Dartmouth was the perfect setting for me to pursue my graduate studies," says Adina Fischer, an M.D.-Ph.D. student. "The small class size and close mentoring ensured that my education was tailored to my individual interests and future career goals."
Fischer's thesis advisor, Alan Green, M.D., is chair of the department of psychiatry at Geisel School of Medicine and his research interests parallel Fischer's - the interaction between severe psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and substance abuse.
Recognizing a potentially strong fit, Fischer chose Green because "he is a leading expert in the field of psychiatry, psychopharmacology and addiction research" as well as being a dedicated mentor. She was also "inspired by his enthusiasm and curiosity for scientific discovery aimed at improving treatments for individuals suffering from mental illness."
Before coming to Geisel, Green was associate professor psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the Commonwealth Research Center - a collaborative project of the Department of Psychiatry and the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health - a clinical research center studying patients with severe mental illness.
Fischer says Green was a model and inspiration for her professional aspirations - to further the application of neuroimaging technology into the clinic to improve the diagnosis and treatment of
"Enthusiasm and curiosity for scientific discovery."
neurological and psychiatric illness. "He worked with me to tailor my experience so that it perfectly aligned with my clinical and research interests," she says.
Using a sophisticated neuroimaging technique, Fischer helped "define the basis of the use of substances in patients with schizophrenia, with an eye toward developing new and potentially effective treatments" Green says.
Motivated by Green's leadership in the community and dedication to public service, Fischer volunteered at local health clinics and homeless shelters and offered psychological skills training and counseling to
individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy and other tragedies.
Green says that as a clinician-scientist, Fischer is poised to make important contributions in neuroscience that will lead to improved treatments for people with psychiatric disorders.
Committed to mentoring graduate students, Green says he's delighted to be involved with the M.D.-Ph.D. program at Geisel, "Working with students like Adina Fischer, who are eager to learn and who are determined to translate what they learn into ways of improving the health of patients, is tremendously gratifying."
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