Holding Fast to What Is Good

December 19, 2012

Dean Robert Alpern: 333 Cedar Street

333 Cedar Street is a letter from Dean Robert J. Alpern, MD, Ensign Professor of Medicine, on topics of interest to the Yale School of Medicine community. Write to Dean Alpern at 333cedar@yale.edu.

In the wake of Newtown's tragedy, experiencing the peace and joy of the season seems a challenge. As a community focused on healing, we open our hearts to those in distress and hope for their recovery.

Dear students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends,

These last few days before the December recess are usually a time for celebration at the School of Medicine, marked by anticipation of the holidays and the hopeful spirit of the approaching new year. However, given the unspeakable tragedy that occurred on Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School, just 25 miles from our campus, finding peace and joy seems a challenge as this year comes to a close.

We feel such deep sadness for the victims of this horror, for their families, and for all who are affected by what occurred at the school. As a community built on the values of caregiving, healing, and the relief of suffering, we open our hearts to those in distress and hope for their recovery. Let us remember this holiday to hold fast to what is good—the closeness of friends and colleagues, the warmth of families, and the strength of communities.

As always, I extend my thanks for your commitment and hard work on behalf of the medical school. I wish you and your family the best for the holidays and the new year.

Sincerely,

Dean Robert J. Alpern, M.D.
Ensign Professor of Medicine