Program Introduction for Interviewing Fellows
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 network of member hospitals and clinics.
The Vascular Surgery Fellowship training program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock is dedicated to training fellows to become future leaders in the specialty of Vascular Surgery through a robust clinical and academic experience. The primary aim of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program is to educate and train vascular fellows to capably and confidently practice all aspects of evidence based vascular surgery independently in all clinical settings. In addition, the training program provides a robust academic training environment to foster a culture of inquiry in which fellows are exposed to and participate in surgical scholarship, quality improvement methodology, and research techniques (statistical analysis, clinical trial design, abstract, manuscript and grant preparation). Based on this comprehensive experience, we expect that our graduates will successfully obtain board certification from the American Board of Surgery and take on impactful professional roles within their respective vascular communities.
Benefits / policies
Important/required GME policies – please read prior to your interview
All GME policies are can be reviewed here:
Teaching conferences are held each Monday from 7:00 to 11:00 am during protected time when all faculty and trainees can attend. These conferences include:
- Vascular Surgery Didactic Curriculum
- Preoperative Case Conference
- Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Conference
- Journal Club
- Research Conference
- VSAP Conference
- “How I Do It” Technical Pearl Conference
- Noninvasive Vascular Lab Curriculum
- Multidisciplinary Stroke/Cerebrovascular Conference
- Simulation/Skills Curriculum
- Resilience Training
- Heart and Vascular Center (HVC) Grand Rounds
- Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) Quality Improvement Conference
Research and program opportunities
Research opportunities: An opportunity to pursue mentored Health Services Research exists throughout the training paradigm. Fellows also have the option to collaborate within the robust Dartmouth academic community which includes the Tuck School of Business, the Thayer School of Engineering, and the broader Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and Geisel School of Medicine communities. Research support is provided to permit scientific presentations at conferences and academic symposia.
History of our section
The integrated residency and fellowship programs at Dartmouth has a proud and sustained tradition of training academic leaders in Vascular Surgery. Our Section and Program, founded by Jack Cronenwett, has maintained an academically diverse faculty who have perennially succeeded in their educational roles and mission, cultivating a culture of clinical mentorship and scientific inquiry, optimal for fostering trainees in their career development.
We are proud of our section’s track record of significant accomplishment at the faculty level within our specialty:
- Two SVS presidents
- Five NESVS presidents
- Six Executive Council SVS/NESVS
- One SVS Lifetime Achievement Award
- Seven NIH/SVS/FDA grant funding
- >30 clinical trials
- JVS editors
- Co-editor Rutherford
- Founding site for Vascular Study Group of New England (VSGNE), VQI
- Hundreds of peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, podium presentations
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.
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