Dr. Gregory Hardy was recently invited to speak with Kiwanis members regarding Stephens Memorial Hospital's partnership with Maine Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine as a rural teaching site for medical students. Dr. Hardy is serving as the site coordinator of the program at Stephens Memorial Hospital organizing the rotations and faculty.
The goal of the rural medicine program is to attract physicians to areas in rural Maine, such as Norway, to help ease the physician shortage. There are currently 200 unfilled physician positions in Maine. Maine also has the lowest number of students applying to medical schools in the country. With this new program in place, approximately 20 Maine students per year will enter the Maine Track program, spending their time learning in Norway, Portland, or other sites; increasing their time in Maine as their medical education progresses. "The idea is if we can train doctors in Maine, they are more likely to stay in Maine after they have completed their training," Dr. Hardy said. The first three medical students arrived in Norway last August for orientation and will return in April. Patients can expect to see the medical students involved in patient care during physician office and hospital visits.
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