Foundations week 2019

On July 7, 2019, students from all across North American arrived in Hanover to check in for the exciting week ahead. Here’s the class: Check back for details about what we did throughout the week.

On the last day, participants participated in a Moth Minute, where they shared a few thoughts about how the week had changed them, their perspectives, or things they took away from their experience.

While they spoke, Eisner award-winning comic artist, writer, publisher, illustrator Ricardo “Liniers” Siri drew each of them. Liniers also talked with participants earlier in the week about how to deal with success.

Necessary Injuries: Reflections on Sacrifice from a Former New England Patriot and an Orthopedic Surgeon

January 2019

Tonight, Brian Barthelmes, former New England Patriots Center and James B. Ames, Orthopedic and Sports medicine surgeon visited us in Dartmouth Hall. In the spirit of the upcoming Superbowl, the night kicked off (Punt intended) with pizza and wings from Ziggy’s. Dr. Manish Mishra introduced himself and co-director Dr. Elizabeth Carpenter-Song. He opened the seminar with a brief overview of the purpose of the seminars which is to create a new career approach for people who want to go into healthcare—research, clinical care, or policy.  Mixing humanities and health care is not new, but our approach is new. Our goal is to help people interested in health to develop their values in that work and be courageous in it. Particularly before you get into a health care space so you don’t end up adopting other people’s values, which may not map to your own intrinsic values. Supporting that is achieved by creating a community, by open dialog, and having monthly seminars where we model folks involved in the health care and those involved in other things to show how, regardless of what you are doing, your principles and values are being developed now before you enter the workforce.

Dr. Mishra asked us to consider a framework: understanding arts and humanities is critical to being in this difficult terrain. Arts and humanities teach you important things that go well beyond the fact and teach you how to navigate those facts.  Hold on to what you are interested in and use that as your springboard to get a better sense of self. “Know thyself “(Socrates).

Brian Barthelmes is a guitarist, artist, illustrator, and tattoo artist. Dr. Jamie Ames is an Orthopedic surgeon who dabbled in education. Brian grew up in rural Ohio, in Amish country. He didn’t like football but got into it because that’s what his dad did.  His mother was a swimmer; dad was a coach, so sports is what you did. In college, life feels out of control between school and sports, so he decided to learn the banjo. School, football, and parents had control of his body and his time, but they didn’t have control of his playing banjo. At the end of college, he didn’t know what he wanted to do but knew he didn’t want to go back to Ohio. He went on to talk about the intensity of being a professional football player including the time that was spent away from family, the mental intensity of the game, the demands of practices, and the toll on his body. Music and art are safe places for him mentally, it kept him balanced and aided in his success.

Dr. Ames went to Ivy league schools, spent 11 years in pre-professional training but spent a year post-college in Colorado experiencing life differently as a teacher.  He took the lessons he learned there with him and learned to look at his work differently.  His goals as then, continue to change constantly.  You must check your values and say yes to those things that speak to you to be able to do the job well.  He is constantly making decisions what he wants to do.  If you say yes to everything or aren’t open to change, to follow what inspires you, you will burn out quickly.

Brain said that the stress eats away at your ability to focus. If you don’t know yourself, then you don’t know how to prevent it.

Neither of these guys could have gotten into this professional space without holding on to what was important to them.

ECS: what are strategies that you used to reframe to find joy in that struggle?  Brian: always checking what my motivation was. Protecting his friends became his motivation for a while. Jamie: coming back to a place where I had trained, suddenly all eyes on you. Expectations are high.  Being able to fall back on friends from other walks of life who could care less about my struggles was hugely helpful. Reach outside of it and reach other folks. You have to create opportunities outside of these spaces for yourself.

MKM: how do you protect yourself against conflicting values that others wish to expose you to?  Jamie: you know that everyone struggles, no one comes out unscathed.  Brian: people come from every walk in life, some are overconfident, know yourself and your motivation, so you don’t get lost in that shuffle.

Brian: when I stopped playing football, I didn’t know what I wanted to do.  I had to take a giant leap of faith, and I’m really glad that I took that chance

Today was Brian’s birthday, so we thanked him for spending it with us with a cake.


The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining us!

Dartmouth Health Care Foundations gives students a strong base of knowledge from which to engage in current health care conversations and begin to lead change. Dartmouth develops essential skills for thought leaders in all aspects of public health, especially next-generation health professionals will learn the foundational skills needed to gain a well-rounded understanding of health care domestically and overseas.

There are two components to this journey:

1. During a week-long, on-campus seminar in July, participants delve into the connections between health care and humanities working closely with experts in the field–both local and global.

2. Each month, experts from the Arts, Sciences, Humanities, & global leaders will guide you to think holistically & creatively about healthcare using a humanistic approach.