Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 09/09/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  MMA Holds Successful Annual Session in Bar Harbor
•  MMA Membership Approves Resolutions on Immunizations, Plastic Waste
•  Vaping Illness Cases Rise; Now Five Deaths
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  PMP Password Policy Change; New SAMHS Director Attends Annual Session
•  Maine CDC to Hold Rulemaking on Death With Dignity
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  MICIS Individual Academic Detailing Sessions on Opioid Topics
•  2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update: Tuesday, Sept 10th at the Augusta Civic Center
•  MICIS: 2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update - Fall Dates Scheduled
•  VA Maine Healthcare System to Host Community Mental Health Summit on MAT September 11th
•  Qualidigm Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training
•  Obesity Medicine: There is no 'one size fits all' - Monthly Lecture Series Beginning September 18th
•  Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) Training Program - October 9
•  Celebrate 65 Years of MMA Executive Leadership on Oct. 26. Tickets Available Now
•  MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and the Maine CDC/Sweetser to offer training for clinicians.
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HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Physician
•  Nurse Practitioner
•  Full-time, Part-time and Leadership Opportunities for Physicians
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
•  BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
•  Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon
•  Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
•  Physician Director of Primary Care
•  Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 

MMA Membership Approves Resolutions on Immunizations, Plastic Waste

At its Annual Meeting in Bar Harbor last Saturday, the Maine Medical Association membership approved (by unanimous vote of those present) resolutions calling for action on plastic waste and decrying the current petition drive to overturn the recently passed Maine statute eliminating non-medical exemptions to existing vaccine requirements for school attendance and health care employment.

 

At its Annual Meeting in Bar Harbor last Saturday, the Maine Medical Association membership approved (by unanimous vote of those present) resolutions calling for action on plastic waste and decrying the current petition drive to overturn the recently passed Maine statute eliminating non-medical exemptions to existing vaccine requirements for school attendance and health care employment.

The resolutions are as follows:

(Plastic Waste):

Be it Resolved, that the Maine Medical Association will actively pursue efforts to reduce plastic waste in the state of Maine, beginning with an effort to enact legislation to eliminate the use of “single use plastic items” (to include plastic straws and utensils items typically sold for single use but exclude cooking utensils and other plastic items typically sold as multiple use) in retail establishments in the state.  

(Vaccines): 

Be it Resolved, that the Maine Medical Association strongly supports universal childhood immunizations except for cases in which there are valid medical reasons a person should not be immunized, and the Maine Medical Association decries the current campaign to place a referendum question on the ballot to establish non-medical exemptions to statutory and regulatory immunization requirements;

and Be it Further Resolved, that the Maine Medical Association will devote the necessary resources to educate members and the public about the benefits of vaccines and scientifically valid contraindications to vaccines, from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While the MMA Board of Directors will have the final word on whether these resolutions become official policy of the MMA, no opposition is anticipated among members of the Board.

 

Dr. Graham presents the views of the Public Health Committee