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Geisel MedNews is a headline news service that offers an inside look at the activities and accomplishments of the Geisel School of Medicine community, including Geisel School faculty, students, and alumni.

Featured News - November 2014


Rachel Brickman ’16 Reflects on Year 3: From 2D to 3D
In her first two years of medical school, Rachel Brickman ’16 learned about medicine mostly through lectures, books, and PowerPoint presentations. Now in her third year, she and her classmates are reading patient charts, doing clinical rotations, and discussing interesting and difficult cases. Over time her two-dimensional knowledge of medicine has become more real, and human. “The words and diagrams from years past have now taken shape as children with meningitis and coaches with cancer,” she writes. Read more... 


Celebrate #GivingTuesday with Your Gift to the Geisel School of Medicine
After the Thanksgiving feast and the shopping madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, do something that makes you feel good—and will do a lot of good for students! On Tuesday, December 2 we encourage alumni, parents, and friends to participate in #GivingTuesday by making a gift to the Fund for Geisel. Your generosity perpetuates the strength of the Medical School and supports students on their journey to a rewarding medical career. Make your gift online by Tuesday, December 2.


SYNERGY Gives Big Boost to Clinical Research
Since its launch in 2010, the Dartmouth Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SYNERGY) has helped junior biomedical scientists turn their research into new treatments that improve patients’ health. Through its Clinical Research Unit, SYNERGY has built an infrastructure for high-quality research that protects patient safety and offers junior faculty a range of tools and services that enable them to focus more on their research. Read more…


New Faculty Venture Helps Consumers Get the Facts on Prescription Drugs 
Professors of Community and Family Medicine Lisa Schwartz and Steven Woloshin combined the words “inform” and “formulary” to create Informulary, the name of their new nonprofit company, whose mission is to inform people about the risks and benefits of prescription drugs through a drug database, or formulary. The database, which will launch in early 2015, will serve as a massive online library of drug facts that gives patients, doctors, health-care insurers, publishers, and pharmacy managers “transparent, clear information that supports good decision making,” says Woloshin. Read more... 


People with Severe Mental Illness Turn to YouTube for Peer Support  
People with bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and schizophrenia are seeking and offering support on social media sites such as YouTube, according to a new study from researchers at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI). Lead author John Naslund, a PhD student at TDI, says the study indicates that people with severe mental illness were not concerned about the risks of openly sharing their experiences because “they really wanted to help others with similar mental health problems." Read more...




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