Press Release

Mitchell urges graduating medical students to make a difference

PORTLAND, Maine — Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell told students about to graduate from medical school that they had chosen a life of “helping others improve theirs,” and that fulfillment comes from making a difference.

Sen. Mitchell, who also, among other roles, has served on peace missions in Ireland and the Middle East under the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations, was the keynote speaker of a pre-graduation celebration of the Tufts University School of Medicine – Maine Medical Center program.

The 32 students in the Class of 2013 are the first to graduate from the Maine Track program.

Peter Bates, MD, Academic Dean of the Maine Track Program told the class “The future of health care in Maine is in your hands.”

Saturday’s event, held in Portland, precedes next weekend’s formal graduation at Tufts.

The Maine Track Program was created to address the shortage of doctors in Maine, particularly in rural areas; offer Maine’s brightest students an affordable, in-state medical education, develop an innovative curriculum focused on community-based education