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Student Spotlight — John Porter: A Sense of Community

Student Spotlight — John Porter: A Sense of Community

One of the things that first-year medical student John Porter most appreciated about his experience thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail was its strong sense of community—something that also drew him to the Geisel School of Medicine.

Mental Health Week: App Helps People With Mental Illness Maintain Support Network (Audio) – VPR

Listen here – As a guest on “Vermont Edition,” William Hudenko, assistant professor of psychiatry and adjunct assistant professor of the department of psychological and brain sciences, discusses software and app, called Proxi, that he created that allows patients to create online networks of friends, relatives and doctors—and share information among them. It also simplifies the process of legally authorizing that information to be shared with different people.

Five N.H. Schools Collaborate, Teach Substance Abuse Early Detection Screening (Video) – NBC 5

Read article – The Geisel School of Medicine and four additional New Hampshire schools have rolled out a program that’s aimed at preventing drug addiction in patients before it starts. The practice is called SBIRT, which stands for screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment. John Damianos ’16, Geisel ’20, said the approach fosters self-reflection, and reduces feelings of shame and stigma.

Medical Students Match Up With Residency Programs (Video) – WMUR

Read article – A segment about the Geisel School of Medicine’s recent Match Day Ceremony in which fourth-year medical students learned where they will go to complete their residencies. The segment features comments by Duane Compton, interim dean of the Geisel School of Medicine and professor of biochemistry and cell biology, as well as comments by fourth-year medical students Sophie Leung, Liam Guerin, Asia Peek, and Lovelee Brown.

Dr. Mariétou Ouayogodé: More Emphasis on Prevention Is Important for Baby Boomers (Video) – AJMC

Read article – Features an interview with Mariétou Ouayogodé, post-doctoral fellow at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, who discusses how the increased emphasis that the Affordable Care Act and Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) placed on prevention is important in reducing the high cost of older patients, especially as the baby boomer generation reached retirement age.

What Biosecurity and Cybersecurity Research Have in Common – Slate

Read article – An opinion piece by Kendall Hoyt, assistant professor of medicine and lecturer at the Thayer School of Engineering, where she discusses how biosecurity and cybersecurity have similar dangers—and similar potential benefits. “In the wrong hands, both types of knowledge can be used to develop a weapon instead of a vaccine or a patch,” says Hoyt. “The genetic tools and exploit software that enable these activities are becoming easier to use and to acquire, prompting security experts to ask one question with growing urgency: How can we protect against misuse without limiting discovery and innovation?”

Is Cardiothoracic Surgery Right for You? Two Geisel Students Seek an Answer

Geisel School of Medicine students, Alyssa Flores ‘19 and Ace St. John ’18, were among 30 medical students awarded “Looking to the Future” scholarships to attend the Society of Thoracic Surgeons annual national meeting. A goal of the scholarship is to mentor aspiring cardiothoracic surgeons.

Why Doesn’t the U.S. Train More Doctors? – CNN

Read article – Quotes Elliott Fisher, director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and professor of medicine and of community and family medicine, in an article that examines why the federal government should train more doctors. Fisher, who helped develop the accountable care organization model, said residency training “responds to the market.” Hospitals may be incentivized to fund training programs that perform profitable procedures, such as orthopedic surgery, whose doctors are not in short supply, Fisher said. There’s less financial incentive to invest in specialties like primary care, which are experiencing a shortage.