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Matthew Breeggemann

Welcome to the Internal Medicine program at Dartmouth! We are thrilled that you are interested in learning more about training here.

I chose Dartmouth because of the people. When I left my interview day, I knew there was something different about the staff, residents, and physicians with whom I would be spending a significant amount of time. Everyone, regardless of job, was nice and seemed to genuinely care about the training I would receive and the quality of life I would have outside of work! This was in addition to their devotion to resident/student education and research. This really stuck with me throughout the rest of my interview trail.

I also admired the location of the hospital. I grew up in Montana and, although the Appalachians may not be as tall, they still offer similar amazing outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, and water activities.

I attended Carroll College (Helena, Montana) and Creighton University School of Medicine (Omaha, Nebraska) before calling Dartmouth home. Before I started residency, I had a strong passion for nephrology and basic science research. One of my highlights in residency, and one that speaks wonders to our residency program, is that I was able to arrange a three-month research elective at the National Institutes of Health. Our program director was instrumental in setting this up for me aligning my career interests with extramural opportunities.

I would be happy to answer any questions you have regarding our training program and am really excited that you are considering applying here!

 


 

Katrina Soriano

Welcome to the DHMC Internal Medicine Program, a diverse group of dedicated people working together as a close knit community in beautiful New Hampshire! Even after spending a short time with the residents and faculty during my interview day, I knew this program was special. After three years of residency, what has struck me the most is the warm collegiality, energetic camaraderie, genuine curiosity, and unparalleled devotion to medical education and patient care that permeates throughout the program and the hospital. Dartmouth’s culture of promoting and prioritizing one’s intellectual, physical, and emotional well-being is one that I have come to greatly appreciate as well.

I have spent the majority of my life within or near the New England area. I grew up in northern New Jersey, studied Biology and Psychology at Wellesley College in MA, and moved to the literal sweetest place on earth, Hershey, PA for medical school. I continue to enjoy the fresh New England air, quaint towns with local boutiques, and breathtaking views of the lakes and mountains here in the Upper Valley. In my free time I enjoy playing golf until the first snow of the year, hitting tennis balls, running/hiking, watching shows and performances, and exploring new eateries, coffee shops, and local brews. I am truly looking forward to spending another year at Dartmouth with my colleagues and friends.

As you explore our website, please reach out if you have any questions about the program or life in the Upper Valley! We look forward to meeting you during recruiting season!

 


 

John Howe

Hello!

I grew up in Freeport, Maine, as the youngest of three boys. Life was a seasonally adjusted adventure with sailing, backpacking, pond hockey, and back-country skiing thrown into the mix. I started playing the Cello at six and joined a youth orchestra in Boston during my high-school years where I met a gorgeous oboe player named Martina who became my best friend. I dropped the last year of high-school in favor of a year with an international NGO in the Peruvian amazon, then went on to study botany in college at Southern Adventist University. I deferred medical school a year to work on a peanut farm in West Africa. On return, Martina agreed to marry me; just two months later, she began dental school the same day I began medical school at Loma Linda University in southern California.

My interview day at Dartmouth was cold but clear; an extravagance of sunshine poured through the windows of the hospital and set off the dark green of the surrounding woods. My impulsive attraction to those woods was matched by an admiration for the residents and faculty I met and the organizational focus on medical education. I matched into the primary care track and subsequently entered the medical education pathway. My most meaningful clinical experiences have been in the intensive care unit and in my own outpatient clinic—so I’m applying for a fellowship in pulmonary-critical care.

My hobbies include long-distance trail running, cross country ski-skating, sailing, and wood-working. My wife and I still enjoy playing music at least once a week at our church in Plainfield NH. We have a 1-year old boy named William and Martina works part-time as a dentist. The three of us recently took a long run (William in a stroller) along untrammeled country roads. It was cool and overcast with a light rain and the vivid green of the trees reflected in the river that ran alongside us. The beauty of the moment (and the weight of the stroller) took my breath away, and reminded me that I couldn’t have found a better place to live and work.

Best wishes on this application cycle. I hope you’ll reach out with any questions.

John Howe

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