Yale School of Medicine Admissions: How to Get Accepted

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This page serves as a high-yield resource for Yale School of Medicine (SOM). The information from this page is a GOLDEN resource. We’ve compiled it from Yale medical school acceptance rate data, the Columbia med school website, and most importantly, from Yale med students themselves! You will have facts such as Yale medical school admissions statistics And you’ll get an insider perspective about how to get into Yale medical school.

Yale is known for it’s EXTREMELY flexible curriculum and it’s Pass / Fail system. Literally, you have the option to disclose your grades. Yale looks for pre-meds who will be leaders in healthcare and who are innovators in their fields.

Whether you’re comparing medical schools that you have been accepted to, preparing for an interview, or wanting to learn more about Yale Medical School, keep reading!

Yale Medical School Secondary Application

Yale School of Medicine secondary application has 3 essays, two of which are required. If you are applying MD/PhD, you must talk about your research experience.

Yale School of Medicine Secondary Application MD Essay Prompts:

Essay 1) Yale School of Medicine values diversity in all its forms. How will your background and experiences contribute to this important focus of our institution and inform your future role as a physician? (500 words)

Essay 2)

MD applicants: Please answer either one of the following questions

MD/PhD applicants: Please answer question 2 as it pertains to your proposed PhD research.

  1. While there is great emphasis on the physician-patient relationship, Yale School of Medicine also emphasizes the importance of training future physicians to care for communities and populations. Describe how your experiences would contribute to this aspect of the mission of the Yale School of Medicine.
  2. Research is essential to patient care, and all students at Yale School of Medicine complete a research thesis. Tell us how your research interests, skills and experiences would contribute to scholarship at Yale School of Medicine.

Essay 3) This section is optional. It should be used to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee any important information (personal, academic, or professional) not discussed in other sections of your Yale Secondary Application.


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Yale School of Medicine Admissions – Interview Style:

Interviews at Yale School of Medicine are traditional one-on-one interviews.

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Yale Medical School Admissions Rate







Admit Rate


Yale Medical School Median GPA: 3.39

Yale Medical School Median Old MCAT: 37 Total (11 Verbal / 12 Physical Science / 12 Biological Science)

Yale Medical School New MCAT: 521 (130 chemical & physical / 129 critical analysis / 131 biological & biochemical / 131 psychological, social)

Your Yale School of Medicine Admissions Advisors

Rachel Rizal, MD

Rachel Rizal, M.D.

Changing the trajectory of people’s lives

Undergraduate: Princeton University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Harvard, Emergency Medicine
What I did After College:
• Improved vaccine distribution in developing countries
• Worked with the World Health Organization in the Philippines
• Launched a national HIV Awareness Campaign in the Philippines
• Produced an HIV awareness commercial for MTV
• Worked full-time at a healthcare consulting firm, advising pharmaceutical companies
• Created a public health program in Stanford’s Emergency Department
Rishi Mediratta, MD, MSc, MA

Rishi Mediratta, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Advising students to attend their dream schools

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics, Stanford
Masters: Masters in Medical Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies; Masters of Science in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
What I did after I graduated:
• Interned with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland
• Founded and launched an NGO to improve the health and education of Ethiopian
• World Bank consultant who helped implement Ethiopia’s national nutrition program
• Partnered with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to study child health practices in communities

The Insider’s View On Yale School of Medicine Admissions

How to Get Into Yale Medical School – Know the Curriculum:


During your time as a Yale SOM (School of Medicine) student, your grades are pass/fail. You do pre-clinical work your first 1.5 yearas and then start your clinical clerkships January of your 2nd year. You have flexibility as to when to take your USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2.

Pre-Clinical Years:

Your pre-clinical years are focused on basics science. You also have a longitudinal clinical experience and medical coaching experience. The curriculum IS NOT organ-based. In the Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience, you train alongside the School of Nursing and the PA program to learn physical exam skills. During your second year, you are in a group of 4 and are paired with a coach to teach you a standardized history and physical exam.

The first year consists of the following blocks:

  • Scientific Foundations
  • Genes and Development
  • Attacks and Defenses
  • Homeostasis
  • Energy and metabolism


Clinical Years:

Yale is extremely flexible with the clinical clerkship curriculum. They group core clerkships together in themes: medical approach to the patient (internal medicine and neurology); surgical approach to the patient (surgery and emergency medicine); Women’s and Children’s Health (OB/GYN and Pediatrics), and biopsychosocial approach to health (Primary care, psychiatry, and pediatrics).

In each block, the curriculum makes sure you see patients both inpatient and outpatient. There are two-week vacation periods after 2 of the blocks.

During your last year, you are required to take one 4-week sub-internship. The rest of the time, you can choose to do research or clinical electives.



Grades for all years are pass/fail.

Taking Time Off:

Many MD candidates at Yale take time off to pursue their other passions. Some students we know have done basic or clinical research. Others have written a book. Others have done work in New York for medical journalism.

Why Students Choose Yale School of Medicine:

  • Flexible curriculum
  • Innovative
  • Pass/Fail
  • World-class faculty and students
  • Opportunities in entrepreneurship and business

What students are saying about Yale School of Medicine

I love the pass / fail, grade non-disclosure curriculum.

Everyone here as to do a senior thesis, which shows the importance of research and scholarship at this school.

Yale was flexible in giving me time to write medical journal articles. By the time I was attending residency, I was featured in the New York Times!

All the faculty and students here are friendly. My Yale classmates will be my friends for a lifetime.

Unique highlights about pre-clinical years:

  • Pass/Fail
  • Senior thesis
  • Joint degree programs
  • Ability to take classes in different schools, including the law school and business school
  • Small class size

Unique highlights about clinical years:

  • Diverse patient population, treating patients from low-income households to affluent individuals
  • Flexibility to take additional time off
  • Pass/Fail
  • 12-week integrated blocks which combine both inpatient and outpatient

Main Clinical Rotation Sites:

  • Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Connecticut Mental Health Center
  • VA Connecticut Healthcare System

What students are saying about clinical rotations at Yale School of Medicine

I loved rotating through different hospital systems. I saw various patient populations and allowed me to think about what type of clinical setting I want to practice in one day.

During my clinical years, I saw many issues with access to care and efficiency in our healthcare system. I started working with the Hospital on initiatives that improved outcomes.

There's a big emphasis on evidence-based medicine and research that I incorporate through residency.


Where do students live?

Most students live in apartments around campus.

Getting around:

You can get around by walking but many students have a car. There is a train in New Haven that take you directly to Boston and New York City.


Financial Considerations:

  • You can apply for financial aid with Yale’s Financial Aid office.
  • Full-time Tuition: ~$61,000
  • Average indebtedness of graduates: ~$117,000

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