[JOHN K. SPRINGER ‘53 PUBLIC POLICY INTERN PROFILE] Catherine Meyer ‘14 (Weston, MA) is an economics major and health policy minor pursuing a career in both clinical medicine and health policy. She is a walk-on member of the Varsity Cross Country and Track teams, treasurer of the Nathan Smith Pre-health Society, Dartmouth Athletic Department Peer Mentor, and intern with the Patient Support Corps at the Center for Informed Choice at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She attended the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA where she was a member of the varsity soccer and varsity cross country teams, an editor of the school newspaper, a peer mentor, and president of the community service board. Outside of school, she workedwith the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program in their hospital and shelter based clinicsand on their mobile outreach van. She was a National AP scholar and National Meritcommended student.Catherine was funded in honor of the late John K. Springer ’53 who served on the RockefellerCenter Board of Visitors for a summer 2012 internship.Executive Summary from Catherine’s final report:The Center for Informed Choice (CIC) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) and theDartmouth Institute for Health Policy (TDI) strives to advance patient informed choice andshared decision making in healthcare decisions and delivery by improving technology,increasing its utilization, increasing collaboration among physicians and patients, and working with policy leaders on the local, state, and national level. The “As a John Springer ’53 intern, goals of CIC’s Patient Support Corps, a pilot program funded I had the financial resources by the Geisel School of Medicine, are to increase and improve to pursue this unpaid patient and physician utilization of shared decision making internship that provided me practices through the education of both undergraduates and with invaluable experience, medical students in facilitating shared decision making practices, and to integrate and increase shared decision knowledge, and contacts.”
making into medical practices on a state and eventually national level as a means of improvinghealthcare and its delivery.As an intern, I worked directly with both the program’s patients and physicians by facilitatingthe shared decision making process, coaching patients through the question generationprocess, taking notes on their questions, attending their appointments, and providing a recordof patient questions and physician answers for review by both the patients and physicians. Ialso helped develop, plan for, and lead a training session for new Patient Support Corps interns,work on the policies and procedures manual, and help out and attend an internationalconference on shared decision-making (The Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice),which was hosted by The Dartmouth Institute in July. My internship gave me the opportunity todeepen my understanding of shared decision-making and further sparked my interest in healthpolicy. My internship provided me with the knowledge, experience, and networking that iscurrently allowing me to work with another health clinic in Hanover to develop a shareddecision making program of their own. I plan to continue to work with the Patient SupportCorps in the upcoming terms (but in a smaller capacity) in order to help them maintain andgrow their program. Catherine Meyer ’14 with her colleagues at the Center for Shared Decision Making during her summer 2012 internship.