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Medical Students

Yale Courses/Workshops

Each student's curriculum is tailored to match one's background and interests while at the same time providing essential Track-specific training. Most Tracks have recommended or required courses, but students can choose electives that are outside of these recommendations. It is quite normal to find students from many different Tracks sitting side-by-side in the same classes. Biological and Biomedical Sciences provides an extensive menu of graduate courses covering the full spectrum of research disciplines, and descriptions of our most recent course offerings.

Medical Student-Cancer Research Mentor Speed Dating

Yale Cancer Center scientists and physicians host members of Yale School of Medicine’s medical students for a "Speed Dating" style event each year, which gives the students time to briefly meet several members of Yale Cancer Center. Each interaction provides the students time to learn about different areas of cancer research and patient care, and exposed them to new opportunities.

YCC Trainee Colloquium

Yale Cancer Center (YCC) Annual YCC Trainee Colloquium is a forum for Yale trainees to highlight their research, exchange ideas, and initiate collaborations. We invite predoctoral MD, PhD, MD-PhD students, postdoctoral associates, postdoctoral fellows, residents, and clinical fellows engaging in cancer research and graduates of the Cancer Biology Training Program to submit abstracts describing their work each spring. The colloquium includes predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in the following four areas: 1) Basic Science Research and Bioinformatics, 2) Translational Research, 3) Clinical Research, 4) Population Science, Prevention and Outcomes Research.

The Yale Cancer Center Education Committee reviews all abstracts and makes selections for oral presentations. Four Research Excellence Prize recipients will be selected from among the oral presentations. Winners are announced during the colloquium and each awardee will receive an award certificate and an award of $250. Please contact Meina Wang, PhD for questions.

Mentor Matching

Yale Cancer Center can match one basic science mentor and one translational/clinical science mentor for medical students who are interested in cancer research. Please contact Meina Wang, PhD ( for detailed information.