Medical Student Coaching

About the Program

As part of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth's commitment to transform medical education and graduate the complete physician, we launched our 4-year, longitudinal coaching program in August 2019.

This program connects all incoming medical students with a faculty coach for the duration of their studies at Geisel, enabling students to build close rapport with their coaches, maintain consistent academic & professional support, and engage in numerous small group and individual coaching sessions. Students meet in small group coaching sessions every six weeks, focusing on broad topics like the medical school roadmap, professional identity formation, professional enculturation, and self-regulated learning. Then, in quarterly one-on-one coaching sessions students receive individualized support in building and reflecting on their goals, challenges, and experiences. Importantly, students drive these individual sessions and are able to schedule additional one-on-one sessions with their coaches as needed.

The result of this program is improved student support in long-term planning and decision making, professional identity development, and academics throughout their time at the Geisel School of Medicine. Our coaches also serve as a key linkage to the many other academic and support services at Geisel.

The Coaching Program is directed by Colleen Kershaw, MD.

Coaching Program Content

The content of the Coaching Program falls into three overarching and frequently overlapping areas of focus: Wellbeing, Academics, and Professional Development. Students work with their coaches to develop their individualized goals within each of these content areas and there are both small group and 1:1 coaching sessions to address topics of particular importance to students during medical school. In Phases 2 &3 students continue to work with their coach and will revisit many of the topics covered during Phase I.



Our Coaches

Graham Atkins, MBChB

MRCP Pulmonary & Critical Care

Kathleen Clem, MD

Emergency Medicine

Nancy Cochran, MD

Community and Family Medicine

Jeffrey Cohen, MD


Sarah Crocket, MD

Emergency Medicine

Sarah Durante, MD

Palliative Medicine

Stephen Foster, MD


John Hill, MD


Judith Hills, MD


Eric Holmgren, MD, DMD, FACS

Otolaryngology & Maxillofacial Surgery

Barbara Homeier, MD


Sarah Johansen, MD

Medicine/Emergency Medicine

Brian Jones, MD, PhD

Pulmonary & Critical Care

Colleen Kershaw, MD

Internal Medicine - Infectious Diseases and International Health

Alison Kapadia, MD

Emergency Medicine,

Kelly Kieffer, MD

Internal Medicine

Michael Kisicki, MD


Matt Mackwood, MD, MPH

Family Medicine

Isabella Martin, MD


Sandra Maruszak, MD

Emergency Medicine

Samuel McWilliams, MD


Ashley Miller, MD


John Moeller, MD, MHA, MS

Emergency Medicine

David Nierenberg, MD

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Steven Schlozman, MD


Aaron Tannenbaum, MD

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Andrew Thomson, MD

Emergency Medicine

Rebecca Wang, MD

Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and International Health

Julia West, MD

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Matthew Wilson, MD

Palliative Medicine

Kimberly Youngren, MD

Pain Medicine

Contact Us

Interested in learning more about the coaching program or have questions?

Coaching Program Director
Colleen Kershaw, MD

Coaching Program Manager
Amy Rose

Coaching Program Coordinator

Sam Lashua

Remsen Building, Room 515
Hanover, NH 03775
Tel. (603)-646-5854