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.
Christina Holt, MD is a Family Practice and Preventive Medicine teaching physician at Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency, and a Health Service Researcher. Her focus is on training for primary care and rural practice, obstetric outcomes, addiction services and risk factor reduction in Maine. As the Preventive Medicine Program Director, she has developed clinical, educational and research collaborations throughout our academic and geographical service area. Dr. Holt has participated on several curriculum development committees to place a greater emphasis on preventive medicine and population health in the work of other clinical specialties in medicine and with our other health care provider workforce. Dr. Holt is particularly interested in how practicing physicians make decisions with patients in settings of low resources and uncertain information.
Vice President of Medical Education, Maine Medical Center
Co-Director of The Academy
Dr. Bing-You is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency training here at Maine Medical Center, followed by a clinical and research fellowship in Endocrinology. He then went on to obtain a Masters in Adult Education at the University of Southern Maine. For eight years, Dr. Bing-You served as Residency Program Director and Clerkship Director for the Department of Internal Medicine. He has been active at the leadership level of several educational committees, such as MMC Graduate Medical Education Committee, C.M.E. Advisory Committee, Maine Track Admissions Subcommittee, GME Planning Committee, and Master Teacher Peer Review Committee, to name a few.
Dr. Bing-You practices at Maine Medical Partners Endocrinology and Diabetes Center, located in Scarborough, ME. His practice focus is on thyroid conditions and bone health. As Vice President of Medical Education he serves on the Board of Maine Medical Partners. Most recently he completed his MBA degree through the University of Massachusetts.
Professor of Anesthesiology and Peri-Operative Medicine, TUSM
Emeritus Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology
University of Rochester, Rochester NY
Founding Co-Director of The Academy
Dr. Ward received his BS(EE) from the University of Maine and his Ph.D. from UCLA in System Science. His medical degree is from the University of Miami where he did an internal medicine internship. He completed his anesthesiology residency at UCLA where he remained on the faculty. While at UCLA, he served as the residency program director. In 1992, he moved to the University of Rochester to become Chair of the Anesthesiology department. He also served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development – Medical Education and directed several medical school basic science courses. In 2011, Dr. Ward “semi-retired” to his family home in Bowdoinham. He serves on the Tufts Medical School Promotions Committee (CLINPAC). Dr. Ward (retired) is a Founding Co-Director and in addition to helping co-create the Academy, he is still a guiding force for the programming.
Ms. Rose serves as the Faculty Development and Continuing Interprofessional Development Program Manager with the Department of Medical Education at Maine Medical Center. She received her B.S. from University of Massachusetts Lowell and her MPH from the University of New England. Ms. Rose’s general research and academic interests are in Population Health, Wellness in Teaching and Faculty Development in Medical Education. She conducted her capstone project in Occupational Health of Us Army Helicopter Pilots with the US Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory at Fort Rucker Alabama prior to starting her work with Maine Medical Center. Currently, Ms. Rose is a doctoral candidate in Education Leadership at the University of New England and lives in Portland with her husband, three children, one cat, one fish and six chickens.
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.
Jim Whiting, MD is currently the Director of Surgical Education and the Surgical Residency Program Director at Maine Medical Center, in Portland, Maine, a post he has held for the last 6 years. He has been at Maine Medical Center for the last 15 years, where he is also the Surgical Director of Transplantation. Prior to this time, he had a “traditional” academic training, completing his surgical residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, his transplant surgery fellowship at Rush Presbyterian in Chicago and was faculty at the University of Cincinnati for five years. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons where he serves on the General Surgery Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery. In 2012, he was appointed a director of the American Board of Surgery where he serves on the Inservice Training Exam committee, the General Surgery Residency Committee and as chair of the Transplant Advisory Council.
He lives in Falmouth with his wife and the one child left at home out of four. He enjoys many sports, is a poor sculler, a worse tennis player and a really bad golfer.
Kalli Varaklis, MD 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. Parker is the director of both the Division of Nephrology and Transplantation and the Nephrology Fellowship Program at Maine Medical Center. In the latter role, he has devised and published fellowship training level Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE). He is also the chair of the Workforce Committee of the American Society of Nephrology. He has attained expertise in healthcare workforce assessment and the development of pipeline recruitment programs for medical students and residents. His clinical focus is on management of resistant hypertension and renovascular disease and he has research interests in early biomarkers of chronic kidney disease. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. Han is Director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Maine Medical Center. He received an A.B. from Cornell University, an M.D. from the New York University School of Medicine, and an MPH and MA in Bioethics from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a board-certified general internist and palliative medicine physician, and completed Internal Medicine residency training at UCLA Medical Center, and a research fellowship in cancer prevention and control at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Dr. Han’s general research interests are in risk communication and shared medical decision making, and his work bridges the disciplines of health services and behavioral research. His specific interests are in the communication and management of uncertainty in health care, and on improving methods and outcomes of communicating scientific uncertainty to patients.
Dr. Trowbridge is Director of Undergraduate Medical Education Curriculum at Maine Medical Center. He received his AB from Colgate University and his MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine. After finishing his residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford University Hospital, he completed a fellowship in Hospital Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. In addition to his role as Curriculum Director, he serves as site director for the Internal Medicine Clerkship and for the Portland site of the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship.
His specific interest is in the development of clinical reasoning abilities and the avoidance of diagnostic error. He has additional interest in teaching clinical reasoning and serves as Co-Course Director for second-year course Introduction to Clinical Reasoning at Tufts and an editor of the book, “Teaching Clinical Reasoning”, from the American College of Physicians.
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.
Tania Strout, PhD, RN, MS received her baccalaureate degree in Nursing from the University of Southern Maine, an M.S. in Health Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, and her Ph.D. from Boston College. She completed her research fellowship at Boston College and is currently the Director of Research for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Maine Medical Center and also directs the Department’s Division of Research and Quality. She is an Associate Professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine and serves there on the University’s Academic Research Awards Committee.
Dr. Strout’s primary research interests include health-related measurement, psychometrics, and scale development. Her work has included the study of measurement in emergency department triage systems, youth bullying, acute pain in adults and children, and in acute agitation. Access to care, hospital flow, end-of-life care, uncertainty tolerance in medicine, professional burnout and interpersonal violence are other research areas.
She is an active collaborator with investigators from Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston College, Massachusetts General Hospital, the United States Air Force, and the Veteran’s Administration Boston Healthcare System, among many others. Dr. Strout is also an active reviewer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, HRSA. She has received funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Tom Van der Kloot, MD 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 critical care monitoring system for MaineHealth, between 2005 and 2013. 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.