The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) is the focus of the latest issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA).
The journal’s August issue features four research articles written by UNE COM faculty and students plus an editorial by Carol Brenner, Ph.D., associate dean for Research and Scholarship for the college, and a special communication by Jane Carreiro, D.O., UNE COM dean and vice president for Health Affairs. The issue builds off of UNE COM’s existing reputation as an innovator in medical education by highlighting the college’s role as an increasingly productive environment for diversified research and scholarship.
“This issue allows us the opportunity to showcase who we are, what we do, and how we are preparing the next generation of the U.S. health care workforce,” Brenner said.
Included in the August issue of JAOA are the following publications:
- Editorial: “Research at University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine,” by
Carol A. Brenner, Ph.D.
- “Making the connection: using concept mapping to bring the basic sciences to the diagnosis,” by Douglas Spicer, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical sciences; Kathryn Thompson, Ph.D., professor of biomedical sciences; and Sean Kilgallen, M.B., assistant clinical professor
- “Learning together: Interprofessional education at the University of New England,” by David Mokler, Ph.D., professor emeritus of pharmacology; Shelley Cohen Konrad, Ph.D., director of and professor in the School of Social Work and director of the Center for Excellence in Collaborative Education (CECE); Kris Hall, M.F.A., CECE program manager; Victoria Thieme, D.O., associate clinical professor, Primary Care; Jenifer Van Deusen, M.Ed., UNE COM interprofessional education coordinator; and others
- “Report on 7 years’ experience implementing an undergraduate medical curriculum uses entrustable professional activities,” by Tristan Reynolds, D.O., assistant clinical professor; Christopher Frothingham, D.O., associate clinical professor; Jane Carreiro, D.O.; Angela Branda, D.O., assistant clinical professor; Mark Schuenke, Ph.D., associate chair of biomedical sciences; Kerry Tucker, Ph.D., associate professor of anatomy; Frank Daly, Ph.D., associate professor of anatomy; and Frank Willard, Ph.D., professor of anatomy
- “48-hour hospice home immersion encourages osteopathic medical students to broaden their views on dying and death,” by Marilyn Gugliucci, Ph.D., professor and director of Geriatrics Education and Research; Divya Padmanabhan (D.O. ’21); and Emily Silberstein (D.O., ’21)
- Special Communication: “Forty Years of University of New England’s Research and Scholarship and its Impact in Maine, New England, and Beyond,” by Jane E. Carreiro, D.O.
Carreiro’s closing piece highlights UNE COM’s achievements over the course of its 40-year history, specifically noting that the college has graduated more than 3,300 physicians who practice throughout the nation and world, that 62% of graduates practice as primary care physicians, and that more than 26% of graduates practice in rural and underserved areas.
Additionally, Carreiro points out, UNE COM graduates practicing primary care in Maine have an annual economic impact of more than $100 million.
“Community and environment were important to our founders, and they remain the underpinnings of UNE COM today,” Carreiro said. “UNE COM is emblematic of New England values and resources, and our commitment to supporting the mind, body, and spirit of our students, faculty, staff, and community is heartfelt. Our gratitude to those who took a chance on the future is ever present as is our sense of responsibility to live up to that vision and trust.
“This sense of community, belonging, and support is one of our proudest achievements, and it is what makes UNE COM, UNE COM,” she added.