Family Medicine Residency
We are an academic department of family medicine committed to improving the health of the communities we serve through direct patient care, health professions education, and scholarly inquiry. Although our scope of practice ranges from full spectrum clinical care to focused areas of expertise in education and research, we approach our work through the shared lens of family medicine.
Our Motto: Teaching, Caring, Leading
- Clinical Care: We provide relationship-centered care in both community and hospital settings. Our clinical teams care for the whole person across the lifespan within the context of family and community structures. We focus on health prevention and promotion, while also caring for those with chronic diseases and serious illnesses.
- Education: We host a 21-person family medicine residency program; four fellowships in integrative, preventive, sports and addiction medicine; and a division of preventive and community medicine. We are committed to inter-professional education, designing curriculum and teaching medical, nursing and social work students, as well as pharmacy residents. We are well represented in the Academy at MMC Institute for Teaching Excellence (MITE) and in the Department of Medical Education leadership. We also participate in educational programs to encourage and mentor youth interested in the health professions.
- Research: Our students, residents, fellows and faculty are actively engaged in scholarship activities, presenting and publishing their work at regional and national conferences. We have strong ties to the Maine Medical Center Re-search Institute and the Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation. We also collaborate with Dartmouth, the University of Vermont, and the three other Family Medicine residency programs in Maine.
- Health and Wellness: While working to improve the health of our patients, we also seek to promote and sustain the wellness of our providers and staff. We strive to build strong teams and a supportive community to make our work meaningful and fun.
- Advocacy and Equity: We advocate for improved access to high quality care through our clinical, education and research activities. To achieve health equity and social justice, we engage in health policy, public health, and population health initiatives. We are committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive environment for all.
- Community Engagement: We recognize that health care is only one determinant of health and requires reaching beyond the walls of our clinical settings. We actively seek to create respectful and sustainable community partnerships to improve the health of under-resourced and vulnerable populations.
- Systems Thinking: We see our individual patients as part of their families, communities and broader ecosystems. We strive to advance primary care at the patient, clinic, and system level to achieve the quadruple aim.
- Innovation and Inquiry: By applying inquiry to all that we do, we pursue new ways of thinking, seeing, and doing to bring about innovation and transformation. We are committed to developing new initiatives that advance primary and community care.
Our Commitment to Diversity
We serve a diverse community. 19% of people who live in Portland are from minority groups. Our residency is committed to increasing the diversity of our residents and faculty. We strongly encourage and welcome applicants from under-represented minority groups to apply to our program. Learn more.
Message from the Program Director
Congratulations on choosing Family Medicine, the most rewarding, challenging and professionally satisfying field of medicine. By deciding to become a family physician, you have chosen to best position yourself to meet the health care needs of patients, families, and communities. The Family Medicine Residency Program is devoted to providing a superior educational experience for family medicine residents and students by:
- Promoting a scholarly environment and fostering a balance of personal and professional growth
- Providing comprehensive, high-quality health care to patients, families, and our community
- Continuous quality improvement
As Program Director, my goal is for each of our residents to graduate feeling like a competent family physician, prepared to practice in any setting. Along the way, each will feel supported, academically challenged and empowered to maintain a good balance of personal and professional life.
Through our website, we hope to show you why we believe we are among the best Family Medicine residencies in the country. Furthermore, we hope to entice you to come see firsthand why our special mix of people, program and location is unrivaled.
Alison Samitt, M.D.
Director, Family Medicine Residency Program
The MMC Family Medicine Residency is a strong academic residency program. The education we provide our residents is exceptional. All graduates pass their board exam and leave feeling highly competent in the specialty of family medicine. Both our outpatient and inpatient settings provide stimulating environments in which our residents learn and improve.
Clinics are Level 3 NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Homes - There are myriad opportunities for learning including various QI projects, group visits co-led by residents and faculty, and our innovative Hospital to Home (H2H) multidisciplinary transitional visit for patients just discharged from the hospital. We also offer Integrated Medication Assisted Treatment (IMAT) for our patients with opioid use disorders.
Daily ambulatory teaching before afternoon clinic - Residents present a case or topic to further each other's learning.
