CMMC Family Medicine Residency Offers Rural Training Track in New England
Rural communities depend on clinicians with a broad scope of skills to care for them and their families. Modern rural family physicians still require a breadth of training, experiences and mentorship that may not be available or easily supported in urban communities. Our rural residency program incorporates the rigors of academic-based training with real-world experience in a small community. Our hope is that program graduates end up practicing in small, rural communities and have the skills to care for a diverse patient population, maintain work-life balance and enjoy life-long learning.
Here is an overview of the Rural Training Track program at the Swift River Family Medicine practice in Rumford.
- Train at Central Maine Medical Center, a community teaching hospital, for PGY-I
- 1:1 Faculty-to-Resident ratio. An apprenticeship model of education.
- Train at 25-bed rural critical access hospital for PGY-2+3
- Graduates will be more likely to practice in rural areas
- Separate Match numbers for Lewiston and Rumford
- Financial incentive package for PGY-2+3
- Greater “real-world” experience
- Greater continuity of care
- Ability to better tailor curriculum to individual needs
- Focus on obstetrics and procedures
- Different call structure — different learning opportunities
- Longitudinal curricular rotations
- Requires mature, self-directed learners
- Opportunity to live in a rural area
- Small program, greater opportunities to initiate improvements