Maine Medicine Weekly Update - January 15, 2020
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NO on Question 1 - Campaign Update

The good news: We can win.  The bad news: If we don’t reach Mainers with our message that No on 1 means no to disease, the margins are too close to call.

 

NO on Question 1 - Campaign Update

 We have good news and bad news.  

 The good news: We can win. 

 The bad news: If we don’t reach Mainers with our message that No on 1 means no to disease, the margins are too close to call.

 We need support to keep our campaign going strong. 

So what has MMA been doing?

We’ve joined over 40 Maine organizations to form the No on 1 Coalition.

Our coalition members are sharing our researched messages:

Vote No on 1: Protect Maine’s Children

Trust Maine’s Physicians: Vote No on 1. 

Our Volunteer Captains and Social Media Activists are recruiting new volunteers each day to join the fight.

We’ve been raising grassroots dollars, one Mainer at a time.

 Please consider a donation to help this incredibly important initiative get the result we need to protect our communities from preventable disease! DONATE NOW

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Maine's Weekly Influenza Report

Maine's weekly influenza surveillance report ending January 11, 2020. 

 

[From Maine CDC]

At a Glance:

  • Geographic Spread: Widespread
  • # Hospitalizations: 29
  • # Outbreaks: 5

These reports are posted online at https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/influenza/influenza-surveillance-weekly-updates.shtml

If you have any questions or suggestions please contact influenza.dhhs@maine.gov

 

 

Debunking 7 myths associated with BP measurement training

Not all blood pressure measurements are created equal. Accurate measurement is vital to confirm diagnosis of high BP in patients and provide proper treatment. But why should doctors care about being retrained to measure BP accurately?

 

[From AMA Morning Rounds 1/14/20]

Not all blood pressure measurements are created equal. Accurate measurement is vital to confirm diagnosis of high BP in patients and provide proper treatment. But why should doctors care about being retrained to measure BP accurately?

Kate Kirley, MD, a family physician and director of chronic disease prevention at the AMA, recently took time to debunk some myths around BP measurement training and the importance of standardized training across the care team.To help address the gap in BP measurement accuracy, the AMA and American Heart Association launched an online module that provides an engaging and interactive opportunity to refresh skills. Powered by Target: BP™, the online module, "Achieving Accuracy: BP Measurement" creates a comprehensive and standardized training approach to help ensure that every health professional in the U.S. is competently trained to measure BP consistently and accurately—every time.

Myth: For some patients, inaccuracy’s not a big deal

“There are plenty of guidelines saying that we should be screening all adults for high blood pressure,” said Dr. Kirley. “Even a young, healthy person who looks like their blood pressure should be fine can—and sometimes does—have hypertension.

“Accuracy really matters in all people—for screening reasons, for obtaining an accurate diagnosis, and for making sure your treatment is working appropriately,” she added.

Myth: I already know how to measure BP

BP retraining is not only important for those who take blood pressure measurements every day, such as medical assistants, but for the entire care team, including doctors and physician assistants.

“What we saw when we did retrain all of these health care professionals is that everyone came out of the training saying, ‘It was good that I did this. I needed that,’” said Dr. Kirley. She added that many health professionals also greatly appreciated the training as a reminder about things they felt they already knew.

Myth: BP measurement hasn’t changed

A common assumption is that recommendations about proper BP measurement technique have remained the same. However, new guidelines exist to provide further guidance for how to properly measure blood pressure.

“Studies have been done over the course of many decades that have caused us to refine what the important steps are, and our understanding of how doing a step wrong impacts blood pressure,” said Dr. Kirley.

Myth: Multiple BP readings waste too much time

It is recommended that health professionals take more than one BP measurement and average them. However, there is a concern that this will add more time to an already busy schedule.

