Special Events

A number of events will be occurring during the year. Exact details will be distributed as the days get closer but here's a partial list of what to keep an eye out for:

MD/PhD Retreat

The Program sponsors an annual retreat. The agenda may include sessions regarding life the after MD/PhD (both clinical and basic science options), a faculty/guest speaker, an ethics discussion session, talks by graduating students, and finally an open forum discussion about the Program and its future. Make sure you plan to attend!

Departmental Retreats

Most of the basic science departments have yearly retreats. MD/PhD students are usually invited to attend at no cost. This gives you a chance to meet faculty in an informal setting, as well as enjoy time away from New Haven. Sometimes there are problems getting info distributed to students, so if there is a department whose retreat you don't want to miss, check with the department early in the year to see when their retreat has been scheduled. 

Selma & Karl Folkers Lecture in Biomedical Research

Karl Folkers (1906 - 1997) left a legacy of over 66 years of outstanding research in organic and biological chemistry. He received his B.S. (1928) from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in Chemistry (1931) from the University of Wisconsin. He carried out a postdoc in the Chemistry Department at Yale from 1931 to 1934 where he developed an interest in pharmaceutical chemistry. That led to his appointment to the research program at Merck in Rahway where he had his most productive years in research.

While at Merck, Dr. Folkers made a number of significant discoveries in the field of biological chemistry including the structure and synthesis of vitamin B 6, isolation and characterization of vitamin B 12 and the synthesis of Coenzyme Q 10. He was elected to the National Academy at the age of 39 and received the Presidential Medal of Science in 1990. He spent his later years at the University of Texas, Austin (1968 on) where he created the institute for Biomedical Research whose mission was to demonstrate the use of CoQ in clinical medicine. Prior to his death, Dr. Folkers left some of his own money to Yale in remembrance of his formative years here as a postdoc. He established the Selma and Karl Folkers Lecture on Biomedical Research which was recently transferred to the MD-PhD Program. The inaugural Folkers Lecuture entitled, " Playing in Traffic: Membrane Protein Transport in Health and Disease," was given by Michael Caplan, MD, PhD., a 1987 graduate of our Program.)

This year's Folkers' lecture will be delivered by Robert B. Darnell, MD/PhD, Heilbrunn Professor & Senior Physician, The Rockefeller University on March 8, 2018.  Details to follow. 

Perspectives of Women in Science

The purpose of this Annual Lectureship is to expose students and faculty at Yale School of Medicine to the unique perspectives of female physician-scientist.

Dr. Hannah Valantine, NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, and a Senior Investigator in the Intramural Research Program at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, will deliver the Inaugural Lecture on March 6, 2018.  Details to follow.