Two YSM Students Advocate for Teaching "How to Learn" in Preclinical Education
“Medical students today face the unique challenge of having to learn an unprecedented amount of medical information in an increasingly limited amount of time. Medical texts and review books for high-stakes certification examinations increase in length every year.
Yale PA Online Faculty Diane Bruessow Elected President-elect of the American Academy of PAs
July 1, 2020, Yale PA Online faculty Diane Bruessow, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, was elected the president-elect of the American Academy of PAs (AAPA). Bruessow served three years as secretary-treasurer of the AAPA immediately prior to assuming her new role, and seven years overall on the Board of Directors.
COVID-19 Pop-up Electives Show the Compassion and Creativity of the YSM Community
In mid-March, COVID-19 upended the traditional Yale School of Medicine (YSM) curriculum for MD students. Didactic coursework and clinical skills training had to be rapidly converted to an online format, and clinical rotations and most sub-internships (sub-Is) were suspended in the space of a few days.
Working in the time of Covid-19: “It’s all absolutely unpredictable.”
“You are definitely an asset to the team, even as a learner. And we are all learning through this together.” Recent Yale Physician Associate (PA) Program graduate Naiska Cheung ’19, MMSc, PA-C, offered this advice to second-year Yale PA students, in response to a question about returning to clinical rotations, which have been disrupted because of COVID-19. Cheung is a primary care and addiction medicine PA at Staywell Health Care in Waterbury, Connecticut. The conversation took place on May 22, during a course, Covid-19 Preparedness Education: Pandemic, Populations and Patients (COPE-PPP), running from May 11 to June 19. The Yale PA class of 2020 is taking the six-week course before resuming clinical rotations.
YSM Creates Memorable Virtual Ceremony to Celebrate 113 MD Degree Recipients
On May 18, the 113 graduates of the Yale School of Medicine (YSM) MD Class of 2020 were celebrated in an hour-long virtual Commencement ceremony, an event that reflected tremendous collaboration among YSM students, faculty, and staff.
Yale School of Medicine's First PA Online Program Class Celebrates Graduation
Yale University will experience a first on Commencement Day 2020, beyond its first virtual ceremony: it will be conferring Master of Medical Science degrees to the inaugural class of Yale School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Online Program (Yale PA Online), Yale’s first degree-granting program that blends online and in-person learning.
YSM Students Recognized for Their Creative Writing and Visual Artwork
While the traditional gathering to showcase the winners of the annual Marguerite Rush Lerner Medical Student Creative Writing and Art Contest was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the creativity of the Yale School of Medicine (YSM) students who participated remains vibrant. For many of the students recognized for their poetry, prose, and visual artwork, the pandemic has heightened the importance of the arts.
Yale School of Medicine Students Help Their Communities During COVID-19 Crisis
Yale School of Medicine (YSM) students in New Haven and beyond have been eagerly volunteering to help during the COVID-19 crisis. They are participating in many ways, but with a shared desire to not be on the sidelines when there are so many needs.
Yale School of Medicine's 19th Dean Takes Office
Nancy J. Brown, MD, took office on February 1 as the 19th dean of Yale School of Medicine, succeeding Robert J. Alpern, MD, who had led the school since 2004. Brown, a 1981 alumna of Yale College, comes to the medical school from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where she was Hugh J. Morgan Professor and chair of the Department of Medicine.
Yale Medical and Art Students Collaborate on Literary Magazine
This edition of Murmurs, the fifth since its founding in 2012, marks what its editors hope will be a long-lasting tradition of collaboration between students at the Yale School of Medicine (YSM) and Yale School of Art (YSA), “a partnership that makes palpable the union of art and science we strive to achieve in the health professions.”
From Generation to Generation
“We learned about kindness by watching our coaches with patients. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts, you have made us better physicians.” Nathaniel Bachtel ’22 shared these thoughts at a December 5, 2019 gathering to recognize the 56 coaches and 104 Yale School of Medicine (YSM) MD students, who recently had completed their Medical Coach Experience (MCE) course prior to starting their clerkship year.
Balancing the curriculum
For most of its history, the School of Medicine was a place where young white men learned from older white men. Those days are gone. Black men and women trickled into the medical school in the middle of the 20th century. By the 1990s, women made up half of each medical school class and the presence of minority students was increasing.
Physician Associate Program Celebrates its 48th Graduation
In her welcoming remarks, PA Program director Alexandria Garino, PhD, PA-C, praised the significant transformation and growth of each member of the class in this short time frame, noting she now viewed them as colleagues. She told the students that each of them would find a copy of their personal statement from their admissions application in the envelope they would receive with their diploma, to remind them of how far they have come.
"What is Our Lane?": Question Explored at 19th Annual Power Day
What is Our Lane? On November 22, 2019, over 250 Yale MD, Advanced Practice Nursing, and Physician Associate (PA) students grappled with this question in the context of activism in health care. The conversation marked the 19th annual Power Day, which provides an important forum for discussing the role of power in health care, and celebrates those who use it well.
National Exhibit Celebrating the PA Profession Travels to Yale
Surprising to some, the PA profession is only 50 years old. To mark this milestone, the Physician Assistant History Society and the National Library of Medicine have worked together on a joint project: “Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care,” a traveling banner and online exhibition. Yale School of Medicine (YSM) is hosting the banner exhibit from November 4 – December 20, 2019, in the entry area of the Cushing Whitney Medical Library (CWML).
Yale PA Online Students Visit Local High Schools and Colleges to Mark National PA Week
Eight Yale School of Medicine Physician Assistant (PA) Online students marked National PA Week by visiting a high school or college in their local community and engaging with students about how to become a PA and the role of PAs. National PA Week, which occurs annually on October 6-12, is intended to recognize the PA profession and its contributions to the nation's health, and raise awareness and visibility of the profession.
HAVEN Free Clinic Run/Walk Raises Funds and Builds Community
HAVEN Free Clinic volunteers and patients usually are at 800 Howard Avenue in New Haven on Saturdays, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. But on Sunday morning, October 6, members of the HAVEN community and their supporters gathered in New Haven’s Edgewood Park. The reason: the sixth annual ¡ANDA! 5K Run/Walk, which raises about 70% percent of the clinic’s yearly budget. To date, $35,000 has been raised, significantly surpassing the goal of $25,000.