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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 - September 2014


Steve Bensen ’90: Inspiration in Rwanda
Steve Bensen ’90 is the first gastroenterologist to participate in the Human Resources for Health (HRH) program in Rwanda, a seven-year partnership between the Rwandan Ministry of Health, the Clinton Foundation, and several U.S. medical schools, including Geisel. “There’s an amazing amount of good to be done with fairly simple instruments,” says Bensen, an associate professor of medicine at Geisel, who spent his time teaching Rwandan physicians and medical students, as well as treating patients. Read more... 


Reunion Giving: Your Class Needs You!
Join your classmates in making a gift to support the place where your career began. Reunion gifts provide much needed unrestricted annual support for the medical school. All donations and pledges made up until the evening of September 21 will be added to your class total, which will be announced at the class dinners. Make your reunion gift today


Michael Phillips ’92: Tracking Ebola and Other Epidemics
The New York Times profiled Michael Phillips ’92, director of infection prevention and control at NYU Langone Medical Center, after a patient arrived in the medical center’s emergency room with a high fever and a recent history of travel to Liberia. In addition to earning his MD at Dartmouth, Phillips trained in internal medicine and infectious disease at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Read more…


The Road to Geisel—and Medicine 
Close your eyes and imagine yourself four years from now. What’s the one word you want to remember as you pursue a career in medicine? That orientation exercise resonated with Lauren Fall, as she explains in this short video. In two other short videos, first-year students Greg Hanson and Andrew Huang share why they chose Geisel. Read more... 


O’Toole Receives NIH MERIT Award for Biofilm Research  
George O’Toole, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Geisel, received a prestigious NIH MERIT award to support his ongoing research on the complex communities of bacteria known as biofilms. The grant provides up to 10 years of funding for O’Toole’s lab, allowing the team to pursue bold new lines of inquiry. Read more...


The 125-Percent Solution  
In a Health Affairs piece, three Geisel professors offer a straight-forward fix for sky-high health-care costs. Elliot Fisher, director of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice;  Jonathan Skinner, a Dartmouth health economist; and James Weinstein, CEO and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, argue that a nation-wide cap on health care prices at 125 percent of Medicare rates would go a long way toward stabilizing the health care system. Read more...



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