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Miss Mary

Moving to Maine was quite a change for both Dan and I. We grew up in the rural Midwest (or near Midwest, however you want to define it). Point being, it was rural and it was pretty conservative. I had always heard of people refer to New England as being liberal but I never really understood what they meant until I moved here. It is very liberal. My school was no exception and there have been a lot of things that that might come up in a clinical setting that we're expected to offer support and acceptance of. If nothing else, it's taught me to have a "wicked good," as they'd say up here, game face!

On the other hand, there are a few gems of getting things right that I've been able to extract from my experiences. Things that I'm not sure would be so greatly appreciated in the more main-stream way of doing things in the cities back home, one of which is integration. There's one thing that I adore, and that's symbiotism. It just feels right, like you're plugging into some level of how God created things to work. And the school has found a little niche for that in their program.

Our IGEP class (Integrated Geriatric Education Practicum--say that three times fast!) has been an example of this. The school has partnered with local assisted living facilities and nursing homes to provide us with "elder teachers." These senior citizens volunteer their time to be our "patients" on whom to practice our exam skills. It provides them with someone to come and visit them and focus on them, in an age, that unfortunately, shuffles all of it's elders away from the rest of the world. And for me, it has provided me with much needed practice and one of my staunchest cheer-leaders--Mary.


  1. That's really cool :) Mary looks so sweet!

  2. She is! As part of one of our screenings, I asked her to write a complete sentence...she wrote, "You'll make a great assistant." (Referring to Physician Assistant)

  3. Ooooh Paige I found a blog that I think you might like... There is a link on my blog under the "places kristin likes" category on the side--- it's called "eclectic culture farm". I just wanted to share! :)

  4. Wow! That's so cool! I don't think I could do that, tho! Oh, check out my Hobby Farm magazine has lots of great articles! They might be basic for you all, tho...


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