Maine Medical Center Awarded $1.8M Grant to Transform Training of Residents

June 06, 2019
PORTLAND, Maine – Maine Medical Center has been awarded a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the American Medical Association (AMA), aimed at transforming the training of residents.

MMC was awarded the grant for a proposal it submitted to redesign the clinical learning environment to prepare residents for inter-professional, team-based care. MMC will use its experiences from its pilot project, the Inter-professional Partnership to Advanced Care and Education (iPACE), to inform this latest effort.

In MMC’s iPACE model of graduate medical education, an interprofessional care team (including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, residents, medical students and care managers) rounds on every patient in the unit, every morning, with the goals of: forming one plan of care, completing one progress note for the team (completed before the team leaves the patient’s room) and delivering one message to the patient.

MMC proposes expanding the iPACE model across multiple inpatient clinical learning environments, to rural and outpatient settings and earlier in the educational process to undergraduate medical education through unique fourth-year rotations.

“The iPACE model of education at its core teaches our multi-disciplinary team how to work together consistently and seamlessly to fully consider and plan all aspects of a patient’s care journey,” said Doug Sawyer, M.D., MMC’s Chief Academic Officer. “This AMA grant will allow us to expand and improve on this model, training residents in more disciplines and settings, who will take this experience to care for patients in Maine and beyond.”
The AMA awarded a total $14.4 million to support innovation projects at eight teaching hospitals nationwide. More than 300 entities with oversight of graduate medical education in the United States contributed to proposals for projects.

The eight projects were selected through a competitive grant process by an advisory panel made up of leading experts in medical education. The projects were selected based upon how well they addressed the aims of the program: improving the transition from medical school to residency to preserve continuity in professional development, ensuring readiness for practice through modifications of residency curricula and optimizing the learning environment to support well-being among trainees, mentors and staff.

About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2018-2019, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing nearly 8,700 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is part of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit