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Nancy E. Cochran, MD

Associate Professor of The Dartmouth Institute
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine

The Dartmouth Institute
Community and Family Medicine

Harvard Medical School, MD 1981
Radcliffe College, BA 1975


Contact Information

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
306E Remsen Building
Hinman Box 7855
Hanover NH 03755

Office: 306E Remsen Building

Courses Taught

Ambulatory Medicine Clerkship (year 3 and 4)
Introduction to Clinical Medicine
Health, Society and the Physician


Nan developed (> 20 years ago) On Doctoring, the interviewing and physical diagnosis course at Geisel. She received the Schumann Fellowship in 1999 to learn and teach motivational interviewing. She has done research in how to integrate shared decision making into primary care settings and how to teach SDM communication skills to clinicians and students.

She has studied negotiation through 2 courses at Harvard Law School, most recently in an intensive course in January, 2013. As a faculty member and president-elect of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, she does faculty development and consulting in the areas of team building, negotiation and conflict management, motivational interviewing and shared decision making.

Nan would be happy to mentor faculty in the areas of facilitating small groups, designing communications curricula, mentoring and teaching communication skills such as shared decision making, motivational interviewing, conflict management and providing feedback.

Selected Publications


  • McCormick, Kinsey, Cochran, N How Primary Care Providers Talk to Patients About Alcohol: A Qualitative Study, JGIM, 2006;21:966-972.

  • Carney PA, Ogrinc G, Harwood BG, Schiffman JS, Cochran N The influence of teaching setting on medical students' clinical skills development: Is the academic medical center the. Academic Medicine, 2005;80(12):1153-1158.

  • Greg Ogrinc, MD, MS; M. Scottie Eliassen, MS; Jennifer S. Schiffman, MPH; Catherine F. Pipas, MD; Nan Cochran, MD; David W. Nierenberg, MD; Patricia Carney Preclinical Preceptorships in Medical School: Can Curricular Objectives be Met in Diverse Teaching Settings? Teaching and Learning in Medicine, Sept, 2005.