Maine Medicine Weekly Update - Special 2021 Election Issue - Maine Medicine Weekly
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Want to Influence Your Local Government? Vote In Off-Cycle Elections

Stat News wrote the following in 2018 — “physicians do many things well. One thing they aren’t good at is showing up to vote. That bad habit starts early, and we believe it can — and must — be changed.”

Nationwide data show that physicians are less likely to vote than lawyers, other professionals, farmers, and the general population. In some recent elections, less than one-third of doctors voted.

While more Americans have understandably become increasingly skeptical of national, and more so lately, state politics, significant changes that also directly affect your day-to-day lives can happen closer to home. They start with local elections.

Locally elected officials are the ones who dictate the local laws, policies and budgets that affect you the most, and they are elected with little involvement of residents relative to national and many state-wide elections. Statistically speaking, that means one vote is more likely to make a difference in off-year or locally focused elections. There are less people casting ballots and your vote, and those of like-minded community members make up a larger percentage of the voter base.

Stat News wrote the following in 2018 — “physicians do many things well. One thing they aren’t good at is showing up to vote. That bad habit starts early, and we believe it can — and must — be changed.”

Nationwide data show that physicians are less likely to vote than lawyers, other professionals, farmers, and the general population. In some recent elections, less than one-third of doctors voted.

While more Americans have understandably become increasingly skeptical of national, and more so lately, state politics, significant changes that also directly affect your day-to-day lives can happen closer to home. They start with local elections.

Locally elected officials are the ones who dictate the local laws, policies and budgets that affect you the most, and they are elected with little involvement of residents relative to national and many state-wide elections. Statistically speaking, that means one vote is more likely to make a difference in off-year or locally focused elections. There are less people casting ballots and your vote, and those of like-minded community members make up a larger percentage of the voter base.

2021 is an off-year election across the country, which means no marquee political races in most areas in country and only a limited number of statewide ballot measures. There are still several important issues Maine voters are being asked to weigh in on together, in addition to numerous local issues depending on where you live in the state. Local seats for city and town councils and school board are also many ballots.

In this Special 2021 Election Issue of Maine Medicine Weeklywe have an overview of Question 1, better known as the “CMP Corridor” or “Clean Energy Corridor,” and opinion pieces by MMA Board member, Jonathan Meserve, MD, FAAP, and State Representative/MMA member Patty Hymanson, MD. 

*Note--The views expressed are the positions of Drs. Meserve & Hymanson respectively. The MMA does not take a formal position on Question 1. Please vote regardless 

While local politics may not seem as polarized as national debates and discussions, all politics have been influenced by national media, especially during the pandemic.

Here is a short list of intensely politicized issues at the local level. Hopefully they give you an idea of how importnat it is to vote in your local elections:


 

School boards face extra pressure over mask mandates. Some worry it may discourage citizens from serving on them

Read more from Maine Public

Orono and Veazie revisit debate over adding fluoride to their water

The Orono and Veazie town councils met Monday night in a joint session to hear from opponents and proponents of adding fluoride to the public water system. Both councils would have to agree to put a question on the ballot allowing voters to decide whether the decades-old practice should continue, …”

Across the country, dozens of cities have voted in recent years to stop adding fluoride to their water supplies.

Read more from the Bangor Daily News

Mask mandate debate shapes Ellsworth school board election

Read more from the Bangor Daily News

In South Portland council races, it’s moderates against progressives

City Council races are ramping up to be a referendum on South Portland’s increasingly progressive political agenda, with two longtime city leaders stepping in to offer what they say is a more moderate approach.

Read more from the Portland Press Herald

Topsham-area school board upholds mask mandate in all MSAD 75 schools

Read more from TheTimes Record

Opponents of critical race theory seek to flip school boards

Read more from the Associated Press via Bangor Daily News

Portland school board approves policy defining role of police in schools

Read more from the Portland Press Herald

Will politics in the United States ever return to a place where it is not so polarized, and how would this happen?Washington Post (10/29/21)

Probably not anytime soon. Political analyst Amy Walters smartly says that “angry voters vote.” When seen through that lens, it’s in politicians’ best interests to keep the polarization going strong.

Read more

Tuesday is a great opportunity to make your voice heard. The Portland Press Herald is reporting a big drop in absentee ballots this year. Start a trend of voting now. And remember, there are only 372 days until the 2022 midterm elections and 1,100 days until the 2024 election.

