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333 Cedar Street Archive

333 Cedar Street was a regular letter from Dean Robert J. Alpern, MD, Ensign Professor of Medicine, on topics of interest to the Yale School of Medicine community.

After almost 16 years as your dean, I want to send one last 333 Cedar Street message to thank all of you who have worked with me to accomplish so much.
Widely recognized for innovative approaches to behavioral health, the Child Study Center transforms the lives of children and families.
Women’s Health Research at Yale is committed to understanding why and how diseases that affect everyone are different in women.
Newly unveiled facilities foster interactive and team-based learning.
Researchers in the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis are using cutting-edge imaging techniques to delve into the mechanisms underlying infectious diseases.
Yale School of Medicine is committed to addressing social justice through education, research, and community engagement.
A newly formed committee charged with curating the artwork displayed in the public spaces of the School of Medicine opens its first exhibit.
Our thriving clinical practice is an important part of our mission and one of the reasons we exist.
The School of Medicine is collaborating with community members and the FDA to increase the participation of diverse and underrepresented populations in clinical trials.
The student-run Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine has evolved into a high-ranking journal with an international audience.
In the wake of massive cannabinoid poisonings in New Haven, Yale is committed to continuing its efforts around prevention and treatment of substance use disorder.
The School of Medicine will host a symposium to honor women as we continue to progress toward gender equality.
The School of Medicine takes pride in its commitment to high-quality child care.
The School of Medicine is changing its financial aid policies to benefit students receiving need-based aid.
Programs sponsored by the Yale School of Medicine Teaching and Learning Center foster curricular innovation and teaching excellence.
The Minority Organization for Retention & Expansion (MORE) works to connect minority faculty and provide opportunities for professional growth
The 10-year anniversary of the purchase of West Campus highlights the potential for progress when scientists work across disciplines.
The arrival of the cryoelectron microscope heralds a new era in research and discovery.
Training initiatives provide opportunities to shape tomorrow’s leaders
The Class of 2017 enthusiastically supported the Graduating Class Gift campaign with record participation
The new state-of-the-art center offers hundreds of possible scenarios to help teach and practice clinical skills
Student-run clinic relocates to a larger space on the medical campus
A broad range of specialist care and access to cutting-edge clinical research distinguish the new center.

The 10-year anniversary of the Yale Stem Cell Center marks much progress and promise.

The renewal of Yale’s five-year Clinical and Translational Science Award marks 15 years of continuous support under this far-reaching award.
Five young investigators named as HHMI Faculty Scholars.
A new federally funded research center supports interdisciplinary efforts and pools resources to focus on Alzheimer’s disease.
The Yale Center for Clinical Investigation is using a host of tools and approaches aimed at investigators and patients that will boost recruitment for clinical research.
The School of Public Health celebrates 100 years of working to stem disease around the world.
The Yale Medical Symphony Orchestra showcases the talent and collaboration in our community beyond the clinic, classroom, or lab.
This summer I had the pleasure of meeting 12 undergraduate students who had spent nine weeks at the School of Medicine during the inaugural session of the BioMed Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (BioMed SURF).
As the new academic year begins, we celebrate the implementation of a new medical curriculum for our students. This landmark achievement marks the culmination of years of intensive self-study and planning. In 2008 the school embarked on an educational strategic planning process.
One of the many outstanding programs at the School of Medicine is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. It has been a great program not only for Yale, but also for this country. It started in 1972 with the goal of bringing an academic approach to the training of clinician-investigators.
One of the jewels of Yale School of Medicine is its MD/PhD program. Since its inception in 1969, the MD/PhD program has graduated more than 300 students. As of now, a little over half, or 160 program alumni, hold academic appointments in clinical or basic science departments at universities and academic health centers.
As this academic year draws to a close, I want to share with you the outstanding research presented on our annual Student Research Day on May 5. Along with our Farr lecturer, Brian Kobilka, I was deeply impressed by the sophisticated research of our medical students.
I write to share exciting news about how the School of Medicine plans to extend the impact and reach of our Physician Associate Program to students around the country.
Ten years ago we took a careful look at our strengths and opportunities in basic research, clinical research, and clinical medicine as part of a strategic planning process involving dozens of faculty from across the school. One of the priorities that emerged was the need for expanded support for clinical investigators, and in response we created the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation that same year.
In 1961, a recent medical school graduate named Phyllis Bodel came to Yale as a research assistant. She later joined the faculty and established herself as a gifted scientist, a beloved mentor to students, and an international leader in the study of fever. She also conducted research on the experience of women in medicine.
2013 has been a year of great momentum at the School of Medicine. As 2014 approaches, we look forward to continued excellence and new advances in research, education, and patient care.

In the wake of Newtown's tragedy, experiencing the peace and joy of the season seems a challenge. As a community focused on healing, we open our hearts to those in distress and hope for their recovery.

Yale-New Haven's acquisition of the Hospital of Saint Raphael is exciting news for the School of Medicine, bringing expanded opportunities for clinical growth and community care and closer ties to a large number of outstanding physicians.
Planning effort results in school-wide discussion of what to teach and how to teach it. Assessment tools, digital technologies, educator development offered at new Teaching & Learning Center.
Clinical research at Yale is moving forward rapidly with a major clinical trials recruitment campaign, branding initiative, and new system for data and trials management.
2011 has been a year of solid achievement for the School of Medicine. Now is a good time to take stock of our accomplishments and gear up for an even better 2012.
The Yale >> Tomorrow campaign raised $783 million for the School of Medicine, funds that will further the school's missions of research, education, and advanced clinical care. It wouldn't have been possible without you.
At a time when collaborations between academia and industry are on the rise, agreements like the one with Gilead Sciences offer a promising route to better therapies for cancer.
A comprehensive review of the curriculum and Yale's vision for medical education yields a set of concrete recommendations for major change. In implementing them, Yale will raise the bar for teaching nationally.
The holiday recess is a time to celebrate, relax, and recharge.
The School of Medicine plans a symposium, concert, and a year of special events in celebration of its Bicentennial, along with a book and film about YSM's first 200 years.
Yale has become a university of the world, and the School of Medicine is looking beyond national borders for solutions to pressing issues in medicine, science, and public health.

Along with its challenges, 2009 brought major achievements and international recognition to our community. May the new year be one of continued growth, progress, and good health for all.

An extraordinary effort by medical school faculty results in $98 million in new funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and exciting new directions in research at Yale.
Planning for education, academic programs, an electronic medical record, and growth of the clinical practice are all in full gear; federal stimulus plan sparks an upturn in research grants.
A casual conversation five years ago leads to an extensive review of premedical and medical school course requirements—and recommendations for change at the national level.
The many resources of Yale University are too inviting to overlook; now a new website explores opportunities for making connections between medicine and the humanities.
With new leadership at YCC, a major research institute planned for West Campus and a state-of-the-art cancer hospital opening in October, Yale’s impact in the field of cancer will multiply.
Nearly half a million square feet of ready-made lab space on 136 acres hold the promise of major new scientific and clinical initiatives. The watchword for West Campus is "transformative."
Our approach to the economic downturn must be strategic: we will continue to support programs of high priority, while making every effort to increase efficiency and eliminate waste.

Welcome to 333 Cedar Street. This address is home not only to Sterling Hall of Medicine but also a new letter that I’ll be sending monthly. My plan is to write to you about matters related to our missions of research, patient care and education, about new programs and initiatives, and about other topics vital to our community. I'd like to hear from you and know what's on your mind, so that I can address those subjects in future letters.