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.
Alison Samitt, MD is the Program Director of the MMC Family Medicine Residency. She graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 1996, did residency at MMC and has worked at MMC/MMP ever since. Her clinical work includes caring for patients in outpatient and inpatient settings, including providing OB care. She finds great professional satisfaction working with residents and medical students, and her academic interests include active teaching techniques, information mastery, leadership development, and provider wellness. Alison lives in Falmouth with her husband and two sons, and enjoys spending time running, doing yoga, and trying to keep up with her sons on the ski slopes.
Dr. Germann is the Director of the Tufts Maine Track Program Orientation, EBM, and 4th year curriculum, Assistant Program Director and Core Faculty Member MMC Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Academy Fellow into the Academy at the MMC Institute for Teaching Excellence and Associate Professor/Clinician Educator, Tufts University School of Medicine.
Carl was born and raised in central Illinois. After graduating from the University of Illinois in 2002, he moved to Maine for the EM Residency Program. Dr. Germann is currently (2017) finishing a Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE) and living on the West End in Portland, Maine.
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.
Dr. Belfort grew up in Maine and was excited to return to Maine Medical Center after medical school at the University of Vermont, residency in general psychiatry at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship training at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She is currently the fellowship training director for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Her academic interests include the risks and benefits of social media use for adolescents and she is actively involved with the media committee at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). Other clinical interests include working with gender expansive youth and their families and Family Therapy teaching and training.
Dr. Chessa is the Director of Clinical Ethics at Maine Medical Center. Additionally, he serves as the Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Course Director of Ethics and Professionalism at Tufts University School of Medicine. He previously worked as an Assistant Professor at both Bates College and the University of Nevada. He attended Dickinson College, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Environmental Studies. He received a Master of Arts in philosophy at the University of South Florida, followed by a Doctorate in Philosophy at Georgetown University. At Georgetown, he focused on ethical theory and medical ethics. In 2012, he was awarded “Outstanding Lecturer” from Tufts University School of Medicine. He regularly presents at national conferences and has numerous publications on medical ethics. His topics of interest include Clinical Ethics (e.g., End-of-Life Care, Organ Transplantation, Reproductive Health), Medical Ethics (e.g., Methodology, Just Distribution of Health Care Resources, Managing Relationships with Industry, Research Ethics), and General Ethical Theory.
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.
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.
Dr. Darby is a graduate of Knox College and the Tufts University School of Medicine and is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. He has been a staff physician/educator within the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at Maine Medical Center since 1993. Dr. Darby’s interest in simulation began during his tenure as the Chief of Flight Medicine, Reese AFB, Lubbock TX, during which time he was directly involved in the Undergraduate Pilot Training program with the USAF’s Air Training Command and flew T37 and T38 aircraft. He has been actively engaged in anesthesia-based simulation training since 1993. Currently, he serves as the Director for the Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation, and Simulation and is passionate about the use of medical simulation technologies to advance the education experiences of health care providers. In his spare time he continues to pursue related interests in aviation, bicycling, bee keeping, and gardening.
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.
Tom Van der Kloot grew up in New York and graduated in 1988 from Harvard College. He received his M.D. in 1992, from SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency, Chief Residency, and Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He arrived in Maine in 1999, joining Chest Medicine Associates, for whom he now serves as Vice President. He has served as Director of Medical Critical Care as well as Interim Chief of Critical Care at MMC. He was the Director of MaineHealth Vital Network, an enhanced the critical care monitoring system for MaineHealth. He currently serves as Director for the Clinical Learning Environment Review and Director for Rural Education at MMC.
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.