“CMP Corridor” or the “Clean Energy Corridor” - Question 1

NEWS CENTER Maine had a recent story on how referendum Question 1 is the most expensive ballot question in state history

NEWS CENTER Maine had a recent story on how referendum Question 1 is the most expensive ballot question in state history.  

Question 1 – Citizen Initiative

Do you want to ban the construction of high-impact electric transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region and to require the Legislature to approve all other such projects anywhere in Maine, both retroactively to 2020, and to require the Legislature, retroactively to 2014, to approve by a two-thirds vote such projects using public land?

Link to Legislation

Question 1 Resources:

State of Maine: A primer on Question 1—

  • Read more from the Mount Desert Islander. Written by former State Representative Jill Goldthwait

Here’s what you need to know about Question 1

Journalists’ roundtable discussion of the facts about Question 1

Both sides make their case on Maine Question 1 in WMTW debate

What Maine voters should know about Question 1

Question 1 Q&A: Win or lose, power line fight will continue

The Maine Secretary of State Website Has All The Logistical Information You Need

The Maine Secretary of State website has all the logistical information you need concerning the November 2, 2021, Referendum Election this Tuesday. According to the site, “Referendum Elections are held to provide Maine's citizens an opportunity to vote on People's Veto Referenda, Direct Initiatives of Legislation (i.e. Citizen Initiatives), Bond Issues, other referenda proposed by the Legislature, and Constitutional Amendments.  Referendum elections are an important part of the heritage of public participation in Maine.”

The Maine Secretary of State website has all the logistical information you need concerning the November 2, 2021, Referendum Election this Tuesday. According to the site, “Referendum Elections are held to provide Maine's citizens an opportunity to vote on People's Veto Referenda, Direct Initiatives of Legislation (i.e. Citizen Initiatives), Bond Issues, other referenda proposed by the Legislature, and Constitutional Amendments.  Referendum elections are an important part of the heritage of public participation in Maine.”

Read or download the Maine Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election and review the following sample ballots before visiting your local polling place.

Sample ballot for all counties except Franklin County

Sample ballot for Franklin Count

Sample ballot for Special Legislative Election for State Representative District 86 (Part of Augusta only)

- A vacancy was created in State Representative District 86 when Justin Fecteau, who was elected to the House of Representatives on November 3, 2020, resigned on July 4, 2021. 

Voting Places & Poll opening times for the November 2, 2021 Referendum Election

Statewide Polling Place List (MS Excel Version)

Statewide Polling Place List (PDF Format)

Visit the State of Maine Voter Guide online for answers to other election and voting questions.

Vote Yes on One

MMA Board member, Jonathan Meserve MD FAAP

*The views expressed are the opinions of Dr. Meserve. The Maine Medical Association does not have a formal position on Question 1. Please vote regardless.

The CMP corridor is not good for Maine or the environment. The New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line benefits foreign companies that want to sell their “clean energy” to higher rate markets in Massachusetts. Let’s look at the supposed “benefits” of this 145-mile-long corridor through much of Maine’s wilderness:

*The views expressed are the opinions of Dr. Meserve. The Maine Medical Association does not have a formal position on Question 1. Please vote regardless.

Yes on 1

The CMP corridor is not good for Maine or the environment. The New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line benefits foreign companies that want to sell their “clean energy” to higher rate markets in Massachusetts. Let’s look at the supposed “benefits” of this 145-mile-long corridor through much of Maine’s wilderness:

  • Clean Power: The foreign companies Hydro Quebec and Iberdrola want to export  power from Canada to more profitable markets in Massachusetts. Hydro Quebec will derive profit from its sales, while CMP, a subsidiary of Spain’s Iberdrola, will pick up revenue from the new line. What’s more, there’s no guarantee that the power won’t come from non-renewable sources. This power line will not help Maine meet its own green energy goals or supply Maine customers. Mainers are losing out to foreign interests.
  • Jobs for Mainers: Opponents of the bill claim the corridor will generate 1641 jobs in the state of Maine, yet CMP has already hired out of state companies such as Irby Construction of Mississippi, Sargent Electric of Pennsylvania and Northern Clearing Inc. of Wisconsin to perform most of the construction. They will not say how many of those jobs are actually awarded to Mainers. Once completed in short time, the corridor claims to create 262 jobs in Maine. Balanced against the loss of tourism, recreation, other land uses and decreased investment in local green energy projects we stand to lose far more, higher paying jobs. Mainers are again losing to out of state interests.

