The Academy Scholars Program is a two-year program intended for faculty who wish to enhance their teaching, education research, and administrative skills.

The elements of the Academy Scholars program are:

  • Seminars and workshops covering aspects of education research, clinical and didactic teaching and education program administration and leadership.
  • Participation in other Academy and MITE seminars and workshops.
  • Observed teaching session and coaching
  • Teaching opportunities for TUSM-Maine track medical students
  • Completion and publication of an education scholarly project

Scholars agree to attend the two seminars a month (Sept – May) and their clinical and/or administrative supervisor (e.g., medical director, Department Chief) must agree to provide this release time (approximately 5% FTE). There is financial support available for salary and/or research project expenses.

Four Academy Scholars are admitted yearly (eight scholars in the program) through a competitive application process. Eligibility requirements:

  • Clinical appointment at Maine Medical Center, Maine Health member organizations or a Maine Track Teaching site
  • Medical Education teaching role for medical students and/or residents. There is no minimum amount of teaching commitment required but the teaching roles need to be substantial and regular.
  • Motivation to make medical education an important part of your career.

The Academy members, past Scholars and Scholar faculty are available and pleased to discuss your ideas. Projects are expected to be their early planning stage and the program will assist you in developing and implementing the project. Identifying a mentor for your project is important for its success. Academy members and Scholar faculty can also assist you in identifying a project mentor. Do not hesitate to contact the program directors to discuss your application: fairfk@mmc.org and bingyb@mmc.org.

“The META program opened doors to exciting opportunities that have changed the course of my professional career. As a META Scholar, I not only honed my teaching skills, but also experienced many facets of medical education that I had never explored before, such as leadership, career-planning and research. I especially enjoyed the camaraderie–the relationships I established through the META Scholars program will be lasting ones.”

Vicki Hayes, MD
2013-15 Scholar

Current Scholars

Brandy Brown, LCSW

Brandy Brown, LCSW

Brandy Brown, LCSW (Pronouns: she, her, hers)

Brandy is the Program Manager for The Gender Clinic Program at Maine Medical Partners/ The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.  She provides assessment, therapy, coordination of medical and mental health services, and program development within a multidisciplinary setting.  She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry for Tufts University School of Medicine. Brandy received her BSW and MSW at the University of Southern Maine and is currently pursuing a DSW.

Brandy is an advocate for improving LGBTQ+ healthcare, with a clinical focus on best practices in transgender health within pediatrics, as well as improving overall systemic competency and functionality within a large healthcare system.  Relevant memberships and affiliations include: WPATH, NASW (President of the Maine Board of Directors and Chair of the NASW- Maine Chapter LGBTQ Advocacy committee), MMC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee, MMC Equitable Care Workgroup, New England Transgender C.A.R.E. Consortium, & LGBTQ Youth Coalition (Maine).

She has worked within different systems of care, including psychiatric inpatient hospitalization, residential settings with vulnerable populations including homeless youth, severe psychiatric disorders, veterans and neuro-rehabilitation.

Brandy lives in Southern Maine where she prefers to stay close to the ocean with her family. She enjoys being outside at the beach or on a trail, hiking, camping, reading, and cooking.

Project Name: Affirming Care Through Education: Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) People

Corinn Martineau, PharmD, BCACP, CDOE

Corinn Martineau, PharmD, BCACP, CDOE

Corinn Martineau PharmD, BCACP, CDOE is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Primary Care and Supervisor for the Primary Care Pharmacy Team for Maine Medical Center and Maine Medical Partners. Dr. Martineau is originally from Rhode Island where she received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy. She then completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program with the University of Rhode Island and a PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program at Maine Medical Center. She carries out her clinical work in chronic disease state management as the integrated clinical pharmacist at Portland and Falmouth Family Medicine Centers with a focus on diabetes management. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Martineau serves as the Residency Program Director for the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program and is Faculty for the Family Medicine Residency Program at Maine Medical Center. She is actively involved in the teaching of pharmacy students, pharmacy residents and medical residents. Dr. Martineau also serves as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and in the University of Rhode Island’s College of Pharmacy. Her research interests include interprofessional education, primary care innovation, and efficacy of group medical visits.

Project Name: From Clinician to Interprofessional Clinical Educator: A Curriculum for Pharmacy Residents

Elizabeth Eisenhardt, MD

Elizabeth Eisenhardt, MD

Elizabeth Eisenhardt, MD attended Dartmouth Medical School and completed her Internal Medicine training at Maine Medical Center. After completing a Chief Resident year, she joined MMP primary care while maintaining an educational role in the IM resident clinic. In 2014 she became the Site Lead and Clinic director for the Adult IM clinic, where she has a clinical, operational and educational role. She is also an ACGME Core Faculty Member. Her area of interest has been optimization of chronic disease management using Operational Excellence methodology.

Project Name: Creating and Maintaining a culture of resident involvement and engagement with Operational Excellence in an Ambulatory
resident teaching clinic

Eric Brown, MD

Eric Brown, MD

Eric Brown, MD was born and raised in Brewer, Maine. He earned a BA in history at Harvard College followed by a teaching certificate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He spent five years in the mountains of Western Colorado working in outdoor education and wilderness medicine before entering the University of Colorado School of Medicine to complete his MD.  He returned to Maine for his post graduate work and completed an internship in internal medicine and residency in anesthesiology, serving as chief resident during his final year. Dr. Brown is a member of the teaching faculty in the Department of Anesthesiology at Maine Medical Center and also functions as the Neuroanesthesia Division Director. His clinical and research interests include high fidelity simulation, medical education, airway management, neuroanesthesia, and regional anesthesia.

