November 30, 2015

 
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Senator King Forum Focuses on Opioid Prescribing Practices and Drug Disposal

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, U.S. Senator Angus King convened a forum held at the offices of MaineHealth to discuss current prescribing practices, the opioid/heroin crisis in the state and the options available for patients to dispose of unused medication.
For two hours Senator King listened while representatives of the medical community presented perspectives on the current situation including how the problem arose.  Approximately forty invited health professionals, health administrators and representatives of the recovering community attended the forum.  Senator King made opening marks expressing concern over Maine having the highest rate, per capita, of long-acting opiates being prescribed in the nation (based upon 2012 data).  He noted the limits imposed by MaineCare in 2012 and the subsequent 43% reduction in the prescribing of opioid based medication to Maine Care patients and asked why the MaineCare limits should not apply to Medicare and commercially insured patients.  Following the Senator's comments, Andrew Kiezulas, a recovering heroin addict who is now an advocate for treatment, presented his personal experience which began with the receipt of prescription medication prescribed by a physician.  He noted that four of five heroin users claim to have started down the road to addiction with legitimate pain medication. 

 
Following Andrew's comments, State Senator Anne Haskell (D, Portland) moderated a discussion that included several physicians offering commentary on the issue, including Noah Nesin, M.D. of the Portland Community Health Center, Amy Belisle, M.D. from Quality Counts (Amy directs the Chronic Pain Collaborative), Mark Fourre, M.D. of Lincoln County Healthcare, Mike Bauman, M.D. of Maine Medical Center and Matt Sholl, M.D., Medical Director for EMS in the state.  Leslie Clark, Executive Director of the Portland Community Health Center expressed concern regarding overprescribing and noted personal examples where she had been prescribed far more pain medication than she needed. Kandyce Powell of the Maine Hospice Council and Center for End of Life Care spoke on behalf of patients who need pain medication.
 
MMA EVP Gordon Smith commented on the current status of the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) and the need for more federal and state support for it, noting that plans to provide information to prescribers on their prescribing habits compared to their peer groups has not been accomplished because of a lack of funding. He also noted the recent establishment of the three Task Forces working on a comprehensive solution to the problem. These Task Forces were created through the efforts of U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty, Attorney General Janet Mills and the Commissioner of Public Safety John Morris.  
 
Legislative leaders are also working on comprehensive proposals to deal with the increase in overdose deaths and the shortage of treatment options.  These proposals would complement and provide some balance to the Governor's proposal to hire an additional ten DEA agents. Legislative proposals are likely to be announced prior to the Governor's deadline of Dec. 10.
 

 
 

State Law Prohibiting Claims Based on Wrongful Birth Challenged
The Bangor Daily News reported in a front page article in its weekend edition that a Newport woman is suing the federal government (defending a federally qualified health center) and Merck, alleging that a birth control device was never implemented in her arm because of negligence on the part of the clinic's staff and because the product is defective.  The result was the birth of a healthy baby.  In 1986, legislation advanced by MMA was enacted by the state legislature and prohibited claims based upon the birth of a healthy child.  In other words, an unplanned pregnancy resulting in the birth of a healthy child is not an actionable, recognized injury under Maine's wrongful birth statute.  The law was passed as part of a comprehensive set of tort reforms intended to improve the professional liability climate in the state. 

 
The lawsuit was filed in the federal district court in Bangor, as lawsuits against a federally qualified health center are covered by the federal tort claims act and are defended by the U.S. Attorneys Office.  A motion has been made to send the question of the constitutionality of the wrongful death law to the state's Supreme Judicial Court.  Federal District Court Judge Brock Hornby will hear argument on that motion this Thursday, Dec. 3, in Portland.  The Attorney General Office will join the U.S. Attorney's Office in arguing that the law is constitutional.
 
Other elements of the 1986 reform package, which included establishment of the pre-litigation screening panels and improvements to the Statute of Limitations, have survived previous court challenges.  It may be necessary for MMA and other organizations to file an amicus in the case making the argument that such decisions should be left to the legislature.  Given that the medical liability coverage has been available with stable premiums in the state the last few years, it would be very unfortunate to lose a part of the law that has served to create that stability.
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Tuesday, December 1st, is World AIDS Day

December 1st is World AIDS Day, an opportunity for people around the world to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and commemorate people who have died of HIV. It was first held in 1988.

