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Cary participates in partnership program to bring medical students to rural Maine

Cary Medical Center and Pines Health Services were selected in 2016 to participate in a special program to bring 3rd Year Medical Students to Aroostook County. In partnership with Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland Maine, Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) offers a Maine Track for applicants who are interested in a unique, innovative curriculum that offers clinical training experiences in Maine and exposes medical students to the unique aspects of rural practice as well as training in a major tertiary medical center. Kris Doody, RN, Cary and Pines CEO, said that the opportunity for both organizations to participate in the program has multiple advantages for both students and the hospital.

“We believe we offer a very unique culture here at Cary”, said Doody. “We offer a very supportive environment, a family atmosphere, and a variety of clinical scenarios that will present the students with a dynamic setting. We hope that by exposing the students to such an engaging rural practice of medicine that it will encourage them to consider establishing their practice here in Maine”.

In order to participate in the program Cary and Pines has to offer a wide range of clinical programs. The core programs include Pediatrics, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Medicine and Internal Medicine. Regen Gallagher, D.O., Chief Medical Officer at Cary, said that the fact that the hospital and physician practice offers this wide range of clinical specialties and a rural setting was the key in Cary and Pines being selected for the program.

“It is very unique that Cary Medical Center and Pines Health Services (a Federally Qualified Health Center) have established such a collaborative relationship where we can work together to build a very impressive clinical experience for these students”, said Gallagher who provides administrative support for the program. “We have had four amazing students here the past two years as part of the clerkship program, and hope to continue providing the training indefinitely.”

The majority of students who participate in the clerkship program take an innovative nine-month Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) during their third year. Based in many rural sites and in Portland, the LIC provides a strong educational approach and allows for excellent career exploration and close faculty mentoring. Students are assigned to third year options based on a lottery where student choices are taken into consideration regarding participation in the rural LIC, the Portland-based urban LIC or the traditional block clerkship.

The Tufts University School of Medicine – Maine Medical Center Program (TUSM-MMC) 3rd year Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) began placing Maine Track students at urban and rural hospital sites within Maine in May of 2011. LIC students participate in the comprehensive care of patients over time, thus developing continuing learning relationships with these patients’ clinicians, and meeting the majority of the year’s core clinical competencies across multiple disciplines simultaneously.

 

 

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  1. Mike is a great PT - - just loved him.

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    Tyler H.

  2. The Cary Physical Therapy folks were friendly and welcoming. They introduced themselves and called me by my first name which made me feel like they thought of me as a person and not just another patien. We set goals and met them - they taught how to walk correctly with a cane which I found helpful. My month at Cary P.T. was an enjoyable experience. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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  3. I always choose Cary for myself and my son without a doubt. We have always had a wonderful experience.

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  4. I want to thank every one at Cary Medical Center for help and kindness. Not just one person everyone was so nice. That's why I only go to Cary Medical Center Cary is the best hospital around.

    Jenn W.

    Jenn W.

  5. I came in by ambulance due to heart issues. The nurses were excellent, lab techs very competent.

    Tyler H.

    Tyler H.

  6. I was very happy with the care I received at Cary. Just wanted to say that in addition to the clear level of medical competence & professionalism of all the staff I met, regardless of level, I also appreciated their interpersonal demeanor & bedside manner. I was afraid, and the were able to calm my fears.

    James R.

    James R.

  7. I had wonderful care from nurses & CNA's during my 12 day staff. Too many to record names.

    Linda M. - Surgical client

    Linda M.

  8. I was very impressed over all with my colonoscopy. Dr. & nurses were excellent and never once made me feel I was an imposition to them when they were so busy. I have already recommended Cary to my friends

    Wanda L. - Surgical client

    Wanda L.

  9. All were informed and had excellent attitudes. Very professional and caring.

    Jenn W. - Surgical client

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