The UNE COM Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine is designed to create and support outstanding medical practitioners. As a UNE COM student, you earn your degree on the southern coast of Maine on the university’s historic Biddeford campus, nestled among sandy beaches and spectacular rocky bluffs. The campus is a close-knit rural community with convenient access to urban opportunities — Boston 90 miles south and Portland 20 miles north — and includes state-of-the-art facilities for medical research, anatomical study, manual medicine, and the development of foundational clinical skills.
In your first and second years, you will be exposed to patients in clinical settings, and are required to demonstrate competency in your clinical skills to progress in the program. Our innovative, integrated curriculum is dedicated to helping you acquire a deep understanding of structural human anatomy through rigorous academic study, coordinated with exploration and practice in the dissection lab, clinical skills lab, and the clinic. This training helps them to become excellent practitioners of both traditional medicine specialties and osteopathic manipulative medicine.
In addition to being focused on clinical experiences and competency, we value the role of research in all of its educational, clinical, and basic science activities. Our Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences endeavors to make innovative discoveries in the neurosciences. The Center of Biomedical Research Excellence for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function works toward understanding of the neurobiology of chronic pain, and the discovery and development of new therapies.
In the Department of Geriatrics Medicine, you can take part in signature research projects. Learning by Living is known internationally for having medical students experience life as a nursing home resident, relying on staff for care such as toileting, bathing, eating, and bed/wheelchair transfers during their two-week participation. The 48 Hour Hospice Home Immersion research project admits students into a local hospice home for 48 hours to help them better understand the needs of end-of-life patients.
The visceral experience you get from our integrated, clinical-competency-focused program develops you into the kind of physician residencies and patients want — evident in the fact that UNE COM is one of the top 10 medical schools in the nation for matching with your first-choice residency program, according to US News and World Report. Recent graduates have accepted residencies in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Neurology, Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pathology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, and General, Orthopedic, Neuro-, and Vascular Surgery.