health & medicine

In Their Own Words: Alumni in Health & Medicine

William M. Gould '54

I remember clearly that what drew me to sociology was a fascination about the differences between groups of people. It surely hits many freshmen when they arrive on the Hanover Plain and meet classmates from all over the country (the world), and from varied backgrounds, and have to learn to navigate among those differences. I had wonderful teachers in the department (especially Robert Gutman, Maurice Stein, and  Robert McKennan.) For a while I thought I would go on and do graduate work in the field, but gradually came to realize that I wanted to go to medical school.

In my junior year I did an Honors Project with Maurice Stein in the area of occupational sociology. Since I was going into medicine, the study involved reading important (at that time) works about the medical profession by Talcott Parsons, Oswald Hall, and others. I was very proud when I was told that with some polishing it could have been used as a master's thesis.

In Their Own Words: Alumni in Sociology

Steve Cutler '64

After graduation, I went to the University of Michigan where I got a PhD in Sociology (1969).  I taught in the Department of Sociology at Oberlin College from 1969-1984. I then moved to the University of Vermont to accept an endowed chair in gerontology, staying there until I “retired” in 2009.  Along the way, I’ve been President of the Gerontological Society of America, Chair of its Behavioral and Social Sciences Section, Editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, and Chair of ASA’s Section on Aging and the Life Course.  Since retiring, I’ve been teaching part-time at the University of Bucharest (where I’ve had three Fulbright awards) and doing research and writing on population aging and on concerns about developing Alzheimer’s disease.

In Their Own Words: Alumni in Health & Medicine

Thomas M. Aaberg, Sr. '58

Since my Freshman 'survey' course in sociology, 1954, I have benefited from my education in the Department, subsequently  majoring in sociology and then entering Dartmouth Medical School.  My developing interest in 'small group dynamics and behavior'  helped immensely in all aspects of my life.  After finishing the last 2 medical years at Harvard School of Medicine, then interning at Minneapolis General Hospital before returning for an Ophthalmology residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, I was committed to 2 years of 'Military Service' in the CORD program.  I was assigned to the Oklahoma State Health Department and tasked with implementation of a State-side County-situated glaucoma screening program which had been started by my predecessor and then initiating and implementing a state-wide pre-school amblyopia screening program which I developed through help from the University of Oklahoma School of medicine  resulting in Master's thesis and degree [MSPH] from the U. of Oklahoma.  Both programs relied heavily on my sociology training. 

In Their Own Words: Alumni in Health & Medicine

Morgan Cole '07

Following my graduation from Dartmouth, I spent two years as a community health volunteer with the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, then attended graduate school for a master's degree in public policy at Johns Hopkins University. I'm now working on health care policy for the state of Maryland.

Sarah Szkola '03

I use my sociology degree every day! I'm an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at UCSF. I work with children who are hospitalized, as well as those who visit the urgent care clinic. My degree has helped me understand the societal forces that shape our families' experiences, and influence the health of children. I teach medical students and residents, and I consistently draw upon my sociology background to try and help them understand the multiple forces that impact the health of our patients. I am grateful each day for the sociology training I received at Dartmouth!