PORTLAND, Maine – July 1, 2019 -- The inaugural issue of the “Journal of Maine Medical Center” (JMMC) has been published, with research articles covering everything from the potential hazards of foraging wild foods to innovative ways to help patients decide whether to pursue colorectal cancer screening.
The JMMC is the state’s only peer-reviewed medical journal dedicated to original research in the health sciences, and is accessible to the public at www.mmc.org/jmmc. The journal will publish biannually, and is now accepting submissions for its second edition.
The inaugural issue contains 14 articles in the areas of original research, patient safety and quality improvement exemplars, innovation highlights and case reports, as well as five supplements pulled from research posters developed by clinicians and students.
“The breadth and quality of the research detailed in the JMMC speaks to the importance of Maine Medical Center’s academic mission, and to the innovative thinking that our colleagues are doing here in Maine and beyond,” said Bob Bing-You, M.D., MMC Vice President of Medical Education and Editor-in-Chief of the JMMC. “One of our main goals in this undertaking was to help develop early-career health care colleagues as published researchers. If our first issue was any sort of indicator, I think we are definitely succeeding in that endeavor.”
Articles included in the first edition include:
In “A Case Report of Water Hemlock Poisoning,” clinicians detail a medical mystery that unfolded at
Maine Medical Center involving a Maine fly fisherman who foraged what he thought was a harmless
plant to use for tea, but instead wound up ingesting one of the state’s deadliest natural poisons.
“In the era of easily accessible plant photos and increased interest in non-traditional medicines, the risk
of plant misidentification is on the rise. Unintentional toxic ingestion must be considered in similar
patients with a very abrupt onset of symptoms,” the authors conclude. “It is also important to educate
the public about the risks involved with inexperienced foraging.”
The authors of “Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening Decision Making Processes in Primary Care
Practices” explore ways to aid patients in the decision-making process regarding whether to pursue a
screening, potentially using the increasingly common electronic “patient portals” to assist.
Bing-You noted that this new platform for research will also heighten the focus on inter-professional
education and patient care in the region. In addition, rural healthcare and the unique opportunities and
challenges it presents will be highlighted in the Journal. Sharing knowledge through articles will magnify
innovation within the regional health care system, and strengthen regional workforce efforts through
augmented professional connections.
JMMC is actively seeking submissions from all professionals working or training in a clinical healthcare
and/or medical education setting, regardless of geography, organization or discipline. For more
information and submission guidelines, visit www.mmc.org/jmmc.
Reporters seeking to interview JMMC authors should contact MMC’s communications department at
About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for
2018-2019, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state,
as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center,
licensed for 637 beds and employing nearly 8,700 people. MMC's unique role as both a community
hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active
educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine
Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is part of the
MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more
information, visit www.mmc.org.