September 3, 2021

Food Insecurity in Medical Students: Preliminary Data from Yale School of Medicine-09/03/2021

Academic Medicine

This is a brief letter summarizing an experience at Yale.  It was determined that being male gender and underrepresented in medicine were predictors of food insecurity.  Also, it was demonstrated that receiving a needs-based scholarship was associated with food insecurity.

The Yale School of Medicine made some changes in their financial aid policy and this resulted in an increase in financial awards for room and board, and this had a significant effect on bringing down the prevalence of food insecurity from 27% to 18.5%.   Be aware that this problem is probably much more common than is appreciated.