Pen Bay is pleased to be a teaching site for the Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) – Maine Track MD Program and welcomes our first students: Kelly Brooks and Bradie Manion. Both Brooks and Manion are first generation Mainers and third year TUSM medical students. During the next nine months, Brooks and Manion will be learning the art and science of medicine at Pen Bay Medical Center.

The educational model for the students at Pen Bay and other rural sites is an innovative program called the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship. During their third year, students learn medicine primarily in an outpatient, community-based setting, rather than spending their key clinical year in the hospital. The advantage is that students learn about medical practice in a smaller community and have the opportunity to become part of the community during the nine month period. In contrast to hospital-based education, the students are exposed to community-based physicians as role models. Moreover, because there are only two students, they have more opportunity for individual educational attention. Positive experiences in rural medicine will lead to some of these students ultimately choosing to practice rural medicine in Maine.

At Pen Bay, Brooks and Manion will spend time each week rotating through internal medicine, family medicine, surgery, pediatrics, OB/GYN and psychiatry. The students will also follow select patients in the hospital and spend time in the emergency department. Patients will always see their doctor as part of their visit whether a student is involved or not. Having a student involved is optional and declining to see a student does not negatively impact the care a patient will receive.

Brooks grew up in Rangeley and graduated from Colby College with a degree in psychology/neuroscience. After college, Kelly did clinical research in the behavioral and neuroscience department at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. Brooks says, "I quickly learned, through patient interactions and in conducting clinically-based research that I wanted to pursue medical school."

Manion was born and raised near Old Town in the Bangor area and graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a degree in biochemistry. She was among the first to be accepted into the TUSM Maine Track Early Assurance Program. Manion was a participant in the Dahl Chase Pathology Summer internship which involved visiting rural hospitals. Through a rigorous selection process, she was chosen to attend an intensive summer medical internship at the University of Virginia. "I am excited about a lot of things in medicine and love how the field requires one to think and learn throughout your career. I really like how medicine requires you to put so many pieces together to come up with not only a diagnosis, but also a treatment. The Tufts – Maine Track program will help me achieve my dream of becoming a Maine-based physician helping a community of individuals whose illnesses require analytical skill, medical expertise and compassion," says Manion.

For more information about the TUSM – Maine Track MD Program, visit or

Pen Bay Medical Center as a teaching site for Tufts University was generously funded by local philanthropists Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Cawley through the Better Together Campaign – Projects in Clinical Excellence. To learn more about other Projects in Clinical Excellence, call Holly Miller at 594-6716 or visit