Chief Resident Welcome

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Beth Feis

Beth Feis

When looking for a residency program, there were two questions that I asked myself after every interview: is this a program where I will learn to be a good doctor, and is this a program where I will be happy. I have been overjoyed to find that the answer to both questions has been a resounding yes while doing my residency here at Dartmouth! Between the kind and approachable attendings who have served as mentors for me during my training, and the awesome co-residents who have become great friends, the people in this program have made my time here truly special. At Dartmouth, I have been allowed to learn and grow in my independent decision making, all while knowing that I had a team of people to back me up if I ever was unsure what next steps to take.

I was born and raised in Auburn, California, which is east of Sacramento up in the mountains. I studied Biology and Medical Humanities at the University of Nebraska (Go Big Red!), and spent a year working as a tech in a research lab before attending medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. I generally consider myself to be an avid indoorsman, as I enjoy video and tabletop games, painting, attending local concerts and theater productions, trying local restaurants and breweries, and perfecting my cinnamon roll recipe. That said, living in the Upper Valley has given me a new appreciation for just how many fun things can be done outdoors as well, and I have found a new love for hiking, trail running, skiing, and canoeing, which are activities I hope to continue in the upcoming year!

I am looking forward to meeting all of you! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions at all!

Email: bethany.e.feis@hitchcock.org


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Obaida Dairi

Obaida Dairi

When I was looking for residency programs, I sought out a place that would support me in accomplishing my career ambitions and, at the same time, provided a kind and collegial environment that would allow for great learning. I can tell you after my three years at Dartmouth that I made the best decision; so much so that it motivated me to pursue a chief year!

I spent pretty much my entire life in the suburbs of Chicago (although I’m a huge Green Bay Packers fan!) outside of being born in Hartford, Connecticut. I completed my Bachelor of Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago Honors College and then went on to medical school at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL before heading back to the beautiful foliage of the Northeast. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife and dog (Chai), hiking, playing team sports (especially soccer!), visiting the local breweries, listening to all kinds of music, and grilling.

I am an alumnus of the categorical tract in the process of pursuing my dream of becoming a Gastroenterologist (and I’ve found all the support in the world here at Dartmouth!). I wish you all the best of luck in this next chapter of your training and hope to meet you all soon. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions about the program or life in the Upper Valley!

Email: obaida.dairi@hitchcock.org


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Simrun Bal

Simrun Bal

Welcome to Dartmouth! When I was looking for residency programs, I was looking for a program that offered excellent clinical training, a strong sense of collegiality and camaraderie, and a challenging yet supportive learning climate. I’ve found all of that and more here at Dartmouth.

I grew up in Virginia in a small suburb of the Washington D.C. area. I then attended the University of Richmond, where I studied biology and anthropology. After undergrad, I worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer in rural northern California, teaching patients about diabetes management, designing projects to improve empathy in medicine, and working on other endeavors in the field of community health. From there, I attended medical school at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and spending time in nature (there are lots of opportunities here in the beautiful Upper Valley), reading (especially historical fiction), and traveling.

I decided to stay at Dartmouth for residency because of the supportive environment and faculty mentors, the great training (particularly in rural health with our extensive catchment area), and the unique sense of collegiality in our hospital, as well as the peaceful beauty of the Upper Valley. I’ve been happy to live in such a lovely and special place over the past 6 years. During residency, I have deeply enjoyed my time in the Primary Care Track and the Global Health Equity Pathway and am happy to answer questions about either of these experiences.

If you’re looking for a residency program that offers fantastic camaraderie, a positive yet challenging learning climate, approachable faculty, and an incredibly beautiful environment outside of the hospital, look no further than our program.

I wish you all the best during this recruitment season! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about the program or life in the Upper Valley.

Email: simrun.k.bal@hitchcock.org