A Letter from the Dean | Spring 2021

Geisel School of Medicine’s priority of training complete physicians includes improving and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion—ensuring that future physicians, professionals and scientists are best prepared to serve communities with diverse populations.

In this issue of Dartmouth Medicine, you will read about a group of faculty, students, and staff dedicated to eliminating persistent inequities in healthcare and eradicating systemic discrimination. Their work to revise and improve our MD curriculum culminated in developing a set of learning objectives around these complex issues that are being integrated across the medical school’s four-year curriculum.

Also, featured are two of our alumni who draw on their Geisel experience in recognizing the role diversity and inclusion play in health outcomes: Adam Kassam MED ’14, who later this year becomes the youngest president of the Ontario Medical Association; and Rodwell Mabaera Guarini ’08, MED ’10, a physician-scientist at Norris Cotton Cancer Center actively engaged in initiatives promoting diversity and inclusion here at Dartmouth.

And third-year medical student Renisa Ramnath talks about her ongoing community service work with Project Salud—a student-run mobile clinic partnering with Stephen Genereaux MED ’87 to provide medical screening and care to migrant workers in New Hampshire and Vermont—an experience that shaped her view of medicine.

You will also learn about Geisel’s new zebrafish research facility—housing nearly 3,000 fish tanks. Zebrafish cell physiology has similarities to that of humans and provides a valuable genetic model for studying a variety of diseases ranging from neurological disorders to pancreatic cancer.

I hope you enjoy these stories reflecting the breadth of our medical school’s efforts to solve complex problems in medical education and patient settings.  The dedication of our faculty and staff to ensure the continuity of these research and education programs during the pandemic has been truly inspiring to me.

Duane Compton, PhD
Dean, Geisel School of Medicine