from Yale School of Medicine.
USMLE Step I
The Office of Student Affairs holds a USMLE Step I Fair and informational session. Students apply for the USMLE online at the NBME (National Board of Medical Examiners) website at www.nbme.org. Information on how to register for the USMLE examination is available online at http://medicine.yale.edu/education/osa/registrar/Copy_of_index.aspx. The United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) Step I, and the Step II Clinical Knowledge (CK), are computer-administered at Prometric Testing Centers. This system has given students considerable flexibility over the choice of test time and place. Students should consult the USMLE website for more information (www.usmle.org).
Matriculation on or before 2014 Students are required to sit for Step I of the United States Medical Licensing Examination by December 31 of the third chronological year of medical school; however, students are strongly encouraged to take Step I before starting clinical clerkships in June of the third year.
Matriculation on or after 2015 All M.D. students are required to sit for Step I of the United States Medical Licensing Examination by December 31 of their fourth year of medical school, but students are strongly encouraged to take it within six months of completing their clinical clerkships.
Joint degree For students completing a joint degree (other than an M.D./Ph.D.), Step I and both parts of Step II must be taken and passed before starting the second degree program.
For additional information, see https://medicine.yale.edu/education/ppgg/USMLE%20Requirements%20and%20Guidelines_320507_5_v4.pdf.
USMLE Step II
The written Step II exam is called Step II Clinical Knowledge (Step II CK). Step II CK must be taken by December 31 of the final (fourth) year. It is strongly recommended that students take Step II CK early in the advanced clinical training and research period immediately after completing the clinical clerkships. Like Step I, this computer-based exam is administered at Prometric Test Centers throughout the world.
Step II Clinical Skills (Step II CS) is a separate, required component of Step II and must be taken by December 31 of the final year. However, it is to the student’s advantage to take Step II CS as soon as possible after completing the clinical clerkships. Utilizing standardized patients, this exam is administered at regionally located centers operating year-round. Information on how to register for the USMLE examination is available online at http://medicine.yale.edu/education/academicprogress/registrar/scheduling.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that both parts of USMLE Step II are scheduled and taken by December 31 of their final year. Disregarding this requirement is considered unprofessional behavior and may be considered by the Progress Committee in deciding whether a student has satisfactorily completed the requirements to graduate. If a student schedules the exams but then fails to take them as scheduled, the Progress Committee and the dean of the medical school will be notified. In addition, the student may be prevented from putting in a match list, or the residency programs to which the student has applied may be notified that the student behaved in an unprofessional manner and may be in jeopardy of not graduating on time to start residency.
Failure of USMLE Step I, II CK, and Step II CS Policy
Any failure of Step I, Step II CK, or Step II CS will be brought to the attention of the Progress Committee and the student’s academic adviser. In general, a student in good standing will be allowed three attempts to take and pass each of these examinations. The timing of the repeat exams should be determined in consultation with the academic adviser. If a student fails an exam three times, the Progress Committee will review the student’s overall academic progress. Under extraordinary circumstances, the Progress Committee may permit a fourth attempt, but barring that permission, the student will be dismissed from the medical school.
If a student who fails one of these exams is also experiencing other academic difficulties, including issues related to unprofessional behavior or failure to progress through the clinical clerkships, or is already on academic probation, the Progress Committee will review the student’s overall academic progress. The Progress Committee will then determine how many times and under what circumstances that individual may be permitted to repeat these exams, which may be fewer than three times.
Course Schedules, 2019–2020
Integrated Course Curriculum (eighteen months)
- Introduction to the Profession
- Scientific Foundations
- Genes and Development
- Attacks and Defenses
- Energy and Metabolism
- Connection to the World
- Across the Lifespan
- Professional and Ethical Responsibility
- Human Anatomy
- Scientific Inquiry: Biostatistics and Research Methods and Responsible Conduct of Research
- Clinical Skills
- Integrated Longitudinal Clinical Experience (ILCE)
- Medical Coaching Experience (MCE)
Four required clerkship blocks:
- The Medical Approach to the Patient (Internal Medicine and Neurology)
- The Surgical Approach to the Patient (Surgery and Emergency Medicine)
- Women’s and Children’s Health (Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics)
- Biopsychosocial Approach to Health (Ambulatory Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Family Medicine, and Pediatric Primary Care)
Advanced Clinical Training and Research
Students are required to schedule one four-week subinternship, thirty-three weeks of scheduled clinical electives or research time, and the capstone course in the spring of the fourth year. Students will also schedule time for the USMLE Step I, Step II CK, and Step II CS board examinations and for interviewing and residency preparation.
