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July 18, 2017

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2017 CMMC Family Medicine Residency and Fellowship Graduates

Central Maine Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency recognized six third-year family medicine residents and six fellows at their recent graduation program on Friday, June 23, 2017. Honored at the commencement exercises were family physicians: (Left to Right: Frank Zach Mazone DO, Shayna Shackford DO, Ben Kamin MD, Nupur Nagrare MD, Clare Alexander MD, and Tony Chan MD.)

Donald “Raj” Woolever, MD, Program Director, gave the welcome address with Deborah Taylor, PhD, serving as graduation mistress of ceremonies. In attendance were Family Medicine Residency faculty, residents and residency staff, hospital and office based CMMC physician teachers, family doctors who serve in the Family Medicine Center as preceptors for residents and medical students, as well as graduating residents’ families and special invited guests.

William Lee, MD, Chief - Division of Primary Care, was invited to speak on behalf of the CMMC Administration.

The graduating resident class awarded the following:

Lewiston
FMR Clinical Staff of the Year – Melissa Robbins, LPN
Community Preceptor of the Year – Doug Ertman, MD
Faculty Teacher of the Year – Eileen Cloonan, MD
Bruce Johnson Award – Mike Moffatt, MD. The Dr. Bruce Johnson Residency Teacher of the Year Award honors the physician who, as voted by the graduating senior residents, made the most outstanding contribution to their Family Medicine Residency education.

Swift River Rural Training Track
RT Clinical Staff of the Year – Sootie Gauvin, LPN
RT Faculty of the Year- Stephanie Sinclair, MD

The resident graduates were honored by their faculty advisors:
Clare Alexander, MD Presented by Bethany Picker, MD
Tony Chan, MD Presented by John Lowery, DO, PhD
Benjamin Kamin, MD Presented by Tom Hattan, MD
Frank Zach Mazone, DO Presented by Hunter Sharp, DO
Nupur Nagrare, MD Presented by Bethany Picker, MD
Shayna Shackford, DO Presented by Dieter Kreckel, MD

The following Fellows were honored:

NMM/OMM Plus One Resident graduates were honored by their faculty advisors:
Joshua Garfein, DO Presented by Hunter Sharp, DO
Amber Hayden, DO Presented by Josie Conte, DO

Joshua Garfein, DO will be practicing at Dakota Ridge Family Medicine, Boulder Community Health, Boulder CO; Amber Hayden, DO will be a Faculty member at Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency, Harrisburg, NC.

Family Medicine Sports Medicine Fellowship graduates were honored by Elizabeth Rothe, MD:
Jason Losee, MD and Everett Hayes, MD.
Jason will be practicing at Family Medicine/Sports Medicine, Unity Point Clinic, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa and Everett will be practicing at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Sports Medicine Division, Boston, MA

The Family Medicine Hospitalist Fellowship graduates: Nicole Boutaugh, DO, Kara Callahan, MD and Daniel Matta, MD. Nicole and Daniel will be Adult Hospitalists at CMMC and Kara will be a Faculty member at CMMC Family Medicine Residency.

Dr. Woolever presented the following awards:
Residency Chiefs - Clare Alexander, MD, Nupur Nagrare, MD and Shayna Shackford, DO
Resident Teacher of the Year - Ben Kamin MD
Professionalism Award - Susan Miller MD, Jennifer Hanson, MD and Shayna Shackford, DO
Resident Research Award - Clare Alexander, MD

Dr. Woolever, along with the Family Medicine Residency faculty, presented the graduates with their diplomas. Deborah Taylor, PhD, gave closing remarks.

Here is where our family medicine graduates will be practicing:

Clare Alexander, MD, REACH Community Health Center. Vancouver, BC; Tony Chan, MD, University of Toronto Hospital Medicine Clinical Fellowship, Mount Sinai Hospital/University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario; Ben Kamin, MD, Emergency Medicine Fellowship, Maine General Medical Center, Augusta, ME; Frank Zach Mazone, DO, Day Spring Family Wellness, Integrative Direct Primary Care Practice, Bath/Brunswick, ME; Nupur Nagrare, MD, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Ogdensburg, New York; Shayna Shackford, DO, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency, Augusta, ME; Joshua Garfein, DO, Dakota Ridge Family Medicine, Boulder Community Health, Boulder CO; Amber Hayden, DO Faculty, Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency, Harrisburg, NC.

CMMC’s Family Medicine Residency was founded in 1978 to support the development of a primary care foundation and provide well trained family physicians for the Lewiston-Auburn area and beyond. We are proud to have these former graduates of the CMMC Residency practicing in the area: Drs. Nicole Boutaugh, Leslie Bradbury, Kara Callahan, Shannon Deschenes, Adam Duquette, Steve Fairchild, Margo Goodman, Trisha Gushue, Manju Hilary, Todd Kitchens, Alicia Koteles, Cathy Krouse, Gerry Lachance, Shayna Lemke, John Lowery, Jeff Lynds, Margaret Matthews, Lisa McAllister, Shauna McElrath, James Ostrander, Kurt Oswald, Joanie Peter, Nathan Raby, Gary Rivard, Sarah Skelton, Stephanie Sinclair and Ray Tardif.



