Graduate Medical Education

The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine offers a Plus-One Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Residency that is regarded to be among the premier programs in the nation.

Graduate Training Program

  • The NMM Plus-One program is a one year AOA certified program which trainees may enter after completing an AOA approved residency. This program exposes the resident to a variety of inpatient and outpatient consultative venues. This program hosts a strong in-patient service in a busy tertiary care hospital where residents contribute to the care of patients in the NICU, PICU, ICU, post-surgical, perinatal and medicine wards. Teaching responsibilities in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine are a vital aspect of the NMM/OMM resident's training. Residents successfully completing this program are eligible to sit for the specialty boards in NMM - The American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (AOBNMM).

COM NMM/OMM +1 Residency Program is affiliated with the following hospitals:

  • Maine Medical Center
    • Tertiary care hospital located in downtown Portland where residents provide in-patient consultative services in NMM/OMM.
  • ​Mercy Hospital
    • Community based hospital located on the Fore River in Portland where residents provide in-patient consultative services in NMM/OMM

Highlights of the NMM/OMM +1 Residency Program

  • Clinical Faculty Board Certified in NMM/OMM and three dually in Family Medicine
  • Variety of out-patient clinic care including a continuity of care clinic at the Veterans Health Administration Community Out-patient Clinic, and a local NMM/OMM specialty practice. In addition to correcting somatic dysfunction with our hands, there is a strong emphasis on rehabilitative exercises for all.
  • Access to the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine’s anatomy lab via monthly didactics presented by Dr. Frank Willard in an interdisciplinary fashion (Maine Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Residents join us as well as other NMM/OMM Plus One program Residents)
  • A minimum of three months of in-patient hospital service under the tutelage of Dr. Bryan Beck. The consult service sees patients in the NICU, PICU, ICU, peri-natal ward, post-surgery and medicine wards. There are two full days of hospital service with the opportunity to do elective time with Dr. Beck.
  • A structured set of didactics including AT Still book Club, Teaching in the Science of Osteopathy Book Club, Neuromuscular medicine, Journal club, pediatrics, orthopedics, among many more.
  • Serving as UNECOM faculty in the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine department where you will table train, teach and lecture year one and two medical students in their Osteopathic Clinical Skills courses; year three and four students at bi-annual regional meetings; and clinical experiences in the out-patient clinic.
  • A schedule that allows you to meet your clinic needs but also space to moonlight, work with community preceptors and formulate your own research and scholarly projects.


Joy Palmer, D.O.
Program Director
Adjunct Faculty
OMM Dept.

Donna Richard, M.P.H.
GME Assistant, Plus One Residency Program
OMM Department
(207) 602-2661