"Between the Gulf of Mexico and the Bay of Fundy, there are only two spots where the mountains dip into the sea and rise directly from the water's edge" (Maine and its Scenic Gems, Portland, 1989). One of these spots is Rockport, on the western arm of the Penobscot Bay. Midcoast Maine is an extremely popular tourist area with a summer population explosion, adding to its local resident population of 3,000. Originally a fishing and farming area, there are now a large number of retirees. One unique aspect of the area is its many offshore islands, including Vinalhaven, North Haven, Islesboro, Monhegan, and Matinicus.
The quiet village is a gathering place for artists and musicians. The Rockport Opera House hosts a variety of events in addition to musical performances and Rockport College offers classes to those interested in photography, filmmaking, and video media. The Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center specialize in Maine and American Art. The nearby Rockland Breakwater and Lighthouse makes for a beautiful walk and a visit to the coast will prove to you why the region is called the Schooner Capital of the World.
Penobscot Bay Medical Center is located: 84 miles from Maine Medical Center. The drive time is just under 2 hours and housing is available (assuming your rotation is confirmed 3 months in advance).
About Penobscot Bay Medical Center
Penobscot Bay Medical Center is a 109-bed hospital located on Penobscot Bay in Rockport, northeast of Portland on coastal Route 1. Both internists and family practitioners provide primary care. The center is also a regional secondary care referral center, with most of the medical and surgical subspecialties. There is a long-standing referral pattern for tertiary care with Maine Medical Center. The hospital has a medical staff of over 85 physicians and more than 95% are board-certified in their practice specialty.
The facility includes a birthing center, cancer care center, day surgery unit, 24-hour emergency department, medical/surgical inpatient unit, special care unit, and four operating rooms. The hospital is a part of Pen Bay Health Care, which also includes Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice, the Knox Center for Long-Term Care, and Mid-Coast Mental Health.
Mark Eggena, M.D. received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and did his residency training at the University of California, San Francisco. He subsequently completed a three-year fellowship in Infectious Disease at the same location. Dr. Eggena's special interests include HIV/AIDS care, primary care, and travel medicine.
Archibald Green, D.O. completed a rotating internship at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine before going on to his residency at Norwalk hospital in Connecticut. He is board certified in Internal Medicine.
Cheryl Liechty, M.D. is a graduate of Mount Sinai Medical School in New York City. She completed her residency training at the University of California at San Francisco and a fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California as well. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and has additional certification in Infectious Disease.
Richard Kahn, M.D. is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. His internship and residency were at Maine Medical Center, including chief residency in internal medicine. He was Board-certified in 1973 and has practiced general internal medicine in the area since then. His particular interests include the history of medicine and biomedical ethics. Dr. Kahn believes “doctor means teacher” (and learner), to/from patients, students and other health care providers. He wants students and residents to see and feel how an outpatient primary care career can be just as interesting as one in a medical center. He puts students at ease and encourages them to be themselves, reminding them that the preceptors, too, are students and have been through the same experiences. Residents should consider themselves peers of their preceptors, for teaching goes in both directions. Dr. Kahn considers himself a 38th year resident.
Dr. Kahn admits all of his own patients at Penobscot Bay Medical Center and he has students/residents join him for admissions as well as occasional Saturday rounds. No call is required with this rotation. Dr. Kahn's office is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily and he provides students with both office and hospital orientations on the first day of the rotation. Residents and students will be provided with an ID badge that they can use for meals at the hospital cafeteria. They will also have use of the hospital's library and Internet capabilities.
Housing is available for residents at the Camden Riverhouse Inn & Hotel in Camden. The Inn has a limited housekeeping service, Internet access, satellite TV, a fitness room, and laundry facilities. Housing is available for students at the home of one of the active staff physicians at the hospital - location will vary.
The Penobscot Bay Physicians Building holds 8 general internal medicine physicians who work with Penobscot Bay Internal Medicine. Several of these physicians also have certification in such subspecialties as infectious disease, gastroenterology, rheumatology, hematology/oncology, geriatrics, and pulmonary medicine. Many are in solo practice, but provide coverage for one another.
The internists' group meets weekly to present cases to one another in addition to Penobscot Bay Medical Center's weekly clinical conferences and monthly tumor and mortality conferences. Daily practice provides ample opportunity for informal meetings and consultations.
While Dr. Laura Trask is the primary Maine Practice Network physician at Penobscot Bay Internal Medicine, students work with multiple physicians when rotating at this location. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00am - 5:00pm. Inpatient work and nursing home visits are not a requirement of this rotation, but students can request these additional opportunities if desired. Night and weekend call is also not required. The practice provides a relaxed atmosphere where students and residents get to do primary HPI/work-ups, present to attendings, and then formulate a differential diagnosis and plan with a discussion following. The practice sees many geriatric patients.
The office has wireless Internet access and a dedicated workspace for students/residents. The site also has electronic medical records. Residents and students will be provided with an ID badge that they can use for meals at the hospital cafeteria. They will also have use of the hospital's library and Internet capabilities. The Medical Staff Office at Penobscot Bay Medical Center oversees each student/resident hospital orientation and one of the physicians will provide an orientation to the Internal Medicine office.