Dana Im

Dana Im ‘10, MD, MPP, MPhil



How Neuroscience and Wellesley Shaped My Career in Emergency Medicine

Have you ever wondered what your career would look like after graduating from Wellesley with a degree in Neuroscience? Dr. Dana Im, a Wellesley alum from the Class of 2010, will describe her journey from BISC 110 to the emergency department in Boston, where she is uniquely positioned to advocate for patients who would otherwise receive no care at all. She will detail how multidisciplinary approaches to education in Neuroscience have prepared her to combine her interests in medicine, research, public health, and policy to advocate for patients with behavioral health emergencies-- one of the most vulnerable patient populations in the emergency department.


Dr. Im graduated from Wellesley College with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, after which she received a master’s degree in Public Health at the University of Cambridge as a Wellesley Knafel Fellowship recipient. She graduated from Harvard University with a medical degree and a master’s degree in public policy at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is Chief Resident in Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. In July, she will be joining the faculty at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital to lead the emergency department’s new initiatives in improving the care of patients with behavioral health emergencies.