“When the team measures properly, it might add a couple minutes,” said Dr. Kirley. But when implemented properly, the practice of taking multiple BP readings probably saves time. We waste time when a doctor reviews a BP measurement and thinks it can’t be accurate, then they are taking time out of their visit to remeasure. In turn, this can cause the white coat effect, which leads to unnecessary medication adjustments.

“Doing it right the first time can save time—or at least not add time—while improving trust inaccuracy of the measurement,” she said.

Myth: Manual BP reading is gold standard

“People really believe that manual blood pressure measurement is the gold standard. But that is only true with research nurses trained to conduct research-quality blood pressures,” said Dr. Kirley. “Using calibrated and validated automated machines can cut down on some of the user error that happens.”

Myth: Automated BP means no errors

Many people might also assume that if you’re using an automated machine you don’t have to worry about any errors in BP measurements.

“All of those positioning steps and preparing the patient matter enormously. That is why retraining still is really important no matter what type of measurement device you use in your office,” she said.

Myth: Medical assistants’ measurements shouldn’t be trusted

A medical assistant or nurse will typically check the patient’s BP and a primary care physician or physician assistant will retake it if the reading seems “off” or if there is a critical diagnosis associated with the measurement.

“All of that really points to the importance of everyone on the team knowing what the standard of accurate blood pressure measurement is and being able to perform to that standard equally,” said Dr. Kirley. “Medical assistants and nurses do tend to be the people taking blood pressure most often in the office and that is what we want. That’s because when doctors take blood pressure, we are much more likely to cause a stronger alerting response or cause the white coat effect because we make people nervous.”

When physicians understand that their fellow team members are following the standard, they can trust the measurement being taken and won’t feel the need to retake it.

Earlier treatment for concussion tied to faster recovery in young athletes, study indicates

Reuters reported researchers found that “young athletes who get concussions may recover faster when they’re treated within the first week than when they wait longer to get care.”

 

[From AMA Morning Rounds 01/13/20]

Earlier treatment for concussion tied to faster recovery in young athletes, study indicates

Reuters (1/10, Rapaport) reported researchers found that “young athletes who get concussions may recover faster when they’re treated within the first week than when they wait longer to get care.” In the study published in JAMA Neurology, the researchers found that “compared with athletes who started treatment within a week, those who didn’t receive care that quickly were over four times more likely to have a recovery that took more than 30 days.”

Opioid Related Webinars Offer CME Credit

MaineHealth has developed two learning modules for providers.

 

MaineHealth has developed two learning modules for providers.

  • Difficult Conversations around Opioids
  • Naloxone Education and Toolkit

Visit the MaineHealth Opioid Education web page to access the modules. There is no cost to participate in either of the modules and they can be taken at any time. Upon completion, 0.50 CME hours are available (AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits).

Resources From The Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter is a source of resources and Information on caring for people living with dementia, tools to assist with cognitive assessment, diagnosis and care planning.

 

Diagnostic and Management Tools for Health Systems and Clinicians   The Alzheimer's Association has partnered with government and professional organizations to develop several physician guidelines and recommendations that can help you care for your patients with dementia.  Resources include detection of cognitive impairment in primary care, recommendations for defining preclinical Alzheimer's disease, appropriate use criteria for amyloid PET imaging, and more.   https://www.alz.org/professionals/health-systems-clinicians/guidelines_index_(1)

Tools to Assist with Cognitive Assessment during the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit  The Alzheimer's Association convened a group of practicing expert clinicians to make consensus recommendations for an effective, practical and easy process for detecting cognitive impairment in the primary care setting.
https://www.alz.org/professionals/health-systems-clinicians/cognitive-assessment

Diagnosing Patients With Dementia  The Alzheimer's Association and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) jointly issued four criteria and guidelines to diagnose Alzheimer's disease, including recommendations for clinical office settings.  https://www.alz.org/professionals/health-systems-clinicians/dementia-diagnosis

How does one optimally manage a patient living with Dementia?  Both nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic interventions are needed to optimally treat the cognitive, behavioral and psychological symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.  Explore resources and tools to enhance and inform the treatment and management of patients living with dementia at https://www.alz.org/professionals/health-systems-clinicians/management.

