When hundreds of alumni and their guests came to the medical school for this year’s reunion, the Yale System of medical education appeared to be as much on their minds as getting reacquainted with classmates. The topic took up most of the meeting of the executive committee of the Association of Yale Alumni in Medicine on the afternoon of Friday, June 7. And it was the first thing Dean David A. Kessler, M.D., mentioned at the alumni meeting the following morning.

“There is nothing more central to the Yale medical school than the Yale System,” Kessler told alumni. “For generation after generation the Yale System has demonstrated that it works and has produced leaders in American medicine.”

Reunion began with the traditional dean’s welcome in the Cushing/Whitney Historical Library, followed by a clambake on Harkness Lawn. This year’s symposium in the recently dedicated Leon E. Rosenberg, M.D., Lecture Room was devoted to women’s health. The School of Public Health focused its reunion discussions, held at the New Haven Lawn Club, on disaster management.