Diversity

Diversity

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Welcome to the Yale Internal Medicine Residency Programs Diversity site!

The Department of Medicine at Yale is proud to welcome into our training programs and onto our faculty talented individuals from diverse backgrounds.  We believe that residents should have the opportunity to train with colleagues who share common goals and values within the profession of medicine, but who themselves represent a broad range of life experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives.  We believe that this enriches the learning environment and improves patient care.

This webpage has been created to afford residency applicants an opportunity to connect with current residents and/or faculty who share a common background, interest, or stage of life as well as to offer a sense of the scope of the diversity of our programs which we view as one of the hidden strengths of residency training at Yale.  We are confident that no matter what your ethnicity, where you come from, whom you pray to (or don’t), whom you love, or what your professional and personal interests might be, you will find a home at Yale.

We welcome your questions and comments.

Mark D. Siegel, MD
Stephen, J. Huot, MD PhD
Benjamin Doolittle, MD MDiv

Department of Medicine Program Directors

Ethnic Minorities

Yale School of Medicine, Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Yale Department of Medicine strive to recruit students from diverse backgrounds including a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. We believe that residents learn best how to care for a diverse population of patients when they themselves have the opportunity to interact and train with colleagues from diverse backgrounds. It is through the eyes and experiences of others that we learn about who we are and how we are perceived. This perspective greatly enhances an individual’s effectiveness in connecting with patients and peers. Yale University, Yale School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Medical Center provide access to rich cultural opportunities to connect with other professionals in and around the medical center and New Haven. Recruiting an ethnically diverse housestaff is a priority goal for our Department’s Traditional, Primary Care and Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Programs.

Click on the various Yale organizations below that may be of interest to you.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ)

Yale-New Haven Medical Center, Yale School of Medicine and the Yale Department of Medicine have a long history of supporting equality for sexual minorities. Long before Connecticut recognized same-sex marriage in 2008, Yale was a leader in equal benefits and recognition for same-sex couples. Our environment is a welcoming place for LGBTQ trainees, faculty and their partners and allies. There is a diverse and well-connected community throughout the University and the New Haven area.  As Rolling Stone magazine wrote in 2001, “Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut, has always been at the forefront of gay campus culture: What happens there tends to occur at other campuses a few years later.” We pride ourselves on the diversity of our Department's residency programs and we welcome the opportunity to connect applicants with LGBTQ residents and faculty to provide additional information about our programs, New Haven and Yale.

Several helpful links about the Yale and New Haven LGBTQ communities are provided on this page. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Jewish

New Haven and Yale foster a diverse and rich wealth of Jewish life and culture. There are far more Jewish opportunities - spiritually, intellectually, socially and otherwise - than any one person can enjoy.

New Haven is home to two kosher dining establishments: Claire's, rated one of Connecticut's best vegetarian restaurants, and Edge of the Woods, which has an organic kosher bakery, hot buffet, take-out, sandwich bar, smoothie bar and pizzeria. Additionally, the Slifka Center is home to a full time and delicious kosher cafeteria, hosting three meals a day as well as festive meals for the Sabbath and holidays. Sabbath and holiday meals can also be enjoyed - for free - at Chabad at Yale. The local Stop & Shop has an excellent variety of kosher foods - meats, cheese, bakery, etc - and there is a kosher grocery in nearby Westville, as its name, Westville Kosher, gives away.

In terms of Jewish learning and spirituality, the Slifka Center (home to Yale's Hillel) is one of the most active and diverse centers of Jewish student life in the country. Prayer services of every stripe - Orthodox, Egalitarian, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, and more - are run every week, if not every day. A huge variety of lectures, book talks, interfaith dialogues, challah bakes, shiurim, singing groups, dance parties, krav maga trainings, etc, etc, occur on a daily basis and by some of the biggest names in the Jewish world. It is also home to a large and diverse rabbinic staff - again, ranging from Orthodox to Reform - who are brilliant, warm, passionate and wishing to serve. Another great resource is Chabad at Yale, which, like Slifka, hosts a large array of classes, prayer opportunities, meals and pastoral counseling in the unique style of Chabad-Lubavitch hassidism. The Maimonides Society also offers enriching programs to begin or expand your Jewish education. Lastly, don't miss out on the incredible lectures and seminars offered by Yale's world-renowned Judaic Studies department; the exclusive and inspiring programming run by Eliezer, Yale's Jewish Society; or the endless books and other items in Yale Library's world-class Judaica collection.

