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The "Upper Valley" along the Vermont/New Hampshire border is a collection of little-known small towns featuring the New England we all look for. You'’'ll find beauty, nature, soft adventure, art–and even what Forbes magazine called "the best gelato in America."

The Upper Valley

About the Upper Valley

  • Small-town life with lots of four-season outdoor activities-hiking, biking, cross country skiing
  • Surfeit of culture, great food and unique shopping possibilities
  • Small college town atmosphere with good schools and cultural events
  • Local music and art scene is “alive”- with many restaurants hosting live music several nights a week
  • The “Upper Valley” of New Hampshire and Vermont offers diverse employment and pace of life

“I chose to train at Dartmouth because it offered a combination of one-on-one surgical training and a tight-knit community, all within one of the most beautiful parts of the country.”

Marc Polacco, Class of 2019

The Upper Valley blends the very traits I aim to embody – a sense of movement, vitality and purpose interwoven with nature.

Prashanthi Divakar, Class of 2022

Dartmouth offered a unique combination of strong hands on surgical training, hospital wide collegiality, abundant outdoor recreation, and a great family atmosphere I couldn’t pass up. I commute ten minutes to work and have numerous hikes, lakes, and rivers within an hour drive.

Mason Hinchcliff, Class of 2023

I chose the program because it seemed like a great group of people when I interviewed - I wasn’t really attracted by the location. I ended up loving the location because of the skiing, hiking, biking and outdoor adventures available in the area.

Kathryn Noonan, Class of 2017

Dartmouth is a great combination of top notch faculty and training combined with "easy" living. There's no traffic, easy parking, and the most beautiful hospital I've ever seen. Combined with outstanding year round recreational activities it's a great place to spend five years.

Tate Maddox, Class of 2012
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