Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 29 : Summer 2016 - Page 24

Tristen Ripley, MS III Left: Tristen Ripley, MS III, and Jennifer Bergeron, MS III, are the first students to join the Cary Medical Center and Pines Health Services staff as part of the Tufts University School of Medicine and Maine Medical Center LIC Program. The 3rd year medical students began their nine-month clerkship program at Cary and Pines in June, working with a number of physicians in a wide range of clinical programs. The program provides for a unique innovative curriculum that offers clinical training experiences in Maine and exposes medical students to the unique aspects of practicing in a rural setting as well as training in a major tertiary medical center. Jennifer Bergeron, MS III 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, Cary and Pines have to offer a wide range of clinical programs. The core programs include Pediatrics, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Medicine and Internal Medicine. Regen Gallagher, D.O., Chief Medical Officer at Cary said the fact that the hospital and physician practice offers this wide range of clinical specialties and a rural setting was the key in Cary and Pines being selected for the program. “It is very unique that Cary Medical Center and Pines Health Services (a Federally Qualified Health Center) have established such a collaborative 22 SUMMER 2016