Making a Plan of Care for Patients with Cognitive Decline and Dementia   Cognitive decline, including Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, can be difficult and time consuming to discuss with patients. Although in-depth care planning is beneficial for all, this type of service has not been covered under Medicare - until recently.  CPT® code 99483 provides reimbursement for a clinical visit that results in a comprehensive care plan, allowing you to deliver services that can contribute to a higher quality of life for your patients.  Clinicians who can be reimbursed under the code include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and certified nurse midwives.  Care planning for individuals with dementia is an ongoing process and a formal update to a care plan should occur at least once per year or when indicated by disease progression.
https://www.alz.org/professionals/health-systems-clinicians/care-planning

Diagnosis, Treatment and Management of Dementia https://www.alzmassnh.org/hospital/physician-cme-course/

For more information, contact:
Peter Baker, LCSW, Program Director
Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter
207-772-0115 x9691  1-800-272-3900  
pbaker@alz.org

Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Tuesday, January 21st

MMA Legislative Committee Chairs Jay Mullen, M.D. and Lindsey Tweed, M.D. welcome you to participate in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee. The next MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call for the Second Regular Session of the 129th Maine Legislature will take place Tuesday, January 21st at 8:00 p.m.

 

MMA Legislative Committee Chairs Jay Mullen, M.D. and Lindsey Tweed, M.D. welcome you to participate in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee.

The purpose of the weekly conference calls is to discuss the MMA's position on bills printed the previous week, to hear the views of specialty societies on the new bills or their concerns about any current health policy issues, and to discuss the highlights of legislative action of the week. The calls rarely last longer than an hour.

Legislative Committee members and specialty society legislative liaisons are strongly encouraged to participate. Any physician, practice manager, or other staff member who is interested in the MMA's legislative advocacy also is welcome to participate. It is not necessary to RSVP for the calls. 

The next MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call for the Second Regular Session of the 129th Maine Legislature will take place Tuesday, January 21st, at 8:00 p.m. via Zoom. You may now join the meeting with your computer, or continue to connect by phone only. Please use the following Zoom meeting information. This will remain the same for every weekly call during the session.

 

Time: Jan 14, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/298741351
 
or dial by your location: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
 
Meeting ID: 298 741 351
 
 
A list of the bills to be discussed during the weekly call will be e-mailed to committee members and those interested on Tuesday mornings. If you would like to be added to this e-mail list, please contact Sarah Lepoff at  slepoff@mainemed.com.


State House Highlights of the Week

The Augusta health care policy discussion likely to dominate headlines in 2020 is Governor Janet Mills’ legislation promoted “to improve private health insurance for Maine people and small businesses.” LD 2007, The Made for Maine Health Coverage Act.

 

 

The Augusta health care policy discussion likely to dominate headlines in 2020 is Governor Janet Mills’ legislation promoted “to improve private health insurance for Maine people and small businesses.” LD 2007, The Made for Maine Health Coverage Act. Democratic legislative leadership and the Governor touted the plan as a “targeted approach to improving private health insurance . . . without the need for an appropriation.” The three-pronged approach focuses on lowering out-of-pocket costs; improving the small business insurance affordability by merging the small group and individual markets and improving the reinsurance market; and, establishing a State-based Marketplace mechanism, initially through the federal website, HealthCare.gov, yet overseen by the Commissioner of DHHS. The state intends to fund the Marketplace from current insurance carrier user fees.

As with any significant health care policy proposal, the public generally supports changes to improve access and cost. Definition of the latter for your patients oftentimes comes down to out-of-pocket costs. Period. However. As with any broad proposal for change at the federal or state level, it can start with widespread support in the abstract, but public support can decline and partisan legislative opposition can intensify when the operational details emerge. MMA is anxious to support appropriate legislation to better access and quality of care for your patients.

