Early Diagnosis: Fit for Med School


By Ruth Jacobs

Two Colby students received acceptances to Tufts University School of Medicine when they were sophomores, part of a new program for premed students interested in practicing medicine in Maine.  Stethoscope

Kevin Baier ’11 and Samuel Levine ’11 are two of six students accepted into the Maine Track Early Assurance Program at Tufts. Both demonstrated academic excellence, particularly in the sciences, had strong ties to Maine, and had completed their prerequisites by the end of their sophomore year—prerequisites that typically take students four years to complete. “All of the things that we would like our students to show in a regular [medical school] application, these students showed by the end of their sophomore year,” said Associate Director of the Career Center Cate Talbot Ashton ’80.

Baier and Levine will be part of the first class in this new program, which is available to students from Colby, Bates, Bowdoin, and the University of Maine. The Early Assurance Program is part of the larger Maine Track program, which addresses a shortage of physicians in the state.

Maine Track students split their time between Tufts and Maine Medical Center during their first two years, then complete their clinical rotations in Maine. They are not required to practice in Maine, though that is the goal of the program, said Ashton.

Ruth Jacobs

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