Dr. Nancy Angoff to host student discussion on "Medical Education Beyond the Classroom"

Join us on Saturday morning during reunion weekend when Nancy Angoff, M.P.H. ’81, M.D. ’90, Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Student Affairs, will lead a conversation with several YSM students who represent some of the experiences integral to medical education inside and outside the classroom at Yale today. Students who have taken leadership roles in health policy development, global health initiatives, LGBTQ awareness, involvement in the New Haven community, and advancing scientific research will join Dr. Angoff to share their personal experiences.


Students scheduled to particpate:

Dippy Bhattacharya

Dippy shared the following about himself and Yale: “I was born in India and moved to San Francisco, California in 2000. I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2010 with a degree in Molecular Biology. I am currently in the MD-PhD program, with a research interest in developmental biology. I have an open mind as to what the future will bring. I love talking to patients and thinking clinically, I love research and trying to figure out the mechanisms by which certain genes cause disease, and I love thinking about medical education and activities that bring the community together.”

Emily Bucholz

Emily Bucholz is a 4th year MD/PhD candidate in the department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology. Her research focuses on long-term cardiovascular outcomes after acute myocardial infarction. She graduated from Yale College in 2008 with a B.S. in Biology and then completed her MPH in 2009 at Yale School of Public Health. Emily plans to combine her research interests in cardiovascular outcomes with her clinical interests in pediatrics as a pediatric cardiologist.

James Smithy

James is finishing his first year at the School of Medicine, and serves as one of three Executive Co-Directors of the HAVEN Free Clinic.  HAVEN is Yale’s student-run free clinic that operates on Saturdays and provides comprehensive primary care to adults living in the Fair Haven neighborhood of New Haven. In 2012, HAVEN conducted 1066 patient visits and saw a total of 322 unique patients. Prior to beginning medical school, James worked in the healthcare practice of McKinsey & Company as a business analyst. He graduated from Yale College with a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology in 2010.  In the future, James hopes to pursue a career in oncology and is beginning thesis work on prognostic biomarkers in early stage breast cancer this summer.

Sam Sondalle

Sam Sondalle is beginning his third year as an MD/PhD student at the Yale School of Medicine.  Originally from the very small town of Princeton, WI, Sam graduated from Ripon College in 2011 with majors in Chemistry and Biology as a first generation college student.  For his PhD in the department of Genetics, Sam will be working in the laboratory of another Yale alumnus, Susan Baserga, MD, PhD, studying diseases due to defects in ribosome biogenesis.  Besides science and medicine, Sam is also active in the LGBTQ community at Yale as part of the Gay-Straight Medical Alliance and organizing and participating in the LGBTQ health panel for the first year Pre-Clinical Clerkship course.  Sam is interested in pursuing a career as a physician-scientist after completing his residency in either Dermatology or Radiation Oncology, but he is still considering other medical specialties


Jared Sun

Jared Sun is from Fullerton, California, and graduated from Stanford University in 2009. The following year he completed a Fulbright in Cape Town, South Africa, where he researched emergency pre-hospital care in developing countries and continued on to obtain a PhD in Emergency Medicine from the University of Cape Town. In the future, he intends to pursue an MBA and use his skills to become an emergency doctor and work in global health policy and management. Jared started his career trajectory by being trained as an EMT in high school after being incorrectly registered for what he thought was a lifeguard training course. He also walked his White Coat Ceremony with what he though was a mild flu and jet-lag but turned out to be malaria!



This article was submitted by Deborah J Jagielow on April 23, 2013.