Graduates of the Academy Scholar program are invited to maintain their connection with the Academy by applying to become an Academy Graduate Scholar. The application to become a Graduate Scholar support the TUSM promotions process. It is hoped that Graduate Scholars will become active participants in the affairs of the Academy and progress to election as Fellows of the Academy. Scholar Program alumni should apply to become Graduate Scholars within 3 years of finishing the Scholar program. Graduates have a 5-year renewal term. One Graduate is elected to the executive committee and serves for 2 years.
Dr. Herrle is an Internal Medicine physician practicing with Maine Medical Partners Hospital Medicine. Within the Department of Medicine at Maine Medical Center, she serves as the Associate Director of Medical Student Education, is Core Faculty for the Internal Medicine Residency, leads the residency courses in Evidence Based Medicine and Patient Safety, and is an instructor for Resident Board Review and Advanced High-Fidelity Simulation. She has also participated in a number of Tufts University School of Medicine teaching activities including Evidence Based Medicine, Case Presentation workshops, the Clinical Skills Interclerkship and Art Observation.
She participates extensively in systems improvement in her Clinical Informatics roles including as Physician Co-chair of the MaineHealth Clinical Decision Support and MaineHealth Order Set Review Committees. She possesses a strong interest in the ways in which the rapid progression of technology has changed the practice of medicine and the impact those changes have on the way we educate healthcare professionals.
Kathleen McGarr, MD is a family medicine physician, she has had the honor of taking care of families across their lifespan and from the hospital to out into the office, school, community, and even sleep-away summer camp. Her favorite time to take care of a family is when they welcome a new baby. Primary care begins with prenatal care.
Recently, Kathleen has had the opportunity to focus her practice on hospital medicine at Maine Medical Center. Kathleen cares for patients across the age span, welcoming them in the Birth Center as well as guiding families through end-of-life care choices. Through her work with family medicine residents, as well as Tufts Maine Track and UNE medical students, she gets to share her experience as she teaches the caregivers of tomorrow.
Sanjeev Francis, MD is a native of New York. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Union College and his medical degree at Albany Medical College. He completed residency in Internal Medicine at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital of Cornell University Medical Center, where he also served as Assistant Chief Medical Resident. He completed a fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine and a fellowship in Non-invasive Cardiovascular Imaging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. After his training Dr. Francis served as the Director of the Cardio-Oncology Program and had an active role in the education of fellows, residents and students at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School from 2009 until 2015. Dr. Francis joined Maine Medical Center in the fall of 2015 and currently serves as the Director of Education for the Cardiovascular Institute. He is a member of Maine Medical Partners – MaineHealth Cardiology where he practices general cardiology, advanced imaging and leads the newly formed cardio-oncology program. His clinical and research interests include cardio-oncology, application of advanced imaging techniques, and education.
Tamara Palka, MD was born and raised in Shavertown, PA. She currently resides in Cape Elizabeth. Tamara attended Saba University School of Medicine, and then went to University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt for General Psychiatry Residency. She attended MMC for Child Psychiatry Fellowship and now works at Spring Harbor Hospital’s developmental disorder unit. There are about a dozen specialized inpatient hospital units for children with autism/developmental disabilities in the nation and she has worked on 3 of them. She teaches both residents and fellows from MMC. Involved in ongoing research with the Autism and Developmental Disorders Inpatient Research Collaborative (ADDIRC) and presented a poster at the national AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) meeting in October. She is also the state delegate for MCCAP (Maine Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) as well as an executive committee member. In her free time she loves to enjoy seasonal activities, spending time with her family and baking.