Dean Nancy J. Brown, on Leading at Yale During a Pandemic and Her Own Distinguished Career
Dean Brown discusses her impressive background and successes in medicine and research. She also talks about her priorities developed during her first 10 months at the School of Medicine and the Yale Cultural Ambassadors Program along with the major successes it has had in increasing diversity enrollment in Yale clinical trials.Source: TheAcademy
Yale PA Online Students Provide College Students with Guidance to Mark National PA Week
In what has become a tradition, Yale School of Medicine Physician Assistant (PA) Online students marked National PA Week in October by engaging with college students. This year the visits were virtual because of COVID-19. Providing guidance about PA school—including the application process—and information about the role of PAs led the Yale PA Online students to reflect on their own paths to PA school.
Biden Taps Three Experts with Yale Ties to Lead COVID-19 Advisory Board
President-elect Joe Biden has named three public health experts with close Yale ties to lead his transition team’s new COVID-19 advisory board, including Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, an authority on the pandemic’s disproportionate effect on communities of color.Source: Yale News
Alumni-supported Social Justice Scholars Program Provides Important Support for Student Research
The disparate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color in the United States, combined with highly visible incidents of police brutality committed against Black men and women, have led to protests and advocacy efforts to address systemic racism across the country—and have impacted the priorities of many Yale School of Medicine (YSM) MD students, faculty, and alumni.
Older Adults Teaching Health Care Professional Students During COVID-19 Pandemic
In September, 235 first-year Yale MD, Physician Associate (PA), and Graduate Entry Pre-specialty in Nursing (GEPN) students practiced patient-centered interviewing with over 200 volunteers aged 65 and older—virtually. Beyond gaining early telehealth experience, the students had the opportunity to incorporate questions about the “4Ms”—mobility, medication, mentation, and what matters most—into conversations with older adults.
Damien Fair '01, YSM Physician Associate Program Alumnus, Receives MacArthur Fellowship
Damien Fair '01, MMSc, an alumnus of Yale School of Medicine’s Physician Associate Program, is one of 21 individuals that the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recognized as 2020 MacArthur Fellows.
Advocating for a Shift From Race-based to Race-conscious Medicine
Cerdeña, Plaisime, and Tsai , according to Cerdeña, saw this commitment to action as an opportunity “to speak to longstanding issues of race-based medicine.” In their article, the authors state that medicine “is an institution of structural racism” and that a pervasive example of this is race-based medicine, “the system by which research characterising race as an essential, biological variable translates into clinical practice, leading to inequitable care.”
HAVEN Free Clinic's Annual 5K Goes Virtual
Yale students active with the HAVEN Free Clinic creatively adapted their practices when COVID-19 began impacting New Haven to ensure they safely could continue to serve their patients. Similarly, the students have resourcefully altered their annual fundraiser— the ¡ANDA! 5K— to ensure they can continue to fund HAVEN’s operations. The 5K typically raises about 70% of the clinic’s operating budget.
White Coats Are Presented to "Historic" Physician Associate Class of 2022
“The White Coat Ceremony is a milestone in your professional formation. It marks the point in time when you take your first steps towards becoming a clinician. We needed to physically bring you together in one place to mark that occasion.”
Yale School of Medicine Welcomes First-year MD and MD-PhD Students
The students comprising the incoming Yale School of Medicine (YSM) MD class of 2024 experienced an unconventional recruitment process due to COVID-19, but YSM Director of Admissions Ayaska Fernando says he is thrilled with the exceptional group who have chosen to attend the school.
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.