November 25, 2020

In This Issue
Temperatures Drop & Independent Practices Again Left Out In The Cold
Happy Thanksgiving from the MMA!
MMA & Maine COVID-19 Vaccine Planning
Maine CDC Rule Mandating Flu Vaccine for Health Care Workers
Climate Action Briefing for Maine Physicians
Feds to Allocate COVID-19 Vaccines Based On Population Not Risk
COVID ‘Long Haulers’ & Potential COVID Vaccine Side Effects
Interoperability and Patient Access Learning Event — December 9
CMS Issues Final Revised Rules for Stark Law
JAMA: Resident Physician Experiences With and Responses to Biased Patients
Volunteers Needed for the Medical Professionals Health Program
A Message from Maine Responds - Volunteer Opportunity
Maine Medical Association Enduring Education Opportunity
MICIS: Opioid Prescribing Presentation & Individual Academic Detailing Sessions
Baystate Financial – Fiscal Fitness for Life
ELECTION UPDATE: State Legislature
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
MOA VIRTUAL Midwinter Symposium - Feb 12-14, 2021
Maine CDC Annual Prevention Professionals Conference - March 2-3, 2021
Nursing Director
Family Medicine Physician at Greater Portland Health
Behavioral Health Clinician

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JAMA: Resident Physician Experiences With and Responses to Biased Patients

An important MedPage Today story this week covering a recent JAMA study identified that nearly all medical residents reported that patients had made belittling comments or asked to change providers within the past year, but women and residents of color reported experiencing the most bias, according to an online survey in California and North Carolina. 

An especially disturbing section of the article contained the following: 

For example, one respondent wrote that a physician had grabbed her arm and pulled it towards a patient to compare her skin color to the color of the patient's diarrhea. "Does it look like her arm or is it lighter?" He then asked the patient, and then "chuckled and said 'your skin is the perfect color for this job,'" according to the study. 

While the incident did not happen in Maine, it does not mean such incidents haven’t, don’t, and won’t, happen within our borders. As outlined in our Statement on Systemic Racism, “The MMA is committed to lasting change in the name of equity and justice and will not tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind. Black and minority residents of Maine should know that the MMA will fight for your health and wellbeing and will combat the systemic causes of racism that plague our state.” 

The MMA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Racism, Ethnicity and Health Disparities will meet in early December on its way to developing comprehensive, concrete, and  actionable solutions to address the systemic and problematic issues of race, ethnicity and unacceptable health disparities in Maine.  


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