It is estimated that 34 million people worldwide who have the human immunovirus. Over 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS. In the time since HIV was discovered in the 1980s, treatment has improved to the point where, with proper medical treatment, a person with HIV can now have a normal life expectancy. World AIDS Day reminds the public and governments that HIV still exists, and there is still a vital need for more money for research. It exists to increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education about this terrible, potentially deadly, but treatable and preventable illness.

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MHMC, MMA and AMA Offer Free Webinar on Dec. 16 (noon) on Physician Satisfaction
The Maine Health Management Coalition and MMA collaborate again in December, along with the AMA, with a free noontime webinar, PROVIDER SATISFACTION;  THE KEY TO ACHIEVING THE QUADRUPLE AIM.   Presenters will be Ellie Rajcevich, MPA, Practice Development Advisor, American Medical Association and Michael Tutty, PhD, MHA, Vice President of Professional Satisfaction and Practice Sustainability, American Medical Association.

 
Provider satisfaction is a powerful driver of the Triple Aim outcomes - better care, better health and lower cost.  Yet nearly half of all U.S. physicians exhibit at least one sign of burnout, which contributes to professional dissatisfaction and increases the likelihood of mistakes, patient and team dissatisfaction and physician intent to leave the practice.  The Quadruple Aim prioritizes provider satisfaction with the Triple Aim outcomes.  Improvements in clinical workflows, teamwork and communication are among the most potent antidotes to burnout that can enhance professional satisfaction and achieve the Quadruple Aim.  This session will provide an overview of the AMA's work in professional satisfaction and tangible solutions that can be implemented in the practice setting.
 
There is no cost to join the webinar but you must register at www.mehmc.org under News and Events.
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Health Insurance Marketplace Update: Open Enrollment for 2016

The 2016 Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment period began on November 1, 2015 and ends on January 31, 2016.  

Consumers can get more information and apply online at HealthCare.Gov.  Patients who currently have a 2015 health insurance plan through the Marketplace should review their plans and either renew coverage or select another plan for 2016 by December 15 to avoid any break in coverage.  5 Steps to Staying Covered Through The Marketplace

For more information or resources for your patients, contact ACA Outreach Coordinator Sue Kring at skring@mainemed.com or 662-2364.  More information and links to Marketplace resources are available at the Maine Medical Association website.


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Save the Date: December 7th, 6 p.m. for Legislative Committee

The MMA Legislative Committee will hold its first meeting for the new legislative session on Monday, December 7th at 6 p.m. at the MMA Offices in Manchester.

The Committee, chaired by Amy Madden, M.D., will review bills that will be considered in the 2016 session and  discuss other legislative/public policy issues.  Any MMA member is welcome to attend but we appreciate your letting Sarah Lepoff at MMA know by e-mail to slepoff@mainemed.com.  

It is particularly important for specialty society leaders to attend so that MMA and our advocacy team can be aware of any unique issues and interests the specialties may have.

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AMA Calls for Ban on Advertising for Prescription Drugs
At the recent AMA House of Delegate's meeting in Atlanta, delegates voted to support a ban on advertising prescription drugs and medical devices directly to consumers. alleging that the ads drive patients to demand expensive treatments over less costly ones that are just a effective.  The United States and New Zealand are the only two countries that allow direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs.  The AMA noted that spending on DTC advertising of drugs and medical devices has increased 30% in the last to years to $4.5 billion.

 
Given that several court decisions have declared that such ads are a form of commercial speech protected by the first amendment, the AMA statement may prove to be largely symbolic.
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MMA Board to Meet on Wednesday, Dec. 2
The 27 member Board of Directors of the Maine Medical Association will meet this coming Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 4:00pm at the association officers in Manchester.  Priority topics for the meetings include the recent release of the CompareMaine website by the Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) and the recent activities in the state related to the opioid/heroin problem and MMA's response to it.  A review of the bills submitted to the second regular session of the 127th Legislature will also occur.

 
Any MMA member is welcome to attend Board meetings.  Directions to the office can be found on the MMA website at www.mainemed.com.
 
The Board is chaired this year by Jabar Fazeli, M.D., a physician specializing in geriatrics with a practice in the Portland area.
 
 
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Legislative Council Approves an Additional 49 Bills for Consideration During Second Session

The ten member Legislative Council (consisting of five Republicans and five Democrats) met this past Thursday and considered appeals from Legislators whose proposed bills had been previously rejected for entry into the Second Regular Session.  At its previous meeting, the Council had accepted 33 of the approximately four hundred proposals submitted.  On Thursday, Council members accepted another 49 proposals, so a total of 82 new bills will be considered at the Session which opens on Jan. 8, 2016.

