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SUM 2018

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Page 78 of 87 S UMMER 2018 79 live & practice A love of skiing and the outdoors brought Gillian Sowden, M.D., from Scotland to New England. · Photo by Cate Bligh See this issue's physicians in exclusive video interviews at PracticeLink Intermountain's and what I'm trying to accomplish, and I feel completely engaged in helping Intermountain achieve amazing things for our communities and our patients," he says. Lebanon, New Hampshire S I t t I N G A t t h e c r o s s r o a d s o f N e w England is Lebanon, New Hampshire, a small town in a picturesque region that is home to top health care and educational institutions. With four distinct and beautiful seasons—and outdoor recreation options to match—the area ofers sophisticated rural living and is a decidedly great place to work, play and raise a family. Many major and minor highways lead to and from Lebanon, but the spirit of the outdoors permeates everything in this iconic small town in New Hampshire's Upper Valley. Dartmouth College and Dartmouth- Hitchcock Medical Center serve as focal points for Lebanon area business and culture, employing thousands of people between them, and are both sources of pride for a town that recently celebrated the 250th anniversary of its founding. For Gillian Sowden, M .D., a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center physician, the fact that she became a psychiatrist working in New England is in some ways a surprise. Sowden grew up in Scotland, and wanted to be a vet for most of her young adult life. "In Scotland, you have to decide what you want to study right out of high school," she says. "At 16, I could have gone to college. I was a huge science nerd. I studied biology and wanted to figure out a way to have a career that combined my love of learning and science with helping others." Instead, she left home to attend ski school in Norway. But even though she made the British biathlon team for Nordic skiing and shooting, she realized it was not going to be a career. Because she didn't want to stop skiing, she applied to medical schools in the u .S. that had ski programs and earned her undergraduate degree at Williams College. She met her now- husband at Williams, and decided to stay in the u .S. to attend medical school at Harvard. "I went to med school thinking, I'll do anything but psychiatry," she says. "But in my first psychiatry rotation, I was struck by the relationship between patients and the physician." W hile Sowden completed her residency in Boston, she and her husband often talked about where they wanted to settle with their twin boys. "We were looking for a cute New England town that had Now recruiting on Dartmouth- Hitchcock Lebanon Envision Physician Services Veterans Health Administration

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