Yale School of Medicine
|Yale School of Medicine|
|Academic staff||2,451 full time; 2,067 adjunct|
|Location||New Haven, Connecticut, USA|
|Dean||Robert J. Alpern|
The primary teaching hospital for the school is Yale-New Haven Hospital. The school is home to the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library, one of the largest modern medical libraries, also known for its historical collections. The faculty includes 62 National Academy of Sciences members, 40 Institute of Medicine investigators, and 16 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators. U.S. News and World Report currently ranks the Yale School of Medicine 7th in the country for research, and 74th in primary care. Entrance is highly selective; for the class of 2016, the school received 4,103 applications to fill its class of 100 students. The average GPA for admitted students was a 3.8, with an average MCAT of 36.3.
The School of Medicine offers the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree and a Master of Medical Science (M.M.Sc.) degree through the Yale Physician Associate Program for prospective physician assistants. Public health degrees are administered through the Yale School of Public Health.
There are also joint degree programs with other disciplines at Yale, including the M.D/Juris Doctor (J.D.) in conjunction with Yale Law School; the M.D./Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in conjunction with the Yale School of Management; the M.D./Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in conjunction with the Yale School of Public Health; science or engineering in conjunction with the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (M.D./Ph.D.); and the M.D./Master of Divinity (M.Div) in conjunction with Yale Divinity School. Students pursuing a tuition-free fifth year of research are eligible for the Master of Health Science degree.
The M.D. program is notable for its assessment of student achievement. In particular, the school employs the so-called "Yale System" established by Dean Winternitz in the 1920s, wherein first- and second-year students are not graded or ranked among their classmates. In addition, course examinations are anonymous, and are intended only for students' self-evaluation. Student performance is thus based on seminar participation, qualifying examinations (if a student fails, it is his or her responsibility to meet with a professor and arrange for an alternative assessment - passing grades are not released), clinical clerkship evaluations, and the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). Prior to graduation, students are required to submit a thesis based on original research. A hallmark of the Yale System is the unusual flexibility that it provides; with this flexibility comes great responsibility for the student to take an active role in directing his or her education according to individual interests.
Other key features of the Yale System include:
- commentary-based feedback from small group leaders
- an integrated Molecules to Systems course that includes Biochemistry, Physiology, and Cell Biology and the corresponding small group conferences (Biochemistry Conference, Physiology Case Conference, Histology Lab)
- early clinical exposure through the two-year Pre-Clinical Clerkship (PCC) course, in which students (in groups of 4) are assigned a physician mentor with whom they will learn the History and Physical Examination
- a surgery-based Human Anatomy course that focuses on teaching the principles of anatomy through case-based dissections involving surgical procedures rather than rote memorization
- a comprehensive student teaching program (Students Helping Students) in which second-year students review key concepts during optional evening sessions several times each week
- the opportunity to take electives that include advanced cell biology and neuroscience, global health, translational research, or any topic being taught through graduate or undergraduate programs at the University
More graduates of the Yale School of Medicine enter medical scholarship (including Ph.D. degrees in Medicine) as professors of medicine than those graduates of other medical schools.
In 18th century United States, credentials were not needed to practice medicine. Prior to the founding of the medical school, Yale graduates would train through an apprenticeship in order to become physicians. Yale president Ezra Stiles conceived the idea of training physicians at Yale and ultimately, his successor Timothy Dwight IV helped to found the medical school. The school was chartered in 1810 and opened in New Haven in 1813. Nathan Smith (medicine and surgery) and Benjamin Silliman (pharmacology) were the first faculty members. Silliman was a professor of chemistry and taught at both Yale College and the Medical School. The other two founding faculty were Jonathan Knight, anatomy, physiology and surgery and Eli Ives, pediatrics.
One of Yale's earliest medical graduates was Dr. Asaph Leavitt Bissell of Hanover, New Hampshire, who graduated in 1815, a member of the school's second graduating class. Following his graduation, Dr. Bissell moved to Suffield, Connecticut, a tobacco-farming community where his parents came from, and where he practiced as a country physician for the rest of his life. The saddlebags that Dr. Bissell carried in his practice, packed with paper packets and glass bottles, are today in the school's Medical Historical Library.
