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Kirsten Bechtel, MD

Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine) and of Emergency Medicine

I am a Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at Yale School of Medicine (YSM) (Clinician-Educator-Scholar track), and serve on the school’s Admissions Committee.

My academic career has focused on the social welfare and medical well-being of children and injury prevention. My clinical research has focused on several topics, including: the evaluation of children with head trauma; the prevention of abusive head trauma (AHT) and sudden unexpected infant death (SUID); recognition of child abuse and neglect by emergency medical service providers; the evaluation of children and adolescents after sexual ssault; the evaluation of children and adolescents who are involved in domestic minor sex trafficking; the prevention of traffic injury; and the prevention of post-traumatic stress symptoms in children with a traumatic injury.

I am thrilled and humbled to serve as a longitudinal coach for Yale medical students, and value the long-term relationships that will be formed due to this program. The mentorship of students, trainees, and junior faculty is an essential daily responsibility of faculty at YSM, and this is an aspect of my career that I particularly enjoy.