Earn Your D.O. at Maine's Only Medical School
For more than 40 years, the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) has created compassionate, community-minded physicians. Students in our Osteopathic Medicine degree focus on whole-body health and learn to thrive in team environments to create the best possible patient outcomes.
UNE COM is Maine’s number one provider of physicians. Nationally recognized for leadership in primary care, rural medicine, osteopathic medicine, and geriatric healthcare, we are ranked among the country’s top medical schools.
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Percentage of UNE COM D.O. ’23 students that matched with their first choice residency program
Why UNE for your D.O.
Graduates of the UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine are prepared for successful health careers. UNE is one of the top ten medical schools in the U.S. for graduates being matched with their first-choice residency, and we rank in the top 10 for average score on the COMPLEX-USA exam.
A UNE COM education happens within a supportive culture, in state-of-the-art facilities on beautiful Maine campuses. Students experience an innovative curriculum at our high-fidelity simulation lab and learning laboratories for clinical skills, anatomy, and osteopathic manipulative medicine. Courses incorporate interprofessional education and are led by expert faculty who use small-group, team-based, and peer teaching.
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 students. The 22,000 sq. ft. structure includes six laboratories, enabling you to engage in important research as part of your curriculum.
Interprofessional Simulation and Innovation Center
As a D.O. student, you utilize our Interprofessional Simulation and Innovation Center to apply the knowledge that you gain in the classroom to realistic clinical situations before putting actual patients at risk.
Guided by skilled instructors, you participate in simulations specifically designed to enhance your clinical aptitudes. Rather than just hearing and reading about difficult or unusual cases, you experience them by treating high-fidelity patient simulators and patient actors in scenarios that mimic real life.
STELLA MARIS HALL
Stella Maris Hall houses 12,000 sq. ft. of laboratory and office space, including the Office of the Deans. Neuroscience faculty share core facilities dedicated to behavioral phenotyping, electrophysiology, histology, and molecular biology. The building also contains an animal vivarium, BSL-2 level laboratories, and other labs that support a multidisciplinary approach to understanding brain function and diseases of the nervous system.
About Osteopathic Medicine and the Profession
Osteopathic Medicine is a distinctly American branch of medicine that pioneered the concepts of wellness and the whole-person approach to health when it was developed in the late 1800s. Currently, 10% of physicians in the United States are graduates of osteopathic medical schools and bring a philosophy that considers the mind-body-spirit connection to the evidence-based care of their patients. Through the lens of wellness, doctors of osteopathic medicine (D.O.s) help patients with a full range of medical treatment options, including surgery, pharmaceuticals, and manual medicine. As a physician or surgeon practicing osteopathic medicine, you bring a unique patient-centered approach to the full spectrum of health care.
Becoming a D.O. requires four years of medical school after obtaining a bachelor’s degree. The first two years — pre-clerkship years — focus on building a foundation of biomedical and medical knowledge and skills. During the second two years — clerkship years — you apply and expand your knowledge and skills in clinical settings. The course of studies leading to the D.O. degree must be completed within 6 years of matriculation (or within 150% of the standard time to obtain the degree).
Pre-Clerkship and Clerkship
The pre-clerkship curriculum occurs on campus where the fundamental knowledge of anatomy, manual medicine, clinical skills, and medical sciences are taught primarily in small group, team-based, and simulation settings.
Clerkship training takes place at one of our clinical campuses throughout the Northeast. Students spend time on various specialty services at clinics and hospitals, gaining firsthand experience providing medical care in different settings. During your fourth-year, you participate in the Match or one of the other post-graduate training assignment programs, which — depending on your specialty — take an additional three to seven years to complete.
Curriculum Years 1 and 2 (Pre-Clerkship)
UNE’s integrated interdisciplinary curriculum is delivered over the first two years through semester-long longitudinal courses titled Osteopathic Medical Knowledge (OMK) and Osteopathic Clinical Skills (OCS). The courses run in parallel within common clinical frameworks with frequent integration between the courses.
Osteopathic Medical Knowledge IA (DOM 503) – 14 credits
Osteopathic Medical Knowledge (OMK) IA occurs in the first semester of year one. It is a one-semester course with a multidisciplinary design to introduce medical science knowledge in a clinical framework that underpins the practice of osteopathic medicine. The OMK IA curriculum integrates the biomedical and clinical sciences, focusing on a different patient presentation each week. The overall aim is to introduce the student to critical thinking and allow the first-year osteopathic medical student to integrate and apply this knowledge in the solution of clinical problems. Additionally, the student develops collaborative and team-based skills and attitudes that support continual acquisition of medical knowledge.
