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Below are the academic advisor and longitudinal coaches affiliated with the Blue college. Stay tuned for more information, including upcoming events and a list of college affiliates!

Academic Advisor

  • Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine; Director, Emergency Medicine Clerkship

    Karen Jubanyik, MD is Associate Professor, Clinician-Educator Track, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She received her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and completed residency training in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine as well as a fellowship in Women's Health, at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In 2000, she was hired as faculty for the Department of Emergency Medicine, Education Division, and served multiple roles, including Associate Residency Director, Interim Residency Director and Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director. In 2008, she was named as one of four Academic Advisors in the Office of Student Affairs, advising medical students in each class of throughout their medical school career. As a co-course Director, she teaches a first-year medical school course, Professional Ethics and Responsibility. She has received multiple teaching prizes at Yale, including the Francis Gilmore Blake award (2009), Leonard Tow Humanism award (2016) and the Leah Lowenstein Award (2018). She serves on the Yale-New Haven Health Bioethics Committee and the Resource Triage Advisory Group, has obtained additional training in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, and is immediate-past National Chair of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine's Palliative Care Section. Integrating Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care teaching to residents, fellows, and medical students has been a priority for Dr. Jubanyik. She has developed instructional tools to teach Palliative Care and End of Life topics to students and residents and is interested in racial and cultural disparities in patients who receive palliative and hospice care at end of life. In the covid-19 era, she has written several articles and a book to educate the lay community about the virus and the importance of advanced directives and palliative care.  She continues to teach resident and student workshops devoted to recognizing and treating victims of Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Assault and Harassment.  Locally, she is past-President of the Connecticut Chapter of Emergency Physicians (CCEP) and is still involved on multiple Connecticut state committees. As a co-investigator, she has received grant funding from the NIH and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study emergency department initiation of palliative care.

Longitudinal Coaches

  • Longitudinal Coach

    Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Psychiatric Emergency Room, VA Connecticut Healthcare System

    Dr. Fuehrlein graduated from the M.D. Ph.D. program at the University of Florida in 2008, adult psychiatry residency program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2012 and addiction psychiatry fellowship at Yale University in 2013.  He is currently an Associate Professor and the director of the psychiatric emergency room at the VA Connecticut. Dr. Fuehrlein has a strong interest in medical student and resident education, particularly surrounding addiction psychiatry and serves on multiple local and national committees in this role.  In 2017 he was awarded the Irma Bland award for excellency in psychiatry resident education through the APA.  In 2018 he was awarded the Clerkship Faculty Teaching Award for Outstanding Medical Student Educator and Role Model.  He is also passionate about emergency psychiatry and substance use disorders and has presented and published his work surrounding opioid use disorder in the emergency room setting.  In 2019 he was inducted into the American College of Psychiatrists, an organization that recognizes excellence in clinical practice, research, academic leadership, or teaching.
  • Longitudinal Coach

    Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology/Oncology); Fellowship Director, Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Program; Director, Solid Tumor Program, Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Program; Children's Oncology Group Site PI, Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Program

    Dr Farzana Pashankar is an accomplished pediatric hematologist oncologist, specializing in care of children with sickle cell disease and solid tumors. She is an international expert in germ cell tumors and rare tumors. Her research has focused on clinical trial development through Children's Oncology Group, and she is the Chair and Vice Chair of international trials in germ cell tumors. Dr Pashankar is Director of Pediatric Solid Tumor Program, Disease Aligned Research Team Leader for Pediatrics at Smilow Cancer Center and Director of the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program. Dr Pashankar received her MBBS and MD from University of Pune, India. She trained in United Kingdom, receiving an MRCP. She subsequently did a residency at University of Iowa and fellowship at British Columbia Children's Hospital, before joining Yale in 2005.