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.
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.
There is no on-campus housing available for medical
students. Most students live in the cities of Biddeford
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.