Bicentennial Community Day

Saturday, October 16, 2010
Noon to 4 pm
Cedar Street, between Congress Avenue and York Street
All Events Free


The School of Medicine welcomed community members from the Greater New Haven area, along with alumni, staff, students, faculty, and their family members for a Community Day Celebration on Saturday, October 16, 2010, from noon to 4 p.m. Cedar Street, between Congress Avenue and York Street, was closed to traffic and reconfigured as a pedestrian walkway with a host of activities. 

Birthday Party

200th Anniversary Ceremony & serving of Birthday Cake
Front steps, Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street
Scheduled to appear: Robert J. Alpern, MD, Dean, Yale School of Medicine; Marna P. Borgstrom, MPH, President & CEO, Yale-New Haven Hospital; and John DeStefano Jr., Mayor, City of New Haven

Community “Grand Rounds” and Medical Lectures

12:30 – 1:15pm
Have Bones—Will Travel
Linda Honan Pellico PhD, APRN, Assistant Professor, Yale University School of Nursing
Room 110, Hope Memorial Building, 315 Cedar Street

We learn best by being able to see, touch, hear and smell the world around us. What better way for us to learn about our bodies than to do just that? Using bones, X-rays, models, and body sounds, you will be introduced to the wonders of the human body in a wildly interactive program that demonstrates, for example, the protection to the brain offered by a bicycle helmet and the effect of smoking and air pollution on healthy lungs.

12:30 – 1:15pm
Artificial Blood Vessels
Laura Niklason, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Biomedical Engineering
Lecture Hall, Brady Memorial Laboratory, 310 Cedar Street

Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine are rapidly changing the way we treat disease. In this lecture, recent advances in the engineering of blood vessels and organs will be discussed to show what might be possible in the future to repair injuries.
Suggested minimum age: 12 years

12:30 – 1:15pm
Live Healthy, Live Long
David J. Leffell, MD, Deputy Dean for Clinical Affairs; David Paige Smith Professor of Dermatology and Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology and Plastic)
Auditorium, The Anlyan Center, 300 Cedar Street

As the population ages, we recognize that longevity is a goal more and more people can attain. We are deluged with suggestions about how to live longer but very few have been scientifically proven. This talk will separate the wheat from the chaff and focus on some legitimate key steps you can take to enhance your longevity.

12:30 – 1:15pm and 1:30 – 2:15pm
Super Resolution Microscopy Gives New Insights into Cell Biology
Derek Toomre, PhD, Associate Professor; Joerg Bewersdorf, PhD, Assistant Professor; Yongli Zhang, PhD, Assistant Professor; Department of Cell Biology
Room I-116, Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street

Take a look inside the cell. Microscopy has made startling advances in cell biology in the last decade. Walk through three laboratories dedicated to visualizing the inner workings of the cell using state-of-the-art microscopy and learn about these tools and related research.
Suggested minimum age: 12 years

12:30 – 1:15pm and 1:30 – 2:15pm
DNA and Genes
Paula B. Kavathas, PhD, Professor of Laboratory Medicine, Genetics, and Immunobiology; and graduate students Josephine Giles ’13, Mohamed Uduman ’12, Alan Williams ’14, and Stacy Williams ’13
The Anlyan Center, 300 Cedar Street (Meet in lobby)

Explore DNA and genes. Make a DNA bracelet with your own DNA and play a game “Who Ate the Cookies?” Discuss how DNA sequence analysis is being used to answer many different types of questions. Capacity limited.
Suggested minimum age: 12 years

1:30 – 2:15pm
Have Brains—Will Travel
Michael L. Schwartz, PhD, Assistant Dean for Curriculum; Associate Professor of Neurobiology
Lecture Hall, Brady Memorial Laboratory, 310 Cedar Street

Learn how the brain works and how it develops over time. We will look at the unique features of cells that make up the brain and the important differences and similarities between the brains of different species that might explain how all species are able to accomplish some tasks (such as eat), while only humans can do others (such as use language). We will also discuss the features of the human brain that make it unique for providing us with the abilities to think, speak, reason, and problem-solve. Finally, we will consider how our brain develops and how this development contributes to complex behaviors and function. The talk will be targeted for middle school aged children.
Suggested minimum age: 11 years

3:00 – 3:45pm
Obesity in Childhood: Causes, Consequences, and Control
Sonia Caprio MD, Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)
Lecture Hall, Brady Memorial Laboratory, 310 Cedar Street

Review the prevalence of childhood obesity in the U.S. and potential causes. Metabolic consequences of obesity in youth in particular, discussing the emerging prevalence of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes in obese adolescents. Discussion of the potential control of the problem.

Medical Demonstrations

1:30 – 2:15pm
Simulation Man and Med Students: The Real Benefits of Simulation
Leigh Evans MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Auditorium, The Anlyan Center, 300 Cedar Street

A demonstration of the new SimMan 3G in teaching clinical decision making, team building, and communication skills. Watch Yale medical students care for a patient in the Emergency Department.

3:00 – 3:30pm
Pediatric High-Fidelity Simulation: Meet SimBaby
Stephanie N. Sudikoff, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care), Director of Simulation, Yale-New Haven Health System
Room 110, Hope Memorial Building, 315 Cedar Street

Learning by experience can be limited by the rarity of many important but uncommon clinical conditions and events. Simulation is used to create an interactive learning environment where participants can safely practice such high-acuity, low frequency clinical events, as well as teamwork and communication skills. Our high-fidelity computerized patient simulators can vocalize, breathe, and react to human interventions. This session will demonstrate the use of simulation for pediatric clinical education and patient safety initiatives.
Suggested minimum age 10.

3:00 – 3:45pm
da Vinci Surgical System
Dinesh Singh, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery (Urology)
Auditorium, The Anlyan Center, 300 Cedar Street

The da Vinci Surgical System represents state-of-the-art surgical technology that is available at YNHH across eight surgical specialties, including urology, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, uro-gynecology, reproductive endocrinology, ear nose and throat, thoracic, and cardiothoracic. This minimally invasive surgical system enables the surgeon to offer highly complex procedures to the broadest number of patients with extreme surgical precision and unsurpassed visualization.

Photo Exhibit

Neighbors: Working Together For a Healthy New Haven
Presented by John Curtis, Managing Editor, Yale Medicine
Lobby, The Anlyan Center, 300 Cedar Street

Involvement of Yale medical students in the New Haven community is a longstanding tradition. For Yale University’s Tercentennial in 2001, John Curtis photographed students in medicine, public health, nursing, and the Physician Associate Program volunteering at soup kitchens and homeless shelters and working on Habitat for Humanity projects. Students provided medical checkups, led workshops in self-esteem and conflict resolution, and taught human anatomy to high school students.


All tours leave from Sterling Hall of Medicine foyer, 333 Cedar Street

1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30 and 3:00pm (each tour is 30 minutes)
The Cushing/Whitney Medical and Historical Library, and Exhibits
Toby Appel, PhD, MLS, John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History, and other Librarians

A visit to the Medical Library, highlighting treasures from the Historical Library, the unique Brain Tumor Registry in the Cushing Center, and other exhibits, including the Bicentennial Exhibit that focuses on the early years of the medical school between 1810 and the founding of Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1826.
Limit: 20 people per tour

1:00 and 2:00pm (each tour is 30 minutes)
Architectural History of the Medical School Campus
George Zdru, Director, Capital Program, YSM Facilities, and Bruce McCann, Director, Planning, YSM Facilities
Learn about the growth and evolution of the School of Medicine campus through changes of the historical styles of its buildings. The campus has grown organically in time responding to functional needs, its urban environment and its relation to the city and the Hospital. Buildings that will be visited will include both the first structure on campus and some examples of buildings by world-famous architects.

The Cushing Center
Terry Dagradi, Photographer, Photo + Design; Nicole St. Pierre, Forensic Specialist; and John Gallagher, MLS, Deputy Director, Public Services, Medical Library
Tour one of Yale’s newest gems, the Cushing Center. Learn about Harvey Cushing, the “Father of Neurosurgery.” Explore his amazing collection of actual brain and tumor specimens, his extensive archive of patient photographs; witness some of his most cherished rare books from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, and more.
Limit: 60 people

Health Fair and Medical Screenings

Medical Screening and Information for Adults
Marigolds, Edward S. Harkness Hall, 367 Cedar Street
Yale Medical students and Yale-New Haven Hospital will sponsor health screenings and educational centers, including stroke, cardiac, cholesterol, diabetes, vision, mental health, oral health, stress management, and children’s nutrition.

Children's Activities

Entertainment for the Young and Young at Heart
Ballroom, Edwards S. Harkness Hall, 367 Cedar Street
Activities will include medical garb dress-up, face painting, and a visit from “Dusty the Dog.” Be entertained by the “Ultrasounds,” YSM’s own student a cappella group.

Marigolds Market

Enjoy our own farmer’s market! Locally grown, fresh produce will be available for purchase.

For questions please contact Deborah Dunn (, phone 203 737 3354.