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Recognizing that diverse interests exist in every community and that even the most professionally trained individuals have a need to continue their educations, Colby maintains an Office of Special Programs with a full-time director.
Each summer, approximately 6,000 individuals from throughout the nation and other countries are on campus for courses, conferences, seminars, and institutes in areas of medicine and public and professional services and for youth programs and sports camps.
The major focus of the summer program is continuing medical education (CME)Colby is the only undergraduate college in the country approved by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor CME for physicians. About 10 CME offerings each year in a variety of specialty and family-practice programs are attended by health care professionals.
A coordinating council of Colby administrators and physicians from Waterville's MaineGeneral Medical Center advises and helps to manage this educational component.
Approximately 70 doctors enroll each summer in the seven-week Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology, and two- to four-day seminars are held in anesthesiology, child abuse, childhood behavior disorders, emergency medicine, forensic medicine, ophthalmology, and pediatrics. The Maine Orthopaedic Review is a two-week course. In addition to CME accreditation, American Academy of Family Practice credit is generally available for courses designed for primary care physicians.
Public and professional service programs include the Church Music Institute, Great Books, and Piano Institute. The Portland String Quartet is in residence for two weeks. Youth camps for field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, football, basketball, baseball, cross country, and other sports are available. In the summer of 2000, Colby also was host to the week-long National Home School Olympics and to Gear Up, a federal program helping to raise the aspirations of seventh graders.
During the academic year, the office arranges such annual conferences as the Colby Institute for Leadership. Noncredit courses for which the continuing education unit may be earned are also structured and evaluated through Special Programs. In addition, Special Programs works with the Office of Scheduling and Facilities to coordinate arrangements for conferences during the academic year.
Information may be obtained by writing to the director.
Every effort is made to ensure that this information is correct. If you received conflicting information, have questions, or would like clarification, please contact the Office of Special Programs at 207-872-3386.
Colby is a four-year, residential, liberal arts college in Waterville, Maine. Colby offers undergraduate courses during fall and spring semesters and grants bachelors of arts degrees.