Caring Deeply for Patients—and Systems


Roshini Pinto-Powell, MD (second from left), associate dean for student affairs and an internal medicine physician at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, examines a patient with medical students Salma Dali ’19 (left), Alec Fisher ’19 (center) and Griffin Reed ’20 (right).

“The art of communicating deeply with the patient is fundamental to being a good physician,” says Roshini Pinto-Powell, MD, associate dean for student affairs. But while the doctor-patient relationship remains at the heart of medicine, physicians today must also work effectively within interprofessional teams, manage the health of diverse populations, and continuously improve the systems in which they work. That ethos is reflected in every class of students at Geisel and in the MD curriculum. 

Year after year, residency directors nationwide remark on Geisel graduates’ clinical preparedness, their understanding of healthcare delivery, their readiness to engage in quality improvement initiatives, and their ability to think holistically about their patients.

“It’s gratifying to see our students go on to practice and teach in the way they were taught, influencing their colleagues and patients,” says Pinto-Powell. “The impact is exponential.” 

“We have tailored our curriculum in a way that ensures our students graduate with the ability to think deeply and critically about individual patients and about systems of care.”   

—Roshini Pinto-Powell, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs