As a student at the Geisel School of Medicine, you will be part of northern New England’s most extensive clinical teaching network—a network that, along with the off-campus clerkship opportunities, exposes you to a breadth of patients, delivery systems, and management models that is unusual in American health education. The primary teaching sites for our students are Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in nearby White River Junction, Vermont. Both of these academic medical centers offer superb clinical care, train medical students, residents, and fellows, and have strong research enterprises.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) is a nonprofit academic health system that serves a population of 1.9 million in New England. D-H provides access to more than 1,000 primary care doctors and specialists in almost every area of medicine, delivering care in Lebanon, NH at its flagship, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 45 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation; the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock; affiliate hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and through the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and at 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually. In 2016, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center was named one of “100 Great Hospitals in America” by Becker’s Hospital Review.
Important centers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock include the Spine Center, the Heart and Vascular Center, and the ALS Center, which is designated a Center of Excellence by the national ALS Association. Supporting these centers are three additional major research sites, the Borwell and Rubin Research Buildings, as well as the recently-opened Williamson Translational Research Building.
The White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center (WRJ VAMC), located 15 minutes from the Dartmouth campus, is consistently rated as one of the best VA hospitals in the country. The Women’s Comprehensive Care Center at the WRJ VAMC serves over 1,000 women veterans in Vermont and New Hampshire. The WRJ VAMC’s outstanding clinical services support many Dartmouth-Hitchcock residency programs and Geisel School clinical clerkships. The WRJ VAMC is also home to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the VA Outcomes Group (a division of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice), and the Yasinski Research Building, which houses labs that receive over $9 million in annual research support. It is one of eight VA centers for the National Quality Scholars Program.