The first MMA Legislative Committee conference call took place this week and reviewed a dozen bills, in addition to LD 2007. Member feedback was helpful in determining the appropriate course of action for MMA government affairs to take in Augusta to maintain an optimal practice environment for you to treat your patients. We again apologize for the connectivity problems, Tuesday, and look forward to your participation next week. Do not hesitate to reach out to Dan 24/7 about any current legislative or regulatory issues. His email is dmorin@mainemed.com, He is also available 24/7 by phone at (207) 838-8613. Really!

“Retired” MMA EVP, Gordon Smith appeared before the Legislature’s Committee on Health and Human Services in his role as Director of Opioid Response. He presented members a funding overview and explained the Maine Opioid Response Strategic Action Plan (be on the lookout for an MMA website link). The Action Plan includes five focus areas with the goal to, “Reduce the negative health and economic impacts of substance use disorder and opioid use disorder on individuals, families, and communities in Maine.” The focus areas are:

Leadership

Prevention

Overdoes Rescue

Treatment

Recovery

Remember, we’d love to have you join us at the Capitol as Doctor of the Day. Reach out to Sarah at slepoff@mainemed.com to find out what days are available. Lunch is on Dan!

 

Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings

Below you will find an on-going list of Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings.  Any questions should be referred to the contact person listed for each specialty.

 

Below you will find an on-going list of Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings.  Any questions should be referred to the contact person listed for each specialty.

UPCOMING SPECIALTY SOCIETY MEETINGS

February 1-2, 2020
Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting

Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel & Conference Center – Carrabassett Valley, ME
Contact: Lisa Montagna at 207-620-4015 or mesahq@gmail.com

February 8-9, 2020
Northern New England Urology Conference

Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel & Conference Center – Carrabassett Valley, ME
Contact: Dianna Poulin at 207-480-4194 or dpoulin@mainemed.com

March 25, 2020
Richard Engel, MD, FACP 2nd Annual Primary Care Symposium
Maine Chapter, American College of Physicians and MMC Department of Medicine

Maine Medical Center – Portland, ME – 8:00am – 12:00pm
Contact: Warene Eldridge at 207-215-7118 or mainechapteracp@gmail.com

April 1-4, 2020
28th Annual MAFP Family Medicine Update & Annual Meeting

DoubleTree by Hilton Portland, Portland, ME
Full brochure and registration available at www.maineafp.org
Contact Deborah Halbach at 207-938-5005 or maineafp@tdstelme.net

April 16-17, 2020
Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians, 14th Annual Spring Program
Sexual Health Issues in Psychiatric and Medical Practice

Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport, ME
Contact Dianna Poulin at 207-480-4194 or dpoulin@mainemed.com

May 1, 2020
Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Spring Meeting

Harraseeket Inn – Freeport, ME 11:30am - 5:00pm
Contact:  Shirley Goggin 207-445-2260 or sgoggin@mainemed.com

May 1-3, 2020
American Academy of Pediatrics, Maine Chapter Annual Meeting and Spring Conference

Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center – Freeport, ME
Contact:  Dee Kerry 207-480-4185 or dakerry@aapnet

 

 

 

 

  


 

8-Hour Free Live Course for Buprenorphine Waiver Training @MMC - January 27th

The IMAT Team is offering training for those interested in seeking their waiver to prescribe buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid use disorder. To obtain the waiver to prescribe, physicians are required to take 8 hours of training.  NPs and PAs can also take this course and receive credit for 8 hours.  This will then apply to their 24 hour training requirement.

8 Hour Live Course for Buprenorphine Waiver Training

Monday, January 27th, 7:30 AM-5:00 PM

MMC Dana 9

The IMAT Team is offering training for those interested in seeking their waiver to prescribe buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid use disorder. To obtain the waiver to prescribe, physicians are required to take 8 hours of training.  NPs and PAs can also take this course and receive credit for 8 hours.  This will then apply to their 24 hour training requirement.

