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Class of 2015 MMC/TUSM Medical Students Arrive at SMH

Timothy A. Churchill, President and CEO of Western Maine Health is pleased to announce the arrival of the Maine Medical Center Tufts University School of Medicine Class of 2015 Medical Students.  Kenneth Chin, Rachel Elaison and Bethany Darling will complete their nine month rural medicine clerkship at Stephens Memorial Hospital. 

Kenneth was born and raised in Portland. He attended Northeastern University in Boston and graduated with a degree in Biology with a minor in Religion. As an undergraduate, Kenneth was a research assistant at the Harvard School of Public Health, as well as at the Dyax Corporation.  Post-graduation, he managed a laboratory at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he worked on projects that tried to improve therapeutics in ovarian cancer.

Rachel Eliason was born in Portland and spent most of her childhood living in North Yarmouth. She attended Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience with Distinction.  During the school year, Rachel worked as a Laboratory Assistant in a lab focused on behavioral neuroscience and in the summer would shadow in the ER of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. Most recently, Rachel has worked for Woodfords Family Services as a behavioral health professional, in which she provided in-home support to children with developmental disorders to help them gain and strengthen functional life skills in order to live as independently as possible.

Bethany Darling was born in Lewiston and raised in Kents Hill.  She attended Colby College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. She later went on to take Pre-Med science courses at Northeastern University, UMaine Augusta and University of Southern Maine. Since getting her degree, Bethany has served as a counselor for Wyonegonic Camps in Denmark, a Veterinary Technician at the Annabessacook Veterinary Clinic in Monmouth and an Emergency Room Technician for St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, MA.

Stephens Memorial Hospital was the first rural medicine teaching site selected for the Maine Medical Center Tufts University School of Medicine clerkship program, now in its third year.  Through this partnership students have experienced first-hand what it is like to live and practice medicine in a rural community like Oxford Hills.

Photo Caption (left to right): Kenneth Chin, Rachel Eliason, Bethany Darling and Dr. Gregory Hardy, Rural School Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship Site Director


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