Amanda Thornton (editorial intern for Fall 2007 term) was a second-year student at Dartmouth Medical School when she did the internship. Because she was splitting her second year--taking courses over two years instead of one--she had time to combine learning about medicine with learning to WRITE about medicine for the general public.
Amanda, who has extensive literary interests, was already a gifted writer when she came to DARTMOUTH MEDICINE. She was sports editor and reporter for her high school newspaper. At Harvard, where she earned her undergraduate degree with a concentration in biology, she wrote for campus publications and took classes in creative writing. At DMS, she crafted insightful, thoughtful essays as part of her course work, and participated in the Biomedical Libraries Book Club elective. In the summer of 2006, she was a counselor and teacher at a South Dakota science camp for Native American high school students, and part of her job entailed researching and writing up a one-week curriculum in entomology, botany, and other environmental science topics. She has also written articles for APOLOGIA, an Episcopal students magazine.
Amanda has lots of other interests, too. She was a disaster services volunteer for the American Red Cross in Boston. At Harvard, she worked in an entomology (study of insects) lab and wrote her senior thesis on weevils; was an assistant trip leader in the Freshman Outdoors Program; and ran on the varsity track team. In addition, she was on DMS's marathon team (Burlington), and is currently a female mid-weight competitor in Brazilian Jujitsu.
Amanda can be reached by e-mail at: Amanda.V.Thornton@Dartmouth.edu.