2019 Yale Pathology Retreat

When: Friday, May 3rd &  Saturday, May 4th

Where: Norwalk Inn & Conference Center

99 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

800.303.0808, 203.838.2000

Contact: Rachel Lyke, rachel.lyke@yale.edu

Committee members: Demetrios BraddockSam KatzDiane KowalskiMorgan Levine

Register for the Conference


Friday, May 3rd:

5:00pm-7:00pm: Registration

7:00pm-8:00pm: Dinner with scavenger hunt photo reveals

8:00pm-9:00pm: Keynote Speaker

9:00pm-10:00pm: Poster Session

10:00pm-10:30pm: Slide Mash

Saturday, May 4th:

8:00am-9:00am: Breakfast

9:00am-10:00am: Scientific Talks

10:00am-11:00am: Lightning Talks

11:00am-12:00pm: Breakout Group Sessions ($10K Pitch Contest)

12:00pm: Lunch/Awards


Dr. Shelly Kagan, Clark Professor of Philosophy, Yale University

Shelly Kagan is the Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale University, where he has taught since 1995.  He was an undergraduate at Wesleyan University, and received his PhD in philosophy from Princeton University in 1982.  Before coming to Yale, Professor Kagan taught at the University of Pittsburgh and at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Professor Kagan’s research focuses on normative ethics.  Among other topics, he has published articles on the nature of well-being, Kantian ethics, the role of game-playing in utopia, and the use of moral intuitions in moral philosophy.  His first book, The Limits of Morality, was a philosophical attack on two widely held views about the demands of morality, and his textbook, Normative Ethics, is a systematic survey of the field. His most recently published book, The Geometry of Desert, uses graphs to reveal the hidden complexity of the concept of moral desert.  He is currently writing a book on Henry Sidgwick’s Methods of Ethics and another on animal ethics.

Professor Kagan is a popular lecturer at Yale, where his two introductory classes, Intro Ethics and Death, have often attracted more than two hundred students.  A book based on one of these classes, Death, has been a national bestseller in South Korea, and the lectures from this course (which are available online at http://oyc.yale.edu/philosophy/death/), which have been viewed around the world, are particularly popular in China and Korea.


Personal Identity and the Split Brain 

If all goes well, I will survive sleeping tonight.  Someone will wake up tomorrow and be me.  But what is the metaphysical fact which underlies this kind of continued existence?  What is the “metaphysical glue” that makes someone tomorrow the very same person as the person who is writing these words here today?  Is it a matter of having the same body?  The same brain?  The same set of beliefs, memories, and desires?  A series of philosophical thought experiments (involving uploading our “personalities” onto different brains) can help us think through what the basis of personal identity might be.  But a final thought experiment, involving transplanting my brain—split into two!—shows just how puzzling the entire topic remains.

Pathology Department Scavenger Hunt

Once registered, you will be assigned to teams for the scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt list will be made available to each team by ---

Rules:  Submit a selfie to Rachel.Lyke@yale.edu that includes your whole team (no partial points) and the listed item by midnight on May 30th to receive points.  The team with the most points wins a prize.  Extra points will be awarded for crazy pictures.  Remember to exclude any patient protected information.


  • Please make sure to sign up for poster presentations on the registration form. 
  • We encourage the use of posters that have already been printed and presented such as USCAPS. 
  • This year we are offering the option to present a digital poster using your laptop and a slide show instead of a traditional printed poster.
Information about acceptance and printing TBA