COA, MDI Hospital forge partnership

College of the Atlantic News

Linnea Harrold, ’15, enjoys ‘real-life exposure to the health care system’

BAR HARBOR, Maine —  Mount Desert Island Hospital and College of the Atlantic launched a unique internship program this summer that offers COA students the chance to experience the world of rural medicine firsthand. Linnea Harrold ‘15, the program’s first intern, began her 10-week experience June 16.

Harrold observes MDI Hospital physicians and nurse practitioners across a variety of specialties, and has the opportunity to discuss patient encounters on a daily basis. She meets weekly to evaluate and discuss her experience with Dr. Edward Gilmore, MD, MACP, a cardiologist and director of the program; and Betsy Corrigan, nurse educator.

“COA has a number of students interested in health care careers,” Gilmore said. “This opportunity offers them real life exposure to the health care system. It’s a good idea for two of the largest institutions in our community to collaborate.”

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