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NYC Chapter-Life After Yale: “Careers: A Candid View” – The Medical Profession, Tuesday, Octob

This event is the third in a series featuring candid discussions of various professions.   The panel will feature four doctors (all Yale graduates or practicing at Yale) representing different perspectives:  a resident at Yale, a leading pediatric surgeon, a leading cardiologist, and a young doctor, early in her career.

Time:   Tuesday, October 9, 2012 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm EST

(The panelists have agreed to stay for an additional 30 minutes from 5:30 pm to 6 pm to answer additional questions.)

Locations and Webinar:

New York Location:   Kaye Scholer LLP, 425 Park Avenue, NYC, Conference Room 22B

Yale Videoconference Location:  William Harkness Hall, 100 Wall Street, Room 112, New Haven, CT

Webinar: Conference call

(The Yale location may be subject to change, but registered attendees will be notified in advance.)


Please register for just one venue (NY, New Haven or the Audio Webinar)

The panel discussion will be held simultaneously in New York City and at Yale, with two panelists at Yale and two panelists and the moderator in New York. The two meeting rooms will be connected via video conference and the audience will be at both locations. In addition, the panel discussion will be broadcast over the internet as a webinar (audio only) for those who cannot attend in person.


  1. Where is the profession heading (good and bad)?

  2. How do you get into the profession and what is the typical career path?

  3. What are the myths versus the realities?

  4. What are the characteristics of people who tend to do well and are happy in the profession?

  5. What types of people tend not to do well or end up unhappy and why?

  6. If you don’t stay in the profession until retirement, what are the exit routes to other professions?


Stephen E. Dolgin, M.D., Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Hofstra NS-LIJ School of Medicine (Yale 1973)

Esther Knapp, M.D. Fellow in pediatric hematology/oncology at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (Yale 2003)

Jay L. Meizlish, M.D., Cardiologist and President of Cardiac Specialists, PC in Connecticut (Yale 1973 and Yale Medical School Fellow 1981 to 1984)

Weizhen Tan, M.D., Second Year Pediatric Resident at Yale (Yale resident training 2010 on)

Moderator and Organizer:

Peter Young, President and Managing Director, Young & Partners LLC (Yale 1974)


Stephen E. Dolgin, M.D.

Stephen graduated from Yale College in 1971, a philosophy major.  He took the prerequisites for medical school during the next 2 years and graduated from NYU School of Medicine in 1977.  His residency was in general surgery at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (now the Brigham and Women’s) at Harvard University.  He then did a pediatric surgical residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago (Northwestern University). From 1984 until 2005 he was the Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC where he became Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics.  He taught embryology to first year medical students for a decade and then directed the third year clinical clerkship in surgery.

In 2005, he became the Chief of Pediatric Surgery in the North Shore –LIJ Health System  and is now Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the new Hofstra NS-LIJ School of Medicine.

He is a practicing academic pediatric surgeon who has written about many clinical pediatric surgical issues and has edited the recently published textbook: Surgical Care of Major Newborn Malformations (World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd. 2012). He has received numerous awards for teaching and professionalism; and he obtains psychic remuneration from mentoring young people.

Esther Knapp, M.D.

Esther is currently a practicing doctor and doing a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. She graduated from Yale College in 2003 with a major in philosophy.  In 2008, she graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and went on to get a Master’s degree in Bioethics at Monash University (Australia) that same year

Esther’s residency training was done in pediatrics at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center from 2008 to 2011. She also worked as a hospitalist (in pediatric neurology) at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York/Columbia University Medical Center from 2011 to 2012.

Her interests include bioethics/medical ethics and medical volunteering experiences in Vanuatu, Uganda, and Tanzania.

Jay L. Meizlish, M.D.

Jay graduated summa cum laude from Yale College in 1973 with a B.A. in Psychology. and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. . He graduated from New York University School of Medicine in 1977 where he was Alpha Omega Alpha.

He did his residency training at Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California from 1977 to 1980. He became the Chief Medical Resident from 1989 to 1981. He then returned to Yale as a Cardiology Fellow at the Yale University School of Medicine from 1981 to 1983 and as a Nuclear Medicine Fellow from 1982 to 1984.