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"The Body Electric" was the theme for the spring 2004 session of the Dartmouth Community Medical School-marking the fifth anniversary of this popular outreach program. Directed since its inception by Dr. Donald St. Germain, an endocrinologist, the series has drawn more than 3,000 students over the years-counting many who've taken more than one session. The program is offered regularly on DMS's Hanover campus, as well as in southern New Hampshire.


Each session focuses on a different topic, and this spring's was the latest advances in surgery and imaging. In seven weekly classes, participants learned about technological marvels not conceived of even 10 years ago-from robotic surgery to devices that communicate with the brain. A class titled "Lights, Camera, Scalpel!" for example, offered insight into digital operating rooms.

Students clearly get a charge out of the series. "Absolutely engrossing and informative" was one participant's assessment of a past session. For information on future sessions, visit www.dartmouth.edu/dcms.


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