Skip to main content

Tufts University Medical Students Continue Education at LincolnHealth

November 19, 2019

Tufts medical studentsSince June, Katherine Badger and Meg Kruithoff from the Tufts University School of Medicine have been immersed in the delivery of health care at LincolnHealth. They are students in the Maine Track Program, a partnership between Tufts University School of Medicine and Maine Medical Center. This partnership was formed with three primary goals in mind: to address the shortage of doctors, especially in rural areas; to offer Maine’s brightest students the financial means to pursue a career in medicine; and to develop an innovative curriculum focused on community-based education. 

LincolnHealth has been an educational partner for eight years in the Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum (LIC), a learning model which focuses on the needs of rural Maine by giving students first-hand experience providing care in local communities. 

“The relationships that the students build with providers allow their skills to grow and encourage experiences that showcase the diversity that exists in rural health,’’ said Heather Wolfe, MD, LincolnHealth site director of the program.

Students in the Maine Track LIC program work closely with LincolnHealth providers and receive training in obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, family medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry and internal medicine. When time permits, the students can pursue self-directed learning and explore other types of care offered at LincolnHealth like emergency medicine, orthopedics and ophthalmology. 

“The doctors and midwives who are teaching us are amazing,’’ said Badger, who grew up in Jackson, N.H. “I feel like I have a lot of ownership in this program. We are known here, and it feels like home."

“I am really impressed with the level of care here. It’s a great community hospital. It has been a rewarding experience to work with providers and staff at LincolnHealth. We feel like part of the team,” said Kruithoff.

Badger and Kruithoff will be at LincolnHealth through February and will spend their fourth year of medical school at Maine Medical Center.  Upon completion of medical school, the students will choose a specialty and join a residency program that typically lasts between three and five years.

“Being immersed at LincolnHealth for nine months is not only an incredible way to learn medicine, from preventative care to care of acute and chronic illness; but also a chance to get to know this wonderful, tight-knit community,” said Kruithoff.

###

About LincolnHealth:
With campuses in the coastal communities of Boothbay Harbor and Damariscotta, Maine, LincolnHealth is a full-service health care system and is part of MaineHealth, the largest integrated health system in Maine. 

 

News from Around MaineHealth

View All
MaineHealth taps Boston Children’s physician with strong information technology background to lead its IT department
Daniel J. Nigrin, MD, is a pediatric endocrinologist who was drawn to the important role that technology plays in delivering world-class health care.
MaineHealth Earns 2020 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired Recognition
The CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.
LincolnHealth President Announces Retirement Date
Jim Donovan, who has been with MaineHealth from its beginning, will depart in March.
New Infusion Center Open at LincolnHealth
Patients who require infusions and other types of intravenous therapies can now receive them in a newly designed suite.
LincolnHealth Cornerstones to Retire at End of July
Dr. Russell Mack and registered nurse Karen Howell will retire from LincolnHealth on Friday, July 24.
St. Andrews Urgent Care Center Will Begin Walk-In Care on May 28
Boothbay Harbor and Damariscotta Maine – St. Andrews Urgent Care Center will begin treating patients again on Wednesday, May 28. The Center’s hours will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
MaineHealth establishes safety protocols and sets priorities for bringing back some services amid COVID-19
Universal masking, screening and testing protocols are already in place as the health care system brings back surgeries and other procedures for those patients for whom waiting could have medical consequences.
MaineHealth program aims to keep Mainers covered when a COVID-19 job loss means losing health insurance
The MaineHealth "Access to Care" team connects patients with programs that provide support amid the financial turmoil brought on by the pandemic.
MaineHealth team members see roles change during COVID-19 outbreak but without layoffs or loss of pay
Fighting the pandemic means some assignments have changed, and some are logging fewer hours, but all employees are receiving the full pay and benefits they had prior to the outbreak.
Area chief executives lend support to blood drive conducted by MaineHealth and the American Red Cross
The COVID-19 outbreak doesn’t diminish the need for donated blood for patients with other urgent and serious conditions, but it is having a severe impact on donations.