Cary Medical Center and Pines Health Services have been selected to participate in a special program that will bring 3rd Year Medical Students to Aroostook County.

In partnership with Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland, Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) offers a Maine Track for applicants who are interested in a unique, innovative curriculum that offers clinical training experiences in Maine and exposes medical students to the unique aspects of rural practice as well as training in a major tertiary medical center.  Kris Doody, RN, CEO at Cary said that the opportunity for Cary and Pines to participate in the program has multiple advantages for both students and the hospital.

“We believe we offer a very unique culture here at Cary”, said Doody.  “We offer a very supportive environment, a family atmosphere, and a variety of clinical scenarios that will present the students with a dynamic primary care setting.  We hope that by exposing the students to such an engaging rural practice of medicine that it will encourage them to consider establishing their practice here in Maine”.

In order to participate in the program the hospital had to offer a wide range of clinical programs.  The core programs include Pediatrics, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Practice and Internal Medicine.  Regen Gallagher, D.O., Chief Medical Officer at Cary said that the fact that the hospital offers this wide range of clinical specialties and a rural setting was the key in Cary and Pines being selected for the program.

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