Learning Sites and Facilities

As a student at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, you will be part of northern New England's most extensive clinical teaching network--a network that, along with the off-campus clerkship opportunities, exposes you to a breadth of patients, delivery systems, and management models that is unusual in American health education. The primary teaching sites for our students are Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in adjacent Lebanon, NH and the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in nearby White River Junction, Vermont. Both of these academic medical centers offer superb clinical care; train medical students, residents, and fellows; and have strong research enterprises.

A Level 1 Trauma Center, DHMC serves a patient population of 1.6 million, drawn from across northern New England. It is home to more than 380 residents and fellows and is a core teaching hospital for our required clinical clerkships. DHMC includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 40 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer care centers in the country. DHMC is also among a select group of 100 US hospitals that are producing the best clinical outcomes for cardiovascular care, treating heart patients in less time and at a lower cost, according to a 2007 study by Thompson Healthcare. If all cardiovascular hospitals received the same results as the award winning hospitals, more than 7,000 lives would be saved annually. DHMC is certified as an ALS Center of Excellence by the national ALS Association. Headed by Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, Associate Chief of Neurology at DHMC and Professor of Neurology at the Geisel School, the center was the 24th to be certified by the ALSA, the organization that sets the national standard for clinical care for people and families living with ALS.

Other important centers at DHMC include the Spine Center, the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD), and the Dartmouth- Hitchcock Heart and Vascular Center. Supporting these centers are two additional major research sites, the Borwell and Rubin Research Buildings. Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine receives more than $123 million annually in sponsored research. The future will see the opening of the Williamson Translational Research Building, and a new home for The Dartmouth Institute on the campus of DHMC.

The White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center, located 15 minutes from campus, is consistently rated as one of the best VA hospitals in the country. In 2012 the VA Medical Center opened the new Women's Comprehensive Care Center at the main White River Junction campus. This new facility serves over a thousand women veterans inVermont and New Hampshire. The VAMC's outstanding clinical services

Third year student Bjorn Engstrom at The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont In 2005, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont, was the first recipient of the Department of Veterans Affairs Circle of Excellence Award, a new national honor for performance achievement. Third-year student Bjorn Engstrom says of his clerkship experience at the VA Medical Center, "The patients here are so willing to help the students."

support many DHMC residency programs and Geisel School clinical clerkships. The VAMC includes the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the VA Outcomes Group (a division of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice), and the Yasinski Research Building, which houses labs that receive over $9 million in annual research support.

DHMC Honors
In December 2010, Mayo Clinic, Denver Health, Intermountain Healthcare, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Cleveland Clinic, and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) announced the formation of the High Value Healthcare Collaborative (HVHC) to improve health care, lower costs, and move best practices out to the national provider community.

In 2010, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center was designated a Level 4 Epilepsy Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. It is the only Level 4 Center in Northern New England.

In 2011, the continuing education program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine received accreditation with commendation for being a "change agent" in advancing the continued learning of physicians and health professionals. This reconition comes from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and extends the accreditation for six years, the maximum granted.

The Norris Cotton Cancer Center Norris Cotton Cancer Center, where patients are partners with their care team, allows opportunities for integration of research and clinical care at DHMC.

"As modern as a
hospital can be."

Dartmouth-Hitchcock has been selected in 2011 to participate in the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model, a transformative new initiative sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center.

In 2012, Becker's Hospital Review named Dartmouth- Hitchcock as one of the 100 Great Hospitals of 2012. In addition, our CEO, James Weinstein, DO was named one of the 100 Leaders of Great Hospitals in the United States.

In 2012, Becker's Hospital Review named Dartmouth- Hitchcock one of the 100 most outstanding hospitals for women's health programs in the United States.

"Instead of linoleum floors, white walls, and fluorescent lights, there are cheerful murals, skylights, and abundant plants and flowers. When you're working hard and spending lots of time in a hospital, it makes a huge difference to be immersed in such a warm, healing environment."
—Julianne Anderson Mann, Geisel Year Four

A $220-million expansion project to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, completed in 2006, added 467,000 square feet to DHMC's outpatient, emergency, diagnostic testing, research, and treatment facilities