Osteopathic Clinical Skills IA (DOM 507) – 14 credits
Osteopathic Clinical Skills (OCS) IA also occurs in the first semester of year one. It is a one-semester course that integrates physician skills, and imaging with gross and microscopic anatomy. Learners begin the transformation into student physicians who demonstrate superior clinical skills, medical professionalism, and embody empathetic, patient-centered medical care in preparation for clinical clerkship training. OCS IA provides students with a solid knowledge of clinical anatomy as the basis for competent and safe performance of physical examination and osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM); instructs learners in the art and skill of medical history taking; provides an understanding of human structure and function; allows students to begin to acquire a knowledge base leading to skilled differential diagnosis; and represents the foundation of osteopathic knowledge and skills that will be developed longitudinally throughout the learner’s medical education and practice.
Osteopathic Medical Knowledge IB (DOM 510) – 14 credits
Osteopathic Medical Knowledge (OMK) IB occurs in the second semester of year one and is a one-semester course that is a continuation of OMK IA and builds on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes developed by the medical scholar in the earlier course.
Osteopathic Clinical Skills IB (DOM 511) – 14 credits
Osteopathic Clinical Skills (OCS) IB occurs in the second semester of year one and is a one-semester course that continues the transformation of learners into student physicians who demonstrate superior clinical skills, medical professionalism, and embody empathetic, patient-centered care. OCS IB is a continuation of OCS IA and builds on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes developed by the medical scholar in that course.
Academic Enrichment I (DOM 575) – 11 credits
The Academic Enrichment I course is available to students who have not met expectations for successful completion of either course of the Fall OMS-1 semester. This course is designed to help students succeed and focuses on study skills, time management and efficiency, test-taking, clinical skills, foundational medical knowledge, research, and scholarship.
OMK IA — 14 Credits and OMK IB — 14 Credits
The integrated course includes: Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology, Genetics, Microbiology (Bacteriology, Virology, Immunology, and Parasitology), Pathology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Medical Ethics and Legal Aspects of Medicine, Preventative Medicine and Public Health, Evidence-based Medicine, Ethics, Professionalism, Interprofessional Education, and Research
OCS IA — 14 credits and OCS IB — 14 credits
The integrated course includes: Anatomy (including Embryology and Histology), Osteopathic Principles and Practice, Clinical Skills, Physical and Differential Diagnosis, Preventative Medicine and Public Health, Standardized Patient Experiences, Simulation Experiences, Clinical Experiences (or Preceptorship), Ethics, Professionalism, Interprofessional Education, and Humanities
Osteopathic Medical Knowledge IIA (DOM 612) – 16 credits
Osteopathic Medical Knowledge (OMK) IIA occurs in the first semester of year two and is a one-semester systems-based course that integrates foundational underlying biomedical scientific principles with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to address most common and/or important patient presentations. This course uses structured learning activities including interactive and didactic presentations, case study discussions, laboratory sessions, panel discussions, and ‘grand rounds’ conferences in order to reinforce and expand the student’s understanding of critical biomedical and clinical elements of health care explored in previous courses. The osteopathic principles of body-mind-spirit integration, structure-function relationship, and the body's inherent ability to self-regulate, heal, and maintain health, are prominent themes in the course content.
Osteopathic Clinical Skills IIA (DOM 616) – 12 credits
Osteopathic Clinical Skills (OCS) IIA occurs in the first semester of year two and is a one-semester course that serves as a continuation of OCS IB. The course is designed to reinforce and expand the student’s knowledge and osteopathic clinical skills to ensure safe and competent practice during clinical training rotations in Years 3 and 4. OCS IIA introduces the student to more advanced methods of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) and advances the integration of key concepts into the clinical practice of primary care. Learning activities parallel topics and areas of focus of the OMK II series of courses and include standardized patient experiences, osteopathic manual medicine skills sessions, geriatrics education mentorship, clinical skills assessment, and differential diagnosis.
Osteopathic Medical Knowledge IIB (DOM 618) – 16 credits
Osteopathic Medical Knowledge (OMK) IIB occurs in the second semester of year two and is a one-semester systems-based course that continues the integration of the prior OMK courses. OMK IIB expands and advances foundational underlying biomedical scientific principles with the most common and/or important patient presentations related to a variety of body systems.
