Hometown: Penn Yan, NY
We couldn’t have asked for better—more intelligent, articulate, engaged, and empathetic—group of aspiring healthcare leaders to participate in the first-ever Dartmouth Health Care Foundations summer intensive. We marveled at the insightfulness of the questions posed and the dialogue exchanged throughout the week. We’re confident that if they are the future of healthcare, it’s in good hands!
Hometown: Penn Yan, NY
Kennedy, what was your favorite part about the Dartmouth Health Care Foundations week?
We had the privilege of listening to and learning from a truly spectacular lineup of healthcare experts. I came away each day feeling starstruck and inspired. Beyond the guests, one of the best surprises of the week for me was the way each conversation continued long after a given session had ended. They spilled over into meal-times and breaks, expanding into the spaces in our already full schedule. These discussions furthered the reflection we were encouraged to pursue through writing and helped the sessions crystallize into more personal goals and actionable pursuits.
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Marcus, what type(s) of careers in health/healthcare are you interested in pursuing, and what do you now see differently about health and healthcare after participating in Dartmouth Health Care Foundations?
I am interested in pursuing an MD/MBA. I want to become a surgeon and leverage the MBA degree to develop sustainable healthcare facilities in black communities. Before participating in the Dartmouth Health Care Foundations week, I tried to approach healthcare through an interdisciplinary lens. I intentionally majored in sociology to study the systems that produce the results that I saw around me. The Dartmouth Health Care Foundations week pushed me even further to use interdisciplinary approaches to think critically about healthcare. For example, I did not expect to talk rugby on the first day, but after the session, I realized that it was great way to start the week.
Hometown: Eagan, MN
Minda, what type(s) of careers in health/healthcare are you interested in pursuing, and how can what you learned what the Dartmouth Health Care Foundations intensive help you get there?
I want to be a physician who works at the intersection of medicine and public health. Specifically, I’m interested in how we can consider a person's family history, living environment, socioeconomic class, race/ethnicity, work environment, etc., when they come in to receive care for a seemingly unrelated cold or broken bone. As a physician, I would want to make sure to take these factors into account when treating a patient coming in for any ailment. As a public health worker, I would want to continue researching the impact of identity and environment on health outcomes and addressing the inequalities of treatment for marginalized populations. As a result of participating in the Dartmouth Health Care Foundations, I feel excited to enter the healthcare field, and I feel empowered to enact positive change in the system.
Hometown: Rye Brook, NY
Benjamin, what do you now see differently about health and healthcare as a result of participating in the Dartmouth Health Care Foundations week?
During the week, we examined the huge disconnects in the way the healthcare system delivers care to the patient, and we thought about how implementing tools from the humanities might be the way to bridge those gaps. By learning about team sport dynamics, narrative building, patient advocacy, and the culture of biomedicine, I was able to see how better outcomes in healthcare could be achieved, often just by thinking differently. After the week was finished, I was no longer convinced that science alone was the tool for improving healthcare. Instead, science must be coupled with a humanities-based approach that puts the patient's experience first.
Hometown: Macomb, MI
Jaclyn, what was your favorite part of the Dartmouth Health Care Foundations week?
I really enjoyed video chatting with Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, MD, PhD, former Minister of Health of Rwanda and the vice chancellor for the University of Global Health Equity in Kigali, Rwanda. A lot of our time together at Dartmouth Health Care Foundations was spent talking about ways that we can change healthcare. When we video chatted with Dr. Binagwaho, we were able to speak with someone who not only recognized a problem within healthcare in a whole country, but sought out a solution. Dr. Binagwaho is making incredible strides for the health and well-being of individuals in Rwanda, and it was very inspiring to be able to speak with her.