Maine Medicine Weekly Update - June 19 - June 26  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  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
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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
•  Medical Director
•  Pediatrician

 

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 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