Some have expressed concern that the law gives too much power to the legislature with retroactive laws limiting land use. In reality, Question 1 only grants the Maine Legislature power to retroactively approve or disapprove high-powered transmission lines and certain other projects requiring leases on public lands. There are no additional retroactive powers, largely because the legislature already has this power and has passed over a hundred bills in the past 20 years with this affect. This law changes the legislature’s power minimally and only in the context of high transmission power lines on public lands.

Don’t be fooled by foreign and out of state interests. At stake are Maine’s greatest resources: our outdoors and way of life. Before we embark on a permanent destruction of Maine’s woods affecting recreation, tourism, hunting, fishing and wildlife habitat we should ask: how does it benefit Maine? The answer is: it doesn’t. The CMP corridor is bad for our environment, our economy and our state. Vote Yes to block the corridor on November 2nd.

-Jonathan Meserve MD FAAP

Pediatric Anesthesiologist

Falmouth, ME.

Yes on 1, Yes on 2, No on 3

MMA member & Maine State Representative, Patty Hymanson, MD (York)

*The views expressed are the opinions of Dr. Hymanson. The Maine Medical Association does not have a formal position on Question 1. Please vote regardless.

Of the three questions on the November 2nd ballot, the second is the least controversial so we will begin there. Transportation bonds come up each two-year cycle and pass easily. This year $85 million is for highways and $15 million for rail, aviation, ports and active transportation. Money from federal pandemic relief and matching programs will more than double this. Over 10 years, approximately $27 million will also be paid in interest through state revenue sources. Bonding is not a great way to pay for these costs but increased gas tax, mileage fee, fuel-efficiency or electric vehicle off-sets have not gained traction to replace it. 

*The views expressed are the opinions of Dr. Hymanson. The Maine Medical Association does not have a formal position on Question 1. Please vote regardless.

Of the three questions on the November 2nd ballot, the second is the least controversial so we will begin there. Transportation bonds come up each two-year cycle and pass easily. This year $85 million is for highways and $15 million for rail, aviation, ports and active transportation. Money from federal pandemic relief and matching programs will more than double this. Over 10 years, approximately $27 million will also be paid in interest through state revenue sources. Bonding is not a great way to pay for these costs but increased gas tax, mileage fee, fuel-efficiency or electric vehicle off-sets have not gained traction to replace it. 

Question 1 is a complex citizens’ referendum to stop the CMP power corridor linking HydroQuebec and Massachusetts through Maine.  The Portland Press Herald has a comprehensive article I would suggest you read. You can find the article on my Facebook page along with a good dialogue in the comments from concerned Mainers and legislators. I learned a lot from them.

The ads from the “no” camp have been maddeningly deceptive but I support hydropower to lessen fossil fuel use. What I learned is that Vermont has a plan, wants the project so it will likely be built there if Maine rejects it as NH did. Also, Hydro-Quebec has not guaranteed that more hydropower will be produced for this project so it may be a redistribution of existing hydropower. It is hard to trust CMP as the builder and maintainer of this transmission project. The benefits to Maine come in different forms but are not seen by many as enough. Others disagree.

Question 3 asks us to expand our Maine Constitution to include “All individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to food…” While one might agree with the intent, the wording is so vague that what it means might be decided case by case by a judge in court. There is no groundswell of support for this amendment and animal rights groups are actively against it while others are silent. Individual bills heard in the legislature might be a more focused way to protect private seed use as an example rather than the vague wording here that might be interpreted in the courts. 

Here is a link to the referenda wording. Be sure to peruse the proposed laws themselves, not only the referenda questions, by clicking on the active links.

https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/pdf/11-21citizensguide.pdf

Question 1 – Citizen Initiative
Do you want to ban the construction of high-impact electric transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region and to require the Legislature to approve all other such projects anywhere in Maine, both retroactively to 2020, and to require the Legislature, retroactively to 2014, to approve by a two-thirds vote such projects using public land?