The Legislature also allowed 140 bills to be carried over from the first session, in addition to the approximately 20 bond proposals before the Appropriations Committee.  The Governor may submit legislation at any time and the Legislative Council can consider after-deadline bills.  But all in all, most of the work of the session has been established.

In addition to the six bills related to the opioid/heroin crisis (see related article in this Update), other bills of primary interest to physicians being considered include L.D. 622 which would require annual training for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect (including all physicians), L.D. 690 licensing Certified Professional Midwives who attend home births and L.D. 1305 which would specify a list of medical services that patients would be encouraged to seek pricing information on and shop around for. MMA's legislative committee, again chaired by Amy Madden, M.D., will meet at MMA at 6:00pm on December 7 to review the bills and to discuss other legislative/public policy issues.  Any MMA member is welcome to attend but we appreciate your letting Sarah Lepoff at MMA know by e-mail to slepoff@mainemed.com.  It is particularly important for specialty society leaders to attend so that MMA and our advocacy team can be aware of any unique issues and interests the specialties may have. 

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Clarification on Maine's Statute of Limitations for Medical Liability Claims

MMA attorneys continue to be surprised by the general lack of knowledge regarding the statute of limitations in Maine applying to medical liability claims.  The statute was amended and favorable changes made effective August 1, 1988, over 27 years ago.  Under the current law, found in 24 M.R.S.A. section 2902, actions for medical negligence must be brought within 3 years from occurrence for adults.  For minors, the action must be brought within 6 years from occurrence or 3 years from the age of majority, whichever is shorter.  There is an exception for limitation of actions involving a foreign object retained in a patient following surgery which is measured from the time of the discovery of the object. 

Compared to other states, the Maine statute is quite favorable to physicians (and all other health care practitioners) because the general civil statute of limitations is 6 years from occurrence and because of the absence of a "discovery rule":  many other states have statutes of limitation for medical malpractice actions which permit the period of litigation exposure to be expanded by measuring the period from the time the negligent act or omission is or should have been discovered, rather than from the occurrence of the negligent act or omission.

This statute and a compilation of all the laws of interest to physicians and practices can be found in the Physicians' Guide to Maine Law, now located within the MMA website at www.mainemed.com.  The Guide has recently been updated to include actions of the First Regular Session of the 127th Legislature which adjourned in July.

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A No-Cost Resource for Supporting Maine Physician Practices: Introducing the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network

Maine Quality Counts and regional partners have created the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network (NNE-PTN), a federally-funded set of resources and learning available to practices at no cost.  The NNE-PTN is a collaborative effort of trusted organizations that is offering support to primary care, specialist, and behavioral health clinicians to improve the health of patients, improve the health and vitality of clinicians and practice teams, and strengthen the financial health of practices. 

Interested practices can register for participation in the NNE-PTN online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/NNEPTN

For more information, visit the Maine Quality Counts website at www.mainequalitycounts.org/nneptn, or contact Lesley Myska at tel. 207.620.8526, ext. 1007 or ptn@mainequalitycounts.org.  

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Opioid/Heroin Prevention/Harm Reduction Task Force to Meet Dec. 3, 17, Jan. 7, 21, Feb. 4; Treatment Group to Meet Dec. 2

All three of the Task Forces of the Anti-Opiate/Heroin Initiative have now met at least once and are scheduled to meet again.   The Prevention/Harm Reduction Task Force will meet again from 9:00am to noon on Dec. 3. Following that meeting, the Task Force will meet on Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00pm on Jan. 7, 21 and Feb. 4. The meetings will be held at the offices of the Maine Medical Association in Manchester, Maine.   The Treatment Task Force will meet again Wednesday, Dec. 2.  The meeting will be held from 3:00pm to 5:00pm and will also be at the Maine Medical Association.

The meetings are all open to the public and the meetings will be posted on the U.S. Attorney's Website.

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Job Openings

Family Medicine/ Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician

As a result of our continuous growth, Katahdin Valley Health Center is recruiting a Family Medicine/ Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician that is committed to providing quality health care services to the people in Brownville/Millinocket Maine.   Join our practice in a newly renovated facility.  KVHC is a fully electronic medical record site and offers a four day work week with a competitive salary and benefit package which includes: a 10% of first year salary sign on bonus, generous amounts of paid time off and $2500 annually toward CME. Physicians who join KVHC are eligible to apply for NHSC Loan Repayment.  

