Physician-Volunteer Sees Global Policy Lessons in New Health Delivery Program

MCHDSIn this series, Dartmouth Now features stories from the master’s program at the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science. The program, which welcomed its first class of students in July 2011, is committed to the value-based improvement of health care delivery—achieving better outcomes for the same or lower costs—that is scientifically, ethically, and managerially sound. The partnership between The Dartmouth Institute’s advanced research expertise in health care outcomes and the Tuck School of Business’s proven success in teaching leadership and teamwork, finance, and operations combine to create an unmatched educational opportunity.

By Susan J. Boutwell and Kirk Cassels

In this fourth installment of Dartmouth Now’s “Transformational Change: Lessons in Health Care Delivery Science” series, MHCDS student Dr. Bonni Curran talks about wanting to better understand public policy and health policy to apply to her work in developing countries. Six months into the 18-month program, Curran is already finding herself able to impact health care delivery at international sites where she is a medical volunteer.

Other stories in this series:

Transformational Change: Part 1—Tuck Professor Robert Shumsky talks about the unique nature of this new Dartmouth program.

Transformational Change: Part 2 Massachusetts General Hospital Dr. Kenneth Rosenfield ’77 explains how he’s bringing new knowledge to the national cardiology programs he organizes.

Transformational Change: Part 3 U.S. Navy Commander Matt Grimes says he’ll use lessons from Dartmouth in his work trying to reduce costs in Navy medicine.

Transformational Change: Part 5— Oklahoma State Senator Tom Adelson, who is also a former Secretary of Health in Oklahoma, and his brother Dr. David Adelson, Associate Vice President for Campus Planning and Associate Professor of Dermatology and Internal Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Medical School, discuss the connections between public policy and health care.