July 18, 2017

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Residency Welcomes New Medical Graduates

CMMC Family Medicine Residency welcomes eight new medical graduates this June. They are pictured above – (Front Row): Terra Wilkins, MD, Jennifer Couture, DO, Olivia Simpson, MD; Christopher Decker, DO; (Back Row) Ross Watson, MD; Justin Quinlan, DO; Bryan Stanley, MD. This class of residents is the 39th class to join the residency and we are so excited to have them join us.

The CMMC Family Medicine Residency attracts resident physicians who are bright, enthusiastic and who want to make a positive difference in the lives of their patients. All of these physicians are required to complete a three-year post graduate residency in their chosen specialty of Family Medicine in order to become board certified Family Physicians.

Since its inception in 1978, the Family Medicine Residency has been a leader in innovations in healthcare at CMMC. It operates out of the Oscar Treat Turner Family Medicine Center located at 76 High Street, an outpatient health center adjacent to the medical center complex. Family physicians offer care to entire families across the lifespan. The Family Medicine residents pictured here will provide care to a group of patients and families at all stages of life including: pregnancy, delivering babies, baby/child/teenager care, adults, and elder adults including end of life care. In addition, they will spend time caring for patients in the hospital under the supervision of primary care doctors and sub-specialist physicians.

The mission of CMMC's Family Medicine Residency is to provide a progressive and stimulating environment in which to learn and to develop the skills necessary to be highly competent family physicians. Many of the residency’s graduates continue to practice in the Lewiston-Auburn area or in Maine after graduation.


July 18, 2017

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Hawaiian Luau


I would like to take the time out to thank everyone who participated in this FUN Hawaiian Luau today. I feel that we had a great turn out and there were lots of smiles and laughter which is what the whole intention was. I loved all the decorations and the Hawaiian attire and of course the food from everyone, and especially our team picture that expresses and shows the fun team we are!!

There were also a lot of compliments from the patients this morning. I believe they could sense all of our positive Hawaiian vibes and see it throughout all of our smiles today. For the winner of the Hawaiian spirit it was difficult and I could not just pick one person as we had two wonderful hulu ladies that got up and performed for us during our luncheon. They put their grass skirts on and went dancing to the music with no hesitation. (I do have a video to prove this if anyone would like to see J) Thank you both Myranda and Deb Taylor for your good sportsman ship and Hawaiian spirit.

I am happy to say that I have joined this team and look forward to many more great memories that will be made. This was great team work and the way it is supposed to be. Let’s keep up the hard work and team work for our patients. As we saw today we all have it in us and pull together as a great team. Again I would like to thank all of you for making this a successful event, it wouldn’t of happened without each and every one of our efforts and dedication. J

Thanks again!!

Samantha W., MA

June 19, 2017

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Welcome New Intern Class of 2018

We want to welcome the eight recent medical school graduates that have joined the CMMC Family Medicine Residency this June.

Lewiston Track: Colette Charles, MD, Trinity School of Medicine; John Gunel, DO, Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine; Susan Miller, MD, Ross University School of Medicine; Ankur Patel, MD, Tufts University School of Medicine; Brock Tostenson, MD, University of Minnesota Medical School; Elizabeth Coté-Estrada, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA

Rumford Rural Training Track: James Flannery, MD, Saba University School of Medicine; Sarah Kelley-Spearing, DO, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

This class of residents is the 37th class to join CMMC's residency. The CMMC Family Medicine Residency attracts resident physicians who are bright, enthusiastic and who want to make a positive difference in the lives of their patients. All of these physicians are required to complete a three-year post graduate residency in their chosen specialty of Family Medicine in order to become board certified Family Physicians. Since its inception in 1978, the Family Medicine Residency has been a leader in innovations in healthcare at CMMC. It operates out of the Oscar Treat Turner Family Medicine Center located at 76 High Street, an outpatient health center adjacent to the medical center complex. Family physicians offer care to entire families across the lifespan. The Family Medicine residents pictured here will provide care to a group of patients and families at all stages of life including: pregnancy, delivering babies, baby/child/teenager care, adults, and elder adults including end of life care. In addition, they will spend time caring for patients in the hospital under the supervision of primary care doctors and sub-specialist physicians. The mission of CMMC's Family Medicine Residency is to provide a progressive and stimulating environment in which to learn and to develop the skills necessary to be highly competent family physicians. Many of the residency's graduates continue to practice in the Lewiston-Auburn area or in Maine after graduation.


