Thanas wins program manager of the year award

MarySarah Thanas, Program Coordinator for the Department of Internal Medicine’s Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program, was named Program Administrator of the Year by the Association of Med-Peds Program Administrators (AMPPA) as part of their April 2022 national meeting.

“This award meant so much to me, more than I imagined,” Thanas said. “I am so grateful. Every year I get four new residents. This year we have 17 residents. Residency is such an active time in their lives; they date, get married, have children. And I get to be a part of it all.”

Benjamin R. Doolittle MD, MDiv, professor of medicine (general medicine), pediatrics, and divinity; and director, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, nominated Thanas for the award. Doolittle gushed in his nomination letter about Thanas’ impact on the program.

“For many, she is the ‘Cruise Director’. She hosts many large, intricate program-related events throughout the year and always jumps in where needed. She dives in with a smile and the smallest details always seem to add up,” he explained. “The most important thing is that she is the ‘Den Mother’ for the residents. She is the shoulder they cry on, the hug they seek and the kind word that makes a hard day disappear.”

Thanas spent 20 years in this role for the Department of Internal Medicine, although she will admit that the job has changed a lot. Before joining Yale School of Medicine (YSM), she worked for the towns of Darien and Waterbury in special education. Thanas is pursuing her master’s degree in public health at Southern New Hampshire University. She is also an employee representative within the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Medicine. Outside of YSM, she sits on the Program Planning Committee of the Medicine Pediatrics Program Directors Association (MPPDA).

Doolittle credits Thanas’ warm and generous spirit for making the Med-Peds residency program a family. MarySarah possesses a fountain of love, an unflappable kindness, that is our balm of hope in the midst of a weary day. This award is a great deal, the highest honor for a medical-pediatric program administrator. MarySarah represents the very best of us at Yale. She is what makes our institution a great place to live, grow and serve,” said Doolittle.

Yale’s Department of Internal Medicine is one of the nation’s premier departments, bringing together an elite cadre of clinicians, researchers and educators in one of the world’s premier medical schools. For more information, visit Internal medicine.

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