Associated Resident Council

Mission statement

The Associated Resident Council (ARC) is the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center association for residents and fellows. The purpose and goals of the Associated Resident Council shall be multifaceted, including but is not limited to:

  • Representing the interests and concerns of the training residents at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
  • Promoting harmonious relations and collaborations among the residents, and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center faculty and staffs.
  • Creating a forum for residents to pursue social, educational, academic, research, regulatory, advocacy, and volunteer interests.
  • Developing a community and network for training residents.


  • The resident must be in good standing with his or her program and with GME.
  • Per ACGME’s guidelines, ARC representatives should be voluntary and must be self-nominated, or nominated by peers.
    • The annual nomination process may be managed by chief residents at the discretion of the program.
    • The annual list of nominees must be collected and approved by the program directors.
  • The resident should have some interest in medical education or academic education.

General guidelines

  • The number of ARC representatives will be dependent on the size of the core specialty program.
  • For each core specialty, up to 1-2 representatives may come from the corresponding subspecialty (For example a Cardiology fellow for Internal Medicine’s ARC representatives).
  • All core specialty programs may elect ARC representatives in all year level (including current residents and fellows, incoming PGY-1s and fellows, and transferring residents).
  • The list of ARC representatives should be emailed to GME prior to the GMEC June Meeting of each academic year.
    • Programs may reserve 1 slot for incoming residents to be named by the GMEC July meeting of each academic year.
  • The ARC will present progress updates at GMEC semiannually (usually in January/Feb and June/July GMEC meetings).

Duties and responsibilities

  • The ARC representative shall serve as the primary representative for his or her respective specialty at the ARC meetings.
  • ARC meetings will be held approximately three times per semester (six meetings total), depending upon the agenda of the academic year, which be determined by the annual ARC resident survey.
  • The ARC representative will serve on sub-committees based on the agenda of the academic year.
  • The selected ARC representative must be able to attend at least 50% of ARC meetings; when attendance is not possible, an alternative representative must be designated for that meeting.
  • The ARC representative shall circulate GME- and ARC-related announcements and/or pertinent events to his or her respective colleagues.
  • The ARC representative will be eligible for appointment to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center's special subcommittees.