Articles by: Derik Hertel

Doctors Don’t Actually Know How Often You Should See Them

Washington Post – Article references research conducted at Dartmouth, which suggests that the timing of follow-up visits to a doctor varies, and have tended to fall under the art, rather than the science, of medicine. The study found that patients tend to have more visits per year if they are sicker, but also if they live in an area with more doctors or with doctors who tend to ask patients to come in more often, even when adjusting for factors such as health status.

Geisel Presents Annual Awards to Students and Faculty

Geisel Presents Annual Awards to Students and Faculty

On Friday, June 5, faculty and graduating medical students were recognized for extraordinary achievements at the annual Geisel School of Medicine Awards Ceremony. Held in the Hopkins Center’s Moore Theater, the event honored excellence in academic achievement, research, community service, teaching, and much more.

Democrats Shouldn’t Endorse Suicide

Politico – An article by Ira Byock, emeritus professor of medicine and of community and family medicine, on the embrace of physician-assisted suicide by progressives as their political response to needless suffering of seriously ill people. Byock comments on the current state of the American hospice industry, and how two-thirds of America’s hospices now belong to for-profit companies, many traded on Wall Street.

15 Facts on Spinal Fusion for Low Back Pain

U.S. News & World Report – References data provided by the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI), which reported that spinal fusion surgeries of Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and over increased 67 percent between 2001 and 2011.

D-H president honored as a ‘great American’

New Hampshire Business Review – Dr. James Weinstein, president and CEO of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system and professor at the Geisel School of Medicine, was among 90 recipients of the 2015 Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations.

Study: Social Security Is in Worse Shape Than We Thought

Fox Business – Continued coverage on a Harvard-Dartmouth study coauthored by Samir Soneji, assistant professor of Geisel’s Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, which suggests that the Social Security Administration’s predictions have been overly optimistic about the future of the program.