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A picture of a group of students eating dinner in Studio Sudikoff while two doctors sit at a table taking questions

The longer I am at Dartmouth, the more I appreciate the proximity Dartmouth has to its medical school—the Geisel School of Medicine—and its hospital, the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), which is only a short bus drive away. There's a robust and consistent shadowing program with DHMC, a program initiating conversations between undergraduates and medical students to learn about medical school and more! All of this runs through the Nathan Smith Society (NSS), Dartmouth's leading student organization for pre-health students! You can check out the website here.

This week, I had the opportunity to attend a "Dinner with a Doc" event, a smaller event run by NSS! This was my first term signing up for the event. Essentially, students get to have dinner with a doctor and get to ask them questions about their specialty! This time, we got to have dinner with two psychiatrists.

As someone who's always been intrigued by the idea of psychiatry but hasn't had much exposure to the specialty, I found the panel really fascinating! I learned that psychiatry has been a little pushed to the wayside in terms of medicine from a social and fiscal separation of mental health from the rest of medicine over the last fifty years through legislation and insurance companies, which makes accessible care more difficult. I learned that there's so much in the field of psychiatry and mental health that has yet to be discovered; is it possible to biologically define the causes of mental disorders? I also got to learn about the nature of psychiatric care, a combination of education, psychotherapy, and collaboration with patients to achieve the best care possible. As of this moment, the concept of being a psychiatrist is interesting, but I found the research surrounding psychiatry especially intriguing. I'll have to learn more!

Overall, I'm very glad I attended the event! It allowed me to learn about a specialty in a slightly different way than shadowing. The food was also great!

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