Honor Roll of Alumni Donors 2012-2013

The Honor Roll of Alumni Donors is grateful for the contributions that foster the educational, research and clinical missions of Yale School of Medicine, Yale School of Public Health, and the Physician Associate Program. The excerpts below are featured in the full publication. To view the full publication, and its post-publication addendum, please click here.


  • Support for Clinical Skills Education
  • HAVEN Free Clinic
  • Debt of Gratitude

Support for Clinical Skills Education

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A medical student learning a new clinical skill follows a familiar series of pedagogical steps: observing, practicing, being observed, receiving feedback, and practicing some more. Although the sequence is familiar, it is far from simple.

“Developing the curricula to teach these essential skills is very labor intensive,” said Deputy Dean for Education Richard Belitsky, M.D., a psychiatrist and Harold W. Jockers Associate Professor of Medical Education. For each skill, educators need to develop learning objectives, devise teaching methods and assessment criteria, determine how to give students useful feedback, and manage the logistics of providing each student with the appropriate experience. “All of this takes a lot of careful thought and direct observation, and it’s very time consuming.”

Thanks to the new Peter B. Livingston, M.D. ’63 Fund for Excellence in Teaching, faculty will now be able to spend more time developing curricula and mentoring students to build clinical skills. read more on page 2...

HAVEN Free Clinic

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At first, the consultation seemed routine: A generally healthy man in his 30's had been having headaches for three weeks, headaches that felt like “the pinpricks of a thousand needles.” 

“It was very poetic,” said Rosalyn Chan, who was the senior clinical team member for the patient at the HAVEN Free Clinic, a student-run primary care clinic in the Fair Haven section of New Haven. “That kind of description for headaches is not in medical books.” 

Chan, MPH ’13, a medical school graduate who was studying global health at the Yale School of Public Health, asked the usual questions on the headache checklist. “He was negative on all counts,” she said. Then she asked two routine depression screening questions. He said yes, he was feeling sad and anxious, and had lost interest in running, a favorite activity. 

At that point, Chan said, she looked up from her notes and put her pen down. The other team members—a nursing student and an interpreter—followed suit. “We just continued talking, and he started to reveal more and more,” she said. The patient told them he had once been incarcerated for immigration issues, and had been in combat in his home country. He had nightmares. 

The attending on duty agreed with the team’s diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, and when they spoke to the patient, he admitted he had never liked or trusted doctors before, but appreciated the students’ compassion and openness. read more on page 3...

Debt of Gratitude

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When David Asuzu was growing up in Nigeria, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life. But after living through some of the most difficult times in his country’s history, he knew he wanted to make his life count. 

“Everybody was poor and everyone had struggles, and it seemed that nobody could rise above. There are just not many opportunities,” said Asuzu, a member of the School of Medicine’s Class of 2016, and a recipient of a scholarship from the Dr. Savatore Sannella and Dr. Lee Sannella Endowed Fellowship Fund. 

Asuzu didn’t start out planning to make a difference through medicine: at 19, he had an opportunity to study mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, then physiology and biomedical engineering at the Mayo Clinic. That sparked an interest in clinical medicine. “For the first time I saw the people behind the research process,” he said. read more on page 5...