Medical School: University of New England – College of Osteopathic Medicine
Family Medicine Residency: Greater Lawrence Family Medicine Residency
Julia McDonald loves family medicine and is committed to providing full-spectrum primary care in New England and internationally. She studied theatre and dance at Colby College, but her future career path turned to medicine during a profound experience in the Peace Corps in Morocco (2000-2002). Julia returned to school at U of Maine to complete her pre-med studies while working in public health, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health care. She obtained her master’s in public health from the University of New England (Biddeford, ME), focusing on international health and food insecurity, and attended medical school at the same institution. She completed her residency, learned Spanish, and served as chief resident at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Massachusetts before returning home to central Maine. Her interest in global health has taken her to health centers in Africa (Morocco, Ethiopia, and Ghana) as well as throughout Central America. She helps coordinate MDFMR’s international program, most recently bringing a group of residents to Colomancagua, Honduras.
Working at the Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency is a unique and special experience. “I am thrilled to be a member of the Maine-Dartmouth family; it feels like home. I recognize in the faculty, staff, and residents a similar passion for delivering excellent, socially-responsible, humanistic care for our patients.”
In her time off, Julia loves running outside in all seasons, growing and eating local foods, and reading anything she can get her hands on. She finds inner stillness through Zen meditation, yoga, and calligraphy.