October 12, 2012

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AAFP Congress of Delegates Sessions and Scientific Assembly Opening Ceremony available Live-Streamed 


Several CoD and Assembly events can be viewed live through streaming video. Below are the details.


Town Hall Meeting:

Sunday, October 14, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Eastern

Health Care and Payment Reform--Public and Private Sectors

View at www.aafp.org/congress or www.ustream.com (search AAFP)


Congress of Delegates:

View at www.aafp.org/congress or www.ustream.com (search AAFP)


First Session, Monday, October 15, 7:30 - 9:45 a.m. Eastern

Includes Reports of Officers and Commissions


Second Session, Tuesday, October 16, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Eastern

Includes Remarks from Guests and Director Candidates Forum with Speeches and Q&A, and Report from Reference Committee on Organization and Finance


Third Session, Tuesday, October 16, 1:00 - 2:45 p.m. Easern

Includes Award Presentations, Officer Candidates Forum with Speeches and Q&A

Third Session, Tuesday, October 16, 2:45 - 5:00 p.m. Eastern 

Includes Reports from Reference Committees on Bylaws, Education, Remarks from Guests, Reports from Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement and Health of the Public and Science


Fourth Session, Wednesday, October 17, 9:00 - 12:00 a.m. Eastern

Includes Awards Presentations, Installation of AAFP President Jeffrey Cain, MD, and Announcement of Election Results


Assembly Opening Ceremony

Wednesday, October 17

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. CDT


The live streaming will include comments from the Dr. Henley, Dr. Goertz, Dr. Stream, 2013 Family Physician of the Year (TBA), Presidents' Address by Dr. Cain. Please note: The Keynote Speaker, Dr. Weil, will not be streamed live due to contract conditions, but highlights of Dr. Weil's presentation will be available by Friday, October 19 on www.aafp.org/assembly .


MAFP Family Physician Installed As MMA President 
Dieter Kreckel MD, FAAFP was recently elected and sworn in as President of the Maine Medical Association at the 159th Annual Session in September.   
  Read more about Dr. Kreckel 
Core Content Seeking Individuals to Author Questions and Discussions  


The Core Content Review of Family Medicine, a national home-study CME Program and ABFM Board Review Course, is seeking individuals to author questions and discussions for one of the most successful Home Study CME Programs in the country.  Core Content is developed by the Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians and the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians. 

  • Question format mirrors the ABFM Board exam and discussions are approximately 300 words.  Up-to-date reference material must be provided.    
  • Authors must have good computer skills.  Editors will provide feedback.    
  • Many Residency programs have their residents in conjunction with a faculty member write questions and this is often used to fulfill their scholarly activities.  Faculty may also claim CME credit for this activity.    
  • Authors who provide material acceptable for publication will be included on the Author Page of the edition in which their material appears.     
  • Core Content Review is a peer-reviewed publication and authors may include authorship on their CVs.    
  • Compensation will be provided on a per question basis. 



CORE is also looking for physicians to submit photographs

or interesting cases that you may see in your practice. 

  • If you have taken a photograph where the patient could be clearly identified, you must obtain a release for publication signed by the patient or the patient's parent or guardian. A release form may be obtained from the Executive Office.  If the patient cannot be identified in the photograph, no release is needed. Photographs should be submitted in .jpg. .tif, or .png format. 
Interested parties should contact Mary Yokose at  [email protected]
Maine Cancer Consortium Announces Funds Available to Implement Maine's Cancer Control Plan


The Maine Cancer Consortium is pleased to announce the availability of funds to support implementation of the Maine Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan!

The Consortium is now accepting applications for these grants. Awards of up to $5,000 will be awarded later this year for 2013 projects that support the goals and objectives of the Maine Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2011-2015.


The deadline for applications is November 16, 2012.

For more information about the Plan and these implementation grants, or to complete an application online, please visit our website and click on Maine Cancer Plan/2013 Cancer Plan Implementation Grants. If you need assistance, please email Cynthia Magnuson at [email protected].
Also: Please feel free to share this notice with your associates and partners.

Thank you and we hope to hear from you soon!







Maine Vaccine Program 

The Department of Health and Human Services has requested clarification from the Maine Vaccine Board regarding provision of vaccines to children who live outside of Maine and see a Maine provider for vaccinations. The Board has reviewed the statute, and we want to advise providers of the following:

  • The statute clearly states that the vaccines purchased for the Universal Childhood Immunization Program are available only to children who are residents of Maine.
  • The Federal "Vaccines for Children" (VFC) Program provides vaccines for children on Medicaid and is available to any child who has Medicaid regardless of the state of residence.

The Board recognizes the problem this raises for providers near our state borders, but we are bound by the language of the statute. We hope to rectify this with the next legislative session.


For more information about the Maine Vaccine Board or to become involved contact: Emily McKenna ,Executive Assistant, KidsVax.org,

ph 1.855.KidsVax (543.7829) cell 603.892.4131 fax 1.855.KidsFax (543.7329)
email  [email protected] 

In This Issue
Core Content Needs Authors
Cancer Plan Funds Available
Veterans Resources
MAFP Premiers New Web Resource
21st Annual MAFP Update
ME Legislature Phys Day
CDME Self Assessment

Interested in International Medicine or Volunteer Opportunities?


The MAFP is premiering its new "International Medical Missions & Service Opportunities" Resource Page   





Many of the resources and organizations listed have roots in Maine or are Maine based. 


We would like to be able to add many more resources - please contact Deborah with any programs you are aware of that we might add to the list.   

Improving Health Outcomes with Physician Leadership


The American Medical Association is looking for physicians with a demonstrated history of community-based leadership and activism on lifestyle policy issues. Health behaviors are associated with most chronic diseases.  


Polices at the community level combined with clinical practice can prevent these diseases and/or lessen their severity and improve quality of life for patients. The AMA is recruiting for physicians to be Physicians as Community Health Advocates (PACHA) trainers in their respective communities.  


There will be a half day training in Chicago on November 30. The AMA is covering travel expenses. To apply, complete the  

COMMUNITY HEALTH ADVOCATE OCT 2012 application and email it by October 17 to Janet Williams at [email protected] or fax it to 312-464-5073.



Will you be pictured NEXT year? 
Update 2010 General session
MARK the DATES NOW for the MAFP 21st Annual Family Medicine Update

CME By Family Docs for Family Docs

April 10-13, 2013 at Sunday River Hotel & Conference Center

Schedule & Registration will be available at: www.maineafp.org after January 1st 2013

Physicians Day at the Maine Legislature 2013 -
MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW TO ATTEND on Tuesday, March 19th, 8am to 4pm


More Information
Commercial Driver Medical Examiner (CDME) Self-Assessment Now Available Online 

(repeat item) 

Commercial Driver Medical Examiner (CDME) Self Assessment

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) offers an innovative, challenging, and practical way for providers of commercial driver medical examinations to exercise, update, and maintain their knowledge base and conveniently and affordably earn valuable CME credits.


The ACOEM CME program consists of a user-friendly 46-question self-assessment based on  the NEW 5th Edition of The DOT Medical Examination: A Guide to Commercial Drivers' Medical Certification, by Natalie Hartenbaum, MD, MPH, FACOEM.   


READ more 


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