Program Director Notes

The Yale Emergency Medicine Residency Program strives for excellence in all areas. Starting this year, we will be offering a scholarship to underrepresented minorities accepted for a sub-internship or ultrasound rotation at the Yale Emergency Medicine Program.
This scholarship will provide up to $1500 to assist in travel, lodging, & associated application fees while rotating at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Preference given to those rotating during the earlier academic months.
If interested, applicants should email their CV and a statement explaining their interests in leadership and academics at the time of their VSAS submission to Lisa Courtney at For questions please also contact

Another Match Day is in the books, and we are beyond stoked to welcome the Class of 2020 to the Yale Emergency Medicine Family!
Enjoy the rest of your last year of medical school, and we will see you in June!

Olga Kovalerchik (PGY-2) was just named Vice Chair of EMRA’s Research Committee.
EMRA’s Research Committee serves as a national resource for medical students and emergency medicine residents providing access to research grants as well as helping with the publication of EM Resident magazine.
Congratulations, Olga, on this well deserved appointment!

The Emergency Medicine In-Training Exam at Yale will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24.

Please arrive on time at 8:15am at 300 George Street in room 157 IFE so that you can get breakfast, get settled, and then we can take a group picture.
After the exam, from 12:30 to 4pm for those of you who are not working clinically, there is lunch and decompression time at Cask Republic, so please be sure to join us.
Good luck tomorrow everyone!

Nine residents, mid-levels, and attendings in the Yale-New Haven Emergency Department were recognized in August by patients in written letters and surveys to the hospital. While we learn about this recognition after the fact, it is still great to see so many clinicians recognized in writing by patients and family.

A ward at Military Hospital No. 11, Harbin courtesy of Hoff, John Van Rensslaer [Photographic album n. 384 1905?] via Images from the History of Medicine.

Congratulations to:
Carl Baum, MD
Kevin Burns, PA
Meir Dashevsky, MD
Matthew Dolan, MD
Mark Hommel, MD
Karen Santucci, MD
Marc Shapiro, MD
Antony Tomassoni, MD
Susan Walsh, MD

Evidence-based medicine and the delivery of safe, high-quality medical care cannot occur in a vacuum. In fact, the entire system of care plays a role in each provider’s ability to realize optimal care for patients.
Dr. Venkatesh has been named co-lead on a national project along with Dr. Jeremiah Schuur of Brigham and Women’s Hospital through ACEP to support quality improvement initiatives. Their efforts are funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI). This large federal investment is designed to support clinicians in all 50 states through “collaborative and peer-based learning networks” designed to improve quality through enhancing clinicians’ and patients’ access to information.
Congratulations, Dr. Venkatesh, on this huge honor, and we look forward to seeing what great things you are able to accomplish through this project.

Dr. Ngaruiya, a member of our International Emergency Medicine faculty and graduate of Yale’s Global Health and International Emergency Medicine Fellowship was just published in The Hill. This policy and politics publication is read by many national opinion leaders, including 100% of the Congressional offices, the White House, pundits, lobbyists and corporate executives.
Among her other titles and responsibilities, Dr. Ngaruiya is currently one of Yale’s Public Voices Fellows, a program geared to support women and minorities become “thought leaders whose ideas impact not only academia, but also larger public debates.”
Check out the article on the increasing burden worldwide of noncommunicable diseases here.

Congratulations, Dr. Safdar, on your appointment to Associate Professor in the Clinician Scholar Track!
Dr. Safdar was awarded this appointment by a unanimous vote by the appointments and promotion committee based on her outstanding clinical and research accomplishments. A quick search of Scopus shows that she has been incredibly productive in her research endeavors, truly advancing the field of emergency medicine with a focus on gender disparities and cardiac care.

Hooray! Please make sure to congratulate Dr. Andrea Koploy the next time you see her on being named Resident of the Month for July!
Here are some of the things that residents and attendings said in support of Dr. Koploy’s nomination:
“She has started her year adjusting quickly to the senior role. She knows her patients well, is able to run the department with minimal assistance. Overall has been doing a great job.”
“ANDREA. OBVIOUSLY. she’s kind, dedicated and awesome. Great team player. I could go on but it’s such a clear choice.”
“Working with Andrea is such a pleasure! Friendly, compassionate, and hardworking towards patients care, communication with family, and her support of all of her teammates.”

Canadian nurses voting 1917 By William Rider-Rider, via Images from Library and Archives Canada. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Help out your classmates and the classes of residents behind you by filling out this survey to describe your experiences on your electives.
The link to this survey will be kept here and linked to under the “Residents” tab above, so you can fill this out as you complete future electives.

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