Expanding Education Through Collaboration.
The Tufts Maine Track Program was founded in 2009 by Tufts University Medical School and Maine Medical Center. The hallmark of this program is the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship, offering students an innovative training model that reflects a real primary-care experience. Mount Desert Island Hospital is the only institution in Hancock County invited to take part in this pioneering educational program; Maine Track students work alongside our seasoned and committed medical staff for nine months, following cases from beginning to end in a process that is patient-oriented, rather than program-oriented. Students gain a broader and more empathetic view of healing, and learn lasting lessons in doctor-patient relationships and communication.
“Teaching students makes us all better. These students are interested and bright and ask really good questions. They challenge us and bring fresh energy, allowing us to reconnect with why we went into medicine in the first place.”
A Tufts graduate herself, Dr. Dudzik initiated MDI Hospital’s partnership with the Tufts Maine Track Program and now serves as the program’s director.
“I can say with 100% certainty that I was placed at one of the best institutions anywhere for a medical student to train. The one-on-one education from attending physicians and the incredible amount of autonomy afforded to me…is something that larger institutions simply cannot offer.”