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Education at the Geisel School of Medicine

America's fourth oldest medical school, the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth is committed to educating new generations of physicians, researchers and teachers to be leaders of change in creating a healthier, better world. Our outstanding medical educators, low faculty to student ratio, and innovative curriculum have helped make the Geisel School of Medicine one of America's top medical schools.

The Geisel School of Medicine maintains a smaller student class size, representing a national and global student body, where individual attention from and opportunities for collaboration with world-renowned faculty abound. The curriculum integrates study of the basic and clinical sciences throughout the four years of medical school and combines small-group discussions, problem-based learning, independent study, and traditional classroom presentations in the right mix to supply focus and support without hindering individual learning and creativity.

Students at the Geisel School are well traveled, with the opportunity to participate in clinical clerkships and electives around the country and throughout the world, via special urban, rural and global health scholar programs.

The Geisel School of Medicine is located on the campus of Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, one of the nation's classic college towns. As part of an Ivy League institution, students at the Geisel School also benefit from access to the talent and resources of Dartmouth.

Basic Sciences
In Year One, students gain a strong basic science grounding through coursework in human gross anatomy and embryology, microscopic anatomy, microbiology, immunology, neuroscience, pathology, and physiology. The year also includes an integrated course called "The Biochemical and Genetic Basis of Medicine." Topics in biostatistics and epidemiology are introduced, as well as biochemistry and metabolism. The major component of Year Two is an interdisciplinary pathophysiology course called "The Scientific Basis of Medicine," as students begin their transition to the clinical years.

Clinical Training
Clinical training begins at the start of the first year when students are paired with a faculty preceptor in the "On Doctoring" course. "On Doctoring" continues through Year Two. Clinical rotations take place in a range of major medical centers such as the highly ranked Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and in the White River Junction VA Medical Center. The White River Junction VA has been awarded the Robert W. Carey Quality Achievement Award, the Department of Veteran's Affairs' highest quality award, nine years in a row. The Geisel School also has an educational affiliation with California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, where Third Year students can get clinical experience in a large, urban academic medical center.

In addition to other teaching sites in New England, students can complete clinical clerkships in Dartmouth-affiliated teaching hospitals in Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Maine. Fellowships from the Dartmouth International Health Group have made it possible for Geisel medical students to explore health care opportunities throughout the world.

The newly established Center for Health Equity brings the medical school's innovative student programs and experiences in urban, rural, and global health under one roof, providing focused, rewarding community, cultural and clinical training for students at the Geisel School.

Academy of Faculty Master Educators
The Geisel School of Medicine's focus on providing the best educational experience is reflected in the school's new Academy of Faculty Master Educators. These distinguished faculty were selected by their peers because of their demonstrated commitment to excellence in medical education. Academy members will be leaders in medical education innovation at the Geisel School of Medicine, educating students and residents, advising the Dean and Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, and raising the overall quality of education by mentoring faculty and residents in their quest to become better teachers. Academy members share their own teaching experiences with colleagues through faculty spotlights and peer mentoring.

Graduate Studies
In addition to the MD degree, the Geisel School of Medicine also offers extensive graduate education programs in the biomedical sciences, as well as public health and health services research.

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