The free course is open to attending physicians, residents, fellows and APPs.  The training does not expire, so residents can wait to submit an application for a buprenorphine waiver once they have an active DEA license.

To register, please contact:  Cheryl Harris @ charris@mainehealth.org.  Any questions regarding course content or waiver application, please contact Kristen Silvia MD @ silvik@mmc.org.

CME

Maine Medical Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Participants should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  These hours apply to the State of Maine biannual opioid education requirements.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI081968 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and the Maine CDC/Sweetser to offer training for clinicians.

MMA continues to partner with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program to offer training for clinicians.

 

The Maine Suicide Prevention Program, administered by NAMI-Maine, is excited to announce their Fall schedule.   The following suicide prevention, assessment and management trainings are open for registration.  MMA works closely with NAMI-Maine to provide educational opportunities for Maine physicians and other clinical providers. CMEs and contact hours for licensure are offered as appropriate. 

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

Suicide Prevention Training of the Trainers

Suicide Assessment for Clinicians Training

Non-Suicidal Self Injury Training

Suicide Prevention Protocol Development Training

Suicide Prevention Curriculum Training

If you have needs not identified in the above list, please contact Nicole, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, to discuss the possibility of a customized training program. 

The Maine CDC and Sweetser are offering free online Suicide Prevention Training Modules!

Enrolling is easy. There are 12+ courses available at no charge. Download the flyer with enrollment info here.

Sample modules:

· Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)

· Depressive Disorders in Children and Adolescents

· Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM)

· Collaborative Assessment & Management of Suicidality (CAMS)

· Safety Planning Intervention for Suicide Prevention

· Suicide Risk Factors, Screening and Assessment

Understanding Social Security - Webinar on Thursday, February 13 at 6pm

You are invited to attend a free Financial Well-Being Education Program on February 13th at 6pm, presented by Baystate Financial.

Understanding Social Security

The decisions you make regarding your Social Security retirement benefits should not be based on a one-size-fits-all assumption.  This webinar session will help you:

  • Understand your retirement benefit eligibility
  • Identify when best to file for benefits
  • Consider your options regarding spousal benefits
Thursday, February 13, 2020
6:00-7:00pm
Hosts: Christopher Perry, Robert Larochelle, Lawrence Perry

Please RSVP to 207-770-2028 or vmichaud@baystatefinancial.com by February 12, 2020.

For more information, contact:
Christopher Perry
Baystate Financial
75 Leighton Road #3
Falmouth, ME 04105
cperry@baystatefinancial.com
www.baystatefinancialmaine.com

There is nothing you have to do to prepare for this session.  This session is simply to provide you with knowledge and insight so you can make informed decisions about your finances.  We hope you'll join us.

10th Annual Maine Patient Safety Academy - March 30, 2020

This all-day conference will focus on the interprofessional nature of patient safety, with the theme:  Vision 2020 - Looking at the Future of Patient Safety

This all-day conference will focus on the interprofessional nature of patient safety, with the theme:  Vision 2020—Looking at the Future of Patient Safety    

What:  10th annual Maine Patient Safety Academy

When: Monday, March 30, 2020

Where: University of Southern Maine, Abromson Center

Cost:  $60 general | $25 students and faculty

Website FMI and to register: http://mainepatientsafetyacademy.org/


Orthopedic Surgeon Opportunity in Beautiful New England

Our Northern Light Inland Hospital and Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital Network seeks a BC/BE General or Hand Orthopedic Surgeon to join our Orthopedic Specialist team. 

