Welcome Incoming TDI Student, Gina Ricciardelli
Here is another Graduate Forum article in a series profiling incoming graduate students from across campus.
Classes have already started at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) here at Dartmouth. TDI is one of the largest graduate programs on campus with well over 100 students annually enrolled. Gina Ricciardelli has just started the 10-month intensive program as a full-time student.
Ricciardelli is originally from Rhinebeck, New York, near Poughkeepsie. Prior to coming to Dartmouth she attended the University of New Hampshire (UNH) where she majored in health management and policy. In the years since her 2004 graduation from UNH, she has worked mainly as a clinical research coordinator for organizations such as Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and the clinical trials offices of both NYU and most recently, Yale. In addition to working in academic settings, she has also worked in industry for Quintiles in Cambridge, MA, a contract research organization (CRO) that provides clinical research services for biotech and pharmaceutical clients. Ricciardelli has “always been doing health-care related work” and definitely enjoys it.
Encouraged by her undergraduate professor and mentor, she applied to TDI because she wanted to earn a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, a degree that complements her strong interests in healthcare. She had looked at other programs initially, but it was TDI’s smaller class sizes coupled with its New England location that won her over. “I love New Hampshire, so I was really happy to come back to this area.” Ricciardelli is also an avid skier; she competed as a member of UNH’s ski team and club ski team as an undergraduate. An added benefit of attending TDI is its proximity to the bigger ski mountains and easy accessibility to outdoor activities of all kinds, which she values.
Post-TDI, Ricciardelli would like to complete a fellowship related to health care policy, perhaps with the CDC or FDA. “I’m very interested in disease surveillance and improving agribusiness on a large-scale level.” For now, she is enjoying getting to know the other TDI students. “It’s exciting to see the diversity of the different backgrounds and where everyone has come from.” When not in class, Ricciardelli lives in nearby Etna with her yellow lab mix, Ajax, and is excitedly awaiting the start of ski season!
We welcome Ricciardelli to Dartmouth and wish her the best in her studies this year!
by Lisa Jackson