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Biddeford, ME 04005

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Introduction

The University of New England was created in 1979 through the merger of the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (NECOM) and St. Francis College. The University is located in Biddeford, Maine, on the Atlantic Ocean, 15 miles south of Portland and 90 miles north of Boston. UNECOM is committed to serving the people of New England, and its mission is educating primary care physicians.

Academics

First and second year: The modified systems-based curriculum begins with a focus on developing a solid preparation in the basic sciences and an exposure to the physician-patient relationship through early clinical experiences in a Foundations of Doctoring course. Building on the first year, the systems-based modules of the second year are taught by practicing clinicians and basic scientists who bring the real world into the classroom. Students’ clinical skills are enhanced in an Experiences in Doctoring course with community placements and practice with standardized patients at the Clinical Skills Assessment Center, as well as the differential diagnosis classes. The year concludes with a capstone course and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Third and fourth years: The third year is devoted to clerkships in core disciplines of internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, psychiatry, obstetrics, and family medicine at clinical training centers in the Northeast. Students are involved in patient care and didactic sessions in ambulatory, hospital, and rural settings. The third year concludes with a student colloquium for the assessment of acquired skills in the simulated patient program. Year four requires clerkships in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and rural medicine while providing an opportunity for electives throughout the United States and overseas as the student completes the preparation for residency. Affiliated Teaching Hospitals: In addition to the information presented, UNECOM’s third-year clinical training centers (noted above) are located throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Fourth-year students complete selective and elective rotations around the country. Housing There is no on-campus housing available for medical students. Most students live in the cities of Biddeford and Saco.

Admissions

Minimum of 3 years of college, at least 2.7 GPA, total average MCAT score of 18 on the three science exams and at least “M” on the written essay. In addition to the basic premedical science courses, 1 year of English composition and literature is required. A class of 115 entering students is anticipated. Completion of a supplementary application form and submission of 2 letters of recommendation are required. One should come from the premedical advisory committee and the other preferably from an osteopathic physician or another professional person. In addition to the AACOMAS application, a supplementary one as well as an interview are components of the evaluation process.


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