Yale University School of Medicine

The Donald J. Cohen Medical Student Mentorship Program was originally established in 2002 under the leadership of Dr. James F. Leckman in order to increase medical students’ exposure to, and interest in, the field of child psychiatry. Named after the late Donald J. Cohen (1940-2001, Yale MD ’66, Director of the YCSC from 1983 to 2001), the program was funded through the generosity of the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation (KGTF). The program provides first- and second-year medical students not only with direct "hands on" clinical experience but also with a valuable mentoring relationship. During its nine years of existence, the program has enrolled 159 medical students and included 2 to 4 student leaders per cohort. The program continues to incorporate the four main elements of direct clinical experience, a monthly seminar, exposure to, and involvement in ongoing research activities, and attendance to the annual KTGF Medical Student National Conference.

Official Program Name

The Donald J. Cohen Medical Student Mentorship Program
Program Director Michael Bloch, MD, MS # of students: 10-15
Co-Program Director Andrés Martin, MD, MPH



Presentations at seminar with their mentor

Clinical experiences with their mentor


Individual patients

Home and school visits

Direct care of patient under immediate supervision of assigned mentor


Regular presentations in monthly meetings

Yale Child Study Center


Monthly seminars