Yale is the only medical school with a long tradition requiring a dissertation based on original research. The M.D. thesis, a requirement since 1839, is an essential part of the curriculum, designed to develop critical judgment, habits of self-education, and application of the scientific method to medicine. The thesis requirement gives students the opportunity to work closely with full-time faculty who are distinguished scientists, clinicians, and scholars. The investigation may have its origins in basic science or in clinical, laboratory, epidemiology and public health, or medicine and the humanities (medical ethics, history of medicine, etc.). A hypothesis must be defined, experimental methods developed, and data gathered to prove or disprove the hypothesis. Students are expected to use state-of-the-art methods appropriate for research and scholarship in each discipline. Stipends are provided for summer and all other short-term research periods (four deadlines throughout the year). In addition there are many national (National Institutes of Health, Sarnoff Foundation, American Heart Association) and Yale-sponsored one-year research fellowships available. Conduct of the research is begun in the summer following the first year and is continued during free periods in the third and fourth years, often over vacations. A significant percentage of students (currently 55 percent of Yale medical students) elect to take an additional year of medical school to pursue their research projects in greater depth, but this is not a requirement. These students are eligible for a joint M.D./Master of Health Science (M.H.S.) if all requirements for the joint degree are fulfilled.
A doctoral dissertation in the biological sciences previously accepted as a part of the requirements for the Ph.D. degree may be submitted in lieu of a School of Medicine dissertation at the discretion of the director of the Office of Student Research and the Thesis Committee. Information about the thesis and research opportunities and funding may be obtained from the Office of Student Research, at 203.785.6633 or on its website, http://medicine.yale.edu/education/osr.
Joint Academic Programs
Students from the Yale School of Medicine accepted into another Yale degree program will be considered to be participating in a “Joint-Degree Program” and will receive the benefit of sharing tuition between the medical school and the other program’s school so that each program gives up a half-year of tuition. For example, a student accepted to the M.D./J.D. Program will pay three and one-half years’ tuition to the School of Medicine and two and one-half years’ tuition to the Law School, completing seven years of school in six. This arrangement holds for Yale schools only. A student wishing to create such an arrangement at a school outside of Yale must receive permission from the associate dean for student affairs at the School of Medicine and, of course, must have the consent of the other school.
School of Medicine students enrolled in a joint-degree program or in a program to obtain a degree at another school must complete three years in the School of Medicine and pass Steps I and II of the USMLE before beginning in the other program.
A limited number of highly qualified students will be admitted into the M.D./Ph.D. Program each year. Students accepted into this program have an excellent academic record and a strong motivation toward a career in academic medicine and the biomedical sciences, and will have had previous research experiences of a high caliber.
The goal of the M.D./Ph.D. Program at Yale School of Medicine is to train physician-scientists and provide them with a broad exposure to human biology and medicine and to an in-depth and rigorous training in one of the scholarly disciplines relevant to medicine. It is expected that these individuals will develop into academic physicians capable of assuming faculty positions in either basic science or clinical departments of schools of medicine, and in these positions will provide leadership in academic medicine and in research related to medicine and human welfare.
The M.D./Ph.D. Program, sponsored jointly by the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, is intended for students who wish to obtain a research degree in an established Ph.D. program. Participating in the M.D./Ph.D. Program are the Graduate School departments/programs of Anthropology; Applied Mathematics; Biomedical Engineering; Cell Biology; Cellular and Molecular Physiology; Chemistry; Experimental Pathology; Genetics; History of Science and Medicine; Immunobiology; Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program; Microbiology; Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Pharmacology; and Public Health (Biostatistics, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Health Policy and Management, and Social and Behavioral Sciences). Students interested in taking the joint degree in another department may be able to do so, provided they can work out, in advance of acceptance, a program that is approved by the department concerned and the director of the M.D./Ph.D. Program. Students who anticipate programs in the humanities and social sciences for their Ph.D. studies must be admitted to the programs concurrently with their admission to the M.D./Ph.D. Program.
Applications to the M.D./Ph.D. Program are accepted from U.S. citizens or permanent residents and foreign nationals. All applicants selected for admission currently receive support from the program for stipend, tuition, and health fees. Substantial funding is provided by the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), a grant provided from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Continuing in the program is contingent on satisfactory progress in both the School of Medicine and the Graduate School. The average length of time students spend completing the requirements for the M.D./Ph.D. Program is seven to eight years.
Students who have matriculated at Yale School of Medicine and are interested in applying to the M.D./Ph.D. Program should meet with the director or deputy director to discuss the internal application process. An important consideration for admission to the M.D./Ph.D. Program is adequate research experience and identification of a supportive thesis adviser and intended program of graduate study. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. It may be necessary to complete a summer (or the equivalent in time) of research in a lab at Yale for an application to be considered. Applications for admission are reviewed by the same committee that evaluates outside applicants to the M.D./PhD. Program.
Requirements of the M.D./Ph.D. Program
Beginning with students who matriculated in fall 2015, candidates for M.D./Ph.D. degrees will normally begin their thesis research after completing the first four terms of the School of Medicine curriculum. Students will complete two twelve-week clinical rotations at the end of the second year of medical school that will enable them to participate in longitudinal clinical experiences during their Ph.D. years. Students following this schedule are expected to take their Step I board exams in the summer following the second year of medical school and to affiliate with a graduate program by the beginning of the third year of the program. Only under unusual circumstances will students be allowed to complete more or less than six months of clerkships prior to beginning Ph.D. work; this requires prior approval of the director.
During the first and second years of medical school, the majority of M.D./Ph.D. students take, for credit, graduate-level courses primarily designed for them. These courses supplement the core medical school curriculum and can be applied toward the course requirements of the student’s chosen Ph.D. program. The summer between the first and second years is spent in lab rotation(s), the purpose of which is to orient students in the selection of a thesis mentor and research area. However, students must request affiliation with a particular department in the Graduate School by the beginning of their third year of study in the joint-degree program. Any exceptions must be approved by the director of the M.D./Ph.D. Program and the director of graduate studies (DGS) of their proposed Ph.D. department.
A student admitted to the joint-degree program must satisfy the Graduate School Honors requirement and complete all predissertation requirements within four terms of affiliation with the Ph.D. department. These include course requirements, teaching requirements if applicable, a departmental qualifying examination, and the submission of an approved prospectus. At that point, the student is admitted to candidacy. Students in the M.D./Ph.D. Program must be admitted to candidacy one full year before they expect to be awarded the Ph.D. degree. An average of three to four years is spent completing the Ph.D. requirements.
As described above, the integrated curriculum of clinical clerkships begins in January of the second year of medical school, and M.D./Ph.D. students participate in six months of clerkships prior to beginning Ph.D. work. Students are encouraged to take the twelve-week Medical Approach to the Patient integrated clerkship and one other twelve-week integrated clerkship prior to beginning research. This will enable the student to participate in outpatient clinical activities during dissertation work. After the student’s thesis defense, the student returns to the medical wards to complete six months of integrated clinical clerkships and remaining clinical course work, including mandatory and/or elective subinternships, clinical electives, and the M.D. Capstone Course. Students must also pass Step II CK/CS and C-OSCE exams by December 31 of the year they plan to graduate from the joint-degree program.
The Ph.D. dissertation will be accepted as the thesis requirement for the School of Medicine, providing the Ph.D. degree is received before or at the same time as the M.D. degree. If the M.D. degree is to be awarded before the Ph.D., an approved thesis must be submitted to the Office of Student Research at the School of Medicine by May 1 in order to meet the School of Medicine thesis requirement for graduation. Students will be eligible for the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees, provided the degree requirements for both the School of Medicine and the Graduate School have been fulfilled, usually at the end of seven years. If requirements have not been completed, additional time will be required.
Joint M.D./Master of Health Science (M.D./M.H.S.)
Yale School of Medicine has established a joint degree, the M.D./Master of Health Science (M.D./M.H.S.), for students completing a competitively funded full fifth year of research and other requirements. This program was approved by the Yale Corporation in January 2006.
There are two pathways to the M.D./M.H.S. degree for medical students: a clinical research pathway and a laboratory/translational research pathway. The M.D./M.H.S. degree is centered around a fifth-year pull-out supported by a fully funded one-year medical student research fellowship at Yale (currently funded by the YCCI Multidisciplinary Pre-Doctoral Training Program, NIH-NIDDK fellowships, and Yale Endowment Fellowships).
The independent research project in the fifth year is the centerpiece of the M.D./M.H.S. degree program. In addition the following requirements apply:
- The project mentor and a three-person thesis committee must be approved by the Office of Student Research and the M.D.-Master of Health Science Advisory Committee.
- Additional course work is required:
- Clinical research pathway—Courses: Principles of Clinical Research; Introduction to Biostatistics in Clinical Investigation; Organization and Leadership; Responsible Conduct of Research (during master’s year)
- Laboratory/translational research pathway—Courses: Intensive Pedagogical Experience in Techniques and Strategies for Laboratory Research or Selected Seminars in Clinical and Translational Informatics; Introduction to Biostatistics in Clinical Investigation; Organization and Leadership; Responsible Conduct of Research (during master’s year)
These courses can be taken prior to or during the research year.
Additional electives are also required.
- Participation in monthly research-in-progress seminars, journal clubs, Leadership in Biomedicine Lecture Series and dinners, and other announced activities throughout the master’s research year is required. Further information is available in the Office of Student Research or online at http://medicine.yale.edu/education/research/mhs/instructions.aspx.
Students enrolled for the M.D. degree at the School of Medicine may apply to the Yale School of Public Health for admission to a combined program leading to the degrees of Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health. This program (Advanced Professional Program) is designed for students with special interest in aspects of medicine dealing with biostatistics, epidemiology of acute or chronic disease, organization and management of health services, or aspects of preventive medicine and public health.
Normally the combined program requires five years of study. One thesis satisfies both degree requirements provided it is approved and carried out under the supervision of a faculty member of the School of Public Health and is in an appropriate subject area.
Applications for the M.P.H. portion of this combined degree program must be submitted through www.sophas.org. The SOPHAS application opens in the fall of each year, and medical students are encouraged to apply during their third year of study. The M.P.H. program is on rolling admissions, and the final application deadline is December 15. Medical students may contact the YSPH director of admissions at email@example.com or the director of the AP M.P.H. Program, Dr. Mayur Desai, for more detailed information regarding the curriculum and areas of study.
Students who have been admitted to the Yale School of Medicine and are enrolled for the M.D. degree may apply to the Divinity School for admission to a combined program leading to the award of the degrees of Doctor of Medicine and Master of Divinity. Students who apply to the joint M.D./M.Div. Program are expected to do so at the same time that they apply to the School of Medicine or by the end of their second year at the School of Medicine in order to qualify for the special tuition arrangement. Students enrolled in the program pay three and one-half years’ tuition to the School of Medicine and two and one-half years’ tuition to the Divinity School.
The joint program is tailored to the individual interests and needs of those students seeking professional education and training in a theological understanding of the self, society, and work; in bioethics; in international health and missions; in relating a ministry of healing to hospice or similar patient-care facilities; in a biblical understanding of person; or in academic work in teaching, counseling, and chaplaincy.
Six years are required for the combined M.D./M.Div. Program.
The Yale School of Medicine has a formal relationship with the Law School to allow students to seek degrees from both schools. This can be done in six years instead of seven, as would be the case if these disciplines were studied separately. Students pay three and one-half years’ tuition to the School of Medicine and two and one-half years’ tuition to the Law School. Students interested in this program must confer early with the appropriate deans at each school to plan curriculum and find out if they qualify for the special tuition arrangement. Students at the Law School must petition for approval of a joint-degree program, and they may only petition after they have matriculated in Law School and completed their first term.
Students who apply to the joint M.D./J.D. Program are expected to do so at the same time that they apply to the School of Medicine or by the end of their second year at the School of Medicine in order to qualify for the special tuition arrangement. Students must be found acceptable by both admissions committees. It is suggested that the student state on each application that the student is applying to both schools in order to pursue the combined degree program.
The purpose of the joint-degree program in medicine and management is to develop clinician-managers capable of pursuing careers that balance delivery of patient care with sound management in a changing health care environment. The joint-degree program normally requires five years of study and simultaneous award of the degrees of Doctor of Medicine and Master of Business Administration at the conclusion of the five-year period. A joint-degree student pays three and one-half years’ tuition to the School of Medicine and one and one-half years’ tuition to the School of Management, in a pattern determined in advance by the two schools. Students interested in this program must discuss their intentions with the associate deans of student affairs at both schools and with Howard P. Forman, M.D., M.B.A., director of this joint-degree program.
Yale School of Public Health
The School of Public Health (YSPH) is an accredited school of public health where students may earn the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in public health are awarded through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
The M.P.H. degree program is available as a two-year program; as an eleven-month program for individuals with a doctoral-level (or international equivalent) degree in a field related to public health (e.g., physicians, dentists, veterinarians, attorneys, and those with a doctorate in the biological, behavioral, or social sciences), individuals with a master’s degree and at least two years of relevant work experience, individuals with a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of relevant work experience, and students who have completed their third year in an accredited medical, dental, or podiatric school in the United States; or as a five-year joint B.A.-B.S./M.P.H. program with Yale College. See the YSPH Bulletin for details on each degree program.
Yale Physician Associate Program
The concept of a physician assistant (or Physician Associate) was first developed in 1965. Today the Physician Associate is a highly valued member of the health care team. Physician Associates are distinguished from other advanced health care practitioners by the extent to which they are given decision-making authority regarding patient care, diagnosis, and treatment. The twenty-eight-month Yale program, established in 1970, is committed to educating students for generalist medical practice. As of December 2018, the Yale Physician Associate Program has graduated 1,271 Physician Associates who are employed in a variety of settings throughout the nation. Graduates practice in rural as well as urban areas, in emergency rooms, health maintenance organizations, clinics, and solo and private practices. They possess a variety of skills, which enable them to take a medical history; perform a physical examination; diagnose illness and formulate patient treatment plans; counsel patients; perform medical procedures; and assist in surgery.
Mission of the Yale Physician Associate Program
The mission of the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program is to educate individuals to become outstanding clinicians and to foster leaders who will serve their communities and advance the PA profession.
Curriculum Structure and Goals of the Yale Physician Associate Academic Program
The program is divided into a didactic phase of twelve months and a clinical phase of fourteen months. In addition, a research component is included in the clinical phase of the curriculum, with two one-month periods for research-related activities. The program provides a rich combination of medical courses and clinical experiences to ensure that Physician Associate students are prepared for their careers as professionals in interprofessional medical teams. Through problem-based learning, case studies, hands-on patient care, and research, the Yale Physician Associate students are well prepared to join hospitalist teams and private practices in both primary care and specialties.
A Master of Medical Science (M.M.Sc.) degree is awarded upon completion of the program.
The Didactic Phase
The first calendar year is devoted to course work in basic and clinical sciences. Courses include:
- Anatomy I, II, III
- Basic Science I, II, III
- Behavioral Medicine I, II, III
- Clinical Medicine I, II, III
- Diagnostic Studies I, II, III
- Patient Assessment I, II, III
- Pharmacology I, II, III
- Practice, Policy, and Ethics I, II, III
- Research I, II, III
The Clinical Phase
Each student completes fourteen four-week rotations, in a variety of medical specialties, in order to acquire broad experiences in primary, emergency, and surgical care. Two additional four-week blocks during the clinical phase are reserved as research/thesis months. Ten rotations are mandatory: Internal Medicine I, Internal Medicine II, General Surgery, Primary Care I, Primary Care II, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Geriatrics, and Emergency Medicine. The remaining four rotations are reserved for subspecialty electives.
Although many rotations are in the New Haven area, the experience of the student is expanded by exposure to rotations in other geographic settings. Consequently, students entering the program should expect to spend at least one rotation outside of New Haven or Connecticut. Students should expect to provide their own transportation and housing for all rotations away from New Haven. Students may also choose to broaden their experience by applying for international rotations. Students have chosen clerkships in China, Spain, Uganda, Rwanda, and Peru.
In order to graduate from the program, a student must successfully complete all rotations, summative evaluation using standardized patients, a written examination, and a thesis proposal. The thesis proposal must present a rationale for the topic of study, a comprehensive literature review, and a detailed description of the methodology to be used. A Yale School of Medicine faculty adviser serves as a thesis mentor to each student.