The original building (at Grove and Prospect) later became Sheffield Hall, part of the Sheffield Scientific School (razed in 1931). In 1860, the school moved to Medical Hall on York Street, near Chapel (this building was razed in 1957). In 1925, the school moved to its current campus, neighboring the hospital. This campus includes the Sterling Hall of Medicine, Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine (1991, designed by Cesar Pelli), Anlyan Center (2003, designed by Payette and Venturi Scott Brown) and the Amistad Building (2007, designed by Herbert Newman).
Before 1845, there was no dean. Nathan Smith, followed by Jonathan Knight, provided leadership in the early years.
- Charles Hooker (1845–1863), Professor of Anatomy and Physiology. His practice included surgery, obstetrics, and practical medicine.
- Charles Augustus Lindsley (1863–1885), Professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics; later of the Theory and Practice of Medicine.
- Herbert Eugene Smith (1885–1910), physician and chemist
- George Blumer (1910–1920)
- Milton Winternitz (1920–1935), pathologist
- Stanhope Bayne-Jones (1935–1940), physician and bacteriologist
- Francis Gilman Blake (1940–1947)
- Cyril Norman Hugh Long (1947–1952), physician and biochemist
- Vernon W. Lippard (1952–1967)
- Frederick Carl Redlich (1967–1972), psychiatrist
- Lewis Thomas (1972–1973), physician and author
- Robert Berliner (1973–1984)
- Leon Rosenberg (1984–1991)
- Robert M. Donaldson (acting) (1991–1992)
- Gerard N. Burrow (1992–1997)
- David Aaron Kessler (1997–2003), pediatrician, lawyer and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- Dennis Spencer (acting) (2003–2004), neurosurgeon
- Robert Alpern (2004—), nephrologist.
Notable faculty 
- Gretchen Berland, Physician and filmmaker
- Harvey Cushing, Neurosurgeon, pioneer of brain surgery, identified Cushing's syndrome
- Russell Henry Chittenden, Physiological Chemist, pioneer of digestion and nutrition
- Stephen Fleck, Psychiatrist, co-author of "Schizophrenia and the Family"
- Patricia Goldman-Rakic, Neurobiologist, pioneer of studies on the frontal lobe and the cellular basis of working memory
- Arnold Gesell, Psychologist and Pediatrician, developed the Yale Child Study Center
- Dorothy Horstmann, Epidemiologist, virologist, pioneer in the study of polio and the first woman appointed as a professor at the school.
- Arthur L. Horwich, Professor of Genetics and Pediatrics, uncovered the action of chaperonins through his study of protein folding
- Samuel C. Harvey (1886–1953), Assistant Professor of Surgery (1920–1921), Associate Professor and acting Chairman of the Surgical Department (1921–1924), Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief Surgeon of Yale-New Haven Hospital (1924–1947), Full Professor (1924–1950), Editor of the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine (1950–1953).
- Orvan Hess, developed the fetal heart monitor and early use of penicillin
- James D. Jamieson, Cell biologist, established the function of the Golgi apparatus alongside George Palade
- Theodore Lidz, Psychiatrist, researcher of schizophrenia
- Lafayette Mendel, Biochemist, discoverer of Vitamin A
- William Prusoff, discovered idoxuridine, the first antiviral agent approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and discovered the anti-HIV effect of stavudine (D4T).
- Juan Rosai, Professor of pathology and Director of the Department of Anatomic Pathology at Yale School of Medicine between 1985 and 1991. Author and editor of a main textbook in surgical pathology and discoverer of several entities such as Rosai-Dorfman disease and Desmoplastic small round cell tumor
- Lisa Sanders, The New York Times Diagnosis columnist, technical advisor for T.V. show House, M.D.
- Richard Selzer, Surgeon and author
- Nathan Smith, Founder of Dartmouth Medical School (now the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth) and the University of Vermont College of Medicine
- Joan Steitz Sterling Professor of Biophysics and Biochemistry
- Thomas A. Steitz Sterling Professor of Biophysics and Biochemistry, Winner of Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009
- Frans J. Th. Wackers, Nuclear cardiologist
See also 
- List of Yale University people
- Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine (YJBM)
- List of Ivy League medical schools
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- Founding of the Medical Institution at Yale College
- Medicine at Yale, 1701–1901, Founding of the Medical Institution of Yale College, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, med.yale.edu
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- Official site
- Medicine at Yale 1701-1901
- Medicine at Yale 1901-1951
- Medicine at Yale 1951-2001
- Institute of Medicine member list