FAQs

What is the length of your program?

The duration of our program is one year.

Is it possible to start off-cycle?

Yes, an accommodation can be made for an off-cycle start. Please discuss this with us.

How many ONMM residents do you accept?

We have approval for up to four ONMM residents in our program.

Does the ONMM Residency participate in ERAS?

No.

How does your selection process work?

Applications are considered on a first-come basis. We start accepting applications for interviews beginning in September and continue interviewing eligible candidates until our slots have filled, usually by early January. Offers are made on a rolling basis.

What skills must I have in order to be successful in your program?

Emphasis in the program is placed on developing proficiency in independent practice, so the ability to be self-directed is important. Flexibility, good communication skills, willingness to learn, and the ability to incorporate feedback are also keys to success. A passion for osteopathy and post-doctoral development of osteopathic principles and practices allows a strong foundation from which to expand. Completion of a 40-hour basic cranial course prior to beginning the program is highly recommended.

Will I spend a lot of time traveling between clinical sites?

Residents travel between clinical sites in Waterville, Augusta, and Portland.  The distance between the Waterville and Augusta sites is approximately 20 miles, and it is approximately 55 miles from the Augusta site to the Portland site. Trainees are also expected to attend gross anatomy lab and lecture led by Dr. Frank Willard in Biddeford one half-day each month. Elective rotations could potentially mean additional travel but current opportunities are located within a one-hour drive of the Waterville/Augusta area. Mileage reimbursement for some travel is provided.

How will the transition to a single accreditation system affect your program?

We have applied for ACGME accreditation and are currently in pre-accreditation status; we  still have AOA approval. We anticipate a smooth transition from AOA to ACGME accreditation  with no impact on learners in the ONMM residency as we move through the process.

Is it hard to find housing for a year?

MDFMR residents and fellows have had little difficulty securing housing. Common locations for living for ONMM residents have included Oakland, Brunswick, Portland, Sidney, Hallowell, Waterville and Augusta.

What it is like to live in central Maine?

Life in Maine is truly unique – the pace is a bit slower and year round there are amazing outdoor opportunities. The greater central Maine region is characterized by small towns that are nestled among peaceful hills, lakes and rivers. Some of these towns are historically known as “mill towns” but have found new life with reclamation of old mill buildings for new businesses.   Many of the MDFMR community live right on or near water – coming home from work in the summer can give space for unwinding. Fishing, swimming, kayaking, biking and hiking as well as cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing can be daily activities depending on the season.

Waterville is home to Colby College and Augusta is the state capital.   Though considered “small towns,” they are host to a diverse and often quirky collection of cultural opportunities. Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville is a classic art house theatre that also sponsors the Maine International Film Festival each summer. There are several eclectic and organic restaurants in the area as well as a great home-town brew-pub. We even have a family-owned sushi restaurant that can compete with any urban establishment! Our location in the center of the state also makes it easy to spend a weekend hiking in stunning Acadia National Park or visiting Portland or Boston for a fix of city life.   There are many nearby alpine and Nordic skiing opportunities within easy driving distance of both Waterville and Augusta.

Though some of us are Maine natives who already know the secret of life here, we often find that those “from away” become hooked and find it hard to leave!

What is wintertime in Maine like?

The winter experience can differ substantially between coastal, interior, and northern regions of the state and vary widely from year to year. Each winter guarantees occasional Nor’easters resulting in large snowfall totals and a string of sub-zero-temperature days, but snowfalls of less than 8 inches and temperatures in the single digits and teens are more common. Plows are abundant so roads are kept reasonably well-cleared but good snow tires make travel safer. Our longer winter season leads to an abundance of outdoor winter activities and sporting opportunities.

What does your compensation package look like?

For the 2018-19 academic year, the salary is $69,629. ONMM residents are given five conference days for continuing medical education and provided with an educational conference stipend of $850; reimbursement up to $1000.00 is available for relocation/moving expenses when relocating for the ONMM residency. Travel costs are reimbursed at the rate of 0.45/mile.

The ONMM Residency at Maine-Dartmouth provides payment in full for:

  • Full, permanent medical license in Maine
  • Memberships to AOA and AAO
  • Medical malpractice insurance

ONMM residents have the ability to participate in health insurance (there are 2 plans to choose from), dental insurance, and medical / daycare reimbursement accounts.

Time away for Convocation is also provided.