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To the vector go the spoils

By breaking down the complex cycle that allows mosquitoes, tsetse flies, ticks and other arthropods to transmit fatal disease, Yale scientists are providing new ammunition in the fight against malaria and other vector-borne illnesses.

Last July, something went very wrong in New York City’s crow population. Signs of trouble appeared first in the Bronx, where birds were observed flying erratically, staggering on the ground and suffering convulsions.

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In search of medicine’s shifting frontier

The forward edge of medical knowledge may be an elusive target for teachers, students and clinicians. That doesn’t bother Herb Chase, the school’s new deputy dean for education.

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Deconstructing education

The breathtaking discoveries of the last three decades and rapid change across all of medicine have called traditional models of education into question. At Yale, the debate is in full swing.

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Eight decades of the Yale System

Ever since its implementation in the 1920s, the Yale System of medical education has been the point of common reference for alumni of the School of Medicine. Ralph I. Horwitz, M.D., chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, touched on its enduring qualities when he addressed faculty recently about the education-review process now under way. “I have not been able to find two people able to agree on exactly what the Yale System is, but there is a strong consensus on the essentials,” he said.

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