Franklin Memorial to Become Teaching Site for Medical Students
June 22, 2009Franklin Community Health Network (FCHN) has announced that Franklin Memorial Hospital is one of three rural hospitals in Maine to partner with the prestigious Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and Maine Medical Center in Portland to become a teaching site for medical students.
The new medical school partnership is aimed at addressing the severe shortage of physicians in Maine, a shortage heightened in rural areas. As an indication of how severe the physician shortage is here, the Maine Recruitment Center at the Maine Hospital Association is currently trying to fill more than 250 vacant physician positions.
“The medical school relationship will be very helpful in recruiting new doctors to our hospital,” said Rebecca Ryder, FCHN president/chief executive officer. “This experience will teach and show the students what it is like to practice and live in a beautiful, friendly, and caring environment that our hospital and communities are known for.”
The students will spend their first two years at Tufts with rotations in Maine, then transition to Maine Medical Center for their third year of medical school. During this third year, students training at Franklin Memorial Hospital will live and learn in Franklin County, with the hospital providing housing. The curriculum will focus on rural and small-town practice.
Dr. David Dixon, FCHN vice president for medical affairs and education said, “Franklin Memorial Hospital has a long history of participation in medical students’ education. The association with the new medical school is particularly exciting because of their commitment to Maine students, coupled with a multidisciplinary, long-term (up to nine months) clinical rotation at Franklin Memorial. This curriculum takes full advantage of our unique breadth of clinical expertise in a rural environment”
Maine students will receive preference for 20 of the 36 seats, and it is anticipated that students will receive a 50 percent reduction in tuition.
The program will start during the summer of 2011, with preceptor sessions in August and in spring 2010 at Franklin Memorial Hospital. Graduating physicians will receive a combined diploma from Maine Medical Center and Tufts.
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