- Emergency Medicine
- General Surgery
- Internal Medicine I
- Internal Medicine II
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Primary Care I
- Primary Care II
- Ambulatory Medicine
- Cardiothoracic Surgery
- Diagnostic Imaging/Radiology
- Gynecologic Oncology
- Hospitalist Medicine
- Infectious Disease
- International Medicine
- Interventional Pulmonology
- Interventional Radiology
- Maternal-Fetal Medicine
- Medical Intensive Care
- Occupational Health
- Pediatric Cardiology
- Plastic Surgery
- Surgical Intensive Care
- Thoracic Surgery
- Transplant Surgery
- Trauma Surgery
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for the Physician Associate program for the 2019–2020 academic year is $43,815 for first- and second-year students, and $14,605 for third-year students. Fees and other expenses—including books, supplies, and equipment; room and board; personal expenses and transportation; Yale Health Hospitalization coverage; and travel to rotations—are estimated at an additional $32,776 for first-year students, $34,127 for second-year students, and $11,733 for third-year students. For more information, visit https://medicine.yale.edu/education/financialaid/paprogram/index.aspx#page2.
Admission to the Yale Physician Associate Program
The admissions process is highly selective and competitive. Selection is based on a multitude of factors including academic history, community or leadership involvement, patient care experience, and interpersonal effectiveness. For additional information regarding admissions, please visit the PA Program website at http://paprogram.yale.edu/admissions.
Students must have a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation. The Admissions Committee closely examines applicant records for evidence that individuals are capable of successfully completing graduate-level science work. An undergraduate science major is not required, but applicants must complete the following prerequisites: one semester of statistics or calculus, one semester of organic or biochemistry, one semester of anatomy with or without lab, one semester of animal or human physiology, one semester of microbiology, and one semester of genetics. Please visit http://paprogram.yale.edu/admissions/prerequisites/academic.aspx for further details. A cumulative science grade point average of 3.0 is required. The program considers Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (required) and performance in science courses as indicators of academic ability in light of applicants’ past records.
Applicants must have some awareness of the intricacies of medical care delivery as it exists today and demonstrate their commitment to a profession that helps the sick and injured. The majority of the PA Program’s students have had one year of direct patient contact experience in a variety of health care roles such as orderly, nurses’ aide, military corpsman, nurse, medical scribe, phlebotomist, or emergency medical technician. Experience need not be in a hospital setting. One thousand hours of direct, hands-on patient care experience is highly recommended to be considered for admission.
The program values ability to work skillfully, thoughtfully, responsibly, and constructively with people. The Admissions Committee screens applicants to determine their career commitment, interpersonal skills, and willingness to work with the supervision of a physician.
In addition to scholastic potential and interpersonal skills, applicants must have the physical capacities and personal characteristics necessary to meet the full requirements of the program’s curriculum and to graduate as skilled and effective physician assistants. Policy on nonacademic considerations is outlined in our Technical Standards, which are available at http://paprogram.yale.edu/admissions/prerequisites/technical.aspx.
Application for Admission
The application deadline for the class entering in August 2020 is September 1, 2019. Program information is available on the PA Program website, http://paprogram.yale.edu/admissions/apply.aspx. Online applications for admission are processed through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) at www.caspaonline.org. The program also requires a supplemental application.
M.M.Sc./M.P.H. Joint-Degree Program
The M.M.Sc./M.P.H. joint-degree program at Yale School of Medicine affords individuals interested in pursuing clinical and public health training a unique opportunity to complete both degree programs in thirty-nine months. The goal of this program is to expose students to the core competencies needed for shaping both local and global health systems as physician assistants and policy makers. Students must choose the area of academic concentration for the public health portion of their training from among the following: Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, or Health Policy.
Applicants must apply for admission and be accepted to both the Physician Associate Program and the Yale School of Public Health during concurrent admissions cycles. Although the deadline for application to the School of Public Health is January 15, individuals interested in the joint-degree program should apply to the PA Program and the School of Public Health as early as possible. For individuals granted an interview with the PA Program, the School of Public Health will expedite the review of the application.
Tuition and fees are billed to the student by the corresponding school during matriculation. Satisfactory academic progress is required for continued matriculation in both schools. Only students who have begun their studies at Yale are eligible for the joint degree.
Yale Physician Assistant Online Program
Yale University’s strategy for digital education is to prioritize initiatives that (1) use technology to improve teaching and learning at Yale University; and (2) amplify the impact of the great teaching at Yale beyond the campus. In pursuing these objectives, Yale seeks ideas that introduce pedagogical innovation and experimentation. In doing so, digital education initiatives benefit teaching and learning across the campus, while also advancing a school’s, center’s, or department’s educational objectives.
The Physician Assistant (PA) Online Program assists the University in meeting all of these goals. This program extends the great teaching at Yale beyond the local area, revolutionizes PA education, and advances the PA program’s goals.
