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Chief Residents' Message

Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC)!

As a a Level 1 trauma center located in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire.  We have a catchment area of nearly 2 million people, which provides comprehensive case diversity and incredibly high acuity. In fact, we have one of the highest case-mix indexes in the country and by the end of CA-2 year most have already completed their ACGME minimum case requirements for graduation. Our residents graduate well prepared and go on to a mix of private practice, academics, and competitive fellowships. 

Sarah Bachman and Anne-Laure Dassier, Chief Residents in Anesthesiology

In addition to excellent training, the residents in our program feel well supported.  Here you will be treated as a colleague by both your co-residents and attending physicians.  Even on the toughest call days, residents comment that they feel like they are working among friends.  We believe that our greatest strength is our faculty who are passionate and committed to their patients, as well as to the academic mission.  Education is a priority and the program is responsive to our needs.  We value excellence in clinical care and work together to continually improve the patient perioperative experience.

As a We are a medium-sized program, we not only ensure that all residents have access to the most challenging cases, but that their clinical experience is tailored to individual needs and professional aspirations.   For example, numerous residents have taken and passed the Basic TEE Board exam and many graduates have gone on to do hearts in private practice or successfully pursued prestigious cardiac fellowships. Our regional anesthesia program is directed by world-renowned faculty in the specialty and our residents have many opportunities to work in the block area. All rotations are done at DHMC although international or national electives are permitted in CA-3 year, if desired. Whatever your career goals are, you can get the training you need in our program.

Beyond the outstanding training offered, DHMC is unique for its location and culture. Access to outdoor activities is unparalleled and enthusiasts can easily find their sport of choice — there is even a great hiking and mountain biking trail right on the hospital campus! New Hampshire’s White Mountains and the Green Mountains of Vermont offer an endless playground and it is not uncommon to hear residents, faculty, and staff chatting about their weekend adventures. Proximity to Dartmouth College uniquely affords this rural setting high quality restaurants and cultural access. To cite a few examples, the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth attracts world-renowned artists throughout the year and our local professional theatre, the Northern Stage, offer a variety of productions. The area is safe and family-friendly. We have all four seasons and quintessential New England charm. From phenomenal fall foliage, excellent winter skiing, spring maple sugaring to summer swims in local rivers and lakes, you are sure to find something to do on your free time. When looking for a change in scenery, Boston, Montreal and Burlington are easy weekend trips and Boston’s Logan International airport is a convenient launching point for travel.

We are very proud of our program here at DHMC. Congratulations on your choice to become an anesthesiologist. We wish you the very best in your search for a residency program that will be the best fit for you!

Sincerely,

Sarah Bachman and Anne-Laure Dassier

Chief Residents in Anesthesiology, 2020-2021

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