A Message from the Dean

Yale School of Medicine was founded in 1810 as the Medical Institution of Yale College. This past May at Commencement, we reached a milestone, surpassing 9,000 medical degrees conferred in the School’s proud history. We celebrate this achievement with a goal of continuing to educate tomorrow’s leaders of the medical profession, as well as a firm focus on the innovative research that we undertake in every area of the biomedical sciences and the advanced care that our Yale Medicine physicians provide.

Basic translational research is helping us identify drivers of the growth and spread of cancer, and of resistance to drugs, that new therapies can target. We are at the forefront of learning how to harness the immune system to kill cancer cells. In the neurosciences, we are making progress in understanding the intricacies of the brain and the biological basis of behavior and abnormal brain function, and gaining insight about the underpinnings of such neurodegenerative brain diseases as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS. We are devoting extensive resources to developing and obtaining new technologies to study cells, genes, and other essential structures of life in atomic detail. An example is Yale’s acquisition of a Titan Krios cryo-electron microscope that allows investigators to create brilliant high-resolution 3-D images, which was not possible before.

Our researchers and clinicians also combine their considerable talents to attain advances in personalized medicine. Their ability to link whole-genome sequencing to a patient’s health record is creating possibilities for predicting diseases for which patients are at particular risk, and which treatments will work best in specific patients. We are applying this precision medicine approach in areas that include newborn diseases, prenatal diagnosis, and personalized cancer treatments where we identify a tumor’s genetic abnormalities to determine the most effective treatment.

Our methods of educating students are also at the leading edge. The courses described in this Bulletin represent a new curriculum launched in 2015 and continually refined both through self-evaluation and by observing best educational practices at other institutions and in other disciplines. Our program combines personal interaction with preeminent faculty with effective technology tools that promote more interactive learning and innovative teaching.

Welcome to all, at an exciting time for Yale School of Medicine.

Robert J. Alpern, M.D.

Dean and Ensign Professor of Medicine

Yale School of Medicine