UMass FMCH Tuesday Talk - May 18, 2021/COMMUNITY
Welcome to the FMCH Tuesday Talk. Please continue to send us your announcements, celebrations, and accomplishments to [email protected].
Table of Contents
Upcoming Events
Focus of the Week - Community
Frankly Speaking Podcast
Faculty Presentations/Publications
Department Member Recognition
Clinical Services Spotlight
Wellness Resources
Working on Wellness
Upcoming Events

FMCH Grand Rounds
May 18th, Tuesday, 12 - 1pmEric Rosenthal, DO and Joyce Kimball, CPM, RN, MBA present: Labor Dystocia.
Meeting ID: 191 986 273 Password: FMCH
Focus of the Week - Community

If you would like to host a Population and Community Health Clerkship (PCHC) this October and take advantage of having students join you to advance work you are doing with a specific population, now is the time to reach out to [email protected].  The PCHC is an interprofessional community-based course taken by all second year medical and graduate nursing students using service-learning pedagogy. 

Faculty and community partners host 4-8 students for two weeks, this year, starting Wednesday, October 20th and ending with presentations on November 1st. Each clerkship focuses on a specific population or community – e.g., recently resettled refugees, people entering the community post-incarceration and seniors at risk of falls. We encourage the students to explore the interprofessional networks that provide care for that community and learn about the roles that each network member plays.

To learn more, view the recent Grand Rounds or presentations from previous years, or reach out to any member of the planning committee, including department members Heather-Lyn Haley, Suzanne Cashman, Linda Cragin and Vanessa Carson-Sasso.  PCHC team descriptions are due by the end of July. 

Dr. Eric Dickson will be hosting an appreciation event on Tuesday, May 18th at 12 noon for caregivers who have been working remotely since the beginning of the pandemic. To recognize these efforts, he would like a list of accomplishments and pictures (like zoom meeting screenshots).  If you have anything, please submit to [email protected] by May 11th.

FHCW Wednesday Cultural Rounds
The residents at FHCW host the event each Wednesday from 5 – 5:30pm. We welcome a member of the community to talk about their culture and the ways it can impact their health and the care they receive. The sessions are informal and involve a robust Q&A. Through these weekly discussions, we hope to promote cultural humility and the continuous process of learning about perspectives outside of our own in order to improve the care we provide. We welcome anyone interested in joining us each week at the link below:

Research-Oriented Faculty Development Workshop to be presented by Judy Savageau, MPH will lead the second faculty development workshop on May 26th.
  • #2. Writing for the Peer-Reviewed Literature: What Goes into Each Section of a Manuscript. May 26, 5:30-7 pm.

Upcoming Conferences and Calls for Abstracts
The research staff maintains a list of upcoming meetings and conferences that FMCH faculty members often attend. The list has information on deadlines for abstract submissions and links to conference websites. The list can be downloaded from the Department website:

Research Support
A reminder that the Department offers support for FMCH faculty research leading to scholarly publications and/or presentations. You can find more information, including a form for requesting support, on the FMCH website: Research Initiatives - UMass Medical School - Worcester.

The FMCH Town Halls are once again being recorded for those unable to join the live meeting. A separate folder has been created on the FMCH website under Faculty Resources. No password is required to view these recordings. This URL will take you to the Faculty Resources portion of the FMCH website and it can be bookmarked for future reference.
Frankly Speaking Podcast

A weekly Podcast series covering newsworthy topics in primary care medicine.

Join us for this episode as we discuss a recent randomized controlled trial that compared 2 types of shoes and their benefits in symptom reduction and functional improvement of knee OA. Guest: Susan Feeney, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C presents: Do Sensible Shoes Improve Function for People with Knee Arthritis? - Frankly Speaking Ep 223.
Faculty Presentations/Publications

Stephen A. Martin, MD, EdM, FAAFP, FASAM, Schiff GD, Kanjilal S., A Postpartum Woman with an Erroneous SARS-CoV-2 Test. AHRQ Patient Saf Netw | Web M&M. 2021. Available at:
Clinical Services Spotlight:
Health Equity
UMass has embarked upon addressing Health Equity throughout the system. Well Child Visits is the True North Project we are engaged in for this year.

The institutional goal for health equity for Well Child Visits is:
  • Hispanics 69%.
  • Blacks 64%.
Current Data
  • Institution all groups: Hispanics 72.9%; Blacks 69.3%; White 77.4% through 5/1/2021.
Yellow- Black or African American
Orange - Hispanics
Blue - white
Green - Asian
Light blue - Other/ multiracial
  • Data capture, review registry for your site.
  • Identify those patients missing the well child visits.
  • Identify and initiate interventions based on data.
  • Schedule WCC visit.

COVID Update
  • Total confirmed cases in Massachusetts 656,838; estimated active cases 14,146; 7-day average posting 1%; Hospitalized 337; ICU 94 and intubated 55; Confirmed deaths 17,394.
  • Current inpatient census for the medical center is 16 (8 in ICU).
  • Employees out due to COVID related issues down to 8.
  • In house positivity for symptomatic patients is 6% and for asymptomatic is 0.3%.

TeamBirth Launching this Week!
  • The Birthing Centers at UMass Memorial Health- HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center will launch TeamBirth this week to begin a new chapter in improving maternal wellbeing. Congratulations to all providers and teams involved!
  • The goal is to improve communication between the birthing person, family, and care team.
  • All family physicians doing maternity care, postpartum, and newborn care please complete the training on e-learning

Administrative Updates
Given the overall CDC guidance, the high rate of vaccination at UMMS/UMMHC and in Massachusetts, and the rapidly changing recommendations from Mass DPH, GME will suspend the individual reviews of GME graduation and welcome events. GME strongly recommends that you follow the guidelines as closely as you can and exercise particular caution for the safety of family members and other outside guests who may be elderly, frail or immune suppressed, as vaccine is not as effective in these individuals. GME would still prefer that you not have unvaccinated people attending. It is your responsibility to collect the attestation forms from any guests in the event that contact tracing is needed. The UMMS Infection Control team remains available for consultation to any department that would like individualized advice.
Wellness Resources

The Wellness Committee would like to organize a few informal outdoor gatherings. We have all been isolated and working hard for more than one year now. Our hope is to give faculty and staff in the department a chance to connect in-person, in safe and healthy way. Please take 2 minutes to complete the attached survey. 

The Caring for the Caregiver Program provides resources such as the Caregiver Support Line (508-334-HELP) and The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which offers a variety of services and supports (including virtual peer support and wellness tips. EAP can be accessed at 866-263-3525, or, [company code UmassMemorial]. More information is available on the Caring for the Caregiver page.
Working on Wellness
Yoga Classes with Dr. Liz Erban
Please join department members for early morning gentle yoga, Wednesday mornings 6:30am via Zoom.

Much appreciation to Dr. Erban for hosting these outstanding classes. Join Zoom Meeting
Zumba with Dr. Anna Zheng

May 2021 & summer months (until Sep 2021):
Please join department members Monday mornings at 6:00am, Thursday evenings at 5:45pm**(new time; outdoor location), some Saturday mornings at 9:15am**(only 1x/month; outdoor location) and get moving with Zumba. Please note schedule changes via webpage: ZOOM still possible for all classes.

Much appreciation to Dr. Anna Zheng for hosting these outstanding classes. Join Zoom meeting: