Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Maine Medical Center will partner with Tufts

Maine Medical Center said today it will partner with Tufts University in what hospital officials believe is only the second joint-degree program of its kind in the country.

The new program will allow Tufts medical students to spend their junior year and part of their senior year in rotation at MMC, Abby Greenfield, MMC’s community relations manager, told Mainebiz this morning. The program will graduate 36 students a year -- with 20 spots reserved for Maine students or those with close ties to Maine -- and will begin accepting applications for the fall 2009 school year. MMC will end its affiliation with the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 2011 to make room for the Tufts students, Greenfield said.

The physician training program is designed to attract doctors to Maine, and will include a curriculum to train physicians who intend to work in rural areas. Students will receive a combined degree from Tufts and MMC.
[From Tuesday's The Daily, the daily Mainebiz email drop of pertinent business news]

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