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Medical Students Dao and Wood Train at Mid Coast Hospital

June 21, 2016

On June 6, two medical students began a nine-month clinical rotation at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick. Maine Track students, Kimberly Dao and Nellie Wood, are gaining hands-on training under the supervision of Mid Coast providers as part of the Maine Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine (MMC/TUSM) Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum (LIC) program.

Mid Coast Hospital has participated as a training site for the TUSM/MMC LIC program since 2011. Through this program medical students explore multiple medical disciplines including OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, and General Surgery. The intensive program allows students to fulfill their third-year core competencies while offering a uniquely broad view of the variety of comprehensive care patients receive throughout life.

 Marybeth Ford, MD, coordinates the LIC program at Mid Coast Hospital. “The LIC provides students with an innovative way to receive training while under the close supervision of Mid Coast Hospital providers,” she stated. “As this program continues to grow, it is succeeding in its mission to encourage medical students to return to their home state to practice. This collaboration is essential to address the growing concern of physician shortages in Maine's smaller and rural communities.”

 

Dao earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Maine Orono and is a 2010 Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship Award recipient. She has participated in activities with Operation HEARTS, Give Kids the World, and is a member of the All-Maine Women honor society at the University of Maine.

 

When asked about her participation in the program, Dao commented, “Learning under Maine physicians and observing how Maine medical facilities run will give me a head start in better understanding my future work environment.”

 

A Maine resident since 2002, Wood received her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College in Vermont. Her previous experience includes working as a clinical research assistant at Massachusetts General Hospital’s traumatic stress lab. Wood participated in a cultural immersion program in Argentina where she learned Spanish and literature while volunteering at a local hospital.

 

“I have always imagined practicing medicine in a setting where I can develop longer-term relationships with my patients,” said Wood. “The Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum focus on long-term, patient-centered care in small community clinics seems like the perfect opportunity to develop these skills.”

 
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