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Medical Students to Train at Mid Coast

Through a program created in 2009, as a joint venture between Maine Medical Center (MMC) and Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM), Mid Coast Hospital has again been selected as a training site for two Tufts medical students that are interested in gaining hands-on clinical training in Maine.

Kevin Baier and Anne Hicks, students of the 2015 class, will learn their third year core competencies in a 9-month Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) under the supervision of Mid Coast Hospital providers. Their training began on June 10.
The MMC-TUSM Maine Practice Network-Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum Program, more commonly known on campus as “the Maine Track,” is an innovative medical curriculum that trains medical students through hands-on, clinical education and close faculty mentoring, while allowing students the opportunity to explore medical practice in rural and non-urban communities. Long-term, the program seeks to attract medical students to begin their practice in rural communities throughout Maine.

A New Hampshire native, Baier received his undergraduate degree from Colby where he was able to pursue his interest in music while simultaneously preparing for medical school. He commented, “I was drawn to the Maine Track program due to its focus on providing medical care in rural communities that otherwise may not have access.”

Hicks also received her undergraduate degree from Colby. There, she studied biology and completed a Research Fellowship at the Maine INBRE (Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence), assisted with research in Neurobiology and Physiological Psychology, and was president of Student Health on Campus. She is “passionate about improving the availability of healthcare in Maine.”

In contrast to more traditional rotation-style training programs, the longitudinal structure of the Maine Track provides students with a view of the comprehensive care their patients receive over a longer period of time. In addition, being just two students at the hospital, they will work in multiple medical disciplines including Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, OB/GYN, and Pediatrics, giving them increased exposure and educational opportunities.

For more information about the Maine Track program, please contact Marybeth Ford, MD at mford14620@gmail.com.
 
 
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