Link to Legislation

Question 2 – Bond Issue
Do you favor a $100,000,000 bond issue to build or improve roads, bridges, railroads, airports, transit facilities and ports and make other transportation investments, to be used to leverage an estimated $253,000,000 in federal and other funds?

Link to Legislation

Question 3 – Constitutional Amendment
Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to declare that all individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to grow, raise, harvest, produce and consume the food of their own choosing for their own nourishment, sustenance, bodily health and well-being?

Link to Legislation


 

 

 

Question 2 – Bond Issue

Do you favor a $100,000,000 bond issue to build or improve roads, bridges, railroads, airports, transit facilities and ports and make other transportation investments, to be used to leverage an estimated $253,000,000 in federal and other funds?

Question 2 – Bond Issue

Do you favor a $100,000,000 bond issue to build or improve roads, bridges, railroads, airports, transit facilities and ports and make other transportation investments, to be used to leverage an estimated $253,000,000 in federal and other funds?

Link to Legislation

Question 2 Resources

2021 November Ballot Guide: Voters to decide on $100 million infrastructure bond

Read more from the PenBay Pilot

What Maine voters should know about Question 2

Read/watch more from WABI-TV Bangor

Question 3 – Constitutional Amendment

Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to declare that all individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to grow, raise, harvest, produce and consume the food of their own choosing for their own nourishment, sustenance, bodily health and well-being?

Question 3 – Constitutional Amendment

Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to declare that all individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to grow, raise, harvest, produce and consume the food of their own choosing for their own nourishment, sustenance, bodily health and well-being?

Link to Legislation

Question 3 Resources:

Why Maine voters are considering a constitutional ‘right to food’

Read more from Maine Public

Is there a constitutional right to food? Mainers to decide

Read more from the Associated Press

2021 November Ballot Guide: Maine voters to decide on right to grow food

Read more from the PenBay Pilot

Local Media Links to Learn More About Your Local Issues and Candidates

by Jessica Piper, published in the Bangor Daily News

Mainers can vote on three statewide referendums and a range of local races in tomorrow's election.

If you plan to vote, visit your local media outlet using the links below for what you need to know about, what is on the ballot, and logistics on how to vote.

Your guide to Maine’s Nov. 2 election from the CMP corridor to local races—Bangor Daily News

Read the story in the Bangor Daily News

Find your local newspaper below:

Advertiser Democrat -- Norway

American Journal – Westbrook, Buxton, Gorham Region

Aroostook Republican

Bangor Daily News

Bethel Citizen

Biddeford Courier

Boothbay Register

Bridgton News

Bucksport Enterprise

The Calais Advertiser

The Castine Patriot

The Ellsworth American

Fiddlehead Focus – Aroostook County

The Forecaster with links to

  • Northern Forecaster – Falmouth, Cumberland, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth, Freeport & Chebeague
  • Coastal Journal Forecaster – Brunswick, Topsham, Bath and Harpswell
  • Southern Forecaster – South Portland, Scarborough, and Cape Elizabeth

The Franklin Journal

The Gorham Times; Gorham Weekly

Kennebec Journal

Kennebunk Post

Lakes Region Weekly

Lewiston Sun Journal

Livermore Falls Advertiser

Machias Valley News Advertiser

Morning Sentinel

Mount Desert Islander

Penobscot Times – Old Town

Portland Press Herald

Republican Journal – Waldo County

Rockland Free Press

Rumford Falls Times

Scarborough Leader

Seacoast Online-York Weekly

South Portland Sentry

The Times Record -- Brunswick

Twin City Times

Waterboro Reporter

The Weekly Packet – Blue Hill

Wiscasset Newspaper

 

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

November 13, 2021
Maine Neurological Society Fall Meeting 

Maple Hill Farm – Hallowell, ME
Contact: Cathy Stratton 207-595-5725 or cstratton@mainemed.com

November 17, 2021
ACP Maine Chapter Town Hall Zoom Meeting

Via Zoom
Contact: Warene Eldridge 207-215-7118 or mainechapteracp@gmail.com

December 9, 2021
Maine Chapter – American College of Emergency Physicians
Holiday Meeting 

Portland Regency Hotel – Portland, ME
Contact: Cathy Stratton 207-595-5725 or cstratton@mainemed.com

February 25-27, 2022
Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Winter Meeting 

