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Bristol Area Lions Club Welcomes Tufts Medical School Students 12/06/2013

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From left, Dr. Heather Wolfe, with MMC/Tufts medical students Lisetta Shah and Sarah Scott, are thanked by Bristol Lion Julie DeLong for their informative program on a new medical initiative at Lincoln County Healthcare.

From left, Dr. Heather Wolfe, with MMC/Tufts medical students Lisetta Shah and Sarah Scott, are thanked by Bristol Lion Julie DeLong for their informative program on a new medical initiative at Lincoln County Healthcare.

Now in its second year,Lincoln County Healthcare’s partnership with Maine Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) is fostering an interest in rural medicine and with it the potential to attract more physicians to the State.

A presentation by Dr.Heather Wolfe, site director for the Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum program for Maine Med/Tufts Medical School students, provided an overview of this exciting new program. She was accompanied by two third-year medical students in the Maine Track class of TUSM, who shared some of the experiences that are solidifying their resolve to practice in a rural setting.

Dr. Wolfe explained how the longitudinal integrated curriculum, or cross-section training, differs from the conventional block rotation clinical training for medical students.

Instead of pursuing one medical specialty for a six week block of time, cross-section training has students interacting with multiple medical disciplines concurrently as they see individual patients over time through their often complicated treatments.

They spend time with doctors in six areas per week over nine months, interacting directly with them and with their patients.

This more realistic and hands-on experience is rewarding for Lisetta Shah and Sarah Scott, the two students currently at both Miles and St. Andrew’s campuses for their nine-month Maine Track program.

With only one in two vacancies for primary care physicians being filled each year, Maine has a critical need for such an initiative to succeed.

Over time, it is hoped that more clinical year medical students like Lisetta and Sarah will choose to apply for a residency program in Maine and eventually to practice medicine in the state upon completion of training.

In the business meeting that followed the presentation, the Club discussed plans for its upcoming annual Christmas Basket distribution to needy families on Saturday morning, December 21, a program that the Bristol Area Lions Club has carried out for decades.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club, on Monday, January 6, will feature Reverend Bobby Ives speaking on his life on Monhegan Island as a minister and teacher.

To make dinner reservations for that meeting please call 677-6191. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, contact Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

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