James J. DiResta, DPM, MPH TDI’04

"Brainstorming in small groups with other physicians, educators, medical students, lawyers, [and] activists while receiving instruction and direction from the 'father' of the ACO model becomes just another day for a student at TDI."

Dr. DiResta, since graduating from The Dartmouth Institute, has used his newfound knowledge and experience to advance within his chosen profession of podiatric medicine to a position on the Public Health and Preventative Medicine Committee of the American Podiatric Medical Association, to Chair of the Podiatric Health Section of the American Public Health Association and as a board member of the Whittier Independent Physician Association, a group of over 200 local physicians in his community at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, MA, that provides contracting with third party payers and assists member physicians in meeting quality performance measures in various health insurance risk products.

He is most proud of his efforts in being  instrumental in establishing a Post Graduate Public Health Fellowship at TDI for a rising PGY-3 surgical resident in podiatric surgery that is fully funded by the APMA.

"My education at TDI was truly a life-changing experience for me. I found myself in a learning environment that taught me how to think differently about the health-care delivery system, to begin to understand the reasons for geographical variation in health care while interacting with the present and future architects of health-care reform. Brainstorming in small groups with other physicians, educators, medical students, lawyers, [and] activists while receiving instruction and direction from the 'father' of the ACO model becomes just another day for a student at TDI. I also learned to look at the medical literature critically and with a touch of 'healthy skepticism,' a skill that has served me well, and I owe it all to TDI.”

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