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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
Read article – Quotes H. Gilbert Welch, professor of medicine and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and professor of economics, about cancer survival rates as screening has improved. “Ironically, the more overdiagnosis that a screening test does, the more popular it becomes, because there’s more people who feel they are ‘survivors’ because of screening,” says Welch. “Although it happens to be a cancer that was never going to bother them. They’ll never know that.”
Read article – Lisa Marsch, professor of psychiatry and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, is quoted about a new study that found just a small fraction of adolescents with opioid addiction will receive medications that can help them quit. The difference in medication-assisted treatment rates between adolescents and adults is “really striking and very concerning,” stated Marsch, who was not involved in the study.
Read article – Patricia (Pat) Deegan, adjunct professor of community and family medicine, recently delivered the keynote speech at a seminar hosted by Mental Health Services of Renfrew County, a program administered by the Pembroke Regional Hospital in Ontario, Canada. Deegan’s speech touched upon her own personal experiences recovering from mental illness. “So for me recovery means finding each of our own extraordinary reasons for getting up in the morning. What gets you out of bed every morning? What puts a smile on your face?” said Deegan.
Read article – Geisel students and faculty are quoted in this obituary for Dr. Norman Snow, who passed away on Feb. 9. Snow was a cardiothoracic surgeon born in Burlington, Vermont, whose career spanned over 40 years. After retirement, he joined the faculty at Geisel where he taught anatomy and served on the Admissions Committee.
Read article – Quotes Kathrin Lawlor, community engagement coordinator with the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program, about how state agencies and researchers from Dartmouth are working to understand and tackle the difficult public health problem of improving drinking water supplies in New Hampshire.