November 12, 2019

In This Issue
MMA Board of Directors Elects Paul Cain, M.D. and Erik Steele, D.O. to Executive Committee
New NAM Report Reinforces AMA Work on Physician Burnout and Burden Reduction
Maine CDC to Host Webinar on E-cigarettes and Lung Injury November 19th
This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
HealthCare.gov 2020 Open Enrollment Period Now Through December 15
Resources from The Alzheimer's Association
MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
Maine Legislature's List of Bill Titles for 2020 Session: Initial Approval List
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Obesity Medicine: There is no 'one size fits all' - Monthly Lecture Series Beginning November 13th
Still Time to Register for MICIS/Qualidigm Opioid Webinar - November 19th
MICIS: 2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update 11/19 Auburn, 11/20 Brewer, 11/21 Belfast
Qualidigm Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training
MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and the Maine CDC/Sweetser to offer training for clinicians.
Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon
Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
Physician Director of Primary Care
Full-time, Part-time and Leadership Opportunities for Physicians
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

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Maine CDC to Host Webinar on E-cigarettes and Lung Injury November 19th

To provide the most up-to-date information on the outbreak of lung injury cases related to e-cigarette use nationally, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention will host its second informational webinar on the topic on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at 11 A.M.

Dr. Siiri Bennett, Maine State Epidemiologist, will lead the presentation.  Emily Moores, Acting Manager of the Chronic Disease Prevention Program, will also present. The webinar will update information provided during a previous presentation on Oct. 9, 2019, including an overview of e-cigarette products associated with cases nationally and in Maine, common clinical findings, and recommendations for clinicians. The webinar will be recorded, and a link for later viewing will be posted on the Maine CDC website.

As of November 6, 2019, Maine has reported five cases of vaping-related lung injury to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. These patients exhibited symptoms similar to those cited in almost 1,900 cases nationally. Maine’s reported cases to date involve four adults and one youth. None of the cases in Maine has been fatal, and there have been 37 deaths nationally. 

Pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette use has been added to the list of Notifiable Conditions that are required to be reported to Maine CDC. The webinar will provide guidance to clinicians on how to conform with the new reporting requirement and information on how the U.S. CDC defines probable and confirmed cases. 

We encourage you to participate. To join the Zoom Meeting presentation, click here:


Meeting ID: 338 120 942

Password: 763570

To participate by phone, dial:

        +1 646 558 8656

Meeting ID: 338 120 942

Nirav D. Shah

Director, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention


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