On September 8, 2021, Yale School of Medicine (YSM) Dean Nancy J. Brown, MD, and Deputy Dean for Education Jessica Illuzzi, MD, MS, announced the appointment of Veronica Chiang, MD, to the position of assistant dean for admissions for the YSM MD Program. Chiang, professor in the Department of Neurosurgery, will begin her role supporting Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid Laura Ment, MD, on September 13, 2021.
Chiang has been deeply committed to the MD admissions process at YSM for the past 15 years. She was an interviewing member of the YSM Admissions Committee from 2006-2008, and has served on the Admissions Executive Committee from 2009 to the present.
Last year, YSM received over 6,200 applications for 104 positions in its MD and MD-PhD programs. Brown and Illuzzi stated, “YSM is committed to an admissions process that includes a holistic review of each application without specific numerical cutoffs and Chiang’s expertise will facilitate this process.” In addition, Chiang played a key role in the introduction of standardized interviewing into the admissions process over the past few years, in order to reduce the influence of implicit bias. She will be working to continue to improve YSM’s admissions process in the years ahead, with the dual goals of matriculating students with high potential to be innovative and scholarly leaders in the field of medicine, and studying factors in the applications of previous YSM graduates that may have predicted that they would become leaders in their field or in their chosen communities.
Chiang has been director of the Yale New Haven Gamma Knife Center since 2006, and director of the YNHH Radiosurgery Fellowship since 2013. She currently leads the multidisciplinary brain metastasis program at Yale.