Now Accepting Applications for the Fellow Program through June 15, 2017

Academy Fellows are recognized for their sustained excellence in teaching and their educational leadership roles. Fellows of the Academy are elected to the academy for 5-year renewable terms, and renewal of membership is determined by active participation in the Academy’s programs and continued excellence in education. Fellows of the Academy are elected by the Masters to the Academy, and nominations are accepted annually. Election to the academy is honorific but also carries the responsibility to become an active participant in the Academy, and are expected to serve as mentors and advisors to Academy Scholars and others, and lead Academy sponsored workshops and seminars. Academy Fellows are role models for all educators in the Maine Medical Center community.

Current Academy Fellows

Casey MacVane, MD, MPH

Casey MacVane, MD, MPH

Associate Residency Director & Assistant ProfesorDepartment of Emergency MedicineMaine Medical Center

Dr. MacVane is originally from Maine, having grown up in the greater Portland area. She attended Brown University, studying Latin American Studies and Psychology. She obtained a Masters in Public Health and subsequently attended Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Maine Medical Center and served as chief resident. She is currently an attending physician and the Associate Residency Director in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Prior to this she was the Emergency Medicine Director of Medical Student Education for 3 years. Her academic interests include resident and medical school education, social media for medical professionals, public health and patient safety. She lives in Yarmouth, Maine with her husband and three sons.

Contact Information:

Email: macvac1@mmc.org

Kalli Varaklis, MD

Kalli Varaklis, MD

Kalli Varaklis is the Residency Program Director for OB/GYN and serves as the Assistant DIO for the Department of Medical Education. Entrustable Professional Acts (EPA’s) are a hot topic in academic medicine and will be one important way to evaluate competency in residents and fellows. Dr. Varaklis’ research interests included Shared Decision making in the Ambulatory OB/GYN setting and cross-cultural communication. She is an avid organic gardener.

Contact Information:

Email: mededuc@mmc.org

Kathleen Fairfield, MD, MPH, DrPH

Kathleen Fairfield, MD, MPH, DrPH

Dr. Fairfield is an internist and health services researcher at CORE.  She completed an M.D. at Boston University School of Medicine, followed by internship and residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.  She then completed the Harvard Medical School fellowship in General Medicine, earning an M.P.H. in Clinical Effectiveness, followed by a Dr.P.H. in Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health.  After serving on the faculty at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Fairfield joined MMC in 2002.

Dr. Fairfield’s work includes leading the IMPROVE project, which focuses on analyses of large claims and health behavior datasets to understand patterns of health care and the relationships between health care delivery and underlying population health.  She also studies and teaches shared decision making models of care.  Dr. Fairfield currently collaborates on health care quality initiatives through CORE’s partnership with the Center for Performance Improvement at MaineHealth, and serves as Associate Chief of Medicine for Research and Quality Improvement at MMC.  She has received research support from the Maine Cancer Foundation, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, American Cancer Society, and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

In addition to her research activities, Dr. Fairfield sees patients and supervises residents in the International and Travel Clinics at MMC.  Dr. Fairfield is board certified in Internal Medicine.  She also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for Healthwise), and volunteers as Medical Director for the Portland Community Free Clinic and serves as Chair, Academy Executive Committee.

Sarah Hallen

Sarah Hallen

Sarah Hallen, MD is a geriatrician currently practicing with Maine Medical Partners Geriatrics. She attended medical school at the University of Vermont and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Rochester at Strong Memorial Hospital. After graduation, she returned home to Maine and completed her fellowship in Geriatrics at Maine Medical Center (MMC).
She was awarded a Geriatric Academic Career Award from HRSA in 2010, focused on supporting work to develop hospital-based geriatric curricula for interprofessional teams.

Dr. Hallen works primarily as a qualitative researcher examining physician’s prognostication practices, shared care, and the evolving role of physicians in interdisciplinary team care.

Vicki Hayes, M.D.

Vicki Hayes, M.D.

Co-Director of SFSBM 
Director of CAP, Maine Track

Dr Hayes attended the University of Arkansas and the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She completed a residency in Family Medicine at the University of Vermont in 1993 and subsequently obtained a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Adolescent Medicine. She has been a member of the Department of Family Medicine and the medical consultant for the University of Southern Maine for over 20 years. Dr. Hayes is heavily involved in medical student and resident education, serves as the faculty leader for the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) and supports special programs such as Doc4aDay and Patients as Teachers (PaT). She is Co-Director of the Medical Education Outcomes Research Group (MEORG).  She was a member of the first class of the MITE Academy Scholars.  She currently serves as the Co-Director for the Scientific Foundations of Social and Behavioral Medicine (SFSBM) and Director of the TUSM-MMC Competency-Based Apprenticeship in Primary Care (CAP) Course.