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.
Carly McAteer, MD did her undergraduate degree at The College of Idaho and her medical education at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno. She completed her family medicine residency at Maine medical Center and is currently on the faculty as an Assistant Clinical Professor. She is currently the Associate Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program. In the scholars program she hopes to gain further enhancement of her teaching skills both in didactics and clinical teaching as well as an improved understanding of curriculum development and education systems. She aims to further advance the family medicine didactic and rotation curricula including implementation of an ultrasound curriculum.
Christopher Turner, MD was born in St Lucia and raised in Virginia. He earned a BS in Chemistry at the University of Virginia and an MD at Columbia University. He completed residency in General Surgery at the State University of New York in Brooklyn. In the middle of residency, he completed a three year research fellowship in fetal tissue engineering at Boston Children’s Hospital as well as an MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health. He then completed a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He joined Maine Medical Center in the fall of 2016. His clinical and research interests include oncology and simulation-based education.
Eliza Bullis first developed an interest in medical education at Tufts University School of Medicine in 2011, where she took a course in Med Ed and took joy in her assignments to teach herself as well as others. She did her residency in combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Yale New Haven Hospital, where she continued to engage in regular teaching on the wards and reports, enjoying getting students, co-residents, and faculty excited about a culture of joyous and shared learning. She participated in the newly developed Yale Medical Education Interest Group, presented regularly at morning reports, and larger multidisciplinary noon conferences. She contributed 3 chapters to the Yale Primary Care Curriculum. With her enthusiasm for learning and trying different teaching styles during her residency, Eliza was thrilled to take the role of Chief Resident in the Pediatrics Residency Program at Yale. There her experience in hands-on teaching and curriculum design grew exponentially with activities such as teaching on the wards, coaching other teachers, and implementing new residency curricula around Evidence Based Medicine, Clinical Reasoning, and Outpatient Pediatrics. Eliza is excited to continue her journey in medical education in her new role as an MITE scholar and hospitalist in the Internal Medicine and Geriatrics departments at MMC.
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.
Jason F. Hine, MD was born in Connecticut moved to Maine for his undergraduate education, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree at Colby College. He completed his medical education as part of the Tufts MaineTrack inaugural class. He went on to complete his Emergency Medicine residency at Temple University Hospital in North Philadelphia where he also served as chief resident. He joined Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) in August 2016 and serves as the Educational Administrator there. Through the scholars program he hopes to improve his and his colleagues bedside teaching of residents and students at the SMHC ED.
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.
Kathryn Brouillette, MD did her undergraduate and medical education at McGill in Montreal. She complete the combined Medicine-Pediatrics residency at Maine Medical Center and is currently both a pediatric and hospitalist on the adult inpatient medicine service. She is interested in the transition of care from inpatient to home and how follow-up can improve the educational experience for the residents.
Dr. Diamond-Falk a med-peds physician, she enjoys caring for patients at all ages of life, guiding families as they transition from parenting their children to supporting them as young adults, and enjoys problem solving and treating all types of disease. On the pediatric hospitalist service, Kathryn cares for children from birth until 21 years of age at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. When she wears her hat as an adult hospitalist, she is able to care for an even larger age spectrum from young adults to geriatric patients. Kathryn has an interest in working with patients from diverse backgrounds both in the hospital, local community and when she is able to find the time internationally.
When not at the hospital, Kathryn enjoys time with her family which includes three active children and their dog. Her family enjoys time swimming, skiing and anything that gets them outside.
Mathew Buttarazzi, MD completed his medical education as a Tufts Maine track student after completing his undergraduate studies at Colgate University. He did his internal medicine residency at Maine Medical Center and is currently an attending physician at MMMC. In the Scholars program he hopes to improve his day to day teaching of residents and students on the inpatient service. His second goal will be to improve the ultrasound elective teaching for the residents.
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.