July 8, 2015

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CMMC Family Medicine Residency Graduates Seven Physicians

Central Maine Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency recognized seven third-year family medicine residents at their recent graduation program on Friday, June 26, 2015. Honored at the commencement exercises were family physicians: Clayton Bell MD, Aaron Hoffman DO, MPH, Genesis Juat MD, Erik Seth Kramer DO, MPH, Mariette Macrander MD, Aliya Rahemtulla MD, and Margo Sullivan DO.

The graduation ceremony was attended by the Family Medicine Residency faculty, residents and FMR staff, members of the CMMC medical staff, CMMG/CMMC administration, as well as graduating residents’ families and special invited guests.

Several awards were presented during the graduation ceremony:

Lewiston - “Special Care of Residents Award” presented to Norene Rand, CMMC Food Service; Nursing Award presented to Charmain Gordon MA; CMMC Hospitalist of the Year presented to Michael Moffatt MD; CMMC Nighthawk of the Year presented to William Talpey MD; Community Preceptor of the Year presented to Kristen Brown MD; Family Medicine Residency Mentor of the Year presented to Bethany Picker MD.

Swift River - Swift River Staff of the Year Award presented to Sharon Rickards, Administration and Recruiting; Rural Track Faculty of the Year presented to Stephanie Sinclair MD. The Dr. Bruce Johnson Residency Teacher of the Year Award presented to Dieter Kreckel MD. This award honors the physician who, as voted by the graduating senior residents, made the most outstanding contribution to their Family Medicine Residency education.

Dr. Elizabeth Rothe presented two awards: Research and Scholarly Award to Erik Seth Kramer, DO, MPH; Professionalism Awards to Ben Kamin MD and Shayna Shackford DO. Dr. Woolever presented “Rock and a Hard Place” gifts to Lewiston Co-Chief residents Erik Seth Kramer DO, MPH and Aaron Hoffman, DO MPH and Rural Training Track Chief Mariette Macrander MD, in honor of their service and contributions as resident leaders.

The residents were honored by their faculty advocates: Stephanie Sinclair, MD – Clayton Bell, MD; Bethany Picker MD - Aaron Hoffman DO, MPH; Thomas Hattan MD – Genesis Juat MD; Gary Rivard DO – Erik Seth Kramer DO, MPH; Dieter Kreckel MD – Mariette Macrander MD; Erica Lovett MD – Aliya Rahemtulla MD; Eric Sharp DO – Margo Sullivan DO.

Tina Legere, President of CMMC, presented a message from the CMMC/CMMG administration.

Dr. Bruce Kenney DO, D.O.M.E. and Wilderness and International Medicine (WIMP) Director, presented a slideshow showcasing international rotation experiences followed by certificate presentations to the WIMP graduates: Clayton Bell MD, Margo Sullivan DO, Aliya Rahemtulla MD, and Genesis Juat MD.

Dr. Woolever presented the STFM Teacher of the Year award to Margo Sullivan, DO. This award recognizes a resident who has demonstrated skills and interest in teaching/precepting medical students; interest and excellence in teaching peers, physician assistants, nursing students, pharmacy students, and participation in a practice improvement or residency education committee; outstanding presentations at grand rounds and/or regional or national family meetings; valued as a teacher by patients and peers, and involved in community teaching.

Following the awards, Dr. Woolever and the residency faculty presented the graduates with their diplomas and Dr. Deborah Taylor, PhD and Associate Program Director, gave the closing presentation.

Here is where our graduates will be going:

Clayton Bell, MD Integrative Medicine Fellowship Kansas University Medical Center; Aaron Hoffman, DO, MPH The Ambulatory Practice of the Future Massachusetts General Hospital; Genesis Juat, MD Healthpoint in Seattle / Tacoma WA; Erik Seth Kramer, DO, MPH Eagle Ridge Medical Platte Valley Medical Center Brighton/Denver Colorado; Mariette Macrander, MD Mirasol Family Health Center Hermiston, Oregon; Aliya Rahemtulla, MD Vancouver Island, BC; Margo Sullivan, DO CMMC Family Medicine Residency NMM Plus One Fellowship

CMMC created the Family Medicine Residency Program in 1978 to support the training of family physicians in order to provide well trained family doctors to the Lewiston-Auburn area as well as to other areas of Maine and beyond. Former graduates of the CMMC Residency Program practicing locally include Drs. Peter Beckel, Tom Bosma, Charles Burns, Denise Cogle, Steve Fairchild, Manju Hilary, Shannon Kenney, Deb Learson, Cortney Linville, Margaret Matthews, Shauna McElrath, Steven Molnar-Gabor, Kurt Oswald, Sarah Skelton, Ray Tardif, Fred Van Mourik, Trisha Gushue, Nathan Raby, Gary Rivard, Stephanie Youd, Alicia Koteles, Lisa McAllister, Swapna Gummadi, Anna Marie Pond, Shayna Lemke, John Lowery, Adam Duquette and Christopher Todd Kitchens.


