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As the sun peaked over the Atlantic Ocean in winter 2016, India Stewart walked into Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, Maine. By noon, the then-third-year student at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) had participated in several surgeries, including a bilateral mastectomy, a below-the-knee amputation and a cystectomy for bladder cancer.
In the afternoon, the 2013 University of Maine graduate was in the OB/GYN clinic, performing physical exams, providing prenatal care and counseling patients on sexual health.
It was all par for the course during Stewart’s nine-month TUSM Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) wherein she cared for patients in family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery settings with discipline-specific physicians.