Osteopathic Clinical Skills IIB (DOM 622) – 12 credits
Osteopathic Clinical Skills (OCS) IIB occurs in the second semester of year two and is a one-semester course that builds on knowledge, skills, and attitudes obtained in previous courses while applying more advanced concepts in clinical diagnostic, therapeutic, and treatment regimens. This course completes students’ pre-clinical training and facilitates their development into exceptional third-year medical students.
Academic Enrichment II (DOM 675) – 11 credits
The Academic Enrichment II course is available to students who have not met expectations for successful completion of either course of the Fall OMS-2 semester. This course is designed to help students succeed and focuses on study skills, time management and efficiency, test-taking, clinical skills, foundational medical knowledge, research, and scholarship.
OMK IIA — 16 credits and OMK IIB — 16 credits
The integrated course includes Neuroanatomy, Psychiatry, Hematology, Oncology, Pulmonology, Cardiology, Gastrointestinal, Nephrology, Urology, Reproductive (Obstetrics and Gynecology), Endocrinology, Musculoskeletal, Dermatology, and longitudinal integration of Geriatrics, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Infectious Disease, Radiology, Differential Diagnosis and Case Based Learning, Medical Ethics and Legal Aspects of Medicine, Preventative Medicine, Health Policy, Public Health, Interprofessional Education, Research, and Medical Informatics.
OCS IIA — 12 credits and OCS IIB — 12 credits
The integrated course includes Osteopathic Principles and Practice, Clinical Skills, Physical and Differential Diagnosis, Geriatrics Practicum, Clinical Experiences (or Preceptorships), Standardized Patient Experiences, Simulation Experiences, Interprofessional Education, and Humanities.
Curriculum Years 3 and 4 (Clerkship)
The student is required to complete 82 weeks of clinical training in years three and four (typically 42 to 48 weeks are done in the third year). UNE COM defines three categories of clinical requirements:
Required Discipline — The student is assigned by the UNE COM Department of Clinical Education; Core rotations are typically referred to as “clerkships.”
Required Discipline — Site selected by the student, subject to approval by the Department of Clinical Education.
Discipline and site selected by the student, subject to approval by the department.
The following tables show the distribution of requirements.
|Core Clerkships (typically done in third year)||Weeks|
|Internal Medicine (IMED core)||12|
|Surgery (SURG core)||6|
|Approved elective or selective||2–6|
|Selective and Elective Options (typically done in the fourth year)||Weeks|
|Selective Internal Medicine (IMED 850) - pre-requisite: IMED core||4|
|Selective Surgery (SURG 852) – pre-requisite: SURG core||4|
|Selective Emergency Medicine (EMED 850) – pre-requisite: IMED core||4|
|Selective Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM 850) – no pre-requisite||4|
|Elective Rotations (minimum) two-week blocks: Anesthesia, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Military Medicine, Ob/Gyn, Pathology, Pediatrics, Radiology, Research, Surgery, OMM, Community Health, Psychiatry, Neurology, Neuro TA||18|
Elective Rotation Requirements
Sufficient quantity to meet graduation requirements.
Core Family Medicine is a hospital and/or ambulatory experience that enhances the student’s understanding of patient and family dynamics in illness and health, the physician/patient relationship, and the careful and economical use of medical therapeutics, technological and laboratory investigation, and hospitalization. Special attention is given to the patient interview, directed physical examination, and patient education.
Core Internal Medicine is 12 weeks (general or mix of general plus subspecialty) and may complete one or more additional rotations in Internal Medicine subspecialties, typically in a hospital setting. Applying principles learned in the preclinical years, and working within a multidisciplinary team, the student learns to formulate a differential diagnosis based on the history and physical, prioritize a problem list, identify appropriate diagnostic tests, develop a treatment plan, and present patients to supervising physicians and in team meetings. Of critical importance is further developing and refining the ability to communicate effectively with patients and members of the treatment team.
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Core Obstetrics and Gynecology is intended to provide practical clinical exposure in the diagnosis and management of the female patient with normal and pathologic obstetric and gynecologic processes. Gynecologic procedures, surgery, labor and delivery, fetal evaluation and monitoring, pre-operative evaluations, and post-operative care are emphasized.
Core Pediatrics places an emphasis on primary care of the newborn to the adolescent. In hospital and/or ambulatory settings, the student gains a greater understanding of the continuum of child development, including physical, social, and emotional aspects, as well as the role of family dynamics. The student develops communication skills with both the pediatric patient and the family and, as appropriate, refines his/her skill at educating the child, parents, and other caregivers in health promotion.
