July 16, 2021

In This Issue
Promoting COVID-19 Vaccination in Clinical Settings: The Critical Role of Maine’s Physicians
A Call to Action- Protecting the Children of Maine
COVID News: Surgeon Gener Surgeon General Issues Vaccine Misinformation Warning; JAMA Peds Retracts Masks Study
Johnson & Johnson Recalls Sunscreens After Carcinogen Found
Opioid & Substance Use Disorder News
Medicare Updates
Federal Advocacy Update
Registration Open for MMA’s 168th Annual Membership Meeting (Sep 10-12)
Notice of Rulemaking: Immunization requirements for Maine school children
Maine Secretary of State Seeking Physician Volunteers
SUPPORT for ME: Strengthening Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Services for MaineCare Members
Are You a Professional Who Works with Individuals in Maine Who Have a Substance Use Disorder? We Want to Hear From You!
Maine Community Action Partnership: Did You Know?
MMA Mary Cushman, MD Award for Humanitarian Service
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)
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Strong Area Health Center
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Richmond Area Health Center
Help educate new physicians – join our accredited Family Medicine Residency Program as faculty
Join our region-leading Neuroscience/Stroke Center
Contract Clinical Advisor - Healthcare Coalition of Maine
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Registration Open for MMA’s 168th Annual Membership Meeting (Sep 10-12)

When the COVID-19 pandemic stalled travel and eliminated in person meetings, MMA leaders quickly adjusted and took the 2020 meeting online. The 2020 MMA Virtual General Membership Meeting took place in mid-October.

The 2021 Annual Membership Meeting will be hybrid model at the Jordan Hotel and Conference Center in Newry, Maine (Sunday River) on Friday, September 10, through September 12.

Register here.

We know many members are ready to gather in person for timely and useful information from experts and participate in discussions that allow for detailed questions, informal learning from colleagues and peers in a social setting, and generally catching up with friends or making new ones.

MMA leadership and staff continue to work with resort staff to ensure a safe experience in accordance with current pandemic guidelines. For those who are not comfortable gathering for meetings, we will make key portions of the meeting available remotely.

The theme of the Annual Session is, “Equality, Equity, and Our Evolving Health Care System” and the CME Program will focus on this theme with a keynote presentation by “Bowtie” Todd Jenkins, Ph.D. entitled, Moving from Diversity to Inclusion. You can learn more about “Bowtie” Todd’s life and work at www.bowtieleadership.com.

Register here.

What we’re looking forward to:

·       The meeting will open on Friday evening with a casual reception and BBQ dinner followed by ‘smores around the fire pits.

·       The General Membership meeting and CME Program will take place through early afternoon on Saturday.

·       Saturday afternoon activities also will include an optional MICIS opioid prescribing presentation and a meeting of the Maine Society of Anesthesiologists.

·       MMA Past Presidents will have a reception in their honor on Saturday afternoon and all attendees will gather for a reception and Awards Dinner on Saturday evening.

·       The Awards Dinner will feature presentation of the President’s Award for Distinguished Service and the Mary Floyd Cushman, M.D. Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service, and the inauguration of the 169th President of the Maine Medical Association. President Karen Saylor, M.D. will pass the gavel and present the Presidential Medal to Jeffrey Barkin, M.D., President-Elect.

·       Following a family breakfast on Sunday morning, the closing CME session will be an open forum for discussion of the issues and ideas raised during the presentations on Saturday.

·       Recreational opportunities include yoga on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, a group hike and wine tasting on Saturday afternoon, and spa treatments available throughout the weekend.

Register here.


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