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Mid Coast Hospital Providers Train Tufts Medical Students

Elena Cravens

On June 4, two medical students began a nine-month clinical rotation at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick. Maine Track students Elena Cravens and Kelsey O'Neil are gaining hands-on training under the supervision of Mid Coast providers as part of the Tufts University School of Medicine - Maine Medical Center Program (TUSM-MMC) Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) program.

Commonly referred to as "the Maine Track," Mid Coast Hospital has participated as a training site for the program since 2011. Through this program medical students explore multiple medical disciplines including OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, and General Surgery. The intensive program allows students to fulfill their third-year core competencies while offering a uniquely broad view of the variety of comprehensive care patients receive throughout life.

Marybeth Ford, MD, coordinates the LIC program at Mid Coast Hospital. "Mid Coast Hospital is honored to be a training site for the TUSM-MMC LIC program. We have participated in the program since its inception and are proud to support its mission of encouraging medical students to return to Maine," said Dr. Ford.

Born in Maine, Cravens received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Her experience as a Child Life Volunteer in greater Boston emergency departments, providing comfort to children and families during traumatic experiences, has helped shape her career goals as a physician. She has also worked in a variety of research labs focusing on topics ranging from plant biol­ogy to human genomics.

Kelsey O'Neil

When asked about her participation in the Maine Track program, Cravens commented, "I am inspired by the great need for more medical services in rural areas, and the benevolence people can exude there. My goal is to return to rural Maine as a physician to give back to the community that gave me so much growing up."

Born and raised in the Portland area, O'Neil graduated from the University of Southern Maine and worked as a medical scribe at Mid Coast Hospital. She also completed a research internship at Maine Medical Center Research Institute and volunteered at the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital and the Center for Grieving Children.

"I love the state of Maine and it will be such a great experience to obtain my medical education here," said O'Neil when asked why she chose the program. "The Maine Track program seems like a very supportive community and I cannot wait to be a part of it."

"We are excited to welcome Elena and the return of Kelsey this year," said Dr. Ford. "With the growing concern of physician shortages in Maine's smaller and rural communities, the program has been a tremendous success in training Maine students and having them return to Maine to practice."

 
 
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