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Skowhegan, Maine

Skowhegan is a community of 9,000 people located 20 miles north of Waterville and a 90-minute drive north of Portland. It is the county seat for Somerset County. Located on the Kennebec River at the site of two large waterfalls, Skowhegan gets its name from the Indian word for "gathering place," a place where Native Americans would come to fish. The ready availability of fresh water and hydroelectric power supports a number of local industries, including logging, shoe manufacturing, and large modern paper mills.

Geographically, Skowhegan sits at the foot of the White Mountains and boasts vistas of rolling foothills and mountains. There is ready access to water sports on Lake Wesserunsett and on the Kennebec River where class IV and V rapids entice many rafting and boating enthusiasts. Cross-country and downhill skiing are easily accessible. Sugarloaf/USA is just 50 minutes away.

Skowhegan is also home to Senator Margaret Chase Smith, the first women U.S. Senator. The Margaret Chase Smith Museum, located on 15 acres overlooking the Kennebec River, holds much of her memorabilia. The town is also home to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture which hosts a vast summer program for aspiring artists.

Redington-Fairview General Hospital is located 92 miles from Maine Medical Center. The drive time is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes and housing is available.

About Redington-Fairview General Hospital

Redington-Fairview General Hospital (RFGH) is a 65-bed acute care hospital with a six-bed ICU/CCU, a full range of diagnostic services, and a 24-hour emergency room. The hospital provides care for approximately 31,000 residents in central Maine. Specialties include pulmonary rehab, cardiac rehab, stress testing, surgical services, and rehab and fitness services.

The hospital employs over 500 professional and technical employees, including 40 physicians. The medical staff includes, among others, nine internists, three general and two orthopedic surgeons, two cardiologists, a gastroenterologist, a neurologist, two pediatricians, an ophthalmologist, an anesthesiologist, and a pathologist. In-patient Internal Medicine is covered by two hospitalists, one of who is critical care trained.


Oto Prokop, M.D. also graduated from the University of P.J. Safarik School of Medicine in Slovakia and did his residency training at the University of South Alabama, Mobile. During 2000-2001 he served as a Chief Medical Resident at the same institution. He would like to use his experience and service as a preceptor for medical students coming to do their community practice rotations.

Roger Renfrew, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Vermont School of Medicine. He did his residency training in Internal Medicine at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Boston and the University of Minnesota. Dr. Renfrew has been practicing primary care internal medicine in Skowhegan since 1979. He has served as a champion for the community practice experience for students and is an enthusiastic preceptor. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatrics.