This medical school was established by a state charter
granted to Yale College in 1810. Subsequently, faculty
members, local physicians, and other citizens raised
funds that resulted in the New Haven Hospital, which
served as a place to train medical students. In 1965 the
hospital and the university became affiliated. The
School of Medicine is a component of the Yale-New
Haven Medical Center that also contains the School of
Nursing and Yale-New Haven Hospital.
First year: Four-year semimodern. The curriculum
emphasizes normal biological form and function, and
has been designed to coordinate information from various disciplines. It features a development approach to
human behavior as related to health and illness.
Anatomy and physiology are taught intensively twothirds of the academic year. The first year includes a
medicine, society, and public health series. Students are
introduced to the principles and skills in medical interviewing and physical examination. Second year: The
emphasis is on the disease process. A special feature is
a series of all-day colloquia investigating diseases in an
in-depth format. Basic principles of diagnostic radiology and laboratory medicine are included during the
first 14 weeks.There are opportunities to enhance skills
in history-taking and physical examination. The
remaining 18 weeks feature modules in cardiovascular,
clinical neuroscience and psychiatry, endocrine,
female reproductive, GI/liver, lung/respiratory, musculoskeletal, renal/urinary tract, general oncology, and
hematology. The medicine, society, and public health
series continues. Third and fourth years: The clinical
experience consists of direct patient care. Rotations
include internal medicine and 3 subspecialties of
surgery. There are clerkships in obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, pediatrics, clinical neuroscience,
and primary care.
Minority admissions: The school receives a substantial
number of minority group applications even though it
does not have a special recruitment program. Other
degree programs: Combined degree programs are available for an MD-PhD in a variety of disciplines including
anthropology, biology, chemistry, economics, engineering, genetics, biophysics, and psychology. MD-MBA,
MD-MPH, and MD-JD programs are also offered.
Courses in the basic premedical sciences are required.
Students demonstrating proficiency in science by AP
scores should substitute advanced courses. Transfer
and advanced standing: Students studying at other
medical schools, domestic or foreign, are not encouraged to apply. In a few cases, students are accepted into
second or third year.
It is not the policy of this school to grade its students,
and numerical standings are not determined. The performance of the students is carefully evaluated and
reported by the faculty.All students must also pass Step
1 and Step 2 of the USMLE as a threshold requirement
Teaching: The school occupies several city blocks
about one-half mile southwest of the University Center. Basic sciences are taught at the Jane Ellen Hope
Building, Lander Hall, and Brady Memorial Laboratory. Clinical instruction takes place primarily at
Yale-New Haven Hospital (900 beds) and the VA Hospital (513 beds) in West Haven. Library: Yale Medical
Library is located in Sterling Hall and contains more
than 380,000 volumes, receives 2600 journals, and has
more than 90,000 other books of the last 2 centuries.
The library is one of the country’s largest medical
libraries. Housing: Edward S. Harkness Memorial Hall
provides living accommodations for single men and
women and married students.