Family Medicine Residency

Program Overview

Our Motto: Teaching, Caring, Leading

Mission Statement: The Maine Medical Center (MMC) Family Medicine Residency Program 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

Meet Our Residents

Learn about the residents in the Family Medicine Residency Program for 2016 – 2017!

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Message from our 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

Key Strengths of the Program

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.

The Basics

  • 18 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 (Tuesday morning from 8-12)
  • 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 fellowship
  • Integrative Medicine Fellowship
  • Geriatrics Fellowship
  • 4th Year Chief Resident position
  • Competitive stipend and benefits package

Chief Residency

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.

Education

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.

Outpatient

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 are also beginning a suboxone clinic for our patients.

Daily ambulatory teaching before afternoon clinic - Residents present a case or topic to further each other's learning. Tuesday teaching didactics - From 8:00 AM-12:00 PM on Tuesday mornings, residents have protected teaching time to attend educational sessions on a variety of topics, from resident wellness to sepsis.

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.

Inpatient

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 - Every morning 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 amongst 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. Our program sponsors an ongoing global health interest group, mediated by Dr. Deb Rothenberg, who holds a PhD in cultural anthropology. 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.