Makerere University and YSM Create Successful Virtual Clinical Elective
In early 2021, six Ugandan senior medical students from Makerere University School of Medicine (MUSM) and five fourth- and fifth-year MD students from Yale School of Medicine (YSM), along with faculty from both schools, participated in a six-week virtual clinical elective.
Yale Health Professional School Educators Share Medical Education Innovations and Research at Annual Med Ed Day
“How can we uphold and help the Yale System be strong and move forward into the next decade?” Yale School of Medicine (YSM) Deputy Dean for Education, Jessica Illuzzi, MD, MS, professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, asked this question during her keynote remarks at the ninth annual Medical Education Day at Yale (Med Ed Day).
Student Research Day Celebrates Students and Mentors
“During your time in medical school, you have learned how to immerse yourselves in a question. You have experienced mentorship and sponsorship, and for many of you your research group or laboratory has become a second home.” The mentorship theme in the remarks of Nancy J. Brown, MD, Jean and David W. Wallace Dean and C.N.H. Long Professor of Internal Medicine, was echoed throughout Yale School of Medicine’s (YSM) Student Research Day (SRD) on May 18, 2021.
National Study Produces Concerning Findings about Medical Students and Microaggressions
Microaggressions are a common experience for medical students and are associated with a positive screening for depression, lower medical school satisfaction, and a higher risk of contemplating transfer or withdrawal from medical school.
The Rise of Big Data Psychiatry
Daniel Barron, MD, PhD, a graduate of the Yale Psychiatry Residency Program, writes in the Wall Street Journal about data captured by smartphones and other technology, and how it can be used by mental health professionals to treat patients.Source: The Wall Street Journal
Bowe Appointed to AAAP Board; Will Chair Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Adina Bowe, MD, a 2014 graduate of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP).
ERASE Provides Tools for Responding when Patients Mistreat Trainees
Patients mistreating medical students and residents is, unfortunately, not uncommon, particularly with trainees of color and women trainees. While faculty have received training for years on how to respond when supervisors and colleagues engage in misconduct, until fairly recently there was no guidance available when patients mistreated trainees.
“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.
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.
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
COVID-19 Pop-up Electives Show the Compassion and Creativity of the YSM Community
In mid-March, COVID-19 upended the traditional Yale School of Medicine (YSM) curriculum for MD students. Didactic coursework and clinical skills training had to be rapidly converted to an online format, and clinical rotations and most sub-internships (sub-Is) were suspended in the space of a few days.
YSM Creates Memorable Virtual Ceremony to Celebrate 113 MD Degree Recipients
On May 18, the 113 graduates of the Yale School of Medicine (YSM) MD Class of 2020 were celebrated in an hour-long virtual Commencement ceremony, an event that reflected tremendous collaboration among YSM students, faculty, and staff.
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.
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.
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