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Mid Coast Hospital Providers Train Tufts Medical Students

June 4, 2021

Mid Coast Hospital Providers Train Tufts Medical Students

Brunswick, ME – On June 1, two medical students begin a nine-month clinical rotation at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick. Maine Track students Katherine Brady and James McCullum are gaining valuable hands-on training under the supervision of Mid Coast providers as part of the Tufts University School of Medicine – Maine Medical Center Program (TUSM-MMC) Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) program.

Mid Coast Hospital has participated as a training site for the program, commonly referred to as “the Maine Track,” since 2011. While enrolled in the 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 varied, comprehensive types of care patients receive throughout life.

“Mid Coast Hospital is honored to have been a training site for the TUSM-MMC LIC program since its inception and is proud to support its mission,” said Marybeth Ford, MD, coordinator of the LIC program at Mid Coast Hospital. “As we welcome back former Maine Track graduates, it is such a reward to see this program working to bring these physicians back to Maine to practice.”

Katherine Brady was born and raised in Valatie, New York, and attended Saint Michaels College, She received her Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in biology, with a minor in music. Prior to pursuing medical school, she worked as a science educator, developing an interest in student-centered learning and connecting science to people, as well as volunteering as a medical assistant for the Teton Free Clinic, helping to provide health care for local members of the community without health insurance. She believes these experiences will benefit her career in a comparable approach to patient care, and provide greater context to her work as a physician providing care to underserved populations.

When asked about her decision to participate in the Maine Track program, Brady said, “I chose the Maine Track because my motivation to study medicine is rooted in addressing health care disparities, particularly physician shortages in rural areas. Rural communities face unique challenges in health care; however, I do not think this means they should be limited in their access to state-of-the-art care. I am thrilled to be studying medicine through the Maine Track, where I will be well equipped to achieve this goal.”

Born in Maine Medical Center, and growing up in Hallowell, Maine, James McCullum holds Maine close to his heart. Before moving to Virginia to complete his Bachelor of Science in Geology at Washington and Lee University, McCullum thru-hiked all 2,181 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Since graduating, he pursued a public health internship where he worked to ensure that poor, homebound individuals in Washington D.C. had adequate food delivered to them. While studying at Tufts, James worked as a medical scribe in the Emergency Department of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and conducted research in the Division of Ophthalmology.

In regards to his participation in the Maine Track program, McCullum commented, “I knew the Maine Track was the ideal program for me because of its commitment to the rural, underserved communities of Maine. My life experiences have revealed the primary importance of preventative care and strong community relationships. I am beyond excited, and grateful, to train with Tufts-MMC in my home state of Maine.”

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About Mid Coast Hospital

Mid Coast Hospital is a full-service, 93-bed, independent, not-for-profit hospital governed by a community Board of Directors. The active medical staff includes more than 200 providers in over 30 primary care and specialty areas. Mid Coast Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, and is recognized as a Magnet™ facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for exceptional nursing and patient care.

 

 

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