Maine Medical Center (MMC) Department of Radiology has a tradition of leadership in residency training. The MMC Diagnostic Radiology (DR) Residency Program was established in the early 1950s as one of the first graduate medical education programs in the hospital. The first interventional radiology (IR) resident clinic in the United States was founded at MMC in 2008. Established in 2016, the MMC Integrated Interventional Radiology Residency Program was among the first 12 such programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The MMC DR and IR programs remain the only radiology residencies in the state of Maine today.
Maine Medical Center has a long tradition of medical training. It is a 637-bed, non-profit, tertiary referral center, and it is the largest medical center in northern New England. It has been educating physicians since it was founded in 1874 as Maine General Hospital, the first general hospital in the state. Maine Medical Center remains Maine’s only Level I Trauma Center today. Maine Medical Center is also Maine’s only academic medical center, supporting over 240 residents and fellows in 15 residency and 9 fellowship programs. With a referral base of over 1.4 million people throughout Maine and eastern New Hampshire, there is incredible diversity in patients and pathology.
The MMC Integrated IR Residency Program faculty consists of 36 radiologists, nearly all fellowship-trained, including 8 interventional radiologists. There are 3 IR advanced practice providers. With only 1 IR resident per year, the program is small enough that the residents are intimately involved with procedures, and the clinical teaching is one-on-one with the faculty members. In addition, faculty and residents get to know each other quite well. The varied, practical clinical experience at MMC prepares residents well for their careers in IR.
The program is located in Portland, the largest city in the state of Maine. Portland is a historic seacoast town with a funky vibe, working waterfront, hundreds of galleries and unique shops, and award-winning restaurants. Portland has been ranked “America’s Foodiest Small Town” by Bon Appetit in 2009, “America’s Most Livable Cities” (No. 1) by Forbes in 2009, “The Coolest Small Cities in America” by GQ in 2010, “Best Cities for Young Professionals” (No. 6) by Forbes in 2011, “America’s Best Cities for Hipsters” (No. 5) in by Travel + Leisure in 2012, “The 15 Most Underrated Cities in the U.S.” (No. 8) by Complex in 2013, “16 Best Places to Live in the U.S.” (No. 13) by Outside in 2014, “The 10 Best Places to Live Now” (No. 3) by Men’s Journal in 2015, and “America’s Coolest Small Towns” (No. 5) by Jetsetter in 2015. Portland has been dubbed “The San Francisco of the East” for its cultural diversity and abundance of restaurants. Outside of Portland, Maine’s famous rocky coast, numerous islands, sandy beaches, unspoiled lakes, and majestic mountains offer limitless outdoor activities, such as swimming, surfing, hiking, camping, bicycling, kayaking, canoeing, snowmobiling, fishing, skiing, and so much more. Come do your residency in Vacationland!
Graduates of an integrated IR residency qualify to take the IR/DR examination offered by the American Board of Radiology (ABR). The IR/DR certificate recognizes competency in both diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology, and certificate holders can practice in either or both domains.