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Mid Coast Hospital Providers Train Tufts Medical Students

Louisa Bauer

On June 3, two medical students began a nine-month clinical rotation at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, Maine. Maine Track students Louisa Bauer and Rebecca Bell are gaining valuable 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.

Mid Coast Hospital has participated as a training site for the program, commonly referred to as "the Maine Track,” since 2011. While enrolled in the 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 varied, comprehensive types of care patients receive throughout life.

Marybeth Ford, MD, coordinates the LIC program at Mid Coast Hospital. "Mid Coast Hospital is privileged to serve as a training site for the TUSM-MMC LIC program. We are honored to have taken part in the program since it began, and are grateful for the program’s effort to ensure that medical students return to Maine to practice medicine,” said Dr. Ford.

Born and raised in Bedford, Massachusetts, Bauer received her degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Rochester in 2014. In the years after college, she worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator in Breast Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her experience working closely with patients on breast cancer clinical trials confirmed her desire to pursue a career in medicine and to continue connecting with patients. She has also enjoyed volunteering as a tutor for new computer users and as an English language tutor in the city of Boston.

Rebecca Bell

When asked about her decision to participate in the Maine Track program, Bauer said, "My goal is to serve the state of Maine as a physician and I am excited to begin learning and interacting with patients to work towards this goal. In particular, I look forward to understanding more about medicine in rural communities in Maine and I also hope to explore research opportunities in public health.”

A native of Yarmouth, Bell graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Williams College in 2015. Since graduating, she has been working as a research assistant studying leukemia at the Jackson Laboratories in Bar Harbor, Maine. In addition to enjoying bench research, Bell has been most inspired by the clinical experiences she has had abroad in Nicaragua and Honduras, as well as her home state of Maine. In both Nicaragua and Honduras, Bell worked in eye clinics, conducting global health research studies on patient perceptions of cataracts and eye disease.

In her future work as a physician, Bell hopes to incorporate each patient’s individual desires, circumstances, and beliefs into their treatment, and view each patient as a unique individual.

In regards to her participation in the Maine Track program, Bell commented, "Maine will forever be my home, and for as long as I can remember it has been my dream to practice medicine in this state. I am incredibly inspired by the challenges that face rural medicine in Maine and I am excited to begin practicing in these areas.

 
 
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