Mark F. Yeckel appointed to the founding faculty

Mark F. Yeckel
Oct. 16, 2012 - Mark F. Yeckel has been appointed to the founding faculty of the Frank. H. Netter MD School of Medicine.

As an associate professor of medical sciences, Yeckel will coordinate the neuroscience curriculum and teach first and second-year students about the brain. He also will serve as co-coordinator for the basic, translational and clinical research capstone concentration. He also will chair the medical school's admissions committee and serve on the faculty council and the committees for course and curriculum evaluation and information technology.

Before coming to Quinnipiac, Yeckel was an associate professor of neurobiology and a member of The Kavli Institute for Neuroscience at the Yale University School of Medicine. During his 11 years at Yale, he taught graduate and medical school students the principles of neuroscience and human neuroanatomy. The focus of his research is on understanding the cellular and systems properties of brain regions involved in higher cognition and how they are altered during chronic stress or by neuropsychiatric disease.

"As a founding faculty member, I'm thrilled and humbled by the opportunity to participate in starting a new medical school," Yeckel said.  "Under the founding dean's leadership, and with the top-notch faculty that has been assembled, I fully expect that we will develop a world class institution for training highly qualified primary care physicians."

Yeckel earned his doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh and his bachelor's degree in biochemistry and cellular biology from the University of California, San Diego.  Among his professional responsibilities, he is a trustee on the Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation, an organization devoted to providing financial support for basic research in the biomedical sciences.

The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, founded to address the nation's pressing need for primary care physicians, is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2013. The Liaison Committee on Medical Education recently granted the school preliminary accreditation and the Connecticut State Board of Education approved the school's medical degree program.

The medical school is aiming to become a national model of interprofessional health care education and improve the way patient care is delivered. Medical students at Quinnipiac will be part of a learning environment where they will interact with students from Quinnipiac's School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing to learn to become effective members of a primary health care team.
The medical school, which will become the third in Connecticut, has already received widespread support from the state's medical community. St. Vincent's Medical Center was named the medical school's primary clinical partner last year. The affiliation with St. Vincent's is especially important because it establishes a medical school-hospital affiliation in the state's largest city whose residents will have more access to health care as a result of the collaboration.

The medical school also has affiliations with MidState Medical Center in Meriden and Middlesex Hospital in Middletown.

The first class at the medical school will have 60 students. That number is expected to grow to 125 students per class by 2017. When the medical school begins offering classes, Quinnipiac will be among approximately 100 of the nearly 4,500 public and private universities in the United States to have both accredited medical and law schools.

The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine is named in honor of the noted surgeon and world's most prolific medical illustrator. A major gift from Barbara and the late Edward Netter makes possible this tribute to Edward's first cousin. Beginning in the late 1930s, Dr. Frank Netter began illustrating the entire anatomic and pathologic character of the human body, system by system.