Yale School of Medicine is a leader in the fields of internal medicine, drug and alcohol abuse, and geriatrics. Founded in 1810, the school is affiliated with the Yale-New Haven Hospital. Yale differentiates itself with a smaller student population. With just over 400 M.D. students, class sizes remain small with a faculty-student ratio of about 3.6 to 1.
Students can complete traditional MD degrees or dual degrees like the MD/MPH or MD/MHS programs through the medical school. Other joint degrees include an MD/MBA, an MD/MDiv and an MD/JD. There is also a Physician’s Assistant program. The unique MD curriculum is called the Yale System. During the first two years, students are not given grades or a class rank. The school aims to promote independence, so attendance is not taken, and students can often take optional or self-directed exams. Performance is evaluated based on participation in seminars, qualifying exams, clinical clerkship evaluations, and USMLE scores.
Yale School of Medicine students are required to complete research projects and a thesis. A two-year Pre-Clinical Clerkship (PCC) class is mandatory. Students are broken into groups of four and are assigned a doctor as a mentor. Second year students must also participate in Students Helping Students, in which students act as teachers in sessions where they review key concepts. Students are allowed to take any electives during their med school education. The most popular areas of specialty include emergency medicine, pediatrics, and psychiatry.
With more than 60 student organizations on campus, Yale students still have a chance to explore outside the classroom or hospital setting. Many students choose to participate in community service projects in organizations like the Haven Free Clinic or teaching programs at Hill Regional High School. Yale also hosts prestigious figures in the medical community in their Perspectives on Medicine seminars. Prospective students interested in a program that calls for independence and self-direction will enjoy Yale School of Medicine’s innovative curriculum.