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Cary Medical Center and Pines Health Services welcome Two LIC program participants

Cary Medical Center and Pines Health Services are excited to announce the arrival of participants in the Maine Track MD Program, Wendy Goldman and Jacob MacDonald, to the Pines and Cary team for their nine-month Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships.

In partnership with Maine Medical Center in Portland, Tufts University School of Medicine offers a Maine Track for applicants who are interested in a unique, innovative curriculum that includes clinical training experiences in Maine. The Maine Track exposes medical students to the unique aspects of rural practice as well as training in a medical center.

Goldman, Maine Track Program Class of 2023, was raised in Dresden. She graduated from Bates College with a bachelor of science majoring in religious studies. After graduating, she moved to Boston where she worked as a medical assistant in an obstetrics and gynecology practice office. This experience was complimented by her volunteer work at a weekly clinic for Boston’s homeless women. The contrast in the two populations she served heightened her understanding of the importance of holistic medical care. Goldman has played competitive Frisbee since her time at Bates and has embraced the opportunity the sport provides to hone her teamwork and leadership skills. 

“I grew up watching my mother care for our neighbors at our town’s health center. Her practice showed me what a privilege is to be an active member of the community in which you work,” said Goldman. “I am drawn to the Maine Track because it offers me the opportunity to learn and grow within the Maine communities that I hope to one day 

MacDonald, a third generation Mainer and Maine Track Program Class of 2023, was raised in Poland. He graduated from Bowdoin College with a bachelor of arts majoring in neuroscience. After graduation, he spent time as a research assistant at McLean Hospital studying the efficacy of novel generalized therapies that could be used to increase access to mental healthcare in underserved areas. MacDonald also worked directly with patients as a counselor for adult women with borderline personality disorder. 

While in Maine, MacDonald volunteered for several programs meant to help adolescents, including Big Brother, Big Sister, coaching a local track team and assisting teachers at a local grade school. 

“Growing up in Maine, I saw how lack of access to healthcare exacerbates or causes many issues currently hindering the people who live here,” said MacDonald. “I believe that our work as physicians can help our communities thrive and ensure that the people here can prosper.” 

“I am excited to participate in the Maine Track to make a difference in a rural, underserved area like the one I was raised in,” MacDonald explained.

“Cary and Pines are thrilled to have Wendy and Jacob on board. We hope they both will walk away from this clerkship with valuable information that they can carry with them and implement as they continue their medical career journey,” said Dr. Carl Flynn, program director, LIC. 

Pines Health Services is a non-profit, community-based multi-specialty physician practice serving the residents of northern and central Aroostook County. Pines providers are committed to excellence in patient-centered health care and to improving the lives of those we serve. Our team of providers, nurses and support staff are actively engaged in advancing the health and wellness needs of people in the County, with a special focus on the unserved and underserved.

Cary Medical Center is a 65-bed acute care hospital well known for its patient-centered services. We are a community of providers committed to excellence in healthcare and to improving the lives of those we serve. We are actively engaged in advancing the health and wellness needs of people in Aroostook County, including the unserved and underserved. Cary Medical Center and Pines Health Services are equal opportunity providers and employers.

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