Learning and Discovery at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine

(calm music) – I was an undergraduate at Dartmouth and I did a senior thesis
project with Rob McClung. That project had a very
big influence on me. It was the first time I thought of myself as capable of doing research. I really found an academic
family in his lab. – I’m very lucky to be
going to school where I am because right up here at Darthmouth and the Geisel Medical School is one of the most prestigious
CF labs in the country. And it was so easy just to get involved and this is really an opportunity for me to get into scientific research. – Coming to Dartmouth, I had the goal of exploring as many facets
of medicine as I could. No one in my family
previous to my generation had gone into medicine. – Undergraduate in
Dartmouth was wonderful. I ended up majoring in religion but taking all my premedical courses. And what that did is that allowed me to have the opportunity to grow. To grow my mind, to learn more. – Because Dartmouth offers this diverse liberal arts education, I’m studying both biochemistry and history as a double major. – One of the most unique
things about Dartmouth is that you do have a very
small liberal arts college and you at the same time have access to these world class
research opportunities. Now as a professor, I have the chance to give those
opportunities to undergrads. They bring a lot of creativity, a lot of energy to my
research and to my teaching. – The proximity of the
medical school to the college actually really helps
with the development, I think, of my personal career goals and of the career goals of other pre-meds. So, having access to both medical students and doctors really allows you to look at the different stages of becoming a doctor. Dr. Stan’s lab, when I joined, had three other undergrads and a postdoc. Dr. Stan actually also works
in the lab alongside with us. I had him mentoring me outside the lab but also inside showing me
how to do certain experiments. – I thought I wanted to do
research, but I wasn’t sure. And there was an opportunity
to do 10 hours a week in one of the labs at Dartmouth. And I ended up in a leukemia lab, which was interesting because fast forward to my career in cancer now, my clinical trial work has
been in a very rare tumor called desmoplastic
small round cell tumor. And before I started doing research, the survival rate was 15 to 20%. And now the survival has improved to 60% over the five year period. Now, we wanna get the home run. We wanna be able to actually cure patients with this disease. – The teaching and the
research go hand in hand, so one of the most powerful
education experiences for a learner of any type
is to actually get hands on experience in learning the
ins and outs, the successes, the failures that go along
with pursuing a question for which no one else in
the world knows the answer. – Some of my favorite experiences are seeing the undergrads
come as first year students and grow until they’re able to do their own independent research as seniors. (calm music)

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