The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine regularly hosts a number of events to celebrate and educate our students, alumni, and faculty. These events not only convey our enduring traditions, but highlight educational and mentoring opportunities, feature scholarly achievements, build everlasting communities, and emphasize the pride of our members for their college of osteopathic medicine.
OsteoBlast! and Orientation
UNE COM invites prospective students to campus in the spring for OsteoBlast! to obtain a better understanding of the COM academic program and take-in the beautiful campus. We welcome back the incoming class at the end of June for Orientation in order to prepare them for the start of the academic year.
The Office of Recruitment, Student & Alumni Services organizes networking events and opportunities for first- and second-year COM students during the formative years as they begin to deduce what specialties they may want to pursue in residency.
Speed Networking connects alumni and local physicians of various specialties with COM students who have the opportunity to ask questions face-to-face of practicing physicians.
The COM Mentoring Program connects COM students with alumni mentors to act as an additional resource throughout their medical education.
Check the COM Events calendar for upcoming networking events.
White Coat Ceremony
The White Coat Ceremony occurs in the fall, and celebrates the transition of the incoming class into their official role as medical students. The ceremonial significance of the event is in the symbolic coating of each first-year student onstage by their second-year COMpanion. The white coats are the exact coats they will use when they begin their rotations and contain the D.O. seal for UNE COM. Families and friends witness the event with a mixture of pride and jubilance as their student takes the first step into fulfilling their dream of becoming an osteopathic physician.
COM Reunion and Alumni Weekend
The COM CME Department, the Office of Recruitment, Student & Alumni Services, and the UNE COM Alumni Association organize this annual event for alumni and friends to reunite, network, and steep in the latest talks from practicing physicians and experts. Physicians earn AOA Category 1-A CME credits for each session they attend, and may choose to attend all or part of the weekend. Social events take place throughout, and include a Founder’s Reception, and Lobster Bake.
Each year, fourth-year medical students are invited to participate in the Match Day event in the spring to learn where they will be completing their medical residencies, and their specialties, upon graduation. The event allows for students to celebrate this momentous occasion with their families, friends, and the greater COM Community. Students participating in the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, American Osteopathic Association, and military matches may all participate in the event, regardless of whether or not they have already learned their residency information.
Candidates for the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree (D.O.) attend an intimate Hooding Ceremony where they have the opportunity to walk across the stage to be hooded in front of their family and friends. The University also conducts a combined ceremony for all the colleges that typically take place beforehand at a separate location.