June 30, 2015

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FMR 2015 Graduation Dinner

The Family Medicine Residency Class of 2015 held their graduation dinner on Thursday, June 25 at the Franco American Center in Lewiston. There was a dinner catered by Orchid Restaurant, presentations by Dr. Donald Woolever, the Classes of 2016 and 2017, a musical performance by the clinical/clerical staffs, followed by the highlight of the program Faculty and Resident Skits. It was a great evening to celebrate the graduating class and a great time was had by all!

June 30, 2015

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2015 MHA Caregiver of the Year Award

Each year the Maine Hospital Association honors those on the front lines of healthcare at Maine's hospitals. These are the people who help heal the ill and injured every hour of every day. Dr. Clayton Bell, a third year resident at Rumford Hospital and Swift River Family Medicine Residency, was chosen as this year's winner. This is the first time this honor has been presented to a Family Medicine Resident and we are very proud!

June 30, 2015

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Welcome New Intern Class 2018!

We would like to welcome the new Intern Class of 2018!

Please join us in welcoming:

John Gunel DO Western University of Health Science COM
Ankur Patel MD Tufts University SOM
Susan Miller MD Ross University SOM
Brock Tostenson MD University of Minnesota MS
Colette Charles MD Trinity SOM
James Flannery MD Saba University SOM
Sarah Kelley-Spearing DO Rocky Vista University COM

March 31, 2015

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Published Case Report

Bruce Kenney, DO, co-authors a case report in the Chinese General Practice Journal, March, 2014: IPCEA (International Primary Care Educational Alliance) FM Teaching Case: "How Many Underlying Conditions Are Mis-diagnosed as Irritable Bowel Syndrome?".

Dr Kenney was a visiting Teaching Faculty in June, 2013 with the IPCEA-AOA Project to increase the skills of practicing Chinese physicians, part of a national mandate of the central Chinese government to increase the number of additionally trained practicing physicians by 400,000 by 2020.



August 13, 2014

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World Organization of Family Medicine Conference

Presentation by Bruce Kenney DO

Bruce Kenney, DO, presented two lectures at WONCA (World Organization of Family Medicine) in Kuching, Malaysia on May 25, 2014, on "Teaching Family Medicine to Practicing Physicians Worldwide", and Spinal Pain: An Osteopathic Approach".



August 13, 2014

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Integrative Medicine Series at Dempsey Center

Integrative Medicine is an increasingly popular approach to healing that takes the whole patient into account, not just their illness. This educational series is offered to allow individuals to find out more about how integrative medicine benefits cancer patients, its unique approach to healing, how it differs from conventional medicine and meet physicians who practice integrative medicine. CMMC Family Medicine Residency residents presented the following: “Stress Reduction & Mindfulness” presented by Clayton Bell, MD, and “Breast Cancer & Integrative Medicine” presented by Tyler O’Sullivan, DO.

August 13, 2014

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Mindful Practice: Enhancing Quality of Care, Quality of Caring, and Resilience

May 7-10, 2014

Erica Lovett MD attended a 4-day, hands on retreat-like workshop designed to improve the quality of care that clinicians provide while improving their own resilience and well-being. The workshop offers an experiential learning environment where participants focus on developing the capacity for Mindful Practice – attentiveness, situational–– and self-awareness, teamwork, and self-monitoring – even in stressful and demanding situations.

Designed for medical practitioners (physicians, NPs, PAs) and others involved in medical practice and education, the program combines didactic presentations and experiential exercises using narratives, appreciative inquiry, and contemplative practices such as mindfulness meditation. Session themes include teamwork, difficult conversations with patients/families, uncertainty in medicine, medical education, grief and loss, resilience and compassion.

The workshop will offer participants hands-on experience in teaching and facilitation with attention to promoting Mindful Practice activities at participants’ home institutions. Prior attendance at a Mindful Practice® workshop or experience with contemplative practice is desirable but not required.

Course Directors: Ron Epstein, M.D. and Mick Krasner, M.D.

Sponsored by: The Department of Family Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center
Location/Accommodations: Chapin Mill Retreat Center, Batavia, NY


August 13, 2014

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STFM Launches New Task Force

STFM Launches New Task Force to Develop Leading Change Live Events and Training May 15, 2014 - Deborah Taylor PhD

STFM will launch the Leading Change Tier 2 Task Force in June. The task force will develop and disseminate curriculum and resources to educate and empower family medicine faculty to lead change within their institutions, larger surrounding environments, and their nation. The task force will focus on addressing higher-level, more in-depth topics through live events and live training.

