Fellowships & Areas of Focus
Our exceptional sports medicine department has four talented providers who bring a variety of experiences to resident education. 2013-14 ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) President Dr. Bill Dexter is known as “The Big Guy” and brings decades of experience in treating athletes and non-athletes for orthopedic concerns. Our sports medicine clinic also houses two physical therapists and an athletic trainer, who further residents’ skills and knowledge.
During the first year of residency, residents spend one month seeing patients in our busy sports medicine clinic and in the urgent care setting managing a variety of musculoskeletal injuries, with the option to participate in sideline coverage at local athletic events such as the Maine Marathon. There are plenty of opportunities to learn procedures such as knee and shoulder injections, splinting, etc.
During the third year of residency, residents spend another month seeing patients in sports medicine clinic and in the urgent care setting. There are more opportunities to hone procedural skills and learn new, more advanced procedures based on the resident’s level of interest. We also offer a sports medicine fellowship after residency.
MMC Sports Medicine Fellowship Program
Learn more about the MMC Sports Medicine Fellowship.
Integrative medicine combines conventional allopathic medicine with complementary and alternative medicine treatments and modalities. There is also a large focus on lifestyle changes and patient-centered care.
Since 2003, integrative medicine has been part of our curriculum and is a large part of residents’ training. Our education includes sessions dedicated to principles of integrative medicine (including acupuncture practice), wellness activities (nutrition, exercise, Qi gong, yoga, mindfulness) on a bi-weekly basis, and exposure to a variety of alternative healers in the community.
For those interested, we have also partnered with Dr. Andrew Weil’s program at the University of Arizona to offer our residents the optional Integrative Medicine in Residency program. This online program consists of modules aimed at educating residents about basic integrative medicine concepts, including nutrition, exercise, botanical medicine, mind/body medicine, over-the-counter supplements, and motivational interviewing and is very well-received by residents who participate.
Integrative Family Medicine Fellowship
We also offer a fellowship in integrative medicine to our residents. Fellows complete a 2-year online curriculum through the University of Arizona and spend 1 week in Tucson annually during PGY-2, PGY-3, and PGY-4. The PGY-4 year provides supervised, structured opportunities for the fellow to provide integrative medicine consultation, discuss cases in a multi-disciplinary conference, develop skills in osteopathic manipulative medicine and acupuncture, and continue to provide family medicine care to a panel of patients. Fellows also participate in teaching of medical students and academic projects.
Care of the elderly is a cornerstone of family medicine. And Maine is a great place to care for geriatric patients as our state has the oldest median population in the country. Over three years, our residents gain geriatrics experience in common geriatric concerns (such as dementia, delirium, falls, polypharmacy, hospice and palliative care) by spending time in a variety of settings.
Inpatient: Caring for hospitalized elderly at Maine Medical Center
Nursing home: Caring for their own continuity patients at Falmouth by the Sea nursing home under the supervision of a superb clinician, Dr. Rich Marino, named DownEast Magazine’s 2014 top geriatrician in the state of Maine
Home and hospice: Home visits are done as able for home-bound and end-of-life patients
Outpatient clinic: Our family medicine clinic has a geriatric clinic overseen by Dr. Julia Redding. Residents also spend time at the Geriatric Center, located next to the hospital.
Residents spend one month on geriatrics during their second year, spending time in a variety of these settings. Additional experiences are available upon request.
Geriatrics Fellowship Program
MMC also offers a 1-year geriatrics fellowship through the Department of Medicine, open to graduates of family medicine and internal medicine. Fellows have a broad array of experiences that include geriatrics consultation (both inpatient and outpatient), acute rehabilitation, geriatric psychiatry, nursing home, assisted living, primary care, and palliative care. There is also opportunity to pursue scholarly work in research, quality, or teaching.
Our objective is to train physicians as Leaders in Preventive Medicine. Our graduates will:
- Address population health needs by working within health systems and institutions, with policymakers, public health entities and clinical and patient advocacy groups
- Provide leadership within their clinical specialty, by using population-based, accountable approaches to care that reduce the incidence and burden of acute and chronic disease and injury
- Practice, master, and spread improvements in patient safety and quality of care
- Develop the skills needed to successfully advocate for preventive medicine in health care policy
- Enhance, through education, the effectiveness of healthcare and improve the health of Maine citizens
We have numerous academic and clinical partners and can tailor the educational program to meet your current and future professional goals within Preventive Medicine. Our program will give you training for a successful career in Clinical Preventive Medicine and Public Health.
Our two year program consists of:
- Academic course work leading to an MPH
- A practicum project working with mentors in your primary clinical specialty for impact on Quality, Safety and Population Health
- Clinical work in your primary clinical Specialty
- Public health engagement at the local and state-wide level
- Leadership curriculum providing skills to build collaborations across disciplines and with an emphasis on integrative medicine and health care disparities faced by Maine populations