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The Department of Medicine shares Dartmouth-Hitchcock's commitment to Diversity and Inclusion. We understand that diversity fosters innovation and creates a welcoming and inclusive environment for our patients, colleagues, residents, fellows, and our community. We are committed to building and maintaining a community that recognizes the value of human diversity in all its forms.

Please review the links below more information on ongoing efforts to address diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health communities.

A message from Dr. Erick Lansigan, our Principal for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Frederick Lansigan, MD

Dr. Erick Lansigan

I was recently named the Principal of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Department of Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The Department of Medicine prides itself on recruiting a diverse workforce of trainees, faculty, and staff from all genders, geographic regions, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our neighbor, Dartmouth College and our academic partner Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine enrich the diversity of our campuses and communities. The arts thrive and flourish in the Upper Valley with the nationally acclaimed Hopkins Center for the Arts, Northern Stage's Briggs Opera House, and the adjacent Hood Museum that dedicates a gallery to indigenous art, celebrating the hallowed land of the Abenaki people. White River Junction, VT where our affiliate Veteran’s Affairs Hospital is located, is home to some of our favorite ethnic eateries, shops, theater, and healing arts.

The Department of Medicine is committed to anti-racism and anti-bias practices by developing and modeling educational opportunities for our learners. Our learners will acquire the knowledge and skills to recognize and redress disparities and inequities that impact individual patient and population health, implicit bias in the health care setting, present-day systemic barriers and their historical contexts, and inappropriate use of race-based medicine as a proxy for genetic or biological risk. We are committed to a culture of safety in our work environment and community spaces that allows us to be compassionate and empathetic to each other and our patients.

We continue to address health care disparities on a number of fronts. We are a strong force in our local community health partners, such as the Good Neighbor Health Clinic, who provide care to people who are in need and do not have the means to pay. We participate in the Rural Health Scholars Program to help medical students learn leadership skills necessary to successfully provide care to rural, underserved patient populations. We take pride in our transgender clinic led by the Section of Endocrinology. Global Health opportunities, while stymied by COVID19, are still alive and strong in the support we show our global partners in Haiti, Rwanda, Tanzania, Honduras, and Kosovo, through virtual platforms, namely Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes).

We strive to nurture and build the multiplicity of values, beliefs, interests, and viewpoints of a diverse and inclusive community to foster excellence in providing an exceptional medical and graduate education and deliver quality health care for all.

Respectfully,

Erick Lansigan, MD
Principal of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In diversity there is beauty and there is strength. We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of that tapestry are equal in value no matter their color.

Maya Angelou

Internal Medicine Residency group photo of diverse residents

Internal Medicine Residency group photo of residents showing diversity

 

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