Mission Statement:

We will provide and teach comprehensive, cost-effective, and compassionate health care while contributing to the leadership, greater knowledge and impact of our profession.

Guiding principles:

  • Lifelong learning in a supportive and respectful environment that accentuates inter-professional collaboration and patient safety.
  • Relationships as the foundation of Family Medicine underscoring the importance of continuity in the physician-patient relationship.  
  • Service to individuals, families, and our community, especially the underserved, as we strive to address healthcare disparities.
  • Practice of evidenced based medicine, focusing on prevention where possible, and chronic disease management where appropriate. 
  • Contribution to quality improvement, research and publication through fostering an atmosphere of curiosity and inquisitiveness.

Vision Statement:

To be recognized as a center for excellence in the training of quality family physicians with knowledge, skills and compassion necessary for a full spectrum of practice and leadership in a variety of settings. To facilitate the goal of providing primary care to all underserved areas in the State of Maine.

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center offers a “best of both worlds” place to teach and learn Family Medicine: a tertiary care, big-city size and quality hospital with an unopposed, rural medicine training focus, and leadership rooted in Family Medicine and heavily invested in the success of the program.

The EMMC Family Medicine Residency Program is a 30 resident ACGME accredited program with Osteopathic Recognition. Our training emphasis prepares our graduates to practice in rural settings. We are an unopposed residency based at Eastern Maine Medical Center, a 411-bed community owned, community governed non-profit hospital that serves as the referral center for northern and eastern Maine. Outpatient experience is based at our new state-of-the-art facility, EMMC Center for Family Medicine and Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.

As a resident, you start your first day of residency as a family physician for the community of Bangor and surrounding areas of Maine. Your work as a family physician is supported and supervised by experienced full-time faculty, part-time clinical faculty, visiting preceptors, an extensive network of affiliated specialists, and a collaborative team of support staff including Family Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives, a Practice Manager, Registered Nurses, Medical Assistants, RN Care Managers, an integrated behavioral health team with a Psychiatrist, PhD Psychologist and Licensed Clinical Social Workers . The team at the Center for Family Medicine strives to develop you into a well-rounded family physician to whom they would entrust the care of their own family members.

After the completion of your Family Medicine Residency at EMMC you will be prepared to care for patients from birth to death with an emphasis on knowing and treating the whole patient. You will be proficient in inpatient and outpatient medicine, a comprehensive range of procedures, obstetrics, pediatrics, acute and emergency care, gynecology, preventative medicine, geriatrics, osteopathic medicine and more.

All Family Medicine residencies nationally have set standards for a base curriculum, but there are many reasons your training at EMMC will be unique.


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  • Unopposed Family Medicine Residency in a 400+ bed tertiary care facility serving the Northern two thirds of Maine. Transfers from across the State bring incredible learning opportunities.
  • You are someone’s doctor the first day of residency. You start building a continuity patient panel and seeing these patients in continuity clinic day 1!
  • Full-spectrum family medicine curriculum including excellent inpatient and outpatient experience in both obstetrics and pediatrics. 
  • Osteopathic Recognition and an OMM Boot Camp preparing MDs to pursue our Osteopathic Recognition Track.
  • A Focus on developing Physician Leaders of the Future. Resident Physicians serve as Code Team Leaders in the hospital and participate on Committees throughout our Clinic and Hospital
  • POCUS (Point of Care Ultrasound) Curriculum
  • Unique opportunities for Clinical Research/Scholarly Activity
  • Hospital Based Simulation Center for multidisciplinary clinical training
  • Multidisciplinary approach to the care of patients:
    • High Level Integrated Behavioral Health with a Psychiatrist, Psychologist, and four LCSWs on our Team
    • Clinical Pharmacists integrated into and working collaboratively with inpatient and outpatient care teams
    • Care Management collaboration inpatient and outpatient.
  • Specialty Clinics within our Family Medicine Residency Clinic (Procedure, Skin Cancer, Gynecology, Colposcopy, Psychiatry, and Multidisciplinary Concussion Clinics)
  • Unique Elective Rotation Opportunities including:
    • Narrative Medicine – gathering patient life stories
    • Camp Hope – serving as the physician at a summer camp for Children with Cancer
    • Native Ceremonial Medicine – serving as the physician caring for Tribal Communities participating in rigorous ceremonies.
  • Opportunity to provide NCAA Sideline Game Coverage (UMO Sports Medicine Link)
  • Integrative Medicine with 2 Faculty performing acupuncture in our clinic
  • Partnership with Tribal Communities in the State of Maine including Rotations with Indian Health Services at the Penobscot Nation Clinic and an initiative to expand screening for and treatment of substance use disorders at Tribal Health Centers
  • Highly developed Medication Assisted Treatment Program with Group Visits
  • Annual Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Course
  • Specialty Physicians dedicated to the education of our Family Medicine Resident Physicians participate in scheduled rounds with our Hospital Service and didactics in addition to rotation experiences.
  • Night Float System with NO CALL.

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