Our Northern Light Inland Hospital and Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital Network seeks a BC/BE General or Hand Orthopedic Surgeon to join our Orthopedic Specialist team.  This position will be split between the two hospitals and the scope of practice will primarily focus on hand and upper extremity surgery, while also including a component of general orthopedics.  Extensive hand surgery experience is a must!  The ideal candidate will have a desire for community outreach and promoting collaborative relationships with other physicians in the community.  The preferred candidate will also have the interest to live within the hospital service area.

For confidential consideration, please contact:
Nick Huff, DASPR, CST
Provider Recruiter
Email: providerjobs@northernlight.org
Phone:207-973-5358
Or apply directly to: https://northernlighthealth.org/Careers/Position/60311/Orthopedic%20Surgeon

3/16/20

Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon

Bread and butter surgery, with high volume elective surgery and low volume emergency surgery. Upper and lower endoscopy ability required. Breast surgery preferred, but not required.

Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon. Bread and butter surgery, with high volume elective surgery and low volume emergency surgery. Upper and lower endoscopy ability required. Breast surgery preferred, but not required.

Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital is a progressive, Joint Commission accredited, 25-bed Critical Access Hospital in Pittsfield, Maine that serves an area encompassing 40,000 people throughout the central region. Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital is a member of Northern Light Health, an integrated statewide health delivery system that is raising the bar with no-nonsense solutions that are leading the way to a healthier future for our state.

Why Northern Light Health?

  • Robust compensation and benefits package  
  • Student Loan Reimbursement Programs 
  • Relocation Bonus  
  • Sign on Bonus  
  • Flexible schedules and exceptional work/life balance  
  • Generous PTO benefits   

For confidential consideration, please submit CV to: Providerjobs@northernlight.org

01/13/20


Family Medicine Physician

Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital is seeking a full time Family Medicine physician to join Sebasticook Valley Family Care, a modern practice located just off I-95 in Pittsfield. 

Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital is seeking a full time Family Medicine physician to join Sebasticook Valley Family Care, a modern practice located just off I-95 in Pittsfield.  This is an excellent opportunity to come join a team of well-established, quality-driven providers serving the greater Pittsfield community.  Our team of advanced practitioners are committed to providing excellent medical care, exceptional service and a satisfying relationship between patient and provider.  We do this by blending the latest technology with oldfashioned care and customer service.  Our skilled office staff and providers work as integrated care teams to provide our patients with a full spectrum of family care.  Work schedule is 4 days per week, with limited telephone call from home. This position comes with competitive compensation, fringe benefits, assistance with medical education debt, signing/relocation bonus negotiable.
 

Sebasticook Valley Hospital (SVH) is a 25-bed, regional Critical Access Hospital for the more than 30,000 residents living in our footprint.  Our neighbors count on us as a resource for healthcare and health information.  SVH is part of Northern Light Health, an integrated health system serving the great state of Maine.     For confidential consideration, please contact: Sherry Tardy, physician recruiter: Northern Light Health-Provider Recruitment at PRoviderjobs@northernlight.org or 207.973.5358 (office).

1/27/20

Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine

Western Maine Primary Care, a department of Stephens Memorial Hospital, is currently seeking a BC/BE family medicine physician to join our exceptional team of providers.

Western Maine Primary Care, a department of Stephens Memorial Hospital, is currently seeking a BC/BE family medicine physician to join our exceptional team of providers. Western Maine Primary Care is committed to providing high quality care. Now is a great time to join our team as we recently relocated our practice to our brand new, state-of-the-art medical office building.

Stephens Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital, is a part of the MaineHealth family, the premier healthcare system in Maine, and is nationally renowned for its innovative programs in rural healthcare. This position offers teaching opportunities of medical students, as Stephens Memorial Hospital is one of the teaching sites for the Maine Medical Center – Tufts University Medical School program. Come be a part of our dynamic team of providers and exceptional support staff and experience the warmth of a small town combined with a medical community working closely with colleagues throughout the MaineHealth system.

Competitive salary and benefits, including student loan repayment and relocation assistance. FMI please contact Abbie Graiver, Director of Physician Recruitment at (207) 744-6049 or graiverab@wmhcc.org.

