All I have to say is YAY! I have seen how being a vegetarian/vegan diet has helped me so I think it is exciting to see this plant based program in our own state. 

A new residency program at Maine Medical Center hopes to grow the number of doctors in the state who are dedicated to helping Mainers avoid disease.

The program is a two-year residency in preventive medicine and it launched this month.

A spokesman for the American College of Preventive Medicine says it's the only one of about 70 preventive medicine residencies in the country to put a special focus on "plant-based medicine."

Program director Dr. Christina Holt says the program will partner with community groups that incorporate health and nutrition strategies into their work.

The hospital received a federal Health Resources and Services Administration grant of up to $950,000 over three years to launch the residency program. It is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. (AP)