Undergraduate Medical Education

Program Director: Dr. Frank Chessa | Frank.Chessa@mainehealth.org
Program Administrator: Madi Brooks | Madeline.Brooks@mainehealth.org
Teaching Format: Didactic, Small Group, Interactive
Learner Type: Third Year Medical Students
Estimated Time Commitment: ~ 1-4 hour sessions
Time of Year: September

Threads Interclerkship is a week-long experience in September consisting of a series of discussions devoted to the following topics:  Challenging Conversations, Empathy and Resilience, Adverse Outcomes, Quality Improvement, Law and Medicine, Conflicts of Interests and Health Equity and Social Justice. Students are also given the opportunity to reflect on their own health and wellness, as well as their experiences learning in the clerkship environment.  Teaching format includes didactics, small group discussions, expert panel discussion, and reflection sessions.


Frank Chessa, PhD

Frank Chessa, PhD

Dr. Chessa is the Director of Clinical Ethics at Maine Medical Center. Additionally, he serves as the Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Course Director of Ethics and Professionalism at Tufts University School of Medicine. He previously worked as an Assistant Professor at both Bates College and the University of Nevada. He attended Dickinson College, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Environmental Studies. He received a Master of Arts in philosophy at the University of South Florida, followed by a Doctorate in Philosophy at Georgetown University. At Georgetown, he focused on ethical theory and medical ethics. In 2012, he was awarded “Outstanding Lecturer” from Tufts University School of Medicine. He regularly presents at national conferences and has numerous publications on medical ethics. His topics of interest include Clinical Ethics (e.g., End-of-Life Care, Organ Transplantation, Reproductive Health), Medical Ethics (e.g., Methodology, Just Distribution of Health Care Resources, Managing Relationships with Industry, Research Ethics), and General Ethical Theory.

Contact Information:

Email: Frank.Chessa@mainehealth.org