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“Abusers" and "Addicts": YSM MD Students Advocate for Eliminating Stigmatizing Language from USMLE Step 1 Prep Materials

As they were preparing for Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) in 2020, Yale School of Medicine (YSM) MD students Zoe Adams ’22, Elizabeth Fitzsousa ’21, and Marina Gaeta ’22 frequently saw terms such as “abuser,” “addict,” and “alcoholic” within popular practice exam materials, including question banks—materials students spend hundreds, if not thousands, of hours using.

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  • Older Adults Teaching Health Care Professional Students During COVID-19 Pandemic

    In September, 235 first-year Yale MD, Physician Associate (PA), and Graduate Entry Pre-specialty in Nursing (GEPN) students practiced patient-centered interviewing with over 200 volunteers aged 65 and older—virtually. Beyond gaining early telehealth experience, the students had the opportunity to incorporate questions about the “4Ms”—mobility, medication, mentation, and what matters most—into conversations with older adults.

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  • Virtual ‘Tantrum Tool’ Helps Parents Manage Meltdowns

    Andrea Diaz-Stransky, MD, a graduate of the Solnit Integrated Training Program, is first author on a paper published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology that reports an online “Tantrum Tool” significantly reduces pediatric irritability and disruptive behaviors.

    Source: Yale News
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  • Yale School of Medicine's First PA Online Program Class Celebrates Graduation

    Yale University will experience a first on Commencement Day 2020, beyond its first virtual ceremony: it will be conferring Master of Medical Science degrees to the inaugural class of Yale School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Online Program (Yale PA Online), Yale’s first degree-granting program that blends online and in-person learning.

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  • YSM Students Recognized for Their Creative Writing and Visual Artwork

    While the traditional gathering to showcase the winners of the annual Marguerite Rush Lerner Medical Student Creative Writing and Art Contest was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the creativity of the Yale School of Medicine (YSM) students who participated remains vibrant. For many of the students recognized for their poetry, prose, and visual artwork, the pandemic has heightened the importance of the arts.

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  • Cassar: Fear of the Unknown

    Joe Cassar, MD, a graduate of the Yale Psychiatry Residency Program, writes about his experience testing positive for COVID-19 and subsequently living in self-isolation for three weeks. Cassar is the former Minister for Health, The Elderly and Community Care in Malta.

    Source: The Malta Independent
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