Program Introduction for Interviewing Residents
The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) is New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serving a population of 1.9 million across northern New England. D-H provides access to more than 1,800 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). DHMC was named in 2020 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 9 clinical specialties, procedures, and conditions.
DHMC is located in Lebanon, NH, at the central western border of New Hampshire, adjacent to Vermont. We see patients from New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York and Maine. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health has a networks of members hospitals and clinics.
Provider payment model
- Across Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H), providers are not paid on collections.
- We do not have to ask patients what kind of insurance they have to figure out what clinic to schedule them in.
- The residents and fellows see patients in the same clinic as attending physicians.
At Dartmouth-Hitchcock, we seek to train future plastic surgeons who are ethical and compassionate, and dedicated to the care of patients, as well as advancement of medical knowledge and science in the field of plastic surgery. Our small program, located in the beautiful Upper Valley, offers opportunities for residents to work closely with faculty, in and out of the operating room. Our clinical case mix will provide residents with ample opportunity to train in all aspects of our specialty. Plastic surgery opportunities include:
- Congenital defects of the head and neck
- Neoplasms of the head and neck
- Craniomaxillofacial trauma
- Cosmetic surgery of the head and neck, trunk and extremities
- Plastic surgery of the breast
- Surgery of the hand/upper extremities
- Plastic surgery of the lower extremity
- Plastic surgery of the congenital and acquired defects of the trunk and genitalia
- General reconstruction by tissue transfer, including flaps and grafts
- Surgery of benign and malignant lesions of the skin and soft tissue
- Burn (residents are provided with a formal rotation at USC/LAC Burn Center)
View block schedule (pdf)
Benefits / policies
Important/required GME policies – please read prior to your interview
All GME policies are can be reviewed here:
Research and program opportunities
Residents have ample opportunity for clinical research during their training program. The faculty have diverse number of projects available for the residents to engage in. The residents also are encouraged to pursue areas of particular interest to them and to develop projects, with faculty support to complete during their training program.
Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency (LPMR)
- Builds on TDI strengths in outcomes research, improvement, population health and institutional commitment to quality, safety, and value
- MPH degree from TDI – tuition paid by program!
- Opportunity to lead change and improvement at DHMC
- Two month governmental public health experience
- Dedicated faculty coach; teaching opportunities; unique multi-specialty resident/fellow/faculty group
- May incorporate research in one year of program (3 + 1)
- continue clinical work
- moonlighting allowed
- Graduates are in demand and employers are very interested in their mix of clinical skills plus improvement and change knowledge and experience
- Visit the LPMR web page, email email@example.com or contact an alum to learn more!
Electives and global health opportunities
Residents are encouraged to participate in a one- to two-week elective assignment outside the United States under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Rosen. These assignments are coordinated through private organizations and have recently included trips to the Dominican Republic and Vietnam. During such assignments, the residents are primarily involved in pediatric plastic surgery, including congenital cleft/craniofacial deformities as well as congenital anomalies of the hand (e.g., syndactyly, polydactyly). A substantial exposure to the management of burn scar contractures is also provided. Residents are involved in all aspects of preoperative evaluation, intraoperative management, and early postoperative care. Residents are directly involved in approximately 30 cases during a typical trip. Of these, typically 20 cases are congenital cleft deformities and five cases are congenital anomalies of the upper extremities. Remaining cases consist largely of burn contracture releases. Some form of continuity of care for this experience is made possible through an Internet-based telemedicine system. The opportunity to participate on an overseas mission is fully optional.
Orientation, simulation & skills labs
DHMC has a Patient Safety Training Center, also known as the “Sim Center”.
There are skills labs, including suturing, laparoscopic and robotics training. The department participates in simulation and also has annual anatomic dissection at the cadaver lab at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.
Match communication code of conduct
We follow the NRMP guidelines for the Match process. We will not contact you but are happy to hear from you and to answer questions you may have that are not answered during the application and interview process.
Upper valley life
Lebanon, New Hampshire was Rated Best Small Town in America. There are many outdoor activities available in the Upper Valley for all seasons. Activities include:
- Road biking, gravel biking, fat tire biking, mountain biking
- Hiking in the white mountains of New Hampshire, the green mountains of Vermont, hiking segments of the Appalachian trail, the Long Trail (Vermont)
- Rock climbing, ice climbing
- Swimming outdoors and indoor facilities during the winter
- Sailing, water skiing on many lakes
- Kayaking, sculling, rowing canoeing, paddle boarding on Connecticut River or lakes
- Skiing, alpine, XC, back country
- Ice skating, hockey
- Maple sugaring
The cultural opportunities in the upper Valley are similar to towns of 300,000 or more, likely due to the influences of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
- Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College has numerous theatre events, concerts, films, including 5-6 films previewed for the Telluride film festival before public viewing.
- Opera North and the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon, NH, provide high quality theatre and opera productions, in addition to live concerts.
- Northern Stage in White River Junction, VT, is the preeminent year-round theater company in the region, offering professional productions of world premieres, classics, and musicals.
- Museums: the Hood Museum (photo shown on right, courtesy of Dartmouth) at Dartmouth; Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, VT
- Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences
- The Upper Valley Trails Alliance (UVTA) strives to form and support partnerships with any town, organization or person in the Upper Valley willing to work on the improvement and sustainable development of public trails.
View area photos by visiting the links below:
For more on life in the upper valley, visit this web page.
- Boston: 2 – 2.5 hours by Dartmouth Coach
- NYC: 4 hours by Dartmouth Coach
- Montreal: 3 hours by car