12/30/19

BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has an exciting leadership opportunity for a BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician to lead our primary care network of five well-established, quality-driven, outpatient practices serving the greater Bangor community.

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has an exciting leadership opportunity for a BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician to lead our primary care network of five well-established, quality-driven, outpatient practices serving the greater Bangor community.

The Physician Director, Primary Care will collaborate with the Practice Director, Primary Care to form a dyad partnership in leading our primary care team, as well as provide peripheral oversight for our Walk In Care and university health center locations. The Physician Director of Primary Care will have clinical, operational, financial and strategic duties. This role is 80% administrative and 20% clinical practice.

Why Northern Light Health? We offer a robust compensation and benefits package, generous PTO benefits, loan repayment program, and an exceptional work/life balance.

For confidential consideration, please contact:
Amanda Klausing, FASPR, Physician Recruiter
ProviderJobs@NorthernLight.org

207.973.5358

1/6/19

Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

Take advantage of this opportunity with the Veterans' Administration to thank our veterans in a concrete way for their service and their sacrifices.

The Physician Ambassador Program was created by the Department of Veterans Affairs as a best practice recruitment and placement initiative seeking fully licensed physicians and clinicians to enhance health care services for Veterans.

The Physician Ambassador Program is a without compensation program that provides civilian physicians and clinicians an opportunity to give back to the Veteran community by serving in a volunteer role to deliver health care services to Veterans. 

If you are interested in participating in this program at VA Maine Healthcare System, please contact Jonathan Barczyk at (207) 621-4886.

Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health - Portland, ME

Partners for World Health has a great need for advice from certain medical professionals on how to sort and package the vast amount of supplies received, for shipping and use in destination countries.

Partners for World Health (PWH) is a non-profit 501(c)3 based in Portland, Maine committed to reducing medical waste, improving the quality of healthcare in underserved countries, and educating our local community about global healthcare issues.

Our mission is to collect unused/discarded medical supplies from local medical facilities and to distribute those medical supplies to international communities in need. This work limits the negative impact we have on the environment and provides much-needed resources to the developing world. To support our work in improving health conditions around the world, we send local medical personnel on medical missions to developing countries, and we educate our local Maine community about global health issues. 

PWH has a great need for advice from certain medical professionals on how to sort and package the vast amount of supplies received, for shipping and use in destination countries, specifically, in the areas of:

  • Surgery: all aspects of OR medical supplies and equipment
  • Respiratory: any and all aspects
  • Anesthesia
  • Laparoscopic surgery: advice on the proper components of a “tower”
  • Cardiology

Please note: this request is not for ongoing time commitment but rather for a few hours of a professional’s time to help organize certain supplies appropriately.

While PWH receives tens of thousands of pounds of equipment/supplies from hospitals and clinics, there are certain critical items always in short supply.

For more information, contact volunteer Rita Zanichkowsky at rznct@maine.rr.com or 207-232-3264, or contact Partners directly at 774-5555.  Thank you! 

https://www.partnersforworldhealth.org/

 

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NO on Question 1 - Campaign Update

We have good news and bad news.  

The good news: We can win. 

 The bad news: If we don’t reach Mainers with our message that No on 1 means no to disease, the margins are too close to call.

 We need support to keep our campaign going strong. 

 So what has MMA been doing?

We’ve joined over 40 Maine organizations to form the No on 1 Coalition.

Our coalition members are sharing our researched messages:

Vote No on 1: Protect Maine’s Children

Trust Maine’s Physicians: Vote No on 1. 

Our Volunteer Captains and Social Media Activists are recruiting new volunteers each day to join the fight.

We’ve been raising grassroots dollars, one Mainer at a time.

 Please consider a donation to help this incredibly important initiative get the result we need to protect our communities from preventable disease! DONATE NOW

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