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Ten years after Maine Medical Center and Tufts Medical School formed their partnership, more than 200 medical students have completed the Maine Track program
PORTLAND, Maine – Maine Medical Center (MMC) held a special celebration on Saturday, April 28 to recognize the sixth cohort of “Maine Track” program students graduating from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston next month. The class of 36 will begin their residencies this summer. Nine of them will be residents at MMC, joined by five students from the Boston-based Tufts program.
“We are extremely pleased with the success of our sixth graduating Maine Track class and the educational program overall,” says Peter Bates, M.D., Senior Vice President, Chief Academic Officer, Academic Dean, Tufts University School of Medicine Maine Medical Center Program. “As Maine’s changing population presents unique challenges for providing health care in rural communities, we are inspired by the energy and commitment our physician graduates have for making a difference in the health of our state.”
The Maine Track program is a partnership between MMC and Tufts that was formed 10 years ago to help address the shortage of doctors in Maine, provide financial assistance to aspiring medical students from Maine and to develop an innovative curriculum focused on community-based education. Including the 2018 class, 206 physicians have graduated from the program since it began. Program participants are not required to practice in Maine, but 50 percent of graduates who have completed their residencies were as of the fall of 2017.
The annual Maine Track celebration marks the local recognition of medical school students who will graduate from Tufts on May 20 in Boston. After that, many students are looking forward to returning to Maine soon.
“I feel that the Maine Track program has done a great job preparing me for residency, while allowing me to explore my clinical and research interests,” said John Gilboy, who is an M.D. candidate in the class of 2018. “I am excited for the opportunity to begin my residency at MMC. I believe MMC has the perfect combination of people and program support to help me develop as a physician.”
About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2017-2018, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing nearly 8,700 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit www.mmc.org.
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