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From the editor

Yale Medicine Magazine, 2019 - Autumn


Yale Medicine Magazine strives to cover the abundance of superlative work being done at the cutting edge of various fields. It relies on the willing participation of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. It pulls in thoughts and advice from medical writers and communicators, past magazine editors, scientists, leadership, and many others. Ultimately, a consensus about which stories to explore, and which to run, coalesces around the framework of an idea or theme.

The magazine is an extension of the school—how YSM talks and thinks about itself. Unsurprisingly, many of the issues and stories describe scientific work that is done on the campus, as well as the education that enables that work. Sometimes, as with the issue celebrating 100 years of women in medicine at Yale in Spring 2018, it becomes important to take a step back and evaluate the context in which the school’s work happens.

This is why this issue is dedicated to the scientific and social concept of balance and representation: the various ways in which life is heterogeneous and prolifically varied. When the school reflects the multitudinous world of which it is a part, it becomes more complete; more effective, more resilient.

Not every relevant story will make it into print. One story about a student testifying before Congress thanks to a powerful Washington Post Op-Ed won’t have happened by the time we go to press. Another, describing an exciting initiative that seeks to understand and address inequities faced by those with disabilities in athletics, the Sports Equity Lab, is still on the drawing board. There are more stories about our cultural and intellectual diversity than we have space to print; this issue represents the very tip of the iceberg.

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