Ben Albright, MS ’15

Recent graduate Ben Albright MS '15 reflects on his experience at The Dartmouth Institute and shares his career plans in medicine

How did you come to choose The Dartmouth Institute?

I was familiar with some of the incredible work going on at Dartmouth with the Dartmouth Atlas, the influence on ACOs/ACA, and names such as Wenneberg, Fisher, Goodman, and Skinner. Coming from my experience as a medical student at the Yale School of Medicine, I found The Dartmouth Institute to be the perfect blend of health policy, economics, finance, systems education, with a solid foundation of research skills and a focus on skepticism and critical thinking.

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

I think the best aspect of my experience was the diverse mix of students. Perspectives ranged from pre-medical students, to longtime practicing providers, to people outside of practice but working in healthcare in some other capacity. The diversity really made the classroom experience special. It allowed us to collaborate on real projects at Dartmouth and in the community so our work was often meaningful beyond the classroom.

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

Since graduating from Dartmouth, I have completed my sub-internships and applied for residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, with the hope of pursuing a career of gynecologic oncology long term. My aspiration is to be an academic physician who practices and does clinical and health services research. I want to do more with understanding practice patterns, physician behavior, health systems operations, health care quality/cost, the patient experience, and, hopefully, inform improvement of care in these areas.

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

My Dartmouth education immediately translated to my career by giving me the opportunity to pursue my first research project within my chosen field of OB/GYN. I worked with three other students to execute a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials comparing laparoscopic to robotic hysterectomy for benign disease. We worked with physicians at Dartmouth and Yale to take the classroom project forward to publication in the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. Dartmouth not only taught me how to apply what I learned, but facilitated learning in the best manner possible, by actually doing.

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