To learn more about KVHC and Practitioner Opportunities, please contact Michelle LeFay at mlefay@kvhc.org or visit our website at www.kvhc.org.  KVHC is an equal opportunity employer.

2/22/16

Maine Judicial Branch Seeks Civil Involuntary Commitment and Treatment Examination Services

A copy of the RFP can be obtained from the MJB’s RFP Coordinator: Laura O’Hanlon, Esq., Chief of Court Management at: DRMJB@courts.maine.gov, or mailing address:  Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 4820, Portland, ME 04112-4820. All communication about the RFP must be in writing.  The MJB encourages all interested vendors to obtain a copy of the RFP and submit a competitive proposal.

Proposals must be submitted to the State of Maine Division of Purchases, located at the Burton M. Cross Office Building, 111 Sewall Street, 4th Floor, 9 State House Station, Augusta, Maine, 04333-0009 by 2:00 pm, local time, on December 28, 2015.

The State of Maine Judicial Branch (MJB) seeks Examiners for mental health services statewide to provide examinations of individuals subject to involuntary commitment and involuntary treatment proceedings under Title 34-B of the Maine Revised Statutes.  In accordance with State procurement practices, the MJB has announced the publication of Request for Proposals (RFP) # 201510191 for the purchase of those services.

12/28/15

Medical Director

Catholic Charities Maine Behavioral Health Network in Maine has a Full Time opportunity for a Medical Director. The Medical Director's work is done primarily in office setting but may involve work in client's residences, hospitals, travel to Augusta and throughout the Greater Portland and Auburn area, some on-call availability. This person shall have completed three (3) years of post-graduate training in psychiatry approved by the American Medical Association and also have a working knowledge of American Society of Addiction Medicine Patient Placement Criteria. All applicants shall be eligible for a physician's license issued by the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine and be certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology or be eligible for examination. The Medical Director will have a DEA waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. The applicants shall have a minimum of three (3) years of work experience with people in mental health or substance abuse treatment settings. You may submit your cover letter and resume via email (hroffice@ccmaine.org), fax (207-523-2789), or mail to Human Resources Office, Catholic Charities Maine P.O. Box 10660, Portland, ME 04104.

11/30/15

Full Circle Family Medicine Seeks Family Practitioner

An opportunity awaits you in the heart of Mid-Coast Maine - you are able to live, play and work in one of Maine’s beautiful coastal villages.  Our Medical Practice is in Damariscotta, just an hour northeast of Portland, Maine’s largest city, and three hours from Boston.

Full Circle Family Medicine, is in search of a Family Practitioner to wanting join our NCQA recognized Patient Centered Medical Home practice.  We are proud to be a physician owned, independent practice which includes three MDs and three PA’s.

Job Details and Requirements:

  • Provide a full range of care including: newborn and pediatric care, adult medicine, gynecology, geriatric and nursing home care
  • Telephone Call Coverage
  • Electronic Medical Records

Benefits of practicing at Full Circle Family Medicine include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Generous earned time program
  • Health Benefits
  • CME time and dollars
  • Retirement plans with employer match
  • Malpractice Coverage

For more information contact Wendy Williams, Practice Manager at wwilliams@fullcirclefamilymedicine.com or (207) 563-6623 option 7.  

12/14/15

Medical Director - Scarborough, ME - Full-Time

We are seeking an experienced Medical Director with interest in occupational medicine to work full-time at our Scarborough, Maine clinic. The Medical Director will be able to practice medicine in a supportive environment while providing oversight to mid-level practitioners.

Requirements:
Candidates must be either a MD or DO. Experience in either Industrial Medicine, Emergency Medicine or General Practice is preferred.

About U.S. HealthWorks:
U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group is a leading national provider of occupational medicine and urgent care services. Operating over 200 locations in 20 states with nearly 4,000 employees, including approximately 1,200 medical providers; U.S. HealthWorks serves thousands of patients each day.

