Academics - Accelerated Special Programs
3+4 Fast Track to Osteopathic Medicine
To foster increased training of physicians for Maine, the University has entered into an agreement with the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM), in Biddeford, ME. This agreement allows very highly qualified Maine high school students to enter an accelerated program resulting in the DO degree (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine). Accepted students become candidates for reserved slots in the UNECOM program, and may enter the four-year graduate medical program after only three years of undergraduate study. Acceptance to UNECOM is contingent upon maintenance of an excellent undergraduate academic record while at UMaine. Upon successful completion of the initial year at UNECOM, students are awarded a BS from the University of Maine. The DO is awarded by UNECOM upon successful completion of three additional years of medical study. Interested candidates should contact: The Health Professions Office at the University of Maine. For additional information and curriculum requirements, visit: http://biology.umaine.edu/run.php?pg=accelbin and go to Health Professionsand select the Health Professions section. This program is listed under the Accelerated Binary Degree Program.
3+4 Agreement with New England College of Optometry
This agreement allows very highly qualified Maine high school students to enter an accelerated program resulting in the OD (Doctor of Optometry). Accepted students become candidates for reserved slots in the New England College of Optometry program, and may enter the four-year graduate optometry program after only three years of undergraduate study. Acceptance to New England College of Optometry is contingent upon maintenance of an excellent undergraduate academic record while at UMaine. Upon successful completion of the initial year at New England College of Optometry, students are awarded a BS from the University of Maine. The OD is awarded by New England College of Optometry upon successful completion of three additional years of optometry study. Interested candidates should contact the UMaine Health Professions Office for application materials. Find out more about New England College of Optometry: http://NECO.edu
3+4 Agreement with Logan College of Chiropractic
The University of Maine and Logan College of Chiropractic have joined together in order to offer students an opportunity to complete their undergraduate and doctor of chiropractic degrees in less time. Students complete 90 semester hours of credits at the University of Maine as a biology major. All students who successfully complete the Pre-Chiropractic Program with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and meet all other admissions criteria shall be accepted at Logan College of Chiropractic. Upon completion of the first year of course work at Logan College of Chiropractic, students will be awarded their B.S. in Biology degree from the University of Maine. For more information please visit the Logan College of Chiropractic website at: http://www.logan.edu/SubPages.aspx?pID=371&mhID=371&splpID=26
FAME Access to Medical Education Program and Dental Education Program
Since the State of Maine has no publicly funded health professions schools, the legislature has authorized FAME (the Finance Authority of Maine) to enter into access agreements with certain schools to guarantee a modest number of seats for qualified Maine residents.
- Participants in the Access to Medical Education Program are required to complete a family practice clerkship at a Maine Family Practice Residency Program, and to complete a preceptorship in rural Maine
- The agreement covers any Maine resident, without regard to the school where the undergraduate work was completed
- UMaine students who are not Maine residents are not covered by the agreement
- The agreement does not reduce the tuition at participating schools
- Students who enroll under these agreements are covered for a four-year period. However, new positions are approved on a biennial basis by the legislature, and are subject to change or discontinuation. The Health Professions Office maintains an up-to-date listing of the schools and number of seats covered by the current agreement.
- At this time, the program provides for 21 seats distributed as follows:
- Five at Dartmouth College
- Ten at the University of Vermont
- Five at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
- One at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
The State of Maine has entered into an agreement with Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. Dalhousie has agreed to hold up to six seats per year for qualified dental students. This program is designed to encourage Maine residents to pursue dental school and become practicing dentists in the State of Maine.
Students who are not Maine residents should investigate the opportunities at publicly funded health professions schools in their home state. For example, Massachusetts residents should consider applying to the University of Massachusetts Medical School, located in Worcester. State-supported schools generally give preference in admission to residents of that state. If your state does not have a public health professions school, there may be an agreement with a nearby state that does have such a school. The Health Professions Office can help you to determine the circumstances for your home state.
Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM), in partnership with Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland Maine, offers a “Maine Track” for applicants who are interested in a unique, innovative curriculum that will offer clinical training experiences in Maine and expose medical students to the unique aspects of rural practice as well as training in a major tertiary medical center.