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Beyond the Books

By Susan Green

Created by students from the Geisel School of Medicine, Beyond the Booksgives voice to community members while teaching future physicians the value of listening. Learning about the challenges medically underserved populations face, or have faced, medical students gain a deeper understanding of how social factors intertwine with health—knowledge that is essential to providing good care. What sets Beyond the Books apart from similar programs is that medical students are prepared to be both advocates for their patients and shepherds of community health.

A story in the spring 2017 issue of Dartmouth Medicine, "One Relationship at a Time, One Story at a Time," gave voice to the four medical students who created the program.

In this video, community members are the focus. Listen as they talk about how Beyond the Books is changing the way we see each other—one relationship and one story at a time.

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