River bank with evergreen trees in Northern Maine

Northern Maine Clerkship Experience

Carret icon


The Longitudinal Integrated Maine Experience is designed for students who are committed to the care of rural communities. A select group of third-year medical students complete an innovative curriculum of integrated clinical experiences that are designed to treat the whole patient and family across a continuum of care.

Program Overview

Clinical experience with a mission

Northern Maine Medical Center is a modern, fully accredited, 49-bed hospital offering complete obstetric, surgical, pediatric and general medical services. It also provides a state-of-the-art, six-bed intensive care unit for critically ill patients and offers the only child, adolescent and adult inpatient psychiatric units in northern Maine. The center belongs to the 15,000 people in the hospital’s service area, the Upper St. John Valley and neighboring communities. 

Interested students should be high performing and uniquely motivated to provide care for patients and families in rural communities. Ideal candidates should be comfortable with evolving expectations and willing to actively participate and collaborate in their education in unique situations. Successful students will be integral in helping to make this an impactful experience in collaboration with their clerkship directors and preceptors.

Students live in a recently renovated home, conveniently located adjacent to the hospital grounds. All housing expenses are covered by the hospital.


Northern Maine Medical Center sign and building

The people's hospital

Northern Maine Medical Center provides modern care in a rural setting in Fort Kent, Maine. Select Netter students spend their third-year of medical school serving the rural community, which boasts a population of 4,000.


By the Numbers


Mentoring relationships

Students receive a personal clinical learning experience with their faculty members.

Top 20

Quality experience

Northern Maine Medical Center is a top community hospital according to the National Rural Health Association.


Language opportunity

Over half of Fort Kent residents speak French in addition to English.

Clinical Disciplines

Clinical disciplines

The flexibility and personalized nature of the Maine rural program enables students to tailor their learning. Built on a strong, mentoring foundation of faculty-to-student relationships makes it possible to create a customized patient care experience.

Each week, students have four days of structured and comprehensive educational content in various clinical formats that will address each of six core clerkships:

  • primary care
  • inpatient medicine
  • pediatrics
  • psychiatry
  • obstetrics and gynecology
  • general surgery

They will also have a half day of didactics, a half day of open space for scholarship or personal needs, and regular clinical exposure in the emergency room setting.

Leaders and Administrators

Leaders and administrators

Traci Marquis, MD
Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship Director
Family Physician

Michael Sullivan, MD, PhD
Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship Site Director
Family Physician