Wednesday teaching didactics - From 1-5pm on Wednesday afternoons, residents have protected teaching time to attend educational sessions on a variety of topics. This includes protected time for resident support group, journal clubs, and weekly resident business meeting.
Simulation Center - Once monthly, all residents attend a 4-hour session at the Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation, and Simulation. Sessions include simulations of various inpatient and outpatient scenarios as well as procedural skills training.
Case mix - MMC is a tertiary care center but also serves as a community hospital, making the case mix of patients ideal for resident education.
Morning report - Most mornings on our inpatient family medicine service, a resident presents an admission to discuss evaluation, management, and clinical reasoning.
Teaching rounds - The senior resident will teach various sessions to the inpatient team and ensure attendings from various specialties and other educators (such as respiratory therapists) teach the team.
Interdisciplinary care rounds - Daily rounds occur for our patients that include a discussion among physicians, nurses, nutritionists, physical and occupational therapists, and discharge planners to ensure optimal patient care.
Radiology rounds - Once a week, our inpatient team reviews patient films from the previous week with a radiology resident.
We also have opportunities for overseas education. Residents can spend elective time on medical trips abroad. Previous residents have gone to places such as the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Vietnam. Portland is home to immigrants and refugees from all over the globe so there is a robust international presence and ongoing cultural education in our clinics.
The people! Ask anyone in the program, and that will be their first reply.
Superior outpatient training:
- Family Medicine Centers are NCQA Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home
- Care for a panel of patients who identify you as their doctor
- Group medical visits for various chronic diseases
- Innovative Hospital 2 Home transition visits for patients just discharged from the hospital
Excellent inpatient training:
- Family Medicine inpatient service cares for adults, newborns, children, and obstetric patients, all supervised by family physicians
- Great case mix, as MMC provides care for both common community disorders as well as disorders that require a tertiary care medical center
- Deliver obstetric patients under the supervision of our family medicine doctors
- Daily interdisciplinary care rounds including physicians, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, physical and occupational therapists
- All inpatient training is at Maine Medical Center, a nationally ranked hospital and the top hospital in Maine
Great teaching – We consistently get feedback on the amount and exceptional quality of the teaching residents receive
Innovation – Resident feedback is crucial to our goal of continually improving the training we provide
Strong institutional and community support for Family Medicine – Family Medicine is one of the strongest and most well respected departments at MMC
Epic electronic medical record – both inpatient and outpatient
Limited 24-hour call – 2nd and 3rd year residents work 24-hour call shifts only 2-3 times per year
Living in Portland – Portland, Maine is Forbes’ Magazine’s ‘Most Livable City’ and Bon Appetit Magazine’s ‘America’s Foodiest Small Town.’ Our beaches, amazing local food, craft beers, and arts scene are other reasons we love it here.
- 23 faculty with a multitude of clinical interests as well as behavioral health specialists, social workers, and a pharmacist on staff
- Weekly protected time for didactic teachings ((Wednesday afternoons from 1-5pm)
- Monthly simulation and skills workshops at the state-of-the-art Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation, and Simulation
- 100% family medicine board pass rate for graduates
- High-quality postgraduate opportunities at MMC: sports medicine, integrative medicine, addiction medicine, preventative medicine and a 4th year Chief Resident position.
- Competitive stipend and benefits package
Our fourth year chief resident position is a great way to supplement a resident’s education, learn new skills, and positively impact the residency program. The chief serves as a liaison between faculty and residents and has myriad functions including:
- Helping other residents as needs arise
- Seeing their own continuity patients in clinic
- Precepting residents in clinic
- Being a voice at both faculty and resident meetings
- Improving leadership and teaching skills through workshops and readings
- Assisting at workshops geared towards medical students
While not a true faculty development year, there is a focus on teaching and leadership. Yet the beauty about our chief position is that it can be taken in a number of different directions, with limited administrative duties compared to traditional chief positions and ample elective time. Most chiefs choose a project to work on throughout the year that will improve our program. Our chief is always happy to help with questions you may have about our program so don’t hesitate to get in touch.