Reunion 2019

Medical Education for Today's Practice

September 21, 2018 | 12:25pm - 4:45pm
Hilton Garden Inn: 35 Labombard Road, Lebanon, NH 03766

See bottom of the page for credit information and learning objectives.

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Welcome: Timothy Fisher, MD
12:25pm - 12:30pm

Dr. Timothy Fisher is the Director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine. He earned his MD from Dartmouth Medical School in 2002 and an MS in Health Care Delivery Science from The Dartmouth Institute in 2013.

Appropriate Opioid Prescribing for Acute Pain After Surgery: Ryland Stucke, MD
12:30pm - 1:00pm
Q&A: 1:00pm - 1:10pm

Dr. Ryland Stucke is a PGY5 resident in General Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He attended medical school at Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, OR, and was lured to the Upper Valley by the excellent surgical training program, and opportunity for outdoor activities. Ryland is planning a career in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. His main research interests are opioid stewardship and surgical education. Specifically, his work attempts to mitigate the opioid epidemic by understanding the effects of opioid overprescribing by surgeons, and examines how to better measure the competence of surgical trainees. In addition to his publications in peer reviewed journals, he has also written on various health and wellness topics for the popular media. He lives in Vermont with his wife and son, who enjoy cycling, running, and skiing.

Increasing Patient and Family Engagement in Primary Care Through Better Communication and Shared Decision Making: Paul Barr, PhD, MSc
1:10pm – 1:40pm
Q&A: 1:40pm – 1:50pm

Paul Barr is a health services researcher whose work focuses on increasing patient and family engagement in primary care through better communication and shared decision making. He co-led the development of CollaboRATE, a patient-reported measure of shared decision making (SDM) and a decision support tool for people with depression. Dr. Barr's work on CollaboRATE has had significant impact in the field of shared decision making, with this short survey now used in over 60 projects internationally, and is currently being considered as U.S. metric for shared decision making.

In 2015, Dr. Barr received one of the only four Patient and Family Engagement Early-Career Investigator Awards from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to support his work as principal investigator on the ORALS project. The Open Recording Automated Logging System (ORALS) is a platform to allow for routine audio recordings of conversations between clinicians and patients. ORALS uses natural language processing (NLP) to 'tag' elements of the clinic visit that matter most to patients and their family members, such as, treatment recommendations.

Dr. Barr received advanced training in qualitative and quantitative methods at Queen's University Belfast, Ireland, where he earned his PhD and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he earned an MSc PH.

Advances in the Care of Opioid Exposed Newborns: Rooming-in and Triple Aim Improvements: Alison Volpe Holmes, MD
1:50pm - 2:20pm
Q&A: 2:20pm - 2:30pm

Dr. Alison Volpe Holmes is an associate professor of pediatrics and of the Dartmouth Institute, at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She serves as chair of the medical school faculty council, and vice-chair of pediatrics for education. Her research interests focus on clinical quality improvement, particularly in the newborn nursery, in areas such as breastfeeding, jaundice, circumcision and newborn opioid-dependence. Her teaching interests include teaching students and residents about clinical quality improvement and high-value healthcare. Her recent work on newborn opioid-dependence has attracted attention for achieving the “triple aim” of healthcare improvement by tackling a clinical issue prevalent in the local population, and providing a better family experience of care at lower cost.


2:30pm - 2:45pm

Transgender Treatment in the Primary Care Sector: John Turco, MD
2:45pm - 3:45pm
Q&A: 3:45pm – 4:05pm

Dr. John "Jack" Turco is the director of the Transgender Clinic at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and a professor of medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine. He earned his MD from Columnbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1974. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and a Fellowship in Endocrinology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

How Media and Marketing Influence Health Behaviors: James D. Sargent, MD
4:05pm - 4:35pm
Q&A: 4:35pm - 4:45pm

Dr. James D. Sargent is a professor of pediatrics, biomedical data science, and community and family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine. He is the Director of the C. Everett Koop Institute. He received his MD from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1984. His science aims to better understand how media and marketing influence health behaviors. For 20 years, he has conducted population based studies of adolescents and young adults, developing survey techniques to capture media and marketing exposures and examining their association with substance use (tobacco and alcohol), aggression and violence, and risky sexual practices. The translational aim of the research is to influence media and marketing exposures during childhood and adolescence by developing individual interventions and influencing policies.


Learning Outcome Statement

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to describe research methods and concepts in general topics that may affect many patient interactions and treatments such as opioids prescribing, transgender patients, media and marketing influence, and shared decision making.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Dartmouth-Hitchcock designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.