Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 09/16/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  Photos from the 166th Annual Session of the Maine Medical Association
•  Cell Phone Driving Ban, Other Laws, Become Effective Thursday
•  Edmund Hardy Road Race Results & Photos
•  Maine Perinatal Quality Collaborative Launches Oct. 1
•  MaineCare Medical Director Opportunity
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
•  October 10 Webinar Presented by Baystate Financial: Protecting Your Income
•  Caring for People Living With Dementia? Diagnostic & Management Tools for Health Systems and Clinicians
•  PMP Password Policy Change
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  MICIS Individual Academic Detailing Sessions on Opioid Topics
•  MICIS: 2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update - Fall Dates Scheduled
•  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.
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  MaineCare Medical Director Opportunity
•  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

 

Cell Phone Driving Ban, Other Laws, Become Effective Thursday

This Thursday, September 19th, the laws passed by the 129th Maine Legislature (except those that have specified effective dates or those identified as emergency legislation) go into effect. Because the cell phone is a tool frequently used by physicians, the new ban on their use while driving is featured here.

 

This Thursday, September 19th, the laws passed by the 129th Maine Legislature (except those that have specified effective dates or those identified as emergency legislation) go into effect. Because the cell phone is a tool frequently used by physicians, the new ban on their use while driving is featured here.

The law says that one may not use, manipulate, or hold a cell phone or other electronic device while the vehicle is being operated on a public way. That means you are not allowed to do anything other than a single swipe to engage voice activation or to turn the device on unless your car is stopped in a location that does not obstruct traffic. CB radios are exempt from the ban.

To use the device it must be attached to the vehicle via a cradle or similar fixation. It can be used in hands-free or voice activation mode if it is so attached. There are no exceptions for using the device in GPS mode.

The Portland Press Herald has run an article of questions and answers from the Maine State Police, which you can read here.