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Worthy of note: Honors, awards, appointments, etc.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center was ranked as one of the nation's top 100 hospitals by Solucient, a leading health-care data firm. Solucient, which grades over 6,000 U.S. hospitals, put DHMC among the nation's top 16 major teaching hospitals. Other hospitals in the "major teaching" category included the Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Cleveland Clinic. Solucient picked the top 100 based on four criteria: quality of care, including clinical outcomes, medical errors, and patient-tostaff ratio; stability of operations and staffing; financial health; and adaptation to the environment. The rankings were published in Modern Healthcare magazine.

The Children's Hospital at Dartmouth was ranked by Child magazine as one of the nation's top 40 children's hospitals. This ranking was based on a survey conducted by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations; the survey examined various factors, including treatment protocols, cancer survival rates, recordkeeping, the dispensing of medications, and the quality of an institution's child-life programs.

Peter Silberfarb, M.D., a professor of psychiatry and of medicine, was appointed a Distinguished Life Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association.

Constance Brinckerhoff, Ph.D., the Nathan Smith Professor of Medicine and of Biochemistry and the associate dean for science education, was recently selected by her undergraduate alma mater as a recipient of the Smith College Medal. The medal is presented to Smith alumnae who "exemplify in their lives and work the true purpose of a liberal arts education."

Peter Williamson, M.D., a professor of medicine and the medical director of the DHMC Epilepsy Program, received the 2002 J. Kiffin Penry Award for Excellence in Epilepsy Care from the American Epilepsy Society.

Kathleen Allden, M.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry, received the Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award from Dartmouth College. The award honors members of the Dartmouth community who have contributed significantly to peace, civil rights, public health, or social justice. Allden serves as medical director of the International Survivors Center in Boston, which aids refugees, asylum-seekers, and victims of torture; she has developed mental health training programs for the International Rescue Committee; and she was the U.S. delegate to a United Nations international conference on refugee resettlement.

Candice Monson, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry, received a Clinical Research Career Development Award for her work in clinical trials of mental health treatments.

Lisa Adams, M.D., an instructor of community and family medicine, was awarded the 2002 Doctors of the World USA Volunteer Award for her service as a volunteer physician with the organization.

Steven Atkins, Psy.D., a clinical associate in psychiatry, was the recipient of a Parents' Choice Award for Teaching Your Children Good Manners, a book that he coauthored.

John Morse, Ed.D., a clinical associate and instructor of psychiatry, received the 2002 Thomas Carroll Award from the Northeast Chapter of the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Edward Bresnick, Ph.D., an adjunct professor of biochemistry, was the recipient of a 2003 Award in Excellence from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Foundation, presented at the Society of Toxicology annual meeting.

Rutilio Fratti, Ph.D., a research associate in biochemistry, received a Helen Hay Whitney Fellowship, one of 21 research fellowships awarded annually nationwide for postdoctoral training in the biomedical sciences.

Robert Drake, M.D., Ph.D., the Andrew Thomson Professor of Psychiatry, as well as a professor of community and family medicine and the director of the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, recently received the Carl A. Taube Award from the American Public Health Association in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the field of mental health services research.

Elizabeth Bassett, a fourth-year medical student, was selected as the DMS 2002-03 Rolf C. Syvertsen Fellow, while five other fourthyear students—Amy Madden, Katherine O'Donnell, Jennifer Plant, Blair Seidler, and Adrienne Williams— were chosen as Syvertsen Scholars. The awards are made annually in honor of former DMS Dean Rolf C. Syvertsen and recognize both academic excellence and community service.

Ethan Kohn, a graduate student in pharmacology and toxicology, recently received a Scholar in Training Award to attend the national meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research.

Aleksandar Stojanovic, a graduate student in pharmacology and toxicology, has received a PhRMA Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship in Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Marie Bakitas, A.R.N.P., a nurse practitioner in palliative care, was recently honored with two awards—the national Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse of the Year Award and the Clinical Nurse Research Award of the Department of Defense.

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