COVID-related adjustments to our program
The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic transformed MD-PhD training practically overnight: at the end of March 2020, classes were moved to zoom, laboratories were closed and clinical rotations were cancelled. Nonetheless, the resilience and leadership demonstrated by our students and faculty kicked in, with students shifting gears to help with rescheduling clinical visits to telehealth, getting involved in ground-breaking COVID-19 related research (see publications in the next article), and finding new ways to stay engaged with coursework, research and each other as the pandemic played out.
2020 MD-PhD Student Publications
MD-PhD students were very productive in 2020, publishing 148 papers that cited the MSTP training grant. Among the Yale COVID publications (see https://covid.yale.edu/research/publications/) you will find several MD-PhD students who shifted gears and contributed substantially to the understanding of and response to COVID-19.
Thank you to alumni and faculty for their participation in our 2020 MD-PhD Program Retreat
During a time of profound uncertainty, the alumni panel demonstrated the strength of our Program's community and its commitment to mentorship—even beyond the walls of Sterling Hall. We owe a debt of gratitude to our alumni who graciously shook off their Zoom-fatigue to share with us the steps they took in their careers, all while helping us navigate our own paths as future physician-scientists. The interconnectedness of multiple generations of graduates and trainees was inspiring and underscored the impact that alumni mentorship can have on current students.
Robert J. Ross, MD, PhD, Adjunct in Psychiatry, Dies
Robert James Ross, MD, PhD, assistant professor adjunct of psychiatry, passed away on January 17, 2021. He was an exceptional scholar, an outstanding clinical psychiatrist, and a wonderful colleague who made a lasting impact during his short time in medicine.
Pandemic Photo Galleries
The "new normal" of 2020 had us doing things we never had time for, things we dabbled in new hobbies that became a weekly obsession, did things we never would have done if not for being quarantined in a pandemic! For 2021, maybe we can be inspired (or warned) by each other's answers!
Letter from the Director: Feb 2021
The lessons of 2020 – delivered by the pandemic, protests against racism, political division, irrefutable evidence of climate change – are too important to forget. . Likewise, the (perhaps uncomfortable) insights that we gained about ourselves and how we cope with adversity and uncertainty shouldn’t gather too much dust even as our challenges again become quotidian. So, more sober and wise, we look to 2021.
Holiday Telethon and Raffle
On December 19th students, faculty, and the staff of the MD/PhD program came together for the first ever Yale MD/PhD zoom telethon. Organized by students Drew Daniels (year 5) and Hannah Batchelor (year 3), they sought to create an event that would cap off the annual holiday fundraiser - and do so in style.