Class of 2014 Inducted into Maine Medical Center-Tufts University School of Medicine Medical School Program
The program, which aims to address the physician shortage in state,
welcomes 31 new students; 24 with Maine ties.
Portland, ME - Thirty-one students were inducted into the second class of the Maine Medical Center -Tufts University School of Medicine Medical School Program at a ceremony today.
The Class of 2014 includes 24 students with strong ties to the Pine Tree State; hometowns range from York Harbor to Fort Kent. Eleven members of the class graduated from Maine colleges.
Last year's class - the first in the new program - had a similar Maine flavor, one that the hospital and university feel will benefit the state.
"Maine has a serious shortage of physicians, particularly in rural areas," says Peter Bates, MD, the medical school's Academic Dean, as well as the hospital's Vice President of Medical & Academic Affairs and Chief Medical Officer. "Medical students tend to practice where they train, and our hope is that by offering an affordable, quality education close to home, we'll retain some of the state's best and brightest minds."
Each year, 20 of the program's undergraduate medical openings are reserved for Mainers, who also receive scholarship support. Those scholarships reduce what Maine students pay to an amount that's comparable to in-state tuition for a medical school at a public university. That's typically half of the out-of-state burden Maine students would face in another state - a savings of roughly $100,000 over four years.
The majority of the student's four years will be spent in Maine. The medical school's innovative curriculum provides students with patient contact beginning in the first year, and utilizes a network of clinical training sites, including in rural areas, where the state's physician shortage is greatest. "Every clinical experience I had left me wanting more," says Scarborough native Matt Buttarazzi, who's heading into his second year of the program. Buttarazzi's brother, Christopher, is a member of the newest class.
Maine Medical Center (MMC) is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1864, MMC is the state's largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing more than 6,000 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in southern, central, and western Maine.
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