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Research & Scholarly Activity

Residents are required to participate in scholarly activities ranging from quality improvement projects to bench and clinical research. MMC has support for independent investigation, with extensive faculty expertise available for project guidance. There is a Research Navigator in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics departments who help support resident and faculty projects. Residents have completed scholarly activity leading to presentations at local, regional and national meetings as well as journal publications.

Housed in the Division of Health Services Research of the Department of Medicine, the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) conducts research on local, regional, and national levels. Physician and nurse researchers, epidemiologists, and statisticians focus on small area variation, physician feedback, and chronic disease management. Ongoing project topics include asthma, osteoporosis, cardiovascular diagnostic testing and therapeutics, lead poisoning, pneumonia, tobacco dependence, and use of technology in office practice. CORE researchers collaborate across specialties at MMC and are actively involved in teaching critical appraisal of literature, statistics, and methodology. CORE staff assist residents and fellows with individual scholarly activities.

The Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI) specializes in the biomedical application of molecular and cellular analysis. Its mission is to provide the community with state-of-the-art early detection, diagnosis, and prognosis of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and bone and mineral disease as well as conduct hematology and immunology research. MMCRI, located five miles away from the hospital campus in Scarborough, houses research and development capabilities in both basic and applied biomedical research

MMCRI activities are divided into five main working areas: platelet biology, molecular genetics, tumor biology, clinical cytometry, and immunogenetics. The Center for Molecular Medicine includes work in molecular and cellular biology, molecular genetics, molecular oncology, and vascular biology. The Biomedical Research Group conducts research in endocrinology, hematology, lipids, Lyme disease, and nephrology. Clinical laboratories include flow cytometry and molecular pathology.