Eastern Connecticut Health Network has brought 15 third-year medical students from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine on board for a special program.
It began this month and the students are participating in a new program that is the first of its kind east of the Connecticut River. Their year-long clinical and academic training will include rotating through Manchester Memorial Hospital, Rockville General Hospital, and ECHN physicians' offices.
Their curriculum and clinical work will cover a wide range of disciplines including internal and family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, behavioral health, surgery, community health and psychiatry. The students will also be involved in community outreach programs such as health screenings and lectures.
Although ECHN has provided clinical rotations for medical students, previous programs would last approximately one month and serve as an elective. In the program, the ECHN health system will serve as an extension of UNECOM's campus.
UNECOM was founded in 1978 and since then UNECOM graduates have participated in some of the finest and most competitive residency training programs throughout the U.S. The College is housed on the Biddeford Campus on the coast of Maine.
ECHN is a nonprofit health care system which serves 19 towns throughout eastern Connecticut. ECHN was formed in 1995 when Manchester Memorial Hospital partnered with Rockville General Hospital.