PORTLAND, Maine – Maine Medical Center (MMC) held a special celebration on Saturday, April 27 to recognize the seventh cohort of “Maine Track” program students graduating from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston next month. The class of 35 will begin their residencies this summer. Five of them will be residents at MMC, joined by four students from the Boston-based Tufts program.
“Each of our future graduates, whether they began their lives in Maine or moved here to go to medical school, has been woven into the fabric of health care in this state,” said Doug Sawyer, M.D., MMC’s Chief Academic Officer. “We look forward to watching them make a difference in the health of our state and nation for years to come.”
The Maine Track program is a partnership between MMC and Tufts that was formed 11 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 2019 class, 239 physicians have graduated from the program since it began. Program participants are not required to practice in Maine, but 43 percent of graduates who have completed their residencies were doing so as of the fall of 2018.
MMC’s annual Maine Track celebration marks the local recognition of medical school students who will graduate from Tufts on May 19 in Boston. After that, many students plan to return to Maine.
“Maine Track has proven to be one of the best decisions I have made,” said Travis Barker, who is an M.D. candidate in the class of 2019 from Yarmouth. “I was able to remain relatively close to home, minimize the debt I would graduate with, obtain a world-class education, create lifelong friendships, and truly love what I was doing. The program embraces learning high-quality medicine in an environment that values an individual’s needs and pursuits.”
About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2018-2019, 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 part of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit www.mmc.org