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Meet Dr. Dan Henry...
of Internal Medicine
Clinical Program Director
When I was growing up, I thought for sure I was
going to be a civil engineer like my father. I enjoyed surveying
and the thought of designing roads, bridges, and storm drains
was very interesting. However, when I started college I had a
good friend who was pre-med, and then decided that being a
physician was very appealing. I had a role model in Dr.
Thompson, my pediatrician, who had treated my asthma with very
good results. I was accepted to Vanderbilt Medical School and I
had a lot of great teachers there. A pathologist, Dr. Robert
Collins, is the teacher of whom I have the greatest memories.
Every month we had clinical pathological conferences and the
students were given the history of a patient and we tried to
“solve” the case. We went to the conference where a clinician
discussed the case and then Dr. Collins reviewed the pathology
and, most importantly, explained all the clinical findings.
Those lessons stayed with me my entire career.
As I went on to my training in internal medicine
at Cornell, I realized how enjoyable it was to work with
students and teach them about clinical medicine. I then moved
out West, and completed my fellowship in nephrology at UCLA. I
stayed on as a faculty member at a county hospital where I was
in charge of the UCLA students who did rotations, and I also
became very involved in residency education. We relocated to
Connecticut in 1991, since my wife and I felt it would be a
better place to raise a family, and we were right. I have been
in my current position since 1996 and I am lucky to be involved
in teaching all 4 years of the curriculum. When I was at the
county hospital, I also ran the ICU for a few years, and as a
result, I now do a lot of teaching in basic science related to
kidney physiology, as well as pulmonary and cardiovascular
“When applicants ask me ‘What is
the best thing about UConn?,’ I reply ‘The
In the third-year curriculum, I am in charge of
Multidisciplinary Ambulatory Experience (a 32-week course), and
the four-week Inpatient Medicine course. In the fourth-year
curriculum, I am in charge of the Advanced Clinical Experience
course (three months) which has subinternship, critical care and
emergency medicine sections.
When applicants ask me “What is the best thing
about UConn?,” I reply “The students.” They are remarkable not
only in their intellect but also in how caring they are, and in
how devoted they are to the community. The amount of time the
students spend in student-run clinics including South Park
Clinic (homeless shelter for adults and some children), South
Marshall (pediatric clinic), Migrant Farm Workers, and
Adolescent YMCA (shelter for female teenagers) is remarkable. As
the attending faculty member at South Park and Adolescent YMCA,
I get the opportunity to see how dedicated the students are to
Other things that I like most about UConn are
the small class size where many faculty know the names of all
the students, a large number of small group conferences, and
probably the most useful – the early clinical exposure. As a
result, students early on see the clinical relevance of what
they are learning in the basic science curriculum. It is
extremely helpful since we are able in the second year to teach
them activities such as oral presentations, clinical reasoning,
and write ups that are usually not taught until the third year.
I consider myself very fortunate to be a faculty member and have
my current job.