In 1970, Maine Medical Center became a major clinical teaching center for Tufts University School of Medicine, a relationship which lasted through July of 1980. Since then, MMC has been the principal affiliate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine with third-year clerks training in all the major clinical departments throughout the year. This formal relationship will be coming to an end in 2011 as MMC realigns with a new partner in delivering undergraduate education.
In 2007, Maine Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine signed an agreement to collaborate in delivering a unique and innovative medical school curriculum aimed at helping address access and workforce needs in the State of Maine.
Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM), in partnership with Maine Medical Center, offers a "Maine Track" for applicants who are interested in a unique, innovative curriculum that will offer clinical training experiences in Maine and expose medical students to the unique aspects of rural practice as well as training in a major tertiary medical center.
Both Tufts and MMC have committed to aggressively pursuing support that will allow Maine Track students to attend medical school without an unusual financial hardship. Plans are to seek grant support, philanthropy, and state funding to subsidize tuition for the Maine Track students with the goal of reducing the tuition to a level comparable to in-state tuition at a regional medical school within a public university.
Legal residents of the State of Maine will be given preference. Other applicants with strong ties to Maine (such as primary undergraduate institution in Maine) and those with an interest in the practice of rural medicine are encouraged to apply. Graduates of the program will receive a combined diploma from TUSM and MMC with the expectation that a significant number of graduates from the Maine Track will establish medical practice in Maine.
Read more about the partnership between TUSM and MMC and the overall goals of the program.