ECHN And The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Apr 1, 2011 -  MANCHESTER, CONNECTICUT – On Wednesday, April 6, the Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) Community Healthcare Foundation will host an informational presentation and community reception to celebrate the beginning of an educational partnership between ECHN and the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM). Presenters will include Peter J. Karl, ECHN President & CEO, and Marc B. Hahn, D.O., Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of New England. The presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the H. Louise Ruddell Auditorium at Manchester Memorial Hospital, with a reception immediately following in Conference Rooms A, B & C.

This summer, ECHN is bringing 16 third-year medical students from UNECOM to Rockville General and Manchester Memorial Hospitals for a year of clinical and academic training. These medical students will rotate through all of the medical disciplines at Manchester Memorial, Rockville General, and ECHN physicians’ offices. They will be taught by ECHN medical staff members with faculty appointments at UNECOM. The curriculum and clinical work will include internal and family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, behavioral health, surgery, community health, and psychiatry. Fourth-year UNECOM students will also be able to choose electives like emergency medicine, radiology, pathology, and some medical and surgery specialties. This will be the state’s first teaching site for medical students east of the Connecticut River.

There is no charge for the event, but reservations are requested. To reserve a space, please call (860) 647-4753, or email

Eastern Connecticut Health Network is a not-for-profit community-based health care system that serves residents of eastern Connecticut. ECHN provides the community with a continuum of diagnostic and treatment services that can meet the vast majority of health care needs of area residents. Services include inpatient hospital care, outpatient testing and treatment, surgical services in 15 specialties, maternity care, rehabilitation, elder care, home care and long-term care.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of New England is dedicated to the improvement of life through the education of osteopathic physicians, research and service. Since its founding in 1978, the College has had an extraordinary impact on health care in Maine, New England, and the nation. Graduates of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine have distinguished themselves as residents in some of the finest and most competitive residency training programs throughout the United States. The College is housed on the Biddeford Campus on the coast of Maine.

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