Core Psychiatry encourages the student to recognize, screen for, and assess key symptoms of common mental illnesses, using the mental status examination as the basis for differential diagnosis and therapy. Additional content areas include cognitive, psychomotor, and affective development, risk assessment, substance abuse issues, and the impact of mental illness on patients and families.
Core General Surgery and one selective in General Surgery or a surgical subspecialty must be completed by each student. This clerkship is an introduction to the principles and practice of surgery. The student will experience the totality of care from the patient’s pre-surgical visit through the surgical encounter and post-operative recovery.
Emergency Medicine selective represents where knowledge and skills gained by the student in Core rotations come together in the fast-paced emergency department. In conjunction with Emergency Department personnel, the student will evaluate and treat patients of all ages who are experiencing medical, surgical, or psychiatric emergencies.
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine focuses on osteopathic philosophy and principles, which are intrinsic to the entire curriculum and are incorporated throughout the clinical portion of the student’s education. In the fourth year, the student completes a total of 4 weeks of osteopathic manipulative medicine in order to gain in-depth experience by working with a practitioner who is well versed in these principles and utilizes them in the clinical care environment.
The Board of Trustees of the University of New England confers the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree upon those students who have satisfactorily completed the requirements for graduation and who have been recommended for graduation by the faculty of the College.
Every candidate for the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine must:
- Be of good moral character and meet the standards for professional behavior and conduct as described under academic and technical standards.
- Have met and completed the academic requirements of the College, including passage of COMLEX-USA Level 1 and 2CE, within six academic years (or within 150% of the standard time) for the awarding of the degree and have been enrolled at this College for at least the last two years. Successful completion of or its equivalent is under discussion by the COCA and consideration of this graduation requirement will be adjusted based on their decision. Each student must pass the 3rd year clinical assessment examination provided by UNE COM.
- Be free of indebtedness to this College, the University, and their affiliates.
- Have demonstrated the ethical, personal, and professional qualities deemed necessary for the successful and continuing study and practice of osteopathic medicine.
- Have been recommended by the faculty for graduation.
- Be present at the University Commencement Ceremony as well as the UNE COM Physician Hooding Ceremony of their class at the time the degree is conferred, unless otherwise excused by the Dean.
An Alternative Approach to Clinical Rotations
UNE COM is one of fewer than 30% of medical schools to offer a Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) — an alternative way of organizing the third-year clinical experience that is modeled after residency programs. Rather than rotating through six-week blocks focusing on a single discipline, you will be embedded within a primary care clinic where you will follow your own patients for the year while experiencing specialty-focused time on the days when you are not assigned to a clinic. The LIC applies the residency training model to third-year clerkships. Students who participate in LICs:
- Earn equal or greater clinical skills and exam scores
- Build professional relationships with colleagues and patients
- Are placed at one of six host sites in Maine
A Care for the Underserved Scholars Program for Additional Skill Building
This two-year honors distinction program enables students to participate in clinical and non-clinical activities in a variety of rural and urban underserved settings. You will:
- Improve leadership skills
- Gain competencies in interprofessional education and team-based practice
- Understand and address health disparities and the social determinants of health in rural and underserved communities
- Understand the role of practice transformation in addressing significant health and public health issues
An Interprofessional Health Education
Home to Maine’s only dental school and a full range of other health professions programs, UNE offers you the opportunity to learn from and interact with students and faculty from across health care disciplines. It’s a concept known as interprofessional education (IPE), and UNE is a national leader in this approach. With team-based care now the gold standard, our expertise in providing collaborative learning experiences gives our medical students a significant edge in the workforce and, more importantly, better patient outcomes.
In addition to the interprofessional experiences you’ll gain through curriculum and clinical rotations, you may pursue other IPE opportunities offered by three of our University partners: The Center for Excellence in Aging and Health (CEAH), the Center to Advance Interprofessional Education, and the Center for Excellence in Public Health. You’ll have the unique opportunity to use such experiences toward your Interprofessional Honors Distinction.
Working with other health professions has helped me understand where other providers can better care for a patient than I can. An interprofessional setting is the best way we can prevent disease.” — Jessica Harnisch-Boyd, D.O., ’19
We recognize and support the role of research in all of our educational, clinical, and basic science activities. Research is fundamental to excellence in teaching and the creation of a scholarly atmosphere for learning.
