Electives & Conferences

Below is an outline of the electives and conferences offered to residents and medical students. 

Acting Internships and Senior Electives

Vascular Surgery Acting Internships at MMC are open to any student enrolled in an ACGME-approved Medical School in the United States. An Acting Internship offers students the opportunity to experience MMC and the Portland community while making career decisions. We offer this opportunity on all of our general surgical services which are listed under description of the program. Regardless of service, however, all AIs will have similar requirements. Acting Interns at MMC are expected to be integral members of their resident teams, gaining diagnostic and therapeutic skills by starting to manage basic general surgical patients.

Acting Interns will be asked to:

  • Pre-round on a small subset of patients each morning and to present these patients on formal team rounds
  • See a basic surgery consult patient and discuss the diagnosis, further workup and subsequent management with the team and/or the attending
  • See patients in surgical clinics and present them to attendings
  • Scrub as a first assist on at least one case per week
  • Perform basic bedside procedures such as abscess drainage or chest tube placement under close supervision
  • Give a formal presentation on a topic related to their patient care while on service at the completion of their rotation
  • Attend all Department of Surgery teaching conferences, including the Tuesday afternoon resident conference, Thursday morning specialty conference, M&M. and Grand Rounds and all service-specific conferences
  • Take call on a roughly q4 schedule

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact the Medical Education Program Coordinator Michaela Wipfler at mwipfler@mmc.org or 207-662-8528.

Medical Student Experience

The Department of Surgery at the Maine Medical Center is committed to medical student education at all levels. The presence of medical students and residents at MMC generates a spirit of inquiry, energy, and excellence throughout the institution. Superb teaching programs have been an integral part of Maine Medical Center's emergence as the major tertiary care center in Maine, as well as a leader of community hospitals. Our size allows us to get to know our medical students on a personal basis and encourages our faculty to accommodate individual needs and learning styles during. We prepare individuals to understand the ethical responsibilities of patient care and foster the process that allows them to be teachers and independent thinkers throughout their careers.

We are affiliated with the Tufts University School of Medicine, and provide the basic surgical clerkship to the students in the TUSM Maine Track in both the block-based curriculum and Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum. We also host TUSM third and fourth year students for their surgical elective rotations, as well as students from other institutions wishing to come for a visiting elective rotation. These Acting Internships (AIs) are open to fourth-year medical students from across the country. Please read below for descriptions of our current medical student course offerings.


The faculty and residents have protected time for educational purposes and conferences each Thursday from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Residents and Faculty participate and attend Surgery Grand Rounds and Morbidity and Mortality Conferences. The primary teaching conference is our weekly Vascular Clinical Conference at 10:00 AM where cases our presented and discussion of management is had prior to developing a treatment plan. Monthly conferences will include QI conference, Journal Club, and Vascular Basic Science Conference.

Conference Schedule