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Nena L. Mason, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medical Education

Additional Titles/Positions/Affiliations
Longitudinal Curriculum Leader-Physiology
Co-Leader: Cardiovascular Medicine Course
Academic Disciplines: Physiology, Clinical Gross Anatomy, Ultrasound

Medical Education

Ph.D. - Physiology and Developmental Biology, Brigham Young University
B.S. - Human Biology, Brigham Young University-Idaho

Contact Information

Office: Remsen 237D
Email: nena.mason@dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests

Ultrasound education
Clinical gross anatomy
Ultrasound education research
Medical education and active learning


Nena Lundgreen Mason is an Assistant Professor of Medical Education, Longitudinal Physiology Curriculum Leader, ultrasound educator, and gross anatomist at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover New Hampshire. She earned her Ph.D. in Physiology and Developmental Biology from Brigham Young University. Dr. Mason spent 8 years prior to her appointment at Geisel teaching physiology and developing and directing clinical gross anatomy and ultrasound education programs at two newly opened medical schools. A celebrated educator, Dr. Mason has been honored with the “Faculty Member of the Year” award for excellence in teaching several times along with other teaching-related accolades throughout her career. She directs an innovative research program in medical education centered around the development of pedagogy in teaching clinical ultrasound skills to medical students using human cadaveric materials. Dr. Mason is also engaged in national service and currently sits on several committees with the American Association of Clinical Anatomists and the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy.

Selected Publications


  • Advancing Point-of-Care Ultrasound Training in Medical Schools: Ultrasound-Guided Subclavian Vein Access Training Using Formalin-Embalmed Cadavers. (view details in PubMed)

  • The Feasibility of Ultrasound-Guided Knee Arthrocentesis Training Using Formalin-Embalmed Cadavers. (view details in PubMed)

  • A Narrative Review of Common Uses of Ophthalmic Ultrasound in Emergency Medicine. (view details in PubMed)

  • Independent learning of the sonographic FAST exam technique using a tablet-based training module. (view details in PubMed)

  • Using formalin embalmed cadavers to teach fracture identification with ultrasound. (view details in PubMed)

  • The Effects of Pre-medical Anatomy and Clinical Experiences on Medical School Anatomy-Related Academic Performance. (view details in PubMed)

  • An economical strategy for early medical education in ultrasound. (view details in PubMed)