Social Science/Humanities PhD Field Supported:
Economics, Sociology, History of Medicine, History, Anthropology, Psychology
Description of Program:
Yale's MSTP accepts applications from students interested in pursuing a PhD in the social sciences or certain humanities subjects. While there is no explicit departmental restriction on the applications accepted by the MD/PhD Faculty Committee, it would behoove an applicant to recognize that it is an exceedingly rare occurrence for a social science/humanities applicant to be accepted into the program.
Structure of Program:
Yale's program is a Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Typically these MD/PhD students complete their first two years of medical school and complete 6 months or up to a year of the core clinical clerkships. They then begin their PhD program in social sciences or humanities. Most departments will require one to two years of coursework, another semester to a year of requirements to advance to candidacy. Research and writing takes at least a year. This means on the social science/humanities track, a 3.5-4 year PhD is minimum, but on average it takes at least 5 years. After completion of the PhD, students return to finish their clerkships and rotations.
Size of incoming joint MD/PhD class:
Number of students in the social sciences or humanities:
less than 1 per year
Number of graduates from the SSH joint MD/PhD program:
Total number of students in social sciences or humanities:
2 (out of a total of about 90 MD/PhD students)
General MSTP Application:
Additional Notes on Applying in Medical Anthropology
A good way to think about applying for MSTP in social sciences or humanities is that your application must be geared toward both (1) the general MSTP admission committee, and (2) the department of your choice.
Students who apply to the MSTP but are not offered a position nevertheless receive full consideration for admission to the regular medical class if they request this on their application.
Medical anthropology MSTP trainees receive the NIH MSTP training grant (around $21,000/year) plus a supplement from the school of medicine during their medical school years (around $6,000). During the first two years of graduate work, they receive only the NIH MSTP training grant (around $21,000/year). During the final years of graduate training, they receive no funding from NIH or the department of medicine. Instead, they must seek outside grants and funding for fieldwork and research. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences does appoint MD/PhD students to Teaching Fellowships. This has traditionally been the primary means for MD/PhD students in the social sciences or humanities to support themselves. In addition the Graduate School will award one Dissertation Writing Fellowship, which provides for one fully funded academic year while the student is writing their dissertation.
MSTP applicants should be aware that if you decide to join a social sciences or humanities program, you will be provided support solely by MSTP for the first 2 years of the Ph.D. program.
Various Departmental webpages