John Franko, MD, will chair the Leading Change Tier 2 Task Force. Dr Franko is the department chair at East Tennessee State University, a 20-year member of STFM, and has been a member of Association of Department of Family Medicine (ADFM) for 7 years. He was on the development/oversight committee for the STFM Emerging Leaders program and is a member of the ADFM Leadership Development Committee, an important tie for aligning with ADFM's activities in this area.

Twenty-nine applications were received to serve on this task force, and 11 were chosen. The new task force is composed of the following members:


  • John Franko, MD, East Tennessee State University


  • Laurie Belknap, DO, The Ohio State University


  • Leanne Chrisman-Khawam, MD, MEd, Case Western Reserve University Family Medicine Residency, Cleveland, OH


  • Gretchen Dickson, MD, University of Kansas (Wichita)/Wesley


  • Mark Greenawald, MD, Carilion Clinic Department of Family and Community Medicine, Roanoke, VA


  • Grant Greenberg, MD, MA, MHSA, University of Michigan


  • Christine Jacobs, MD, Saint Louis University Family Medicine Residency, St Louis, MO


  • Jennifer Johnson, University of California, San Diego


  • Randall Longenecker, MD, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine


  • Michael Mendoza, MD, MPH, University of Rochester


  • Deborah Taylor, PhD, Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency, Lewiston, ME


  • Therese Zink, MD, MPH, Wright State University


Task force members will serve from June 2014 through May 2016. During this 2-year period the task force will:

  • Review objectives developed by the first task force and determine which are not met through the online modules


  • Determine whether new objectives need to be added to meet the leadership needs of senior-level faculty, develop and deliver live content to meet unmet and new objectives


  • Determine how live courses and online modules can be woven into existing leadership programs


  • Develop a sustainability plan for the modules and live training to perpetuate the training of leaders in academic family medicine



  • August 13, 2014

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    Annual Rafting Trip

    The CMMC FMR's annual rafting trip down the Kennebec River during graduation week was a great success. This team building activity includes all current residents and faculty as well as our incoming intern class. The 2014-2015 intern class was the first complete group to arrive. Each residency class had its own raft and then faculty filled in across the boats. The trip included navigating class III and IV rapids as well as some calmer river opportunities including a lunch stop and swimming and kayaking in the river. We are all looking forward to the 2015 trip already!



    August 13, 2014

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    Society of Hospital Medicine

    Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) 2014 held its annual meeting March 24-27, 2014 in Las Vegas. The Society of Hospital Medicine is one of the largest organizations that focuses on general medical care of hospitalized patients and it also promotes education and research for residents and physicians.

    CMMC Family Medicine Residency residents Dr. Tagaram MD and Dr. Thibodeau DO were selected to exhibit their poster presentations under the clinical vignette section.

    Dr.Tagaram spoke on - “CATASTROPHY IN CAPS: A RARE OUTCOME OF ANTIPHOSPHOLIPID SYNDROME” and Dr.Thibodeau on “ AN UNEXPECTED CASE OF VENOUS THROMBOEMBOLISM”. The submission explored the case of a 63 year-old female who presented with a deep venous thromboembolismm,and was found to have leukemia. Such blood borne cancers generally do not present with such findings making our case particularly unique. The patient went on to receive treatment at an advanced center specializing in cancer care and was reported to do well.


    May 6, 2014

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    Annual Convocation

    The American Academy of Osteopathy held its Annual Convocation March 19 – 23 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Lectures and hands-on workshops focused on the Osteopathic Philosophy & Principles around “Trauma: An Osteopathic Approach”. Also during this convocation Hunter Sharp, DO, was appointed Chair of the Postdoctoral Standards and Evaluation Committee which oversees all of the aspects of residency training in neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine.


    May 6, 2014

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    AAFP Residency Program Conference

    Several residency folks from the CMMC FMR attended the AAFP Residency Program Solutions Conference held in Kansas City in early April, 2014. Kathy Morin, RN, our Practice Manager, was elected President-elect of the FMRNA group (the national group of RNs involved in FM residency education) – she will be an outstanding national leader and will shine a wonderful light on our residency practice! Kathy brought Frances Horton, one of our clinical team RNs, to the conference and both enjoyed a lot of programming about the importance of the role of clinical staff in the education of FM residents. Sally Weiss, our Program Administrator, who just joined us in mid-March, attended as well and jointed Drs. Woolever and Taylor in learning more about implementing the new Milestones assessment system as well as gathering “pearls” (aka tips) to help us finish launching our Clinical Competency (CCC) and Program Evaluation Committees (PEC)– crucial to the successful implementation of the Next Accreditation System (NAS) at CMMC’s FMR. Drs. Woolever and Taylor presented two sessions – one on developing an Intern Orientation Curriculum and another
    on the Importance of Advising and Mentoring in Residency Education


    May 6, 2014

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    2014 Work Healthy Award Program

    We received a Gold award and on April 10th will be honored by Healthy Androscoggin at The Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast. This is our second gold award in a row! FMR won because of being part of CMMC program AND our annual wellness week and wellness programs throughout the year including our volunteer day in July, group potlucks throughout the year,
    and commitment to improving our program every year. The Work Healthy Award program recognizes businesses for their wellness efforts. Awards are provided for supporting worksite wellness through written policy, programming, and/or incentives.