In addition to competitive salaries we offer:

  • Occupational Medicine Focus
  • Incentive plans
  • Opportunity to grow and learn with an industry-leading healthcare organization
  • Flexible hours and excellent work environment
  • Benefits for full-time employees to include: health, dental, vision, 401(k)

Apply Today! If you're interested in joining a company that is dedicated to your professional growth - look no further than U.S. HealthWorks!
Email: providerrecruitment@ushworks.com
Online: www.ushealthworks.com Requisition Number 7688
Phone: 800-992-4442 ext. 2659

EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability

11/30/15 

Primary Care - Rockport, Maine

Pen Bay Medical Center is seeking an IM/FM physician to join its hospital-employed Primary Care group. PBMC is a non-profit 99-bed, full service community hospital located on beautiful Penobscot Bay in Rockport, Maine.

  • Benefits include:
  • Four day work schedule
  • Paid time off
  • Generous loan repayment program
  • Competitive salary with productivity bonus
  • Relocation allowance
  • CME allowance
  • Impressive sub-specialty support

The Mid Coast region is a haven for outdoor recreation.  Whether you're a casual hiker, or a seasoned rock-climber, our landscape offers the right fit.  You can sail and kayak the world class waters of Penobscot Bay, swim, paddle, and fish in our pristine lakes and streams and bike our country lanes. Here you will find beautiful natural resources, excellent schools, unique shops, and rich cultural opportunities. Live, work, and play in a truly magnificent area, overlooking the picturesque Maine coastline.

Forward CV and confidential inquiries to: John Bragg, Director, Physician Recruitment at (207) 921-5894 or email jbragg@penbayhealthcare.org

11/30/15

Hospitalist - Rockport, Maine

Pen Bay Medical Center is seeking a BC/BE physician to join its Hospitalist team. PBMC is a non-profit 99-bed, full service community hospital located on beautiful Penobscot Bay in Rockport, Maine.

Benefits include:

  • 7 on/7 off scheduling
  • Paid time off
  • Generous loan repayment program
  • Competitive salary with incentives
  • Relocation assistance
  • 148 shifts per year - Additional pay for additional shifts
  • Impressive sub-specialty support

The Mid Coast region is a haven for outdoor recreation.  Whether you're a casual hiker, or a seasoned rock-climber, our landscape offers the right fit.  You can sail and kayak the waters of Penobscot Bay, swim, paddle, and fish in our pristine lakes and streams and bike our country lanes. Here you will find beautiful natural resources, excellent schools, unique shops, and rich cultural opportunities. Live, work, and play in a truly magnificent area, overlooking the picturesque Maine coastline.

Forward CV and confidential inquiries to: John Bragg, Director, Physician Recruitment at (207) 921-5894 or email jbragg@penbayhealthcare.org

11/30/15

Emergency Medicine - Rockport, Maine

Located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, Pen Bay Medical Center is seeking a Physician to join our Emergency Medicine staff. We have an Outstanding 12 bed Emergency Department that supports 23,000 patient visits annually with a well-rounded case mix. ABEM or AOBEM certification/qualification required and EM residency preferred.

Benefits include:

  • Equitable scheduling
  • Paid time off
  • Generous loan repayment program
  • Relocation allowance
  • CME allowance
  • Impressive sub-specialty support

Mid-Coast Maine offers some of the most spectacular natural beauty and outdoor recreation found anywhere. Sail and kayak the world-class waters of Penobscot Bay, hike the mountains that overlook the sea, swim and fish in our pristine lakes and streams, and bike on our country lanes. Enjoy rich cultural opportunities and great schools in a safe community environment. Live, work, and play in a truly magnificent area, overlooking the picturesque Maine coastline.

Forward CV and confidential inquiries to: John Bragg, Director, Physician Recruitment at (207) 921-5894 or email jbragg@penbayhealthcare.org

11/30/15

Family Practice Physician – Bucksport Regional Health Center                                                                

The Bucksport Regional Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, has a unique opportunity for an experienced Family Practice Physician to work at a small, independent, community-based primary care facility that offers great quality indicators, a team atmosphere, and excellent working conditions.  Responsibilities will include the diagnosis, treatment, coordination of care, preventive care and provision of health maintenance services to patients of all life cycles. 

Candidates must have graduated from an accredited medical school and completed a residency in Family Practice or Med/Peds, have a current State of Maine Medical License and D.E.A Certificate, and at least five years of experience in the practice of family or internal medicine. The successful candidate will be offered a generous compensation package, including a competitive salary and excellent benefits. 

The Bucksport Regional Health Center has been offering easy access to quality, affordable care for persons of all ages since 1974.  Interested applicants should apply with a resume and cover letter to Carol Carew, Executive Director, 110 Broadway, Bucksport, ME 04416 or via email at ccarew@brhc.info (or call 207-469-7371).

