At the Hospitals: Gift Opens Dartmouth Institute to More Undergraduates

Friday, March 09, 2018
Gift Opens Dartmouth Institute to More Undergraduates

Hanover — Undergraduates at Dartmouth College will soon have access to research and training from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice that was previously only available to graduate and professional-level students, thanks to a gift from Dartmouth College alumnus Eric Eichler.

The Institute studies how to make health care better, and for years has been looking for ways to incorporate more undergraduate students. The gift from Eichler, class of 1957, will make that possible.

“With Eric Eichler’s visionary gift, we will be able to work closely with our colleagues in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences to build a program that will enable students to understand the challenges facing health care systems around the world, and to begin to think critically about what will be required to transform healthcare,” Elliott Fisher, director of The Dartmouth Institute, said in a news release.

The expanded access for undergraduates will include an annual summer program, fellowship opportunities, and both co-curricular and for-credit courses. This summer, 10 Dartmouth undergraduates will be awarded the Eric Eichler ‘57 Fellowship for Health Care Leaders. Fellows will attend the summer residency at no cost, taking part in health-care delivery science internships and research opportunities, and participate in a yearlong mentorship program with a faculty member.

Eichler, the son of a physician, hopes his gift will strengthen Dartmouth’s commitment to improving healthcare systems.

“This gift will start the ball rolling to address questions about healthcare and medicine and how they are taught,” Eichler said. “Our country can do better than it’s doing now.”