    May 6, 2014

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    NRMP Residency Match 2014

    CMMC Family Medicine Residency successfully completed the NRMP Match and will be welcoming seven new residents this July. Our new residents are: Benjamin Kamin MD, Medical College of Wisconsin; Frank Zach Mazone DO, UNECOM; Shayna Shackford DO, UNECOM; Clare Alexander MD, University of Queensland SOM; Rebecca Adamson MD, Indiana University SOM; Nupur Nagrare MD, American University of Antigua COM; Tony Chan MD, St. George’s University SOM. Welcome to our new interns!


    April 2, 2014

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    35th Residency Reunion - October 11 - 13

    The 35th Residency Reunion is scheduled for October 11-13, 2013. The reunion schedule was scheduled during the same weekend as the Dempsey Challenge.

    The CMMC FMR is putting together a special Reunion “biking team” to participate in the Challenge and raise money for the Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing and the patients and families it serves in Central Maine.

    We are looking forward to gathering with past and present, residents, faculty and staff.

    More >>



    September 17, 2013

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    FMRP Staff Attend Conference

    Dr. Woolever along with faculty - Drs. Picker and Taylor, and staff - our practice manager, Ms. Morin, our care manager, Ms. Champagne and our program secretary and medical student coordinator, Ms. Freda, attended the combined conferences of the Program Directors Workshop and the Residency Program Solutions in Kansas City in early April. Ms. Morin serves on the board of directors for the FMRNA (Family Medicine Residency Nurses Association). Multiple peer reviewed submissions were accepted and presented at this joint conference on the topics of the hidden curriculum, measuring and influencing professionalism in the developing medical learner, the Patient Centered Medical Home and group visits to enhance discharge to home and reduce hospital readmissions. Dr. Woolever was also highlighted as one of only 7 people nationally accepted to present on our Roaming Preceptor system as part of an innovation general session for all conference attendees.

    June 17, 2013

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    Eric Hunter, D.O. Receives Recognitition

    ACOFP Distinguished Service Award

    The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians would like to recognize your service as a volunteer inspector for our osteopathic family medicine residency training programs through presentation of the enclosed 2012-2013 Distinguished Service Award certificate.

    He is among 24 ACOFP volunteer inspectors who were recognized as a group during the March 21, 2013 ACOFP Congress of Delegates meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    With the January 2013 implementation of the American Osteopathic Association’s independent reviewers, the ACOFP wanted to mark the end of an era in which Hunter and many others helped stregthen our post-doctoral training programs through the inspection process, thereby developing thousands of highly competent ressidents who are now actively practicing osteopathic family mdeicine.

    His significant commitment of time and expertise as a volunteer residency program inspector is sincerely appreciated by the ACOFP leadership!

    Osteopathically yours,

    Kenneth A. Heiles, DO, FACOFP dist.
    Chair, ACOFP Committee on Education & Evaluation

    Robert I. Danoff, DO, MS, FACOFP, FAAFP
    Chair, ACOFP Subcommittee on Standards & Inspections


    June 17, 2013

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    Residency Hosts Conference on Human Trafficking

    CMMC Family Medicine Residency’s Wilderness & International Medicine Program hosted an evening conference on 'Human Trafficking: From Awareness to Activism'. Presenters Bill Legere, NP and Ben Corey, MA of the organization “Not Here, A Call To Action Against Human Trafficking”, discussed their recent work in India, Ecuador and Haiti.

    June 17, 2013

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    Colin King Completes Core Family Medicine Clerkship

    Colin King, a third year medical student from the University of Vermont, just completed his core Family Medicine clerkship at the Family Med Residency Clinic. As part of his clerkship requirements he was required to create a Community Health Improvement Project (CHIP) to focus on and improve the health of our L-A community. Colin decided to focus on the health and well being of police officers. He read about the health risks associated with being a police officer, created a formal presentation with risks and suggestions for alleviating risk, and then presented it three times to different groups of police officers in the Lewiston PD. In addition, he explored what a day in the life of a Lewiston police officer would be like by "walking in their shoes" and riding along with them on two occasions. We are very proud of our affiliation with the University of Vermont College of Medicine - they give us "gifts" like Colin who come to learn more about primary care medicine and who offer such great CHIPS to improve the health of our community!



    June 17, 2013

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    Bruce Kenney, D.O. Attends ADODME Annual Conference

    Bruce Kenney, DO, attended the Association Osteopathic Program Directors annual conference (ADODME), held in combination with the AACOM (Association of American Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine) in Baltimore. Highlights of the conference included plenary sessions on "Emerging Health Care Futures: Implications for Osteopathic Medical Education Reform" by Clement Bezold, PhD, Chairman and Senior futurist of Institute for Alternative Futures.

    Highlights included innovations in medical education now and in the future, maintaining high quality and distinctiveness in Osteopathic Medicine while collaborating with AAFP and ACGME to benefit all medical education. For any resident contemplating becoming involved in medical school or residency this would be an excellent conference to attend.


    June 17, 2013

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    CMMC FMR Receives Gold Work Healthy Award

    Healthy Androscoggin has awarded CMMC Family Medicine Residency the Gold Work Healthy Award in recognition of their yearly Wellness Week activities.

    Healthy Androscoggin recoginzes employers that are addressing the health of their workforce. Employers have learned that it will be very hard to control cost if employees and family members have unhealthy lifestyles and related serious health conditions. The employers we are recognizing have demonstrated a commitment to providing workplace health improvement programs that encourage healthier lifestyles for employees and their families resulting in healthier communities.

    The ceremony will take place Thursday April 11 from 7:15-9 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch, Great Falls Plaza, Auburn.

    CONGRATULATIONS CMMC FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY!

    April 1, 2013

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    Doctors' Day Celebration

    On Thursday March 29 the Family Medicine Residency celebrated doctor's day with a full day of "goodies" throughout the clinic and residency for our doctor's to enjoy. During our FMR All monthly meeting we celebrated with a cake with all the doctor's photos on it.

    Thank you to all our doctors for all they do every day!


    April 1, 2013

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    Residency Participates in Santa Project

    Each year the CMMC Family Medicine Residency faculty, residents and staff sponsor a family who is receiving Head Start services in the L-A area. This year we tried to bring joy to a family of three children - with gifts of toys, clothing and food. We have been part of this "Santa Project: for the past 15 years.

    February 26, 2013

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    Practice Improvement Conference

    Residency Presents Three Initiatives

    Drs. Christine Gray, Donald Woolever and Bethany Picker accompanied Jennifer Fish, LSW and Lorrie Champagne, RN to the Conference on Practice Improvement in Greenville, SC. There they presented three CMMC Family Medicine Residency initiatives to this national audience: Chronic Pain Patient Seminars, Safely Home: Improving Transisitions of Care and Resident Dashboards: Measuring What Matters.

    Winter Mountaineering Workshop - Dr. Bruce Kenney along with two Family Medicine Residency residents, one Boston University medical student and three physicians learned ice and snow travel techniques for two days in Tuckerman's Ravine at the base of Mount Washington. Temperatures were in the teens with light-moderate winds and light snow blanketing the ground. This workshop was a great success and all departed injury free. These mountaineering skills will be used in 2013 winter mountain excursion events.

    The Family Medicine Residency recruiting office has finished its applicant interviews and is now preparing to participate in the AOA and NRMP matches. It has been a very busy year with the most applications to date - 995 applications for 7 positions. We are very excited about the Matches and looking forward to finding out who are next 7 new residents will be!



    February 26, 2013

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    Clerkship Caucus and Neomen Opti Conference

    October 2012


    Top: Dr. Taylor
    LARGE VERSION
    Drs. Rivard, Sharp, Taylor and Ms. Jill Freda (our undergraduate education coordinator) attended the twice yearly meeting of the Clerkship Caucus and NEOMEN OPTI groups at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. CMMC is a clinical campus for UNE, sponsoring 8 students for their entire third year of clerkship training. We also are an active member of the Northeast Osteopathic Medicine Education Network (NEOMEN). Dr. Taylor delivered the faculty development session entitled “IATP”: Measuring a Learner’s Competency to Provide Patient Centered Care." IATP stands for It's About the Patient which is an overarching theme of UNE's educational mission.



    February 26, 2013

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    AAFP Global Health Conference - September 2012


    Sandhya Tagaram MD, Stephanie Youd MD, Bruce Kenney DO
    LARGE VERSION
    On September 7, 2012, CMMC Family Medicine Residency resident Sandhya Tagaram, MD, faculty Stephanie Youd, MD and Bruce Kenney, DO spoke on "Initiating and Sustaining an International Medicine Clinic in a Family Medicine Residency Teaching Clinic".

    There was an attendance of 300 people at the AAFP Global Health Conference and all returned with lots of new ideas for the Wilderness & International Medicine Program (WIMP).


