Recruiting the YSM Class of 2024
Each year we rely on your collective efforts during Second Look to recruit the most promising MD and MD-PhD students to Yale School of Medicine. We are writing to inform you that YSM Second Look 2020 will now be virtual—select events will be held online during the originally planned dates, March 26-27, 2020. We are also requesting your help with post-Second Look recruitment.
COVID-19 YSM Students
Just 10 days ago, in my first memo about our approach to COVID-19, I stated that students on clinical clerkships are an essential part of our caregiving teams. I, the clinical chairs, and your medical education leadership believe this to our core. Students track down data and identify the medical literature pertinent to the care of a patient, often educating attendings and residents alike. They may make discoveries in taking a history that others have overlooked. Over the years, medical students have cared for patients with communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, influenza, hepatitis, and HIV. Thus, it seemed plausible and important that our students should take care of patients infected with COVID-19.
Two Yale Students Begin Their Professional Development as Yale Ciencia Academy Fellows
Forty young science leaders will kick off their year as fellows of the Yale Ciencia Academy (YCA) for Career Development at an in-person meeting held to coincide with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Seattle (February 13-17, 2020).
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.
"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.
Medical School Names Two Associate Deans to Lead Office of Student Research
Sarwat Chaudhry, MD, and Erica Herzog, MD, PhD, will lead the Office of Student Research (OSR) as associate deans, effective January 1, 2020. They will succeed John N. Forrest Jr, MD, professor of medicine, who has led OSR since it was established in 1986.
Yale Psychiatry to Launch Public Psychiatry Track
The Yale Department of Psychiatry is creating a new track for residents who are interested in the field of Public/Community Psychiatry, broadly defined as the treatment of individuals with serious mental illness and substance use disorders who receive services supported by public funds.
School of Medicine Hosts First Look Immersion Program to Increase Student Diversity
Yale School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Community Engagement, and Equity (DICE) hosted ten premedical counselors and 19 students from six historically black colleges and universities and four University of Puerto Rico campuses for a First Look Immersion Weekend in October. DICE believes this outreach is important so that students who may not be considering YSM— either because they think they would not qualify for admission or would not fit in—seriously consider it.
YSM Team Studies Advocacy Curricula in Graduate Medical Education
Research demonstrates that about 80% of variation in health outcomes is determined by socioeconomic and environmental conditions–such as access to health care, affordable housing, and clean air - rather than direct clinical care. Should doctors therefore receive advocacy training during residency, to provide them with the skill set needed to influence the laws, policies, and programs that can cause or remedy such conditions?