The Janeway Society Celebrates the Achievements of Young Teachers

The Janeway Society is an honor society made up of 165 junior faculty from Yale School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Public Health, and School of Engineering and Applied Science who are supported by individual NIH Career Development Fellowships, Institutional K Programs, and VA Career Fellowships, as well as junior faculty from basic science departments. Fellows participate in a mentorship and counseling program, a grant-writing program emphasizing the K-to-R transition, and a series of professional development seminars.

The society was established in 2021 by Keith Choate, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Physician-Scientist Development to create career development infrastructure and oversight and shorten independent time at Yale.

The American Society for Clinical Investigation presented six members of the Janeway Society with Young Physician-Scientist Awards this year. The awards honor physician-scientists who are at the start of their first appointment to the faculty and who have made outstanding achievements in their research. The awards went to Whitney Besse, MD, assistant professor of medicine (nephrology); William Damsky, MD, PhD, assistant professor of dermatology; Lauren Ferrante, MD, MHS, assistant professor of medicine (pulmonary); Ian Odell, MD, PhD, assistant professor of dermatology; Albert Powers, MD, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry; and Silvia Vilarinho, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine (digestive diseases).

On May 12, members of the Janeway Society gathered for their inaugural retreat at Yale’s West Campus. The highlight of the day was the keynote presentation by E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, on Unexpected links between mitochondria and cardiovascular disease and the joy of being a doctor-researcher. Abel is chairman of the Department of Medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and executive medical director of the Department of Medicine at UCLA Health System. Attendees enjoyed learning about Abel’s research as well as the path that eventually led him to UCLA and the importance of his mentors throughout his career.

The Janeway Society Retreat provided an opportunity for society members to present their research to each other as well as to senior leaders of the School of Medicine in short oral research presentations and poster presentations. There were six oral research presentations by faculty from the Departments of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry and the School of Public Health and over 30 poster presentations. Participants provided positive feedback on the new opportunity to network in person with colleagues, especially since many national retreats and meetings have been virtual over the past two years.

To support the career development of junior faculty, the retreat featured three panel presentations from medical school faculty, Develop an independent research program as you transition to an R01, How to get a promotionand Juggling work-life balance in academia. Each panel was made up of a diverse set of professors who spoke about their work and the personal choices they made. Looking back on the retreat, Choate said, “After a year of hosting all of our monthly seminars via Zoom, it was wonderful to have the opportunity to have the Janeway Society retreat in person. I enjoyed having the opportunity to meet all of our members and it was wonderful to see them all interact and network with each other.

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