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Yale-PCCSM Newsletter

December 2022

Letter from Naftali Kaminski, MD, Chief of Yale-PCCSM

Wishing you the best holiday season possible!

During the pandemic years, lacking the immediate contact with all our members, when I needed inspiration or encouragement, I would simply look at the collage of the members of Yale-PCCSM. Seeing the faces of our staff, trainees, and faculty, I feel re-energized. I am reminded how privileged I am to work with such amazing people, because the secret to our success is our members -- their unique talents, diverse backgrounds, life experiences, range of subspecialties, interests, expertise, and especially their commitment and dedication.

After three years without holiday parties, we felt that we deserved one. After all, we are proud of how our teams performed during the hard years of the pandemic, and 2022 was a very special year of growth, success, and recovery. We’ve seen record numbers of outpatient clinic visits, implemented new clinical technologies, secured research funding, developed programs to fight health care disparities, and celebrated as our faculty and fellows received prestigious national and international awards. So we felt we had to get together to celebrate the holidays, and we did!

To reduce risks of RSV, flu, or COVID infections, we held our Yale-PCCSM holiday party at an ice rink. We brought in two pizza trucks, a cannoli truck, a candy station, and a photographer. I wore my Santa hat and handed out Hanukkah chocolate coins. We had over 215 attendees -- it was by far one of the most heartwarming events I’ve attended in recent years. It was so great to see staff, faculty, and trainees with their significant others and children enjoying being together. As it always was, as it should be.

So, as you read this newsletter, I invite you to reflect not only on our incredible Yale-PCCSM team, but also on how amazing your team is, whether it is a unit, a center, a division, a department, or an institute, in Yale or in other institutions. We are all blessed that we share a common goal of preventing unnecessary death, reducing disease and suffering, and maybe one day providing cures, and we do it together with amazing partners, allies, collaborators, colleagues, and teams, not only in New Haven, Connecticut, but in almost every city in the U.S. and overseas. We are a worldwide community.

On behalf of our team, staff, faculty, and trainees, I wish you the best holiday season possible.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year!

Naftali Kaminski, MD
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Endowed Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary) and Pharmacology
Section Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

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