With eight centers of research and scholarship, UNE is designated as a “doctoral university with high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Six of these centers are health-related, and you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty in a wide array of research, including projects related to metabolic disease, immunology, neuroscience, pain management, aging, and more. You may also apply for funding to conduct original research through one of our student research fellowships. Additionally, the Northern Light Rural Scholars program spans years 1–3 and combines research experience with clinical training in a rural Maine setting.
UNE’s commitment to the continuation of medical education extends beyond graduation. Both on campus and at affiliates throughout the Northeast and into the Mid-Atlantic, UNE COM partners with or sponsors residency programs that highlight our passion for osteopathic medicine and our dedication to training osteopathic physicians who serve the world. Learn more about Continuing Medical Education at UNE
Meet UNE D.O. Students
I felt as though I discovered a big secret — there were doctors who practice medicine with an extra set of tools that traditional doctors did not carry. I am confident that UNE COM will prepare me to be the best osteopathic physician I can be.” — Amy Lin ’23
Living and Learning in Maine
As a student in one of our College of Osteopathic Medicine programs, you study on UNE's coastal Biddeford and historic Portland campuses. In Biddeford, the waters of the Saco River flow into the Atlantic Ocean. Recently named the youngest city in Maine, Biddeford boasts an up-and-coming, hip downtown offering delicious eateries, exciting social and cultural events, and more.
Our Portland Campus for the Health Sciences is located in a quiet neighborhood that is a 10-minute drive from the downtown waterfront. The campus is close to major clinical sites as well as countless attractions and amenities. Named “America’s Most Livable City” by Forbes and “Foodiest Small Town in America” by Bon Appetit, Portland is the city on every list.
What is osteopathic medicine?
Osteopathic Medicine is a distinct American branch of evidence-based, mainstream medicine that stresses promoting health as much as reacting to disease. As a physician or surgeon practicing osteopathic medicine, you bring a unique patient-centered approach to the full spectrum of health care. Through the lens of wellness, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.s) help patients with a full range of medical treatment options, including surgery, pharmaceuticals, and manual medicine.
Osteopathic medicine is a hands-on approach to diagnosis and treatment. In addition to the standard medical school curriculum, D.O.s receive extensive training in the neuromusculoskeletal system and osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), a form of manual medicine treatment. Osteopathic principles and practices are a comprehensive approach to health care in which D.O.s apply the use of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) and an osteopathic philosophy during the diagnosis and management of patients.
Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) is a form of treatment taught to student doctors studying osteopathic medicine. OMM is a comprehensive approach to health care in which D.O.s apply the use of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) and an osteopathic philosophy during the diagnosis and management of patients.
As a medical student at the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine, you will learn about OMM treatment techniques in addition to the standard medical education curriculum.
Currently 10% of physicians in the United States are graduates of osteopathic medical schools and bring a philosophy that considers the mind-body-spirit connection to the evidence-based care of their patients.
What is a doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.)?
Doctors of Osteopathic (D.O.) Medicine are physicians or medical specialists who know that health is interconnected with all aspects of a person’s life and are trained to see patient care as the synthesis of a philosophy focused on the interconnectedness of the whole person with a deep knowledge of anatomy and the basic sciences. As a D.O., you are trained in medical school to consider the big picture when treating patients. Osteopathy emphasizes the goal to support a patient’s overall health as well as address acute symptoms.
While in osteopathic medical school, student doctors receive specialized training in the musculoskeletal system and treatment. UNE’s medical school in Maine has the mission to advance exceptional osteopathic healthcare locally and globally through practice, research, scholarship, education, and community health. Through this mission, UNE D.O. students learn how to see the body as an integrated unit of systems that work together to heal and maintain health. Osteopathic medical doctors recognize that the whole body’s structure should be optimized to facilitate its ability to self-regulate.
What is the difference between an M.D. vs. D.O.?
Doctors of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) can practice in the same specialties and train in the same residency programs. The difference is the framework in which D.O.s approach patients and view healthcare. D.O.s are taught to recognize the importance of the mind-body-spirit connection to wellness. Osteopathic doctors look beyond symptoms to other factors which may impact a person’s health. The combination of a philosophy focused on wellness and rigorous training in science and medicine enables D.O.s to truly partner with their patients in the healthcare process.
Although D.O. and M.D. students receive similar curricular content in medical school, student doctors of osteopathic medicine receive that content through the lens of wellness and the mind-body connection. D.O. students also receive specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of the neuromusculoskeletal system using osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). Since D.O.s are trained to see the body as an integrated unit of systems that work together to heal and maintain health, they recognize that the whole body’s structure should be optimized to facilitate its ability to self-regulate.
