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University of New England (College of Osteopathic Medicine)




The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine transforms students into health care leaders who advance patient-centered, high quality osteopathic primary care and community health for the people of New England and the nation.


School name:University of New EnglandCollege of Osteopathic Medicine
Address:11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford, Maine
Zip & city:04005 Maine
Phone:(207) 283-0171
Web:http://www.une.edu/com/
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There is an emphasis on early clinical experiences and physical diagnosis, and a gradual but increasing focus on continuity of care and longitudinal relationship-centered patient care. Above all, the graduates of UNE's College of Osteopathic Medicine are known for always putting the patient first.

THE FIRST YEAR of the osteopathic medical curriculum contains a variety of biomedical, social, and clinical science courses. The first-year courses include: Essentials of Osteopathic Medicine, Osteopathic Principles and Practice, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Nutrition, Physiology, Pathology, Parasitology, Virology, Immunology, Bacteriology, Pharmacology, Medical Jurisprudence, Embryology, and Histology.

THE SECOND YEAR is organized into a Clinical Principles and Practices foundation course, the second year of the Osteopathic Principles and Practice course, and a series of eleven systems representing related organ-system groupings of the body; namely Neuroscience/Neurology, Psychiatry, Musculoskeletal, Respiratory, Hematology, Cardiovascular, Renal, Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, Dermatological and Reproductive systems. All systems are presented from a multi-disciplinary approach integrating lectures on biomedical science, internal medicine, pathology, surgery, radiology, pediatrics, family medicine, and social and population health sciences. Near the completion of the second year, students encounter the Clinical Decision Making course designed to prepare them for the transition into the following two years of clinical training experiences.

The knowledge to conduct a careful and efficient medical interview (the medical history) and a thorough and skillful physical exam is perhaps the most important information acquired in the four years of medical training. At UNECOM, these skills are developed during the Essentials of Osteopathic Medicine, Clinical Principles and Practices and the Clinical Decision Making courses, which encompass:

• Socio-psychological aspect of the patient interview
• Motor Skills
• History and Physical (H&P) Format; and Initial Differential Diagnosis

The precepts and concepts learned in these courses and systems along with Behavioral Medicine and Medical Humanities are applied in the clinical rotations of the third and fourth year. Interwoven throughout both didactic phases of the curriculum is the course on Osteopathic Principles and Practice. An attempt is made, where possible, to vertically integrate the material in this course with that of the ongoing systems of the second year.

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