Geisel Introduces New Department of Medical Education

Read the full story by Timothy Dean, published by the Geisel News Center

The Geisel School of Medicine has announced the formation of a new Department of Medical Education, which was recently approved by the Dartmouth Board of Trustees. Rand Swenson, a professor of anatomy and of neurology, has been named chair of the new department.


Rand Swensen (Photo courtesy of the Geisel School of Medicine)

“Our goal is to strengthen the educational experience at Geisel,” says Duane Compton, Geisel’s interim dean. “We’ve created a structure for undergraduate medical education that will allow for greater cohesiveness, innovation, creativity, and flexibility—in what we hope will be one of the best medical education curriculums in the country.”

The new structure will enhance Geisel’s ability to offer a four-year medical education curriculum that graduates “the complete physician—individuals who excel in the basic sciences, deliver high-quality, patient-centered care, discover and share new knowledge, and improve the system of health care delivery,” says Greg Ogrinc, senior associate dean of medical education at Geisel.

“This new department will allow us to deliver a consistent, integrated medical education and develop the faculty who will lead the continuous improvement of our curriculum,” Ogrinc says, noting that courses are currently run by the individual departments.

Plans are underway to create a centralized home for the new medical education department, which will soon be fully operational in preparation for the 2017 academic year. It will be located on the Hanover campus near Geisel’s teaching spaces, and will have dedicated administrative support. The new department will also integrate with staff from the biomedical libraries, as well as from various support services for medical education.