The concept of a physician assistant was first developed in 1965. Today the Physician Assistant is a highly valued member of the health care team. They are distinguished from other advanced health care practitioners by the extent to which they are given decision-making authority regarding patient care, diagnosis, and treatment. The twenty-eight-month PA Online Program is committed to educating students for primary care medical practice.
In September 2017 the Yale School of Medicine Physician Assistant Online Program was granted Accreditation–Provisional status from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). In January 2019 the inaugural class of forty-one students proceeded to their clinical year, and the second class of fifty-eight students began their didactic year (see roster in the chapter Enrollment for 2018–2019).
Accreditation–Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, or when a program holding Accreditation–Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.
Mission of the Yale Physician Assistant Online Program
The mission of the Yale Physician Assistant (PA) Online Program is to prepare PAs to provide compassionate, high-quality, patient-centered care as members of interdisciplinary teams in a primary care setting. Graduates will be culturally competent clinicians who are committed to continuous learning and professional development. Our graduates will make significant contributions to their communities and to the advancement of the PA profession.
Vision of the Yale Physician Assistant Online Program
The vision of the Yale Physician Assistant Online Program is to strive to be the national leader in innovative PA education and to prepare physician assistants of the highest quality to practice medicine as part of the health care team.
Curriculum Structure of the Yale Physician Assistant Online Academic Program
The program is divided into a didactic phase of twelve months (including two mandatory on-campus immersions, both one week in length) and a clinical phase of sixteen months (including a capstone month and one mandatory on-campus immersion, one week in length). A research component, in the form of a capstone, is incorporated into the clinical phase of the curriculum over a single four-week rotation period. The program provides a rich combination of medical courses and clinical experiences to ensure that PA students are prepared for their careers as professionals in interprofessional medical teams. Students begin their Clinical Experience in Early Didactic (CEED) immediately following their first on-campus immersion. Through problem-based learning, case studies, hands-on patient care in CEED, and the capstone, the Yale PA Online students are well prepared to join health care teams across the country to meet the ever-increasing demand for primary care providers.
A Master of Medical Science (M.M.Sc.) degree is awarded upon completion of the program.
The Didactic Phase
The didactic year will consist of two mandatory on-campus immersions and a series of courses that are spread out over the course of the twelve months. The organ system approach will be used, with pediatrics, emergency medicine, and geriatrics being included across each system. The following is a summary of the courses and credit hours:
|Course number||Course name||Credits|
|5010||Human Anatomy I||3|
|5110||Human Anatomy II||3|
|5210||Human Anatomy III||3|
|5020||Basic Science I||2|
|5120||Basic Science II||2|
|5220||Basic Science III||2|
|5030||Patient Assessment I||3|
|5130||Patient Assessment II||3|
|5230||Patient Assessment III||3|
|5040||Diagnostic Studies I||1|
|5140||Diagnostic Studies II||1|
|5240||Diagnostic Studies III||1|
|5050||Clinical Medicine I||5|
|5150||Clinical Medicine II||5|
|5250||Clinical Medicine III||5|
|5070||Behavioral and Preventive Medicine I||1|
|5170||Behavioral and Preventive Medicine II||1|
|5270||Behavioral and Preventive Medicine III||1|
|5080||Preparing Future PAs I: PA Practice||1|
|5180||Preparing Future PAs II: EBM||1|
|5280||Preparing Future PAs III: Bioethics||1|
- Total credits, 57
The Clinical Phase
Each student completes fifteen four-week rotations, with an emphasis on internal medicine and primary care. One additional four-week block during the clinical phase is reserved as the capstone month. There are three four-week elective rotations and one final mandatory on-campus immersion.
The majority of the rotations will be in the student’s local geographic area, although there may be some opportunities for elective rotations in other geographic areas. Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from CEED sites, all clinical rotations, and for all campus immersions. These expenses are calculated into the student budget.
