Articles by: Derik Hertel

Kathryn Kirkland, MD (MED'86). Photo by Mark Washburn

Walking the Shoreline: Erosion, Regrowth, and Professional Formation

In an essay for JAMA based on her speech at this year’s White Coat ceremony, Kathryn B. Kirkland, MD MED ’86, a professor of medicine and the Dorothy and John J. Byrne, Jr., Distinguished Chair in Palliative Medicine, uses the metaphor of the erosion of shorelines to guide medical students, residents, and physicians to understand the reshaping through the erosive forces inherent with the professional formation and changes of a medical career.

Mental Health Crisis Stresses ERs – Valley News

Read article – Quotes Alan Green, associate dean for clinical and translational science, chair and professor of psychology, professor of molecular and systems biology, and director of SYNERGY; in an article about New Hampshire and Vermont’s lack a sufficient number of beds for people suffering mental health crises, forcing emergency rooms at local hospitals to care for patients while they wait for an opening in an appropriate facility.

When Drugs and Surgery Don’t Work, an Option in Epilepsy (Video) – Medscape

Read article (registration may be required) – Features an interview with Barbara Jobst, professor of neurology, about her recent publication in Epilepsia about the responsive neurostimulator (RNS), which is an implanted device for epilepsy. “…Ideally we want patients to be 100 percent seizure free. We have to learn more and we can certainly learn more from what we record—how to stimulate the seizure foci and how to do so differently. That’s the next step,” said Jobst.