Yale CNM Program

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Anyone out there a former or current student of this program? I'm starting to look at my options for grad school (eeeek!!) if I go to this school, I will be commuting 2.5 hours from my home in south Jersey. My question is, what was your schedule like day to day? I know this varies from semester to semester, but I'm just looking for the general idea. I'm thinking that it would be best if I stay in new haven for the week and return home for weekends. Does that sound like a plan that would work with the program's schedule? I would love to hear everything and anything about this program.

Thanks!

cayenne06, MSN, CNM

Specializes in Reproductive & Public Health. Has 10 years experience. 1,394 Posts

I went to Baystate up in Massachusetts (a longer drive for you, but worth it in my opinion :p ) but have lots of friends and colleagues from the Yale Program. From everything I hear, it's pretty great. Some of the students have reported having trouble getting quality clinical placements, which was puzzling to me, but I guess with the number of health care students Yale has they can't accommodate everyone within the system? It's also quite expensive, but that goes with the brand lol.

And while I can't speak to Yale specifically, my classmates who commuted usually stayed overnight for the days we were in the classroom or at clinicals on the main hospital campus. For integration, the school worked to get students placed close to where they lived, if they weren't able to relocate.

Depending on what's going on with the rest of your life, I think you could totally make it work and you would probably be able to get home more often than just on the weekends- after the first semester, we only had intensive classroom time for the first few weeks of the semester, then we would move to doing 1-2 loooong classroom days. Clinical time increased each semester, but the scheduling was very, very flexible prior to integration, so most of us would bunch our rotations together so we could get a few days off in a row. Of course, not every school has the ability to be that flexible with clinicals- we were lucky.

You should also keep in mind that a lot of your clinicals might be on weekends and nights, at least once you are doing intrapartum. So it might be hard to keep a set schedule of going home on the weekends.

DreamerMW

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I went to Baystate up in Massachusetts (a longer drive for you, but worth it in my opinion :p ) but have lots of friends and colleagues from the Yale Program. From everything I hear, it's pretty great. Some of the students have reported having trouble getting quality clinical placements, which was puzzling to me, but I guess with the number of health care students Yale has they can't accommodate everyone within the system? It's also quite expensive, but that goes with the brand lol.

And while I can't speak to Yale specifically, my classmates who commuted usually stayed overnight for the days we were in the classroom or at clinicals on the main hospital campus. For integration, the school worked to get students placed close to where they lived, if they weren't able to relocate.

Depending on what's going on with the rest of your life, I think you could totally make it work and you would probably be able to get home more often than just on the weekends- after the first semester, we only had intensive classroom time for the first few weeks of the semester, then we would move to doing 1-2 loooong classroom days. Clinical time increased each semester, but the scheduling was very, very flexible prior to integration, so most of us would bunch our rotations together so we could get a few days off in a row. Of course, not every school has the ability to be that flexible with clinicals- we were lucky.

You should also keep in mind that a lot of your clinicals might be on weekends and nights, at least once you are doing intrapartum. So it might be hard to keep a set schedule of going home on the weekends.

Thanks so much!