11/30/15

FAMILY PRACTICE PHYSICIAN Sought In Oakland Maine!

Inland Hospital Family Practice is seeking a full time Family Medicine Physician without OB to join the employed practice in Oakland.

The practice has been serving the greater Waterville/Oakland area for many years. The practice provides care for infants, pediatrics through geriatric care. A competitive salary with incentives, plus full benefits is offered along with assistance with medical education debt, paid time off, paid CME, and relocation allowance. Qualifications: Board Certified/Eligible in Family Practice. This site is not eligible to sponsor a J-1 waiver.

Inland Hospital is a dynamic healthcare organization that believes in putting the patient first in every way. We are a 48-bed community hospital in Waterville; Lakewood, a 105-bed continuing care center on the hospital campus; 18 primary and specialty care physician offices in Waterville and five surrounding communities. Inland has been a proud member of EMHS since 1998. Inland patients have seamless access to a higher level of care when needed.

For further information, please contact:

Sherry Tardy, Director Business Development/Provider Recruitment, Inland Hospital by email at: stardy@emh.org or by phone at: 207-487-4085.

1/25/16

Department of Psychiatry Faculty Position

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Department of Psychiatry, in a productive collaboration with the State of Maine, is seeking psychiatrists to join our faculty for inpatient responsibilities at the Riverview Psychiatric Center.

Riverview Psychiatric Center is a 92-bed acute psychiatric facility located in Augusta, ME and is the flagship inpatient treatment center for Maine’s public mental health system.  Psychiatrists with expertise in general inpatient psychiatry or forensic psychiatry are encouraged to apply.

Academic duties can include teaching and supervision of medical students and residents. Research opportunities available and encouraged.

Candidates should be board certified or eligible in Psychiatry. This position will include a faculty appointment at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth at a rank and salary commensurate with experience. Curriculum vitae and three letters of reference, addressed to Dr. William Torrey, Search Chair, should be e-mailed to psychiatry.jobs@dartmouth.edu.  Please reference search number PS0314D.

Dartmouth College/Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic/Geisel School of Medicine is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, veterans or any other legally protected group.

12/14/15

Surgeon

As a General Surgeon in the Air Guard, you’ll adapt the skills and knowledge you’ve gained in your civilian career to the military environment.  You’ll provide urgent treatment to Air Guard personnel sick or wounded during duty, and regular healthcare to personnel training in your unit.

Benefits

The Air Guard gives you the opportunity to serve your community and country with pride, and help people in a whole new way. If you still have student loans, you may be eligible for the Student Loan Repayment Program, or you can potentially get money for college that transfers to your dependents through the Montgomery G.I. Bill.

Besides a monthly paycheck, as a member of the Air Guard you’ll receive low-cost life insurance, a military retirement plan, and eligibility for VA home loans. With more than 140 Air Guard bases in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands you’ll be able to serve where you live, without interrupting your civilian medical practice. And as an Air Guard member you’ll have access to Base Exchange and Commissary shopping as well as free available air travel.

Learn More Today

Go to GoANG.com/HP or call 1-800-To-Go-ANG to find out how you can become an important member of America’s homeland defense in the Air Guard.

1/18/16

Orthopedic Surgeon

The Air Guard Orthopedic Surgeon examines, diagnoses, and treats diseases and injuries of musculoskeletal system by surgical and conservative means. In this role, you’ll manage orthopedic surgery services as well as oversee the administration of anesthetics and provide diet recommendations in addition to performing surgical procedures.

Benefits

The Air Guard gives you the opportunity to serve your community and country with pride, and help people in a whole new way. If you still have student loans, you may be eligible for the Student Loan Repayment Program, or you can potentially get money for college that transfers to your dependents through the Montgomery G.I. Bill.

 Besides a monthly paycheck, as a member of the Air Guard you’ll receive low-cost life insurance, a military retirement plan, and eligibility for VA home loans. With more than 140 Air Guard bases in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands you’ll be able to serve where you live, without interrupting your civilian medical practice. And as an Air Guard member you’ll have access to Base Exchange and Commissary shopping as well as free available air travel.

Learn More Today

Go to GoANG.com/HP or call 1-800-To-Go-ANG to find out how you can become an important member of America’s homeland defense in the Air Guard.

1/18/16

 

 

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