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Registration open for MMA’s 168th Annual Membership Meeting (Sep 10-12)
FDA to revise vaccine fact sheets on increased risk of myocarditis
MaineCare announces continuation of policies upon end of Civil Emergency
Maine Secretary of State seeking physician volunteers
Maine DHHS announces free text alert program to prevent overdose deaths
Associated Press: Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated
AAMC Report Reinforces Mounting Physician Shortage
#VaccinateME - Maine Community Action Partnership: #GiveitaSHAHT!
Top JAMA and JAMA Network articles
MMA Mary Cushman, MD Award for Humanitarian Service
MAINE LEGISLATURE
Legislative Advocacy Update: Maine Legislature returns this week
Federal Government Affairs
Federal Advocacy Scan: Infrastructure spending bill caught up in political fight
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance Initiative
Working with Children & Adolescents? Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership (MPBHP) Webinar Series (July thru December 2nd Wednesday of month)
Register Now: Governor Mills’ 3rd Annual Opioid Response Summit on July 15th
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Strong Area Health Center
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Richmond Area Health Center
Contract Clinical Advisor - Healthcare Coalition of Maine
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AAMC Report Reinforces Mounting Physician Shortage

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) projects a shortage between 37,800 and 124,000 physicians, with the largest disparities being in the area of specialty doctors.

The study conducted in 2019 prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but published this month, also focused on the rise in clinician burnout. Even before the pandemic, 40% of U.S. physicians felt burned out at least once a week.

AAMC Report Reinforces Mounting Physician Shortage

Other highlights:

·      More than two out of every five active physicians in the U.S. will reach the age of 65 or older within 10 years.

·      Primary care shortages will range between 17,800 and 48,000 physicians.

·      Within specialties, surgical shortages will be one of the highest, between 15,800 and 30,200 physicians. (e.g., general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedic surgery)

·      Medical specialties (e.g., cardiology, oncology, infectious diseases, pulmonology): Between 3,800 and 13,400 physicians.

·      Other specialties (e.g., anesthesiology, neurology, emergency medicine, addiction medicine): Between 10,300 and 35,600 physicians         

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