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

March 18-20, 2022
Northern New England Urological Symposium
(Presented by the Maine Urological Association)
Grand Summit Resort Hotel & Conference Center – Newry, ME
Contact: Dianna Poulin 207-480-4194 or dpoulin@mainemed.com

March 23, 2022
3rd Annual Richard Engel, MD Primary Care Symposium

Dana Center, MMC – Portland, ME
Contact: Warene Eldridge 207-215-7118 or mainechapteracp@gmail.com

April 6-9, 2022
30th Annual Family Medicine Update & Annual Meeting
(Presented by the Maine Academy of Family Physicians)
DoubleTree by Hilton Portland – South Portland, Maine
Contact: Deborah Halbach 207-938-5005 or maineafp@tdstelme.net

April 28, 2022
Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians Spring Conference

Theme: Eating Disorders

Hilton Garden Inn – Freeport, Maine
Contact: Dianna Poulin 207-480-4194 or dpoulin@mainemed.com

April 30 – May 1, 2022
Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Samoset Resort – Rockport, ME
Contact:  Dee Kerry 207-480-4185 or dee.kerry@maineaap.org

May 6, 2022
Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Spring Educational Program & Business Meeting

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

September 23-25, 2022
ACP Maine Chapter Annual Scientific & Chapter Meeting

Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center – Bar Harbor, ME
Contact: Warene Eldridge 207-215-7118 or mainechapteracp@gmail.com

October 7, 2022
Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Fall Business Meeting
(Held in conjunction with the 21st Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium)

Harborside Hotel & Marina – Bar Harbor, ME from 10:30am – 11:45am
Contact:  Shirley Goggin 207-445-2260 or sgoggin@mainemed.com

October 7-9, 2022
21st Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium

(Presented by the Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons)
Harborside Hotel & Marina – Bar Harbor, ME
Contact:  Shirley Goggin 207-445-2260 or sgoggin@mainemed.com

  


 

Join us for an introduction to hospice services in our 11/2 webinar: Let’s Talk Hospice!

Join us for an introduction to hospice services in our webinar:  Let’s Talk Hospice!  All clinicians and patients are invited to a brief introduction of hospice services presented by Hospice of Southern Maine on Tuesday, November 2 from 1:00-1:30PM. 

Join us for an introduction to hospice services in our webinar:  Let’s Talk Hospice!  All clinicians and patients are invited to a brief introduction of hospice services presented by Hospice of Southern Maine on Tuesday, November 2 from 1:00-1:30PM.  Michelle Bradbury, former hospice nurse and now HSM’s Training & Development Manager, will demystify hospice services and discuss how hospice services can benefit patients and their caregivers when facing end of life.  As part of our Ask the Experts Series, attendees can ask questions when they register for the event.  The webinar will be recorded and available at www.askhospiceexperts.org on our education library.  Click here to register!


AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)

The recently revised EQIPP immunization course is designed to identify immunization rates in your practice, uncover barriers to immunization delivery systems, and provide techniques to overcome those barriers using clear aims that reflect expert principles and proven quality improvement methods and tools.

 

The recently revised EQIPP immunization course is designed to identify immunization rates in your practice, uncover barriers to immunization delivery systems, and provide techniques to overcome those barriers using clear aims that reflect expert principles and proven quality improvement methods and tools. 

The online course features two tracks; the 19–23-month-old track and the adolescent track with data collection activities specific to each population. The course is eligible for PI CME, NAPNAP, MOC Part 2, and MOC Part 4 credits. 

The course is free to AAP members - and for a limited time, is being offered free to ALL rural health clinicians in Maine (Pediatricians AND Family Practice) through an AAP initiative.  Additional course information is available here

For rural health care providers that are non-AAP members and interested in taking this immunization course, contact Melissa Ponce at mponce@aap.org for additional information and to have your course fee waived through the Supporting Pediatricians to Improve HPV and Pediatric Influenza Vaccination Rates Initiative - again, the EQIPP immunization course is open to all Maine physicians serving youth, and the course fee is being waived for ruralhealth clinicians!

SUPPORT For ME Training and Technical Assistance Initiative Webinars on November 3 & December 1

Register now for webinars on Wednesday, November 3rd and Wednesday, December 1st from 12:00-1:00pm.