Muslim

The Yale Medicine Residency Programs generally have at least a few Muslim residents in any given year, and they hail from all over the U.S. and beyond. The presence of Muslims is easily felt, both within the hospital and around New Haven. In the hospital, you will encounter Muslim brothers and sisters on every level. This includes residents, chief residents, and attendings in almost every field.  In addition, there are a sizable number of Muslim chaplains, parking attendants, and, of course, patients. There is space to pray (with prayer rugs) in the chapel. If you have not heard of the food cart options near the hospital, you will when you visit. Thankfully, there are several halal options available. In New Haven and the surrounding area, there are several halal restaurants serving Middle Eastern, American, Indian/Pakistani and Turkish food. There are also several mosques located close by. Masjid Al-Islam is right across from the Chapel Street campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital. The New Haven Islamic Center is located in West Haven, en route to the VA. The Islamic Center of Hamden is a little farther but still only a short drive away. The Yale University Muslim Students Association is very active. They host Jummah prayers weekly during the school year and daily iftars during Ramadan. There are wonderful Eid prayers organized every year. By attending MSA events, many residents have made friends in other graduate programs and in other lines of work.

You will find that Muslim life at Yale and in New Haven is robust and accommodating.

Parents

New Haven and the surrounding cities have many fun activities to do with children and many useful parenting resources. Many parents in the Yale community organize groups, play dates and activities every day of the week. You can also find any kind of high quality child care option here - great daycare, nannies, babysitting services, etc.  As a parent, a medical residency has many challenges but it is also profoundly meaningful and enjoyable - especially since we know we are not alone. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about family life in New Haven.

Sumair Akhtar, MD
Traditional Residency Program (PGY3)
sumair.akhtar@yale.edu

Patrick Francis, MD
Primary Care Residency Program (PGY 3)
patrick.francis@yale.edu

Nava Greenfield, MD
Traditional Residency Program (PGY1 Preliminary)
nava.greenfield@yale.edu

Beth Heuzey, MD
Traditional Residency Program (PGY1 Categorical)
elizabeth.heuzey@yale.edu

Noemi Margaryan, MD
Primary Care Residency Program (PGY 3)
noemi.margaryan@yale.edu

Lisa Puglisi, MD
Traditional Residency Program (Chief Resident)
lisa.puglisi@yale.edu

Cosby Stone, MD
Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Program (PGY 3)
cosby.stone@yale.edu

Andrew Wang, MD
Traditional Residency Program (PGY2)
andrew.wang@yale.edu

Singles

New Haven is a mecca for young people despite being a smaller city.  Though being single and moving to New Haven may initially seem daunting, after moving here many residents find New Haven to be a great place to meet like-minded people.  The major reason for this is Yale.  With over 4,000 graduate students, 2,000 post-doctoral students and fellows, New Haven has a thriving post-graduate scene.  In addition, Yale-New Haven Hospital employs 8,500 people, with 600 residents in over 100 different specialties.  First and foremost, the close-knit camaraderie among your fellow co-residents, along with the size of the internal medicine class, means that nearly every night there will be residents who have the day off and are looking to do something fun.  Also, the Graduate-Professional Student Center at Yale is a short walking distance from the hospital and houses Gryphon’s pub, which is a favorite evening hangout for residents and graduate students.  GPSCY hosts events for holidays, weekly karaoke nights, and themed get togethers.  Also, numerous other organizations exist for organized hikes, restaurant outings, and museum visits.  Look at the Yale University, Office of New Haven and State Website for the Guide for Young Professionals and graduate students.