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New students bring many talents to Dartmouth Med School

A BBC commentator, an Indian classical dancer, and a Swedish hockey pro: that's not the lineup of guests for a TV talk show but three of the 78 new members of the Dartmouth M.D. Class of 2007.

Drawn from 5,010 applicants, the 78 new medical students represent 23 states and 58 undergraduate institutions. The class is 55% women and 45% men. More than a quarter of the '07s are of color or international students, and eight percent are from racial or ethnic groups underrepresented in American medicine.

They've had a range of experiences in medicine and science. The class includes a Ph.D. in biochemistry, nine EMTs, a UNICEF intern who worked in the Philippines, and a volunteer with Mother Teresa's Missions in Calcutta. And they have published papers in 11 different scientific journals.

Members of the class have also engaged in a range of other pursuits. One played on a Little League World Series championship team, another was president of a 55-voice chorus, and another founded a theater company.

Two of the '07s are enrolled in the M.D.-Ph.D. program— one in pharmacology and toxicology and one in molecular and cellular biology—joining 25 students already in the program.

Also, 33 new candidates enrolled this fall in doctoral programs in the biomedical sciences: 25 in molecular and cellular biology, four in pharmacology, and four in physiology.

These four new M.D. students were all smiles at this year's white coat ceremony.
Photograph: Flying Squirrel Graphics

CECS: And the Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences (CECS) welcomed 17 new M.S. students, 34 new M.P.H. students, and five new Ph.D. candidates. They joined 42 continuing CECS students and two postdoctoral fellows.

Matthew C. Wiencke

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