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relationship where we can work together to build a very impressive clinical experience for these students,” said Gallagher who will provide administrative support for the program. “We are looking forward to our first year with the clerkship program and hope to continue providing the training indefinitely.” hospital is required to provide housing for the students, along with physician leadership and administrative support. “In addition, each of our physicians who serve as mentors to the students completed a faculty development course provided by the program and accepted faculty appointments with Tufts University School of Medicine,” said Gallagher, who formerly practiced as an Obstetrician/ Gynecologist at Pine Health Services. “These young students will really keep our providers on their toes and our staff has really been looking forward to the experience.” Carl Flynn M.D., a Family Medicine physician who has practiced at Pines and Cary over the past 20 years will serve as Medical Director for the program. Flynn, who directs a very busy primary care practice at the Pines Family Health Center in Caribou, said that the enthusiasm of the hospital’s and health center’s physicians was key in making the program a reality. The majority of students who participate in the clerkship program take an innovative nine“When we were invited to participate in this month Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) program we knew it was imperative for the during their third year. Based in many rural physicians here to get on board,” said Flynn. sites and in Portland, the LIC provides a strong “We were very impressed with the staff’s response educational approach and allows for excellent and we knew we could create a special experience career exploration and close faculty mentoring. for the students. We believe that the challenges Students are assigned to third year options based and diverse chronic illnesses that these students on a lottery where student choices are taken will be presented with will provide them with into consideration regarding participation in the a very valuable window into the rural health rural LIC, the Portland-based urban LIC or the care environment. We are so grateful to our traditional block clerkship. The two students physicians for their support in helping to make who began their Clerkship training program this program possible.” at Cary and Pines in June selected the Caribou location after conversations with both Dr. Flynn Jim Davis, CEO at Pines Health Services, said and Dr. Gallagher. the potential for the program to help support The Tufts University School of Medicine the recruitment of physicians to rural Maine Maine Medical Center Program (TUSM-MMC) provided a great motivator for the health center 3rd year Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship and the hospital to participate. (LIC) began placing Maine Track students at urban and rural hospital sites within Maine in “The recruitment of health care professionals May of 2011. LIC students participate in the to remote, rural parts of Maine is a significant comprehensive care of patients over time, thus challenge,” said Davis. “We need more creative developing continuing learning relationships ways to draw primary care doctors to underserved with these patients’ clinicians, and meeting the areas. This program has the potential to majority of the year’s core clinical competencies demonstrate to medical students that they can across multiple disciplines simultaneously. have a very successful, professionally rewarding career, while enjoying the great quality of life that our rural communities have to offer.” Dr. Regen Gallagher said that in order to participate in the training program the SUMMER 2016 23