Anubhav Kaul, MPH ’13

MPH alumnus Anubhav Kaul '13 talks about his experience at The Dartmouth Institute and how it impacts his work.

How did you come to choose The Dartmouth Insitute?

As a medical student, I was working on a grant application to expand palliative care services at my teaching hospital in Brooklyn, New York. I came upon the Dartmouth Atlas and was fascinated by the resource. I extracted powerful Medicare data on end-of-life care and created a strong argument on circumventing non-beneficial care with a dignified palliative approach for patients with terminal illnesses. Additionally, my teaching hospital was looking to join forces with neighborhood hospitals to form an Accountable Care Organization. My role was to research the implications of such an alliance at a safety-net hospital and I turned to insight from Dr. Elliott Fisher and his team. Thereafter, I was firm on my intention to pursue an MPH at The Dartmouth Institute in order to formalize my understanding of the changing healthcare landscape and experience, first hand, the "knowledge that informs change."

What are the best aspects about your experience at The Dartmouth Institute?

The diverse and engaged community of students and faculty was a highlight of my experience. We learned a lot from each other, and the faculty were always approachable and truly invested in our success. I also appreciated the independence we had to design our experience. Beyond the core curriculum, we had opportunity to pursue a variety of coursework, including classes at Tuck.  The Dartmouth Institute connected me with mentors at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and I was able to secure the internship that interested me the most - working with Dr. Elliott Fisher and his team on evaluating the impact of ACOs nationwide.

Can you share a specific story such as a favorite memory from class, or with classmates or faculty, where you felt like the decision to come here was the right one?

I was confident with my decision from the very beginning, but a sense of fulfillment overcame me when I was honored as Class Day Speaker. As I spoke to my fellow classmates, I reminisced about our journey together and expressed the empowerment we should feel as Dartmouth Institute alumni. I valued the bright minds that taught us and inspired us. More importantly, I valued my diverse group of colleagues and how much I had learned from them.

How does the need to improve health and health care influence your work in your current role/career?

Over the past three years, I have challenged my colleagues to think critically about the system we work in and find ways to improve patient experience. Currently, we are in the process of creating a formal quality improvement curriculum for medicine trainees.

Can you tell us about any examples where you were able to apply what you learned from The Dartmouth Institute to your career?

The skills that I developed at Dartmouth have helped me tremendously. I thank Dr. Gil Welch for enabling me to be critical of clinical studies and being mindful of overdiagnosis.  An appreciation of medical ethics and shared-decision making shapes how I interact with patients. Studying unwarranted variation in healthcare inspired my research project on evaluating diverse rates of cardiac interventions among similar patient populations in neighboring cities. My elective coursework in patient safety and quality improvement analytics gives me the insight to organize and lobby for change at my institution. But most importantly, The Dartmouth Institute helped me become a stronger proponent for a better healthcare system, which in turn fuels my participation in advocacy groups like the Lown Institute.


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