Mid Coast Hospital Continues to Provide Training for MMC/Tufts Medical Students

Mid Coast Hospital has once again been selected as a training site for two Tufts University medical students who are interested in gaining hands-on clinical training in Maine. Through a program created in 2009 as a joint venture between Maine Medical Center (MMC) and Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM), Amy Case and Andrew Kelner, students of the 2014 class, will learn their third year core competencies here. During the 9-month Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC), the students will be under the supervision of fifteen Mid Coast Hospital and Martin’s Point providers.

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 rural Maine communities, where medical staffing is often scarce.

Case, a native Mainer, was raised in Brunswick and feels this opportunity will “provide me with the training and experience I need in order to give back to my community.” She received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA and has previously been involved with HIV/AIDS research and outreach programs.

Kelner is a resident of Massachusetts who graduated from Bates College with a degree in Biology and, after studying here, has a “strong personal connection to the Maine community.” He states, “I feel more inclined to practice in an area where my services would be most needed, and where I could get to know my patients on the most personal level.”

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 be working in multiple medical disciplines including Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, OB/GYN, and Pediatrics, giving them increased exposure and educational opportunities.

Mid Coast Hospital extends a warm welcome to Amy and Andrew.
For more information please contact Marybeth Ford, MD at mford14620@gmail.com.