University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine Article

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University of New England
College of Osteopathic Medicine
University of New England, Maine logo.png
Motto"Lucens et Ardens"
Motto in English
"Ardor for Light"
Type Private, non-profit
Established1978 [1] [2]
Budget$35.42 million [3]
PresidentJames D. Herbert, Ph.D. [4]
ProvostMichael R. Sheldon, Ph.D. [5]
DeanJane E. Carreiro, D.O. [5]
Academic staff
250 [1]
Students500 [1]
Location, ,


43°27′29″N 70°23′13″W / 43.4580°N 70.3870°W / 43.4580; -70.3870
CampusRural, 540 acres

The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) is a private, non-profit osteopathic medical school, located in Biddeford, Maine. Founded in 1978, the school remains the only medical school in the U.S. state of Maine. The college is part of the University of New England, and grants two degrees: the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree and a Master of Medical Education Leadership. According to U.S. News & World Report, UNECOM graduates the 6th most physicians of any U.S. medical school that go on to practice in a primary care specialty. [6]

UNECOM is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) and by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. [2]


The college was founded in 1978 by the New England Osteopathic Foundation. [1] The following year, 1979, the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine merged with St. Francis College to create the University of New England. [7] The medical school was originally housed in Stella Maris Hall, but in 1996, with the opening of Harold Alfond Center for Health Sciences the majority of classwork for the first and second years were transferred to the Alfond Center while Administration and Faculty Offices continued to be housed in Stella Marris Hall. [2] In August 2013, UNECOM opened Leonard Hall, a new classroom space for first and second year medical courses. [8]

In 1996, the University of New England merged with Westbrook College. The campus of the former Westbrook College is now known as the UNE Portland Campus, and it houses UNE's Westbrook College of Health Professions, College of Pharmacy, and College of Dental Medicine. UNE has now become one of a handful of private universities with a comprehensive health education mission including medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine, nursing and an array of allied health professions. [9] [10]


To educate "health care leaders who advance patient-centered, high-quality osteopathic primary care, research and community health for the people of Maine, New England, and the nation." [2]


The first and second years of the DO program consist of the basic sciences, along with structured, standardized patient encounters, while the third and fourth years consist of clinical clerkships in hospitals and clinics throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic States.

Each third year student is required to complete 6-week rotations in Family Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Psychiatry, Surgery, and Pediatrics, as well as a 12-week rotation in Internal Medicine. Fourth year students are required to complete 4-week clerkships in emergency medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, a surgical subspecialty, a subspecialty of pediatrics or internal medicine, and rural health, through Maine's AHEC program. Students are then free to complete 19 weeks of electives in any specialty they want. Students are free to do all of their fourth year rotations throughout the United States.

In addition to the DO degree, students at UNECOM may complete Masters in Public Health or a Master of Science in Medical Education Leadership (MMEL). The college also offers fellowships in anatomy and osteopathic manipulative medicine. [2]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "About COM". University of New England. Retrieved 2010-02-15.
  2. ^ a b c d e "University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine" (PDF). American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. 2016.
  3. ^ "Fiscal Year 2013 Revenues and Expenditures by Osteopathic Medical College" (PDF). AACOM. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  4. ^ University of New England. "Directory of COM Administration". Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Senior Administration - President's Office - University of New England in Maine, Tangier and Online". Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Which schools turn out the most primary care residents?". US News & World Report. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  7. ^ University of New England. "St. Francis College History". Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  8. ^ "University of New England - COM - Pre-Clinical Education - Curriculum Overview". 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  9. ^ About UNE
  10. ^ Westbrook College History

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