MMA-CQI: SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance to Increase Access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in the Primary Care Setting

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 12:00-1:00pm   REGISTER HERE
Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder and Alcohol Use Disorder with Opioid Use Disorder - Complexities and Opportunities

This webinar will provide information on treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder as well as prescribing topics for Alcohol Use Disorder with Opioid Use Disorder and discussing the co-morbid use and/or treatment with patients.  After attending this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand prescribing and treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder;
  • Understand contraindications/complexities when prescribing for combined Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders;
  • Describe how motivational interviewing can be used with patients when discussing unexpected information and the recovery journey
Speakers: Eric Haram, LADC; Elisabeth Fowlie Mock, MD, MPH; Stephanie Nichols, PharmD


Wednesday, December 1, 2021  12:00-1:00pm   REGISTER HERE
Substance Use Disorder Related Drug Screens and Lab Results - The Differences in Tests, Costs and Discussing Results
This webinar will provide information on the product options around testing as well as how to talk about unexpected lab results with your patient while still promoting their successes on the recovery journey.  After attending this webinar participants will:

  • Review the types of drug screen tests and methods;
  • Evaluate which tests work best in certain circumstances;
  • Evaluate which test results should be discussed with patients without discounting the recovery journey.

Speakers: Eric Haram, LADC; Elisabeth Fowlie Mock, MD, MPH

 

AMA Designation Statement
The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Joint Sponsorship Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and the Maine Medical Association-Center for Quality Improvement (MMA-CQI).  The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This Support for ME Program is supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $2,144,225 with 100 percent funded by CMS/HHS.  The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CMS/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Maine Independent Clinical Information Service: MICIS presentations & Academic Detailing

Schedule a 1-hour presentation at your medical practice or hospital, or request an individual Academic Detailing session.

The Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS) offers independent, evidence-based prescribing information directly to prescribers.

Schedule a 1-hour presentation at your medical practice or hospital.
Two topics are currently available.

  • Simplified Treatment of Hepatitis C in Primary Care Settings
  • Prescribing to Reduce Opioid Overdose Risk

Individual Academic Detailing sessions
One-on-one Academic Detailing sessions are available on these topics and can be scheduled for any time of day.

  • Level 2: Simplified Treatment of Hepatitis C in Primary Care Settings
  • Opioid Prescribing Discussion Including Maine Law
  • MAT (Medications for Addiction Treatment) Basics Discussion
  • MAT (Medications for Addiction Treatment) Advanced Discussion
  • Deprescribing Opioids & Benzodiazepines

Descriptions of presentations and Academic Detailing topics are available at https://micismaine.org/education-topics/.  Contact MICIS at https://micismaine.org/contact/ for more information and scheduling.  MICIS is a program of the Maine Medical Association.

Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Mt. Abram Regional Health Center, (Kingfield, Maine)

Mt. Abram Regional Health Center, (Kingfield, Maine) seeks aPhysician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) with outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills to provide primary care to patients of all ages in a family practice with integrated behavioral health services.

Mt. Abram Regional Health Center, (Kingfield, Maine) seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) with outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills to provide primary care to patients of all ages in a family practice with integrated behavioral health services. An X waver would be desirable. The health center is part of HealthReach Community Health Centers, a system of eleven practices in central and western Maine. The selected candidate will receive a $10,000 sign-on bonus, competitive salary and benefits, malpractice coverage, pension plan with employer match, loan repayment opportunities. Contact: Recruiter, HRCHC, 10 Water Street, Suite 305, Waterville, ME 04901| Fax: (207) 660-9901 | Communications@HealthReach.org | www.MtAbramCHC.org All new hires will be required to provide either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recognized exemption.

12/3/21

Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Bingham Area Health Center

Bingham Area Health Center seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) with outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills to provide primary care to patients of all ages in a family practice with integrated behavioral health services.

Bingham Area Health Center seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) with outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills to provide primary care to patients of all ages in a family practice with integrated behavioral health services. An X waver would be desirable. The health center is part of HealthReach Community Health Centers, a system of eleven practices in central and western Maine. The selected candidate will receive a $10,000 sign-on bonus, competitive salary and benefits, malpractice coverage, pension plan with employer match, loan repayment opportunities. Contact: Recruiter, HRCHC, 10 Water Street, Suite 305, Waterville, ME 04901 | Fax: (207) 660-9901 | Communications@HealthReach.org | www.BinghamCHC.org. All new hires will be required to provide either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recognized exemption.

12/3/21