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Richard Saunders

Welcome to Dartmouth and thanks for exploring what our medicine residency has to offer.

I was born in London and grew up in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey: a town famous for the two hyphens in its name and the home of Theodosia Prevost (among fans of Hamilton). I studied math and history at Middlebury College, then worked in health care consulting in Washington, DC and went to medical school at George Washington University. My wife Katie – a doctoral student at The Dartmouth Institute – and our shaggy dog re-located to the Dartmouth area for my residency and her graduate school.

When I applied for residency I constructed long lists comparing isolated elements of one program to another, including call and clinic schedules, fellowship placement, the presence or absence of food during conferences. In the end, I was drawn to Dartmouth for its welcoming environment and sense of community, factors difficult to force into a spreadsheet.

Our program at Dartmouth has the academic resources and clinical exposure of a much larger program, but it is small enough to allow each resident to chart their own course. In our area of New Hampshire and Vermont, the beer is world class, plentiful and delicious, the mountains beckon with activities in all seasons, and the pace and ease of life are spectacular.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at any time about our residency program.



Erica Wadas

Hi and welcome to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Internal Medicine Residency website. We are glad you stopped by! Originally from Phoenix, Arizona I have received many quizzical looks from New Englanders about why I chose Dartmouth – a place so far away and so much cooler than home. I definitely had that feeling of “just knowing” this was the right fit for me when I interviewed, and, my feeling fit with the facts. It was a mid-size academic program with an imbedded primary care track along with some time spent working at a VA – all items I wanted. More importantly, the people seemed both smart and kind, very much wanting to teach all levels of learners. Those feelings and facts have fortunately continued to ring true throughout my residency. Additionally, I’ve been surprised by the beauty of the area and the easy and outdoorsy living. And Fall? Wow. Let’s just say I’ve come to fully appreciate these things called “seasons.”

A little more background – I attended Arizona State University for undergrad, majored in Journalism and Mass Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and Strategic Media (too long of a name for a major!) and then after undergrad worked for Stryker as a tech for their laparoscopic video equipment. The hospital felt like home, so I went back for a Biology degree from Grand Canyon University and then attended the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix for medical school.

I’ve thought about doing just about everything in medicine from primary care to transplant hepatology. Ultimately, however, I found my career calling in obesity medicine. My career goal is to help people lose excess weight and in turn reduce the burden of disease caused by it. Once again, thanks for stopping by – if you have any questions just ask!



Ray Klein

I grew up in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, a community similar in many ways to the Upper Valley. I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors and spend much of my free time camping, hiking, alpine skiing, or relaxing on nearby rivers and lakes. I studied biochemistry and psychology at the University of Wisconsin before completing medical school at the same institution. As a huge sports fan and long-term Wisconsinite, I’m fiercely loyal to the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers. In addition to watching collegiate and professional sports, I also enjoy spending time on the tennis court.

During my three years exploring New Hampshire and Vermont, I’ve discovered an abundance of mountains to ski, trails to climb, and outdoor adventures to share with friends, my partner, Dan, and our new puppy. We’ve found the northeast to be a welcoming and stunningly beautiful place to live. The people are friendly, the seasons are brilliant, and the beer is even better than Wisconsin’s.

Thanks for visiting and exploring what the Dartmouth-Hitchcock medicine residency program has to offer. I think you’ll find that Dartmouth is a distinctive program whose graduates go on to have successful careers in the fields of their choosing. I been amazed by our program’s unique ability to balance academic excellence and quality of life, and I’m thoroughly looking forward to spending another year at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Please feel free to reach out if you’d like to learn more!

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