    February 26, 2013

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    August Residency News

    On August 6, we had 8 UNECOM 3rd year core students start their year long clinical rotations with us. Their names as pictured: (front) Lauren Jamele Townley, Dana Maglaris, Babette "Wit" Davis, Rebecca Dyer, (back row) Ryan Darnall, Shane Griffith, Maura Hanna & Elizabeth Burch.

    New faculty member - We welcomed E. Hunter Sharp, DO to our residency. He came to us from Eastern Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Sharp brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in osteopathic manipulation. He is going to make a great addition to our faculty compliment.

    September 12, 2012

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    June Residency News

    Leap Week brought many fun filled events for the residents. It started off with a community service day helping out a local agency with some house painting. On Tuesday, all of the residents (including the incoming interns) and faculty when White Water Rafting on the Kennebec River - a great time was had by all. Thursday was spent painting our preceptor area and watching a movie - "Love Actually".

    Graduation Celebrations

    The residency held a graduation dinner on Wednesday evening (6/27) at the Franco American Heritage Center with a catered dinner by Mother India. Awards were presented followed by a skit put on by the residents and then the faculty put on a skit of their own. It was an even of laughter.

    Graduation Ceremony was held on Friday (6/29) with the guest speaker Alan Verrill, MD, Hospitalist. In addition, Laird Covey, President of CMMC spoke. Awards and diplomas were given.

    Dr. Bethany Picker was selected by the National Physicians Alliance to be in the third Copello Physician Leadership Fellowship. She flew to Washington DC and received timely updates on the Affordable Care Act and specific media training. This is a two part educational opportunity and the second part will be linked to the National Physicians Alliance National Conference in November.

    July 12, 2012

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    May Residency News

    Our Own John Lowery, DO, PhD, PGY1 was recently honored with the "40 Under Forty Maine's Emerging Generation of Leaders" recognition. A banquet was held and his bio was in the Maine Sunday Telegram. Congrats to John.

    Drs. Woolever and Picker taught Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics at Maine Medical Center. This course is a collaborative effort by the residencies of CMMC, Maine Medical Center and Maine Dartmouth. Participating in the course this year were three residents from CMMC: Emily Fontaine,MD, Jaime Nemeth, DO and Leo Paraskevopoulos, MD.

    Erica Lovett, MD, faculty has had a paper published -
    Schneider, Craig MD, Lovett, Erica MD. Depression. in Integrative Medicine, ed. Rakel, David MD. 3rd edition. 2012 pages 26 - 36. April 2012

    Each quarter there are 5 Tuesdays in a month and on each of those afternoons, residents and students are given time to get together outside of work and do an activity or just spend time together. May was one of those months. The group gathered (at local watering hole), discussed strategic plan to improve quality of life at residency (discussed ideas, options, hopes, dreams, etc) and potential way to improve clinic satisfaction amongst the residents.

    June 11, 2012

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    April Residency News

    Each year, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine President is given the opportunity to select individuals or programs to honor with President�s Awards. These awards are given to dedicated members who are working behind the scenes to advance the interests and initiatives of the Society or those people who have had a significant impact on the president during his or her year in office. This year Dr. Hepworth chose to honor one project, The Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship and the original steering group who made it come to life. Dr. Deborah Taylor, third from left in photo, is the Co-Director of the fellowship as well as the Behavioral Science Educator and Associate Family Residency Director at CMMC.

    Annual STFM Conf in Seattle
    Dr. Geoffrey Carden was selected as one of the New Faculty Scholars for 2012-2013
    Drs. Woolever and Taylor presented our residency's work on The Development of a Robust Peer Feedback System: Strengthening Faculty Team Performance and Competence
    Dr. Hattan presented on the topic: Transitions of Care: Involving Resident Physicians in the Long Term Care Interdisciplinary Team


    Quality Improvement Leadership Award -
    Edmund �Ned� Claxton, Jr., M.D., president of the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff, (faculty at the residency) has been recognized by a state healthcare organization for his work in healthcare quality improvement. Maine Quality Counts (MQC) has recognized Dr. Claxton with its second annual Quality Improvement Leadership Award. This annual award was initiated to recognize outstanding efforts and to distinguish leaders who have been dedicated to advancing health care quality, provided an example for others to follow, and raised awareness of MQCs commitment to transform health care quality.

    Osteopathic Workshop for students and residents
    On April 4th, CMMC was the host for the spring workshop. This workshop is a requirement for all of the 3rd year medical students from UNECOM and an open invitation for any residents from the Maine residencies. The day is spent with both lecture and hands on in osteopathic manipulation.

    Maine Academy of Family Physicians Annual Meeting
    2 of our faculty, several residents and a couple medical students all headed to Bar Harbor from April 11-13 to attend the annual conference. Given the meeting was held in Bar Harbor, attendees were given an opportunity to tour the Jackson Laboratory.

    May 21, 2012

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