Clinical Rotations and Capstone
Internal Medicine I, II, and III (12 weeks; 12 credits)
Primary Care I, II, and III (12 weeks; 12 credits)
Behavioral Medicine (4 weeks; 4 credits)
Pediatrics I and II (8 weeks; 8 credits)
General Surgery (4 weeks; 4 credits)
Women’s Health (4 weeks; 4 credits)
Emergency Medicine (4 weeks; 4 credits)
Electives (12 weeks; 12 credits)
Master’s Capstone (4 weeks; 1 credit)
Total credits, 61
In order to graduate from the PA Online Program, a student must successfully complete their didactic year (57 credits), all clinical rotations and the Master’s Capstone (61 credits), summative evaluation using standardized patients, and a written final cumulative examination.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for the PA Online Program for the 2019–2020 academic year is $14,605 per term. For first-year students who begin their studies in January 2020, the tuition is approximately $43,815 for three terms of tuition. Second-year students can expect to remit approximately $43,815 for three terms of tuition, and third-year students remit $14,605 for one term of tuition. First-year and second-year students should expect a slight increase in tuition for their fall terms. Activity fees, technology fees, and other expenses—including books and supplies; equipment; room and board; personal and transportation expenses; hospitalization coverage and miscellaneous medical expenses; and travel to rotations—are estimated at an additional $27,511 for first-year students, $29,061 for second-year students, and $9,415 for third-year students. For more information see https://paonline.yale.edu/admissions/tuition-and-financial-aid.
Veterans Affairs (VA) recipients: The PA Online Program allows VA recipients with pending VA remittance to attend or participate in the PA course of study, provided that the individual submits a Chapter 33 Certificate of Eligibility (or equivalent form from e-Benefits) or a Chapter 31 contract with the institution for this student on VA Form 28-1905.
Admission to the Yale Physician Assistant Online Program
Admission selection to the January cohort is based on a multitude of factors including academic history, community or leadership involvement, patient care experience, and interpersonal effectiveness. For additional information regarding admissions, please visit the PA Online Program website at https://paonline.yale.edu/admissions.
Students must have a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation. The Admissions Committee closely examines applicant records for evidence that individuals are capable of successfully completing graduate-level science work. An undergraduate science major is not required, but applicants must complete the following prerequisites either in a quarter or semester system: 3–5 credits in statistics or calculus, 3–5 credits in organic or biochemistry, 3–5 credits in human anatomy with or without lab, 3–5 credits in animal or human physiology, 3–5 credits in microbiology, and 3–5 credits in genetics. Please visit https://paonline.yale.edu/admissions/prerequisites for detailed descriptions of the courses required. A cumulative science grade point average of 3.0 is required. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 is also required. Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (required) and performance in science courses are some of the indicators of academic success examined by the Admissions Committee.
Applicants must have some awareness of the intricacies of health care delivery and demonstrate their commitment to the PA profession. While experience is not required, any hands-on health care experience does make an applicant more competitive and will reconfirm the applicant’s commitment to the field. Some examples of experience include working as an emergency medical technician, nurses’ aide, or medical scribe. Experience can be in a variety of health care settings.
The program values the ability to work competently, maturely, conscientiously, and with empathy within a team setting. Beginning with the next cohort, the program will request all applicants to complete the online CASPer test. This examination will provide the Admissions Committee with a way to review applicants’ interpersonal skills fairly and reliably.
The Admissions Committee reviews letters of recommendation and screens applicants to determine their career commitment, interpersonal skills, and willingness to work with the supervision of a physician. All admissions interviews are conducted online.
In addition to scholastic potential and interpersonal skills, applicants must have the physical capacities and personal characteristics necessary to meet the full requirements of the program’s curriculum and to graduate as skilled and effective physician assistants. Policy on nonacademic considerations is outlined in our Technical Standards, which are available at https://paonline.yale.edu/admissions/technical-standards.
Application for Admission
The priority application deadline is July 1, 2020. The final application deadline is September 1, 2020. The program participates in CASPA, the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (https://caspa.liaisoncas.com). The application usually opens the last week of April.
Certificate in Global Medicine
The Certificate in Global Medicine is awarded upon graduation to Yale School of Medicine students who demonstrate competence in global health and provides recognition that a student has completed required didactic course work, scholarly work, global health clinical experience, and language, culture, and leadership activities relevant to global health. This certificate allows students to develop expertise and prepares students for leadership in global health by providing the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential for success in this field. In addition to directly benefiting students at Yale, this program will establish the Yale School of Medicine as a model for excellence in global health education. Requirements for earning the certificate can be completed over four (or five) years, while maintaining flexibility in terms of both the timing and content of these opportunities. It is expected that students pursuing the certificate will engage with the community of practitioners and scholars working on global health at Yale and around the world. International field experience in global health is an integral part of the program.
Additional information is available at http://medicine.yale.edu/globalhealth/yale/global-certificate.aspx.