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.
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.
The college was founded in 1978 by the New England Osteopathic Foundation. The following year, 1979, the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine merged with St. Francis College to create the University of New England. 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. In August 2013, UNECOM opened Leonard Hall, a new classroom space for first and second year medical courses.
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.
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.
More than 40 active clubs and organizations, the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine prides itself on providing a holistic out-of-classroom experience. Our co-curricular activities give you the opportunity to put what you are learning in the classroom into practice, while also providing you the space to heighten skills that produce more engaged community members, innovative practitioners and — ultimately — more balanced individuals. By actively pursuing specific interests and gaining new knowledge through diverse, student-driven experiences, you are able to discover and connect with a community of exceptional medical professionals. Involvement, service and community engagement is a part of our culture and as a COM student, you are always evolving and pursuing new opportunities to influence your community.
It’s for good reason that Maine is called “Vacationland.” The state in general, and southern Maine coast in particular, offer the sort of welcoming, safe atmosphere that is ideal for family vacations.
Most of UNE’s undergraduate programs are located on our waterfront Biddeford Campus, which is nestled next to several small summer beach communities. The Biddeford Campus is also part of the Portland metropolitan area, which was ranked among the top 20 small metros for college students in 2013 by the American Institute for Economic Research.
Our top priority is the well-being of our students. We continually evaluate current programs as well as review, develop and implement new policies, protocol, staffing and technologies to enhance the safety of University members.
For more information on the proactive programs and processes we have in place to improve the safety of UNE community members, visit the Office of Safety and Security website. You can also view the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report to compare UNE to other colleges and universities.