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Catherine F. Pipas, MD, MPH

Professor of Community and Family Medicine

Additional Titles/Positions/Affiliations:
Assistant Dean for Medical Education, Geisel
Medical Director, Office of Community-Based Education and Research

Community and Family Medicine

The Dartmouth Institute, MPH, 2011
Fellowship University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 1993-1994
Medical University of South Carolina, Internship, Residency, 1990-1993
Jefferson Medical College, MD 1990
Rutgers, The State U, BA, Biology 1986

Office of Community-Based Education and Research

Contact Information:

HB 7250
46 Centerra Parkway, Suite 330
Lebanon NH 03766

Office: DHMC
Phone: 603-653-6641
Fax: 603-653-6652
Email: Catherine.F.Pipas@dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests:

Medical student education, educational research, community based teaching and research, and family medicine career mentoring

Grant Information:

Principal Investigator, DMS Family Practice Predoctoral Training Grant on Primary Care 2000-2006.
Predoctoral Education
American Academy of Family Physicians and Family Medicine Interest Group
PoE Award 2004, 2007

Courses Taught:

Class of 2007 DMS Clinical Teaching Award, Family Medicine Clerkship, Oversee FMIG, FMIG Summer and Research Program, Electives, First and Second Year On-Doctoring, 4th Yr. Advanced Medical Science (AMS), IPCC Integrated Primary Care Clerkship, National Predoctoral Directors Development Institute 2006 - 2009, PI UME - 21


Dr. Pipas was recruited to Dartmouth in 1993 as Assistant Residency Director of the newly established New Hampshire-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency Program in Concord, where she designed and implemented much of the core curriculum, recruited the first class of residents, initiated the first DMS students into the practice. In 1996, she transitioned to undergraduate medical education, shifting her focus to the training of primary care skills to medical students. She has taught in or led courses in all four years of DMS training including the Family Medicine Clerkship (FMC), On Doctoring, the Integrated Primary Care Clerkship (IPCC) and Health, Society and the Physician. Under her Directorship from 2000-2008, the FMC was ranked most highly by DMS students.
Dr. Pipas has received a number of awards from medical students, residents and colleagues, including the 2007 “DMS Clinical Teacher of the Year Award;” the 1997 and 1998 “Family Medicine Residency Role Model Award;” the 2007 “National Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Presidential Commendation for Leadership and Development of the Predoctoral Directors Development Institute;” and Induction into the Thomas P. Almy Chapter of the National Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine Honor Society in 2009.
Her particular strengths are her supportive hands-on teaching, creative mentoring style, her engaging leadership and organizational skills and her commitment to building programs based on sound principles and innovative and effective methods and evaluation. Nationally, she brings enormous attention to Dartmouth as a member of the Society of Teachers of FM (STFM) Board of Directors and the AAMC Council of Academic Societies, Leading Change work group. She currently is directing the Comprehensive Longitudinal Leadership Curriculum work group, and is a member of the Curriculum Redesign Leadership work group and the Curriculum Redesign Evaluation and Innovation in Medicine work group.

Mentoring Information:

Cathy would be happy to mentor faculty in the areas of leadership, primary care, and balanced work life

Selected Publications:


  • Nierenberg DW, Eliassen MS, McAllister SB, Reid BP, Pipas CF, Young WW, Ogrinc GS. A web-based system for students to document their experiences within six core competency domains during all clinical clerkships. Academic Medicine, 82(1): 51-73, 2007

  • Reed, V. A., Schifferdecker, K.E., & Pipas, C. F. Development and Assessment of a Cultural-Immersion Diversity Experience for Mamily Medicine Students. Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education, 2007 13(2): 78-86.

  • Pipas CF, Hardman RL, Powell KE, Jackson GC, Engstrom BI, Driscoll PR, Pike T, Reed VA A Systems-based Approach to Implementing a Pain Management Agreement System in Primary Care. Practice Development in Health Care, 2008 Mar; 7(1): 27-39.

  • Bonafede, K, Reed, V.A., Pipas, C.F. Self-directed Community Health Assessment Projects in a Required Family Medicine Clerkship: An Effective Way to Teach Community Oriented Primary Care. Family Medicine, 2009. 2009 Nov.-Dec; Vol. 4 (10): 701-707

  • Palmeri M, Pipas CF, Wadsworth E, Zubkoff M Economic Impact of a Primary Care Career: A Harsh Reality for Medical Students and the Nation. Academic Medicine: November 2010 - Volume 85 - Issue 11 - pp 1692-1697