Polly E. Leonard, DO, MS, has been elected as president of the Northeast Osteopathic Medical Education Network (NEOMEN). Dr. Leonard, a 1996 graduate of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM), served as director of medical education at Kent Hospital from 2007 to 2010. Dr. Leonard is a clinical associate professor at UNECOM and a member of the family medicine department at Kent Hospital. She is presently in private practice in Warwick.
Joseph Spinale, DO, FACC, chief of cardiology and director of medical education at Kent Hospital, was also elected to the NEOMEN Board of Governors.
“Kent Hospital has become a leader in primary care graduate medical education in New England and Dr’s. Leonard and Spinale continue to lead that effort,” said Michael Dacey, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Kent Hospital. “To have a staff at Kent Hospital who is so involved and recognized by UNECOM is a great benefit to our patients, medical students and residents.”
NEOMEN is a consortium of 14 health institutions that oversee graduate medical education for more than 250 residents. NEOMEN stretches across the Northeast and oversees and supports 31 residencies that are affiliated with the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Kent Hospital has been a core clinical campus for UNECOM students for more than 10 years. Graduate Medical Education at Kent Hospital began in 2008 with residency programs in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine. It has since expanded to include an Internal Medicine Residency Program and an Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship. The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine has been ranked as one of the top medical schools in the Northeast, and is based in Maine.