Facilities

COM Facilities

Harold Alfond Center for Health Sciences

The brick and glass exterior of U N E's Alfond Center

The Harold Alfond Center for Health Sciences, which opened in 1996, provides a significant focus for the University. Located at the center of UNE's Biddeford Campus, this three-story building houses numerous laboratories and lecture halls. It is a joint-use building between the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences. The human gross anatomy lab—used by medical, health professions and athletic training students—is a modern facility for cadaveric and fresh tissue study.

Clinical Performance Center

The interior of the U N E Clinical Performance Center

The Clinical Performance Center (CPC) is an interactive clinical skills education, testing and evaluation facility, located in the Sanford F. Petts Center on the Biddeford Campus.

The center has a well-established Standardized Patient Program and a new Patient Simulator Program.

The CPC is designed and furnished in the model of an outpatient health center, with eight regular "exam rooms" and two additional dual-purpose examination and clinical simulation rooms. The exam rooms have ceiling cameras and microphones that can transmit audiovisual information about a student-standarized patient encounter to a large centralized monitoring and recording room for interactive evaluation purposes. The standardized patients are trained to role-play clinical case scenarios and to provide constructive feedback to students after their encounters.

The robotic patient simulators also provide learning opportunities in clinical scenarios that are frequently of a more critical or emergency nature.

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Pickus Center for Biomedical Research 

 

The Pickus Center for Biomedical Research is a state-of-the-art biomedical research building that houses research teams of UNE faculty and student researchers. The 22,000 sq. ft. structure enables students to engage in important research as part of their curriculum, build upon the strong base of research that is already occurring at the College of Osteopathic Medicine, and create opportunities for collaborative research.  The Center includes six laboratories, 12 faculty offices, two conference rooms, a lab tech office suite, and space for a future vivarium.

 

 

Stella Maris Hall

Stella Maris Hall houses COM's Office of the Deans, faculty and administrative offices, and a number of faculty research laboratories.

University Health Services

University Health Services provides distinctive osteopathic services to the communities of southern Maine and serves as a learning laboratory for UNE students in the health professions.

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University Facilities

Campus Center

A woman swims in the pool in U N E's campus center

The Campus Center serves both as a fitness facility and a student union with extensive hours. The Center houses weight machines and free weights and cardiovascular equipment including stair steppers, elliptical machines, exercise bikes, rowing machines and Nordic tracks. Other fitness facilities include a 6-lane, 25-yard swimming pool; hydro-spa; saunas; indoor track; racquetball court, and 12,000 sq. ft. of gymnasium space. A number of health and fitness programs are offered, as well as an extensive campus-wide intramural program for both medical and undergraduate students. The Campus Bookstore, The Hang snack bar, and multipurpose rooms and art gallery space are located in the Campus Center as well. Outdoor facilities offer jogging and cross country trails, and outdoor volleyball and basketball courts.

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Student Health Care

The Student Health Care at the Sanford F. Petts Health Center on the Biddeford Campus and at Ginn Hall on the Portland Campus provides health care services to the University's students.

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University of New England Libraries

The Jack S. Ketchum Library on the Biddeford Campus and the Josephine S. Abplanalp Library on the Portland Campus provide all UNE students, faculty and staff with these services:

UNE Library Services' Major Guide for Medicine is designed to help COM students find appropriate and important resources within the field of Medicine. The Guide for Medicine includes popular databases such as UpToDate, Medical Letter, MD Consult and Anatomy.tv.

The Library databases, electronic full-text journals, and electronic full-text medical books are accessible on-campus and from off-campus, which is of particular benefit to students who are on clinical rotations.

For students not on campus, there is an "Ask a Librarian" service that is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. during the week and on weekends to answer any library related inquiries or requests.

Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services (ITS) provides support for the entire UNE community, including academic and administrative computing needs. ITS provides both resident and commuting students with a variety of technology tools to aid in the learning experience. These services include:

  • The ITS Helpdesk can be contacted at (207) 602-2200 or X 2200 to assist in basic troubleshooting of computer and software issues.
  • ITS Hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for walk-in service, and there is also a 24/7 toll free phone number: (877) 518-4673.
  • myUNE (Google Apps), is used for faculty and student collaboration (clubs, groups, classes, message boards, calendars, docs, etc.).
  • Office 365, is used for faculty and student communication (email and calendar)
  • U-Online is used for registration and transcript information.
  • elearn.une.edu is used for online instruction.
  • WebHelpDesk is used for online support.

Blackboard is used in COM to provide access to all course material from both on and off campus sites. The system provides online access to lecture PowerPoints, handouts, key drug lists, disease indexes, quizzes and communication through email and announcements. In addition, COM has an Academic IT Office located in Alfond 129, which is staffed by a Technology Integration Manager/Consultant. The office directly supports all technology within the College and is available to assist students, staff and faculty with Blackboard training and troubleshooting. The office is open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and the phone number is (207) 602-2335.


The Community

Biddeford is a small city with a population of about 23,000, while neighboring Saco sits across the river with a population of about 17,000. Although originally settled a few hundred years ago, the cities really developed as major textile center in the 1800s; most of the original textile mills have since been converted for residential, professional, commercial and light industrial use. The section of town where UNE resides is about four miles from the two downtown areas. UNE is situated on the shores where the Saco River meets the Atlantic Ocean in an area known as Hills Beach. This seaside area is commercially undeveloped and is primarily a summer cottage and residential area. Neighboring towns include Old Orchard Beach, Arundel, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells.

Portland, the largest city in Maine, is a 25-minute drive north of Biddeford. This growing metro area is justifiably proud of its fine symphony orchestra, active theater groups, concert halls and other live music venues, museums and many other arts organizations. There is an abundance of one-of-a-kind restaurants - more per capita than almost any city in the country - and countless shops in the downtown area. Portland is home to three minor-league sports teams: the Portland Seadogs are affiliated with the Boston Red Sox, the Maine RedClaws are affiliated with the Boston Celtics, and the Portland Pirates play hockey at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

For individual athletic pursuits, there are opportunities in southern Maine for canoeing and kayaking, mountain and road biking, hiking and camping, Nordic and alpine skiing, snowshoeing, bird watching, and fishing and hunting. Sometimes just spending time on the beaches is enough. The campus is also only an hour's drive from the mountains and minutes from numerous rivers.

Located off exit 32 of the Maine Turnpike (Route I-95), Biddeford is within easy reach of most major eastern cities. Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a 40-minute drive from campus, affords the curious an opportunity for exposure to a seaport steeped in North American history. In addition, the historical and cultural riches of Boston are only a 90-minute drive from campus.

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