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Thomas Thesen, PhD

Associate Professor of Medical Education

Additional Titles/Positions/Affiliations
Co-Director, Neuroscience & Neurology - MD Program
Co-Director, Medical Learning Sciences - MD Program
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Technology & Behavioral Health

Medical Education

PhD, University of Oxford
Postdoc, University of California, San Diego

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Contact Information

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Office: Remsen 237E
Email: thomas.thesen@dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests

Medical Education
Digital Health
Cognitive Neuroscience
Global Health Education


Distinguished Lecturer Award, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
A.B. Baker Teacher Recognition Award, American Academy of Neurology
Stand Up for STEM Educational Organization Award
Teaching Innovation Award, University of Houston
Fellow, Royal Society of Biology, London, UK
Tursky Award, Society for Psychophysiological Research

Selected Publications


One World, One Health: Tackling the Global Health Crisis.
Haight M, Ausel E, Bahner I, Belovich AN, Brenneman A, Brooks WS, Ely S, Garwood S, Habal S, Hernandez M, Ikonne U, McKell D, Porter R, Rowe R, Taylor TAH, Thesen T
Med Sci Educ. 2024 Jun;34(3):717-721. doi: 10.1007/s40670-024-02038-4. Epub 2024 Apr 11.
PMID: 38887407

Towards precision well-being in medical education.
Thesen T, Marrero WJ, Konopasky AJ, Duncan MS, Blackmon KE
Med Teach. 2024 May 29;:1-5. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2024.2357279. Epub 2024 May 29.
PMID: 38808734

Brains, Bots, and Beyond: Exploring AI's Impact on Medical Education.
McKell D, Rowe R, Bahner I, Belovich AN, Bonaminio G, Brenneman A, S Brooks W, Chinn C, El-Sawi N, Habal S, Haight M, Haudek SB, Hernandez M, Ikonne U, Porter R, Taylor TAH, Thesen T
Med Sci Educ. 2024 Apr;34(2):505-509. doi: 10.1007/s40670-024-01997-y. Epub 2024 Feb 13.
PMID: 38686167

Widening the Road to Health Professions Education: Expanding Access for Diverse and Underserved Populations.
Belovich AN, Taylor TAH, Bahner I, Bonaminio G, Brenneman A, Brooks WS, Chinn C, El-Sawi N, Habal S, Haight M, Haudek SB, Ikonne U, McAuley RJ, McKell D, Porter R, Rowe R, Thesen T
Med Sci Educ. 2024 Feb;34(1):273-276. doi: 10.1007/s40670-023-01943-4. Epub 2023 Nov 16.
PMID: 38510408

Preparing healthcare leaders of the digital age with an integrative artificial intelligence curriculum: a pilot study.
Park SH, Pinto-Powell R, Thesen T, Lindqwister A, Levy J, Chacko R, Gonzalez D, Bridges C, Schwendt A, Byrum T, Fong J, Shasavari S, Hassanpour S
Med Educ Online. 2024 Dec 31;29(1):2315684. doi: 10.1080/10872981.2024.2315684. Epub 2024 Feb 13.
PMID: 38351737

Review of epilepsy care in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Tshimbombu TN, Shin M, Thesen T, Mesu'a Kabwa L, Blackmon K, Kashama JMKW, Jobst BC, Fontaine D, Olarinde I, Okitundu-Luwa E-Andjafono D
Epilepsia Open. 2024 Apr;9(2):467-474. doi: 10.1002/epi4.12904. Epub 2024 Jan 20.
PMID: 38243880

Who should pay the bill for the mental health crisis in Africa?
Mostert CM, Nesic O, Udeh-Momoh C, Khan M, Thesen T, Bosire E, Trepel D, Blackmon K, Kumar M, Merali Z
Public Health Pract (Oxf). 2024 Jun;7:100458. doi: 10.1016/j.puhip.2023.100458. Epub 2023 Dec 15.
PMID: 38187932

Not Just Fun and Games: Game-Based Learning in Health Professions Education.
Thesen T, Bahner I, Belovich AN, Bonaminio G, Brenneman A, Brooks WS, Chinn C, El-Sawi N, Habal S, Haight M, Haudek SB, Ikonne U, McAuley RJ, McKell D, Rowe R, Taylor TAH
Med Sci Educ. 2023 Oct;33(5):1301-1306. doi: 10.1007/s40670-023-01859-z. Epub 2023 Aug 24.
PMID: 37886278

Patients with depression symptoms are more likely to experience improvements of internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy: a secondary analysis of effect modifiers in patients with non-cardiac chest pain in a randomized controlled trial.
Thesen T, Himle JA, Pripp AH, Sunde T, Walseth LT, Thorup F, Gallefoss F, Jonsbu E
BMC Psychiatry. 2023 Oct 14;23(1):751. doi: 10.1186/s12888-023-05238-1. Epub 2023 Oct 14.
PMID: 37838653

The role of superficial and deep layers in the generation of high frequency oscillations and interictal epileptiform discharges in the human cortex.
Fabo D, Bokodi V, Szabo JP, Toth E, Salami P, Keller CJ, Hajnal B, Thesen T, Devinsky O, Doyle W, Mehta A, Madsen J, Eskandar E, Erőss L, Ulbert I, Halgren E, Cash SS
Sci Rep. 2023 Jun 14;13(1):9620. doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-22497-2. Epub 2023 Jun 14.
PMID: 37316509

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