Project Name: A new simulation-based airway curriculum for anesthesia residents

Jeffrey R. Walawender, DDS

Jeffrey R. Walawender, DDS

Dr. Jeffrey Walawender has almost 10 years experience in dental medicine, hailing from New York, with a degree from the University at Buffalo. He completed his residency at the Togus Veteran Affairs Medical Center and has become very active in the dental field. He is Chief Dental Officer, AEGD Residency Site Director, and a Board Member at Community Dental, as well as a Board Member for Northeast Delta Dental.

Project Name: Development and Refinement of the Clinical Curriculum of an Advanced Education in General
Dentistry Residency

Jillian Gregory, DO

Jillian Gregory, DO

Jillian Gregory, DO is a Pediatric Intensivist at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center and holds an appointment as an Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Maine Medical Center, where she was also a Co-Chief resident. She completed a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Gregory is an Academy Scholar of the Maine Medical Center Institute for Teaching Excellence and was accepted to the Academic Pediatric Association QI Scholars Program for 2020. She enjoys teaching and was proud to receive the “Rookie of the Year” honor from the pediatric residents at Maine Medical Center as a new attending. In her spare time, she enjoys the abundance of Maine outdoor activities and spending time with her husband and 2 dogs.

Scholarship Areas of Interest: delirium, early mobilization, and quality improvement

Project Name: Improving Access and Education of Pediatric Critical Care Evidence-Based Guidelines to Pediatric Residents and Referring Providers

Malia Haddock, MS, PMHNP-BC

Malia Haddock, MS, PMHNP-BC received a BA in from the University of Michigan and MS in psychiatric mental-health nursing from the University of Southern Maine. In the intervening years, Malia initiated graduate studies at the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School for Social Work and Social Research, but returned to Maine prior to graduation and accepted a social work position with Preble Street. Since then, she has been a frontline social worker serving primarily adults experiencing homelessness, and created Homeless HealthPartners, a Maine Medical Center program and primary partner of the MMC-Preble Street Learning Collaborative. Her clinical and research interests involve engaging individuals who are excluded from health care due to psychiatric symptoms and social circumstance. She is a field instructor and preceptor for Bowdoin College, Tufts University, University of New England School and University of Southern Maine, and supports integration of interdisciplinary learners in the care of underserved patients at the MMC-PSLC.

Project Name: MMC-PSLC and General Psychiatry Residency Program Evaluation

Ruth E. Frydman, MD

Ruth E. Frydman, MD

Ruth E. Frydman, MD grew up in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois.  She received her B.A. in anthropology at Wesleyan University, her M.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of Chicago.  She has worked in Maine since 1994 including working at Maine Medical Center, the Portland VA Clinic, Central Maine Healthcare, and Maine Behavioral Healthcare.  She currently works with the MBH ACCESS Assertive Community Treatment team in Portland, a multidisciplinary team that provides community based treatment for people with serious mental illness.  Dr. Frydman is interested in community mental health, medical education, public health and prevention, and physician well-being.

Project Name: Interprofessional Community Psychiatry Curriculum Development.

Shelly Chipman, RN

Shelly Chipman, RN

Shelly Chipman, RN is the Nurse Educator for the Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a BSN in 1989. Shelly went on to earn a master degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix, specializing in Healthcare Education. Shelly has been a staff nurse in the Special Care Unit at MMC since 1989 and continues to serve as a bedside clinician in addition to her Nurse Educator role.  Shelly has experience as a research coordinator, focusing on studies in critical care, as well as filling the role of the Unit Based Educator, for the Special Care Unit. Shelly is certified as an ACLS instructor and teaches several course a year for MMC, including the annual house staff course. Shelly has deep and comprehensive experience teaching in nursing and the pre-healthcare setting.  Her passion however, lies with Interprofessional Education (IPE). As the Nurse Educator for the simulation center, Shelly supports policies, processes and procedures for the creation of new curriculum as well as assisting simulation champions within MMC and faculty within Maine Health to develop educational curriculum, focusing on high fidelity manikin and skills based training.

Project Name: Interprofessional Debriefing: What increases engagement?

Thomas Q. Reynolds, DO

Thomas Q. Reynolds, DO

Thomas Q. Reynolds, DO has always known that he wanted to be a pediatrician since he was a child. It was during medical school that he became supremely interested in the brain and the nervous system. Dr. Reynolds in “from away” but had come to Maine for college and stayed for medical school. During his time there, he developed a love for neuroanatomy but stayed true to his original interests and first pursued general pediatrics training at Maine Medical Center. He realized during that time that he needed to become a pediatric neurologist, not only for his own interests in the nervous system but also because there were not enough pediatric neurologists in the state at that time. Since returning to Maine in 2011 as a pediatric neurologist, he has grown his practice and ability to take care of children with nervous system disorders, ranging from extremely premature babies in the NICU to adolescents and young adults with both common and rare neurological disorders. Thomas is very proud of the work we have done at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital over the years and looks forward to continuing to serve the children of the state of Maine for decades to come.

Clinical Interests: Movement Disorders, Narcolepsy, Neurocritical Care, NeuroMetabolic and Mitochondrial Disease, Sleep Disorders, Tics Tourette Syndrome.

Project Name: Analysis of and Improvement in Scholarly Activity in the Department of Pediatrics