UNE Launches Rural Medicine Program For Second Year

The University of New England (UNE), a NEC member, recently kicked off the second year of the university’s rural medicine program, which is designed to expose students to the unique challenges and rewards that medical professionals in rural communities of Maine face.

UNE’s rural medicine program seeks to address a growing shortage of medical professionals in rural areas of America, specifically focusing on the shortage in rural Maine that has lead to worsening health outcomes for people living in these communities. Sixteen students in the program travelled to Franklin County in Maine for a week this winter and another group will travel to the Down East region of the state during the May session. The students participating in the weeklong program all belong to UNE’s Care for the Underserved Pathway, which aims to expose students to communities struggling with inadequate medical care.

“When you look at the health data in Maine, many of our health indicators are actually getting worse,” said Dr. Dora Anne Mills, UNE’s Vice President for Clinical Affairs and the program’s head. “And when you look at those in depth, what you see is rural Maine is getting much worse and urban Maine is actually holding steady or getting better.”

The New England Council thanks the University of New England for continuing to address the growing need for medical professionals in rural communities across New England and the U.S. Read more in Portland Press Herald.

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