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Office of the Deputy Dean

The deputy dean for education leads the educational mission of Yale School of Medicine (YSM) in support of faculty and trainees along the continuum of undergraduate (UME), graduate (GME), and continuing medical education (CME).

The deputy dean oversees the MD, Physician Assistant Online, and Physician Associate Programs including admissions, curriculum, financial aid, student affairs, and student research, as well non-degree programs and resources such as Program for Humanities in Medicine, Program for Biomedical Ethics, Global Health Education, Center for Healthcare Simulation, Center for Medical Education, Continuing Medical Education, and the Cushing Whitney Medical Library.

In addition, the Office of the Deputy Dean for Education guides strategic planning, continuous quality improvement, accreditation, and communications for medical education at YSM.

Office of Deputy Dean

  • Deputy Dean for Education and Harold W. Jockers Professor of Medical Education and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

    Dr. Illuzzi is Deputy Dean for Education and Harold W. Jockers Professor of Medical Education and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Dr. Illuzzi is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed her OB/GYN residency here at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In 2004, she was named a Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholar supported by a career development grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Development. In 2006, she completed a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology at the Yale School of Graduate Studies. Dr. Illuzzi’s research examines the use of obstetric interventions and their impact on maternal and neonatal outcomes, especially among low-risk women. Topics include prophylaxis to prevent vertical transmission of group B streptococcus and innovative models of maternity care. Dr. Illuzzi served as Chief of the Obstetric Specialties and Midwifery division as well as the Medical Director of the Vidone Birthing Center at the St. Raphael Campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital until 2020. In the education domain, Dr. Illuzzi previously served as clerkship director and director of medical studies in OB/GYN and curriculum director for the Advanced Training Period for the MD program at YSM. She has played an active role in the YSM curriculum redesign, LCME reaccreditation cycles, and continues to be a strong advocate for students, trainees, and faculty in the educational mission of the Yale School of Medicine.
  • Manager, Office of the Deputy Dean for Education; Manager, Office of the Deputy Dean for Education

    Lisa joined Yale School of Medicine in March 2012 to provide administrative support in the Office of Education for the MD program curriculum rebuild project. In 2014, she became the LCME coordinator for the medical school accreditation and then joined the Office of the Deputy Dean for Education in May 2015.
  • Senior Administrative Assistant 2

    Megan is the Senior Administrative Assistant for the Office of the Deputy Dean for Education at the Yale School of Medicine. She is primarily responsible for administrative support for Dean Illuzzi.She previously worked as Research Program Manager at the Physician Associate Program, where she was responsible for managing the administrative component of the research education program. Prior to her work in medical education, she was the Program Coordinator for the Executive Education Department at the Yale School of Management. Megan is a graduate of Rider University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with minors in Criminal Justice and Gender Studies. In her spare time, Megan enjoys reading, creative writing, and bike riding.
  • Communications, Senior Officer

    Abby joined Yale School of Medicine in November 2017, from Yale School of Management, where she had spent six years as Special Assistant to the Dean. Prior to that, she was Director of Alumni Affairs at Yale Law School. Before returning to Yale, where Abby attended college and law school, Abby spent two years clerking for judges and eleven years as a lawyer for the federal government, predominantly focusing on firearms and explosives law and policy. Abby is a member of the Yale Traffic Safety Committee. Outside of work, Abby is on the board of the New Haven Preservation Trust, and also is active with the Safe Streets Coalition of New Haven.
  • Associate Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine); Assistant Dean for Education, Medical Education; Associate Program Director, Yale Combined Med-Peds Residency Program; Director of Clinical Skills, Office of Education; Associate Professor, Pediatrics; Editor, Yale Primary Care Pediatrics Curriculum, Pediatrics

    Jaideep Talwalkar is a physician and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine. He provides primary care for patients of all ages as well as specialty care for adults with cystic fibrosis. He has been involved in Yale’s administrative and educational response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as frontline care on the COVID-19 wards at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In addition to seeing patients, he teaches medical students and residents at Yale and develops curricula for medical education. As Director of Clinical Skills, he oversees the teaching of fundamental bedside skills to Yale medical students. He also edits and administers the Yale Primary Care Pediatrics Curriculum (, a guide for pediatric teaching used by pediatricians nationwide. When not at work, he chases his three active kids, coaches youth soccer, and seeks any opportunity for long-distance running and ultimate frisbee.

Medical Education Organization Chart

Medical Education at Yale School of Medicine is organized into several offices that work together to provide a seamless educational experience.