News & Events

Evolutionary Applications to Medicine: Natalie Del Favero

Natalie presented a talk on evolutionary applications to medicine and public health in December 2017. Inspired by the burgeoning field of Darwinian Medicine, she shared ways in which an evolutionary perspective can enhance the practice of medicine. Some topics included were mismatch theory, the pathogen-host dynamic, evolutionary trade-offs, and the idea that natural selection maximizes reproduction, not necessarily health.

Motivational Interviewing: John Damianos

In April 2017, John presented select videos from the Motivational Interviewing training set highlighting how to deal with resistant and difficult patients. Discussion centered on difficult patient experiences at preceptor and how to apply MI skills to difficult conversations.

Graphic Medicine: Bianca Di Cocco

In March 2017, Bianca gave a presentation on Graphic Medicine inspired by a Geisel elective collaborating with The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT. Students then discussed how graphic medicine can be used in both the clinic and in the classroom.

Never Give Up: Devanshi Mehta

In February 2017, Devanshi led an event titled, 'Never Give Up: The Battle and Defeat of Anorexia Nervosa'. The event consisted of recounting her story, as well as research presented by Dr. Pouneh Fazeli, a renowned physician-researcher on eating disorders who currently practices medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in addition to teaching at Harvard Medical School. Members of Dartmouth’s Eating Disorder Consultation Team spoke about the prevalence rates and offered information about available services. The event educated the audience on the complexity of eating disorders and gave insights to those in medicine on how to better take care of patients.

TedMed: Sandy Rao and Lauren Kasack

Sandy and Lauren led a discussion based on the TedTalk on Narrative Humility by Dr. Sayantani DasGupta. The video focused on both the importance and beauty of listening in a medical encounter. Dr. DasGupta described the nuances and hierarchy of medical culture that sometimes make this difficult. Students then took the discussion deeper and shared what these values meant to them as well as how they could be incorporated into clinical practice.
Photos from the event

Medical Education Lunchtime Series

Dr. Petra Lewis - Brain Friendly Teaching. An outline of some of the cognitive processes that affect learning in the lecture setting, and how to change your Powerpoint lectures to promote learning.

Motivational Interviewing: Annie Cravero

Along with classmate Michelle Scheurich, Annie Cravero taught a workshop on Motivational Interviewing, expanding on skills learned in the On Doctoring course. The session focused on the basics of active listening including open ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries. Students were given time to perform a practice interview and feedback from Annie and Michelle.

Build Your Own Med School: Erin D'Agostino and Sean Sun

Erin and Sean ran a facilitated discussion on building an ideal medical school. This event was attended by approximately 25 medical students and faculty members. Students and faculty brainstormed what central tenets would be foundational in building the medical school of their dreams. Topics discussed included emphasis on clinical versus basic science, active versus passive learning, small group versus large group, importance of required class, and utility of curriculum features like PBL and self regulated learning.

Neuroscience Spaced Study Sessions: Thomas Kuczmarski

When it comes to long-term recall, studying material in a spaced out fashion is far superior to cramming material all at once. Thomas started the Neuroscience Spaced Study Sessions aim to promote a more spaced out approach to studying the course material. By meeting every week--and not just the week before an exam--students are able to reinforce their understanding of neuroscience in a consistent and spaced out manner.

Transitioning to Clerkship and Beyond: Jenny Zheng

Every year when April approaches, 2nd years (and 1st years) realize that boards and clerkship are quickly looming. We have been hosting our "transition to clerkship" event for 2 years, where we invite two clerkship directors and one 3rd/4th students to answer our top 10 burning questions about clerkship transitions. It's been a very well received event every year 🙂 Here is a sample of some questions asked from previous years' sessions:

  • If you could tell your 3rd year self ONE thing, what would it be?
  • How can I be a helpful med student on the wards?
  • How do I balance clinic time and studying time for shelves? Will I have spare time?
  • How does call work and how do we survive working for 24+ hours straight?
  • What if I don't know what I want to do for residency by the time 4th year begin?
  • How do I deal with classmates who create an overly hostile and competitive environment?