Kenton E. Powell MED’07
Outstanding Service

Director of the Primary Care Track Internal Medicine Residency Program, Dartmouth Health

Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program

Medical Director of the Lyme Clinical Site

Co-Director of the Advanced Ambulatory Medicine Clerkship, Dartmouth Health

Faculty, Geisel School of Medicine



Dr. Kenton (Kent) Powell has dedicated himself to serving patients as well as learners during his medical career, evidenced by his many leadership roles at Dartmouth Health. 

He joined the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) faculty in 2011 based in the Lyme clinic. In 2013, Dr. Powell became director of the primary care track internal medicine residency program and the associate director of the internal medicine residency program, where he continues to serve in the full spectrum of graduate medical education. He became the medical director of the Lyme clinical site in 2017 and co-director of the advanced ambulatory medicine clerkship in 2019. He is also a preceptor for the On Doctoring program and a faculty member at the Geisel School of Medicine. 

Kent has led workshops at national meetings of the Association of Academic Internal Medicine, and he has also led many quality improvement projects, such as implementing a test-taking skill improvement program, developing additional community block sites for primary care residents, and creating a social determinants of health seminar series. He also developed a new approach to getting DHMC residents engaged with the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This successful model has been presented nationally and duplicated at other residency programs, and it is now standard at all graduate medical education programs at DHMC. Kent has helped the advanced ambulatory medicine clerkship expand from only local clinical sites to now include New York and Mississippi with plans to expand throughout the country. 

As for his leadership roles outside Dartmouth Health, Kent has served on several committees with the New Hampshire chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP), including as chair of the Education Committee. He joined the chapter’s Governor’s Council in 2015 and is serving as the chapter governor and member of the National Board of Governors for the 2022–26 term. He earned an award for Excellent Chapter Service in 2018.

Among his many other honors, Dr. Powell earned the Almy Professor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2018–19 and the Murray Korc Award for Faculty Commitment to Resident Education and Well-Being in 2020–21, an award chosen and presented by the residents. Other accolades include several internal medicine teaching awards and the DHMC Nursing Partnership Award in 2019.

Dr. Powell earned his MD from Dartmouth School of Medicine in 2007, gaining membership to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society upon graduation. He continued into his residency at DHMC, rising to the position of chief resident of internal medicine for the 2010–11 academic year. During this time, he helped implement a key intervention in the residency program—the removal of 24-hour call shifts from all services—in order to reduce medical errors and improve physician wellness.


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