SYNERGY Announces 2016 Community Engagement Pilot Grant Program

Posted: February 3rd, 2016 by Derik Hertel

The SYNERGY Community Engagement Core, in collaboration with SYNERGY’s Translational Pilot Program, is issuing a call for proposals for pilot projects on community engagement research.  The Pilot Program seeks to fund innovative, interdisciplinary community engagement research proposals that are translational in nature and emphasize the community’s role in developing and translating knowledge into improvements in clinical practice, community programs, and health policy. We expect to fund two to four one-year pilot projects at a funding level of $25,000 to $50,000.  Deadline submission for mandatory Letter of Intent (LOI) is February 29, 2016.  For details see:

New SYNERGY 2016 Community Engagement Pilot Grant Information Session

Posted: February 2nd, 2016 by Derik Hertel

Wednesday, Feb 3rd 12:00-1:00 PM 658W Borwell.  The Pilot Program will fund two to four 1-year pilot projects at $25,000 to $50,000.  Seeking innovative, interdisciplinary community engagement research proposals that emphasize the community’s role in developing and translating knowledge into improvements in clinical practice, health programs and policy. All faculty and interested parties welcome. LOI Deadline Feb. 29, 2016.  For full grant application please go to


Arnold M. Katz, MD, Dies at 83

Posted: January 27th, 2016 by Derik Hertel

katzAfter a long battle with lymphoma, beloved teacher and mentor Arnold M. Katz, MD, honorary professor of medicine and of physiology and neurobiology at Geisel School of Medicine, died peacefully at his home in Norwich, Vermont on January 26 surrounded by his loving family. He was 83 years old.

A cardiologist, Dr. Katz has written over 400 articles and chapters, and edited or co-edited more than 15 books. His acclaimed book, Physiology of the Heart is now in its 5th edition, and another book, Heart Failure: Pathophysiology, Molecular Biology, Clinical Management, is in its 2nd edition.

He received several teaching awards, including the Twenty-First Annual Charles N. Loeser Award for Outstanding Teaching of Basic Biomedical Sciences at the University of Connecticut, and was the keynote speaker at Geisel School of Medicine’s Student Clinician’s Ceremony the Class of 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Refugee Health Symposium: “A Place for the Displaced: Finding Home and Health for Refugees”

Posted: January 20th, 2016 by Derik Hertel

The Geisel School of Medicine chapter of Physicians for Human Rights, the Nathan Smith Society, and the Dartmouth Coalition for Global Health present “A Place for the Displaced: Finding Home and Health for Refugees”, a symposium on refugee health. The event aims is to generate a discussion on the current crisis abroad and unpack the legal, logistical, and health-related implications of mass migration. Read the rest of this entry »

SYNERGY Biostatistics Consultation Core – Walk-in Clinic for Researchers, Tuesdays & Fridays, 9 AM – Noon

Posted: January 18th, 2016 by Derik Hertel

The SYNERGY Biostatistics Consultation Core now offers a walk-in clinic for researchers every Tuesday and Friday, 9 AM – noon, in the Biostatistics Consulting office, Room 325 Department of Biomedical Data Science, Williamson Translational Research Building at DHMC. Consulting sessions will typically be 30 minutes, available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, please contact Robyn Mosher, SYNERGY Program Manager (email:, phone: 603-650-1879).

Please also see the SYNERGY website, under Research Resources, Biostatistics Consultation Core:


Dean’s Open Office Hours Jan. – June 2016 – UPDATED!

Posted: January 18th, 2016 by Derik Hertel

Below are Dean Compton’s updated open office hours for Jan. – June 2016. Open office hours are held the following Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-5:30 p.m. are open to all faculty, staff and students. 15-minute time segments are available on a first-come, first-served basis as people arrive. Appointments for specific times are available if necessary. Locations will alternate between the Dean’s Office at 1 Rope Ferry Road (RFR) and DHMC. Please check back here for updates.

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Register Now for the Latino Medical Student Conference

Posted: January 13th, 2016 by Derik Hertel

Attention Medical and Graduate Students, Residents, Physicians, Faculty, Undergraduates, and Alumni: Attend the Latino Medical Student Association Northeast Regional Conference!

FEBRUARY 20, 2016


Dear Dartmouth Community,

On behalf of the Executive Council of the Northeast Latino Medical Student Association and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth we would like to personally invite you to attend our 43rd Annual Regional Conference. Among the more than 40 LMSA chapters in the Northeast region, Dartmouth has received the tremendous honor of being selected to host this year’s conference – an event of this magnitude addressing Hispanic health has never before reached the upper valley!

Our theme for the conference, “Fortaleciendo Raíces: Uniting efforts in the changing face of healthcare,” represents the desire of our organization to address the health of Latinos through partnerships with academic institutions, medical educators, and the community. The purpose of our regional conference is to bring together more than 200 high school students, premedical students, medical and graduate students, residents, and practicing physicians interested in serving the healthcare needs of the Hispanic community. To this end, the conference will include a series of workshops and panels on the healthcare needs of the Latino community, student leadership training, and healthcare policy as well as several networking events. Given the theme this year on collaboration in health care, our conference will especially focus on how to partner with each other, with medical and research institutions, and with the Latino community itself to address Latino health disparities.

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2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Geisel, Jan. 14 – 28

Posted: January 8th, 2016 by Derik Hertel

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.”
~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 4.18.14 PMStatement of Purpose – Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders have narrowed the pathway to equality for people of color, yet there is still much work to be done. Social media, research, and especially the recent “Black Lives Matter” campaign have shown us that internalized racism is real. It’s a passive form of bias, one that is difficult but important to identify within us. Through this year’s conference, we will tackle our personal prejudices, to which no one is immune. We will work to instill a greater awareness of these biases in order to overcome them. As current and future health care professionals, we have a desire to prevent injustice against patients; especially those that occur before we even meet them.

THEME: “What is Normal? Recognizing Bias and Overcoming it!”

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New Dept. of Education Guidance To Ensure Learning Environments Free from Discrimination and Harassment Based on Race, Religion, or National Origin

Posted: January 7th, 2016 by Derik Hertel

Dear Colleagues:

The U.S. Department of Education today released a Dear Colleague Letter to enlist the help of educational leaders to ensure that schools and institutions of higher education are learning environments in which students are free from discrimination and harassment based on their race, religion, or national origin. The Department also provided a list of government resources that can help schools promote more positive school climates and maintain safe learning communities. Read the rest of this entry »

Physicians for Human Rights Screening of The Hungry Heart and Panel Discussion

Posted: January 6th, 2016 by Derik Hertel

Join Geisel’s Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) group for a screening of THE HUNGRY HEART followed by a panel discussion with experts in addiction medicine. The Hungry Heart is a documentary film by Bess O’Brien that provides “an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the world of Vermont pediatrician Fred Holmes who works with patients struggling with this disease,” a topic that is incredibly relevant to us as medical students in the Upper Valley and to our future career as physicians. Watch the trailer here:

When: Wednesday, January 13th at 6 PM

Where: Chilcott Auditorium

What: The Hungry Heart Screening and panel discussion WITH DINNER (not pizza!)

Who: Geisel PHR, the Mandelas, The Public Health Council of the Upper Valley, Partners for Community Wellness, ALL Together, NH Public Health Association, NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services

If you’re able to join us, please register (free!) here so we have an accurate headcount!

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