The Maine Medical Center, in conjunction with Tufts University School of Medicine announced their selection of Carl Flynn, MD, a Family Practice Physician with Pines Health Services and a member of the active medical staff at Cary Medical Center for the prestigious Roger A., Renfrew MD, Rural Teaching Award as voted by the Maine Track Program Class of 2018.

In selecting Dr. Flynn the members of the Class said:  “Dr. Flynn is an incredibly kind and dedicate preceptor and director.  He is also the ultimate example of how a hardworking affable and versatile physician becomes a pillar of the community”.

Flynn who has practiced at Cary Medical Center and Pines over the past 25 years, is the medical director for the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) which began in 2011. The majority of students who participate in the clerkship program take an innovative nine-month Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) during third year. Based in many rural sites and in Portland, the LIC provides a strong educational approach and allows for excellent career exploration and close faculty mentoring. Students are assigned to third year options based on a lottery where student choices are taken into consideration regarding participation in the rural LIC, the Portland-based urban LIC or the traditional block clerkship.

Flynn has directed the LIC program at Cary and Pines since Cary was invited to participate in the program beginning in 2016.  He explained the uniqueness and clinical approach of the program.

“I have had medical students doing short term clinical rotations with me over many years”, said Flynn whose practice is based in Caribou. “The value of the LIC program is that the students have the opportunity to spend up to 9 months with us and they get the chance to rotate through multiple specialties spending half days with various physicians.  By doing so they experience how the specialties are integrated with each other from a family physician like myself referring a patient for a colonoscopy, they get to follow the patient with the surgeon performing the procedure, and then come back and see the patient for follow up with the primary care provider.  It is a great training model”.

While accepting the Renfrew Award, Flynn said that the program has worked very well at Cary because of the reception it has received from the entire medical staff as well as the community.

Lisa Caron, Chief Operating Officer at Pines Health Services said that the organization was very pleased that Dr. Flynn has been recognized for his work with the program.

"We are thrilled that Dr. Flynn has received this recognition from his students. He continually shows his dedication of providing education, compassion and talents as a high quality care provider not only to his students but most importantly to his patients.”

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