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Maine Medicine Weekly Update
October 31, 2021


In This Issue
LEAD STORY
One Step Closer to COVID Vaccines for Kids; FDA Authorizes Vaccine for Children Ages 5-11
Identifying Child Maltreatment
Identify to Protect: Recognizing the Signs of Child Maltreatment
More COVID Guidance & News
US FDA & CDC Officially Expand Eligibility Recommendations For COVID-19 Booster Shots
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose Webinar & Ordering Reminders
Further Clarification to The Moderna Guidance That Was Previously Sent to Providers
Upcoming Training Sessions for Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccines
New Standing Orders for Moderna, Janssen, & Pfizer with Booster Language Dose Information
Immunocompromised Americans who had a 3rd COVID-19 shot can now get a 4th
COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Therapies in Maine
US CDC Adds Certain Mental Health Conditions to List of High-Risk Individuals Eligible for Booster Shots
US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Vaccinating Kids, Mix and Match Boosters, Other Top Concerns
US Supreme Court Lets Maine Health Care Vaccine Mandate Stand
JAMA, NEJM Studies, Reports & Helpful Information
Top JAMA, JAMA Network, and New England Journal of Medicine Articles
Maine Track Teaching Opportunities
Teaching Opportunities in Tufts Medical School 'Maine Track'
FDA Rules Notices
FDA Moves to Allow Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids
Fraud Alert
Scammers Target Medical Conferences
Whaaaaatt ... ???
Surgeons in Egypt Remove Phone That Man Swallowed & Waited Six Months For It To ‘Pass Naturally’
UPCOMING EVENTS
Registration is Open! November 5th Governor's Office Opioid Response Seminar Series
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Join us for an introduction to hospice services in our webinar on November 2nd: Let’s Talk Hospice!
AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
SUPPORT For ME Training and Technical Assistance Initiative Webinars on November 3 & December 1
Maine Independent Clinical Information Service: MICIS presentations & Academic Detailing
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Mt. Abram Regional Health Center, (Kingfield, Maine)
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Bingham Area Health Center

 
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Maine Track Teaching Opportunities

Teaching Opportunities in Tufts Medical School 'Maine Track'

For over ten years, Tufts University School of Medicine has offered students the opportunity to train at Maine Medical Center and numerous other locations across the state. This opportunity increases access to medical education for Maine's students, as well as increasing the number of physicians in Maine to address the healthcare provider shortage.

The Maine Track includes approximately 40 students each year (out of the total class of 200) who are interested in learning about and training in rural areas. Originally, those students spent the M3 and M4 clinical years of training in Maine, after completing the first two didactic based years in Boston. Half of the students complete the 3rd year clerkship year in Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum (LIC), which means they are embedded for that training year in a rural, generally speaking, site in Maine. Different from how many of us trained in a block model, where we rotated through the different subspecialties sequentially, the LIC students are immersed in all the specialties concurrently. For example, they may work in Internal Medicine on Mondays and Surgery on Tuesdays, but are also available to provide care for their "patient panel" when needed. They may go to the ED or L and D when their patients need that type of care.

In response to expanded programming, which brings the second year Maine Track students to Maine for their didactic, as well as clinical, experiences, there is now an increased need for additional faculty to help teach these future physicians.  Teaching opportunities vary and range from classic didactic teaching on basic science and clinical application of medical knowledge, to small group teaching on medical and professional topics, to simulation based teaching that encompasses skills training, high fidelity simulation training and the use of standardized patients (SP) to improve physical exam and interview skills, as well as interpersonal skills and communication. SPs learn scenarios in which they portray patients, or family members, providing learners opportunities to practice clinical skills.

We are looking for physicians with an interest in teaching, a little extra time, and strong communication skills to be faculty in our Maine Track medical student program. If you are interested in teaching in any of the modalities noted above, please reach out!

For more information on didactic, small group,  or clinically based teaching for second through fourth year medical students, please reach out to either Ashlee Plowman (ANPlowman@mmc.org), Medical Education Program Manager, or Dr Jennifer Hayman (haymaj@mmc.org), Director of  UME Curriculum, Maine Track.

For more information about simulation and SP programs, visit simulation.mmc.org<https://www .mainehealth.org/maine-medical -center/education-research/ students-residents-fellows/ hannaford-center-safety- innovation-simulation/> where we have a video and a virtual tour.  Inquiries may be made to splab@mmc.org<mailto:splab@mmc .org>. The simulation and SP work occurs in the Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation Center at MMC in Portland, just one floor above the Katahdin Learning Center, which is the medical student home base in Portland. This building is part of the Brighton Medical Campus in Portland.



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