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Dr. Johns joins hospital’s Rural Track Residency Program
RUMFORD -- Dr. Michael Johns, a second year resident in the Central Maine Medical Center Family Residency Program, has begun seeing patients at Swift River Family Medicine and Rumford Hospital.
A Canadian native, Johns did his undergraduate work in finance and economics at Bishop’s University in Quebec and earned his MD degree at the Universidad Iberoamericana in the Dominican Republic.
Johns is in his second year of residency and will spend this year and next in the Rural Track Residency program based at Rumford Hospital.
In the three-year Rural Track, residents who are recent medical school graduates spend their first year in Lewiston with their class, but during their second and third years they have the opportunity to learn what it is like to practice in a rural community instead of the large, urban hospitals to which they have become accustomed.
Having grown up in rural British Columbia, Johns explains that it was not only the rural experience that enticed him to the Rumford Rural Track Residency. He knew that here he would have the opportunity to practice in both the hospital and the outpatient family practice settings.
In a larger community, he would likely see only outpatients. Johns also recognized the benefits of being able to diagnose and treat people of a wide range of ages. He wanted to see what he calls the “full scope” of practice.
Many physicians earn undergraduate degrees in such scientific fields as biology, but Johns’ major was finance and economics. He says that it wasn’t until his second year of undergraduate work that a career in medicine began to interest him. He is now particularly interested in wilderness and international medicine.
In his free time Johns enjoys skiing, hiking and camping. He and his dog Levi live in Greene, an easy commute from both Rumford and CMMC, as his time will be split between the two locations for this first year in the Rural Track Residency.