Physical examination and palpation are more heavily emphasized in the D.O. curriculum. On average, UNE medical students and other D.O. schools spend more time practicing hands-on physical examination skills than M.D. students. D.O. students also learn OMM treatment options to address pain and other issues.
Both D.O. and M.D. schools have the same level of rigor and length of schooling: generally two years of classroom training followed by two years of clinical training. Upon graduating with your medical degree, both Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine and Doctors of Medicine will go on to specialty training in residency and fellowships in the same programs.
What are medical school requirements?
Medical school applicants should demonstrate the motivation, discipline, and altruism to pursue a career as a physician. This includes successful completion of a comprehensive undergraduate education and appropriate experiences that can be translated to the medical profession.
Every medical school has slightly different requirements. It’s a good idea to review the admissions requirements of the specific medical school program that interests you. If you are applying to an M.D. program, most schools require you to apply through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). If you are applying to a D.O. program, most schools require you to apply through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOMAS).
The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) in Maine participates in the AACOMAS centralized application service. All applicants are required to apply online through this service. At UNE COM, it’s required that you have completed 90 semester hours or 75% credit progress towards a bachelor’s degree, to be earned at a U.S. regionally accredited college or university, or international equivalent, at the time of application.
Although not required, it is helpful to have done some study in the biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, or other health sciences. At UNE COM, there are some prerequisite coursework requirements that should be reviewed during your application.
During your medical school application process, many schools will also require you to submit your GPA. As calculated by AACOMAS, the minimum cumulative GPA is 2.8 at the time of application. Additionally, the completion of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is required. Although UNE’s medical school does not have a minimum score requirement, highly competitive applicants typically score in the 50th percentile or higher on the MCAT.
You should also expect to be required to submit letters of recommendation, complete a personal statement, and take part in an interview process while applying for medical school. At UNE’s osteopathic medical school, applications for admission are reviewed holistically by the UNE COM Committee on Admissions based on fit for the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of UNE COM and a combination of GPA, academic record, MCAT scores, applicant interview, and lived experiences.
What is the best osteopathic medical school for me?
When applying to medical school, you should look for one that fosters a state of wellness, equity, inclusion, and diversity across its community. If you are motivated to promote health by considering the big picture, then you should consider applying to an osteopathic medical school.
As a student at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine on the southern coast of Maine, you will acquire a deep understanding of human anatomy and become excellent practitioners of both traditional medicine specialties and osteopathic manipulative medicine. As with most medical curricula, UNE COM students spend two years on campus, and two years training in clinical settings. The third year is spent at one of UNE COM’s clinical clerkship sites and fourth-year students are allowed to pursue experiences where they hope to do their residency. Clinical training during the last two years of medical school at UNE COM is typically completed at various affiliate hospitals and healthcare facilities across the northeast United States.
UNE COM students are part of a close-knit community with convenient access to urban opportunities that includes state-of-the-art facilities for medical research, anatomical study, manual medicine, and the development of foundational clinical skills.
As an osteopathic medical student, you will want to be surrounded by a supportive community of faculty, staff, and peers. At UNE COM, we pride ourselves on being student-centered, student-friendly, and family-friendly. D.O. students at UNE have countless opportunities both in and out of the classroom. Whether you participate in one of our more than 40 clubs and organizations or take part in research, your medical education will be supported at UNE.
Applying to a medical school that has an integrated interprofessional curriculum helps student doctors gain the skills needed to successfully collaborate with other healthcare professionals when entering the workplace. At UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine, you will learn in an environment that encourages collaborative practice to improve health outcomes of patients. UNE pursues a health-focused mission that includes programs in medicine, dental medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and an array of allied health professions, so UNE students benefit from an interprofessional health education.
How much do D.O.s generally make?
Salaries for D.O.s vary widely based on type of practice, practice setting, years of experience, and where you live. The average annual salary for doctors of osteopathic medicine is equal to or greater than $208,000 per year depending upon the specialty practiced.
D.O. graduates from the University of New England College of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine match to residency programs all over the country. UNE ranks in the top 10 for medical schools where graduates are mostly likely to match with their first choice residency program.
There is a high demand for D.O.s in every state, and Maine itself has a high concentration of job opportunities for physicians in a variety of practice settings. UNE is the number one provider of physicians for Maine.