The major focus of the Eastern Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program is to train residents to practice in rural settings. In order to accomplish this, the curriculum is designed to address specific aspects of medical care in rural populations.

In addition to the required rotations, residents are responsible for outpatient and inpatient care of their family practice center patients.

Although most rotations are reasonably demanding, at EMMC we recognize the need to balance experience with education. Therefore, residents' schedules allow sufficient time for discussion of interesting cases. Our faculty has a wide range of expertise in a variety of areas to provide teaching and consultation on all patients.

Residents are encouraged to establish links with the community. Home care and nursing home visits, with support from community organizations and faculty, are encouraged. Regularly scheduled hospital conferences presenting a variety of topics, are sponsored by the following departments: obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, family practice, pathology, orthopedics, emergency service, urology, surgery, and dermatology. Weekly half-day conferences are held to address a broad range of medical and behavioral medicine issues.

Wednesday afternoons are reserved for continuing education for residents and faculty. Lectures begin after a free lunch and cover family medicine topics, as well as allows time for journal club presentations by residents, patient case presentations, Balint group, support group and resident meetings.