The dearth of primary care physicians and the ongoing solution

In the June 1st edition of the Portland Press Herald, the article, “In rural Maine, dearth of doctors is a growing crisis” brought attention to the growing crisis of our shortage of Primary Care Physicians. While the author did an excellent job, the article fell short in failing to mention the contribution Maine’s medical school, the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM), has made since 1978.

Many of you have been, and continue to be, cared for by Osteopathic Physicians. In addition to the usual rigors of medical school, Osteopathic Physicians, or DO’s, endure additional training in anatomy, the musculoskeletal system and it’s interplay with body physiology. Most of the Osteopathic medical schools are established in rural, underserved areas with a primary, although not exclusive, focus on primary care. In fact, UNECOM was established, in 1978, by a group of rural, family physicians, who saw a current, and future need for high-quality primary care.

Historically, approximately 2/3 of UNECOM’s graduates enter primary care – pretty impressive number.  Other, very impressive, stats can be found on their homepage.

As a proud alumni of UNECOM, I couldn’t help but give UNECOM a “shout out”!

Jack Forbush, DO

About Jack Forbush, DO

Dr. Jack Forbush is a private practice family physician in Hampden, ME providing comprehensive, cost-effective family medicine including obstetrics, pediatrics, women's and men's healthcare services, minor surgery and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. For more information about his direct care practice, visit, follow him on Twitter or check out the office’s Facebook page. Opinions expressed in this blog do not reflect those of any organization the author is associated with.