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Tina C. Foster, MD, MPH, MSc

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professor of Community and Family Medicine
Professor of The Dartmouth Institute

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Community and Family Medicine
The Dartmouth Institute

Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences, DMS, MS 2001
Harvard School of Public Health, MPH 1998
U. California - San Francisco School of Medicine, MD 1984
U. California - Santa Barbara, BA (Biology) 1980
U. California - Berkeley, BA (Linguistics) 1977

The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

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Contact Information

Dept of Ob-Gyn
One Medical Center Dr
Lebanon NH 03756

Office: DHMC
Phone: 603-653-9314
Fax: 603-653-0896
Email: Tina.C.Foster@Hitchcock.org

Assistant: Suzanne Burge
Asst. Phone: 603-653-0824
Asst. Email: Suzanne.Burge@Dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests

Teaching and evaluating resident competence, specifically in Practice-based Learning and Improvement and Systems-Based Practice; Development of web-based portfolio for health professional development and maintenance of certification; Patient safety; Quality improvement and outcomes in obstetrics and gynecology; Quality improvement in Graduate Medical Education

Grant Information

“Creating Practice Systems to Deliver Online Resources to Providers and Patients”
National Library of Medicine Grant; PI Karen Schifferdecker PhD.
My specific role is to use microsystem thinking and tools to help practices better understand their processes of care and how the Internet could be incorporated; includes curriculum development, workshop design and facilitation, and site visits.
Strategic Management Simulation in GME. Usha Satish PhD PI. Macy Foundation. Five year grant to develop computer-based simulations suitable for UME and GME focused on decision making and leadership skills

Courses Taught

On Doctoring facilitator
Faculty in ECS 117, ECS 124

Selected Publications


  • Nelson EC, K Homa, M Mastanduno, E Fisher, PB Batalden, T Colacchio, N Formella. T Foster, DS Likosky, PB Gardent, J Guth, E Malcolm, S Trombly, J Varnum A Healthcare System’s Experience with Publicly Reporting Comprehensive Quality and Cost Data: A Transparency Initiative. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 31: 573-584, 2005.

  • Ogrinc G, T Foster Developing Improvement Skills in Clinician Learners. Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, A Clinical Action Guide (in press)

  • Foster T, KE George, MR Lauria Teaching about Transparency: Linking Resident Performance and Patient Care Outcomes. ACGME Bulletin, April 2006.