UMass FMCH Tuesday Talk - May 25, 2021/RESEARCH
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 - Research
Frankly Speaking Podcast
Faculty Presentations/Publications
Department Member Recognition
Clinical Services Spotlight
Wellness Resources
Working on Wellness
Upcoming Events

FMCH Grand Rounds
May 25th, Tuesday, 12 - 1pm: Resident QI Poster Symposium.
Meeting ID: 191 986 273 Password: FMCH
Focus of the Week - Research

Research-Oriented Faculty Development Workshops
Judy Savageau, MPH will lead the second of two faculty development workshops on Wednesday, May 26th from 5:30 to 7pm, presents: Writing for the Peer-Reviewed Literature: What Goes into Each Section of a Manuscript.  

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.

To the New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NEATC) under the leadership of PI Philip Bolduc, Co-I Linda Cragin and future CO-I/program director Vanessa Carson-Sasso, supported by Hathy Simpson, Scott Hebert, Susan Foley and Karen Silvia for a 3-day HRSA Site Visit with NO FINDINGS. The project team were commended in the areas of programming, administration, finance, and compliance. For more information about NEAETC, you can go to:

To Stephanie Carter-Henry on becoming a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The newly selected UMMS student chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) elected Laura Schoerning as one of six UMass/Baystate residents to be inducted into their UMMS chapter of the Society this year. Residents are chosen for their commitment to teaching and their kind and compassionate treatment of patients, families, students, and colleagues. Being elected to GHHS from the large pool of housestaff is a major achievement and an acknowledgement of Laura serving as an exemplar of humanism to the students. Laura is a 2nd year resident at Hahnemann and will be serving as chief resident next year. She is originally from Wisconsin, completed medical school at Marian University College of Medicine, and is the busy parent of a toddler. Her patients and faculty at HFHC are consistently impressed by her humanism, compassion and natural connection to patients.

Faculty Development Workshops
  • June 10th, Thursday, 8:00 - 9:00am or June 17th, Thursday, 12:15 - 1:15pm: Henry Del Rosario, MD presents: Home for Dinner: Epic Tips and Best Practices for the Primary Care Physician.
  • June 23rd, Wednesday, 12:15 - 1:15pm: Jennifer Bradford, MD and Heather-Lyn Haley, PhD present: Stand Up: Taking Action to Reduce Bias and Racism.
Please RSVP to [email protected] if you would like to attend.

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:

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 review the recently published (Dec.2020) cohort study in JAMA on using bisphosphonates to prevent hip fractures. Guest: Robert A. Baldor, MD, FAAFP presents: How Long Should You Continue Bisphosphonate Treatment for Osteoporosis? - Frankly Speaking Ep 225.
Faculty Presentations/Publications

On May 20th, Linda Cragin presented, with colleagues from the UMass/Commonwealth Medicine’s Office of Survey Research, to the Mass. League of Community Health Center’s behavioral health leadership on the results of an assessment of the behavioral health workforce in community health centers.  
Clinical Services Spotlight:
COVID Update
  • Children account for 22% of new COVID cases.
  •  The age with the highest case rate is age 18 to 24.

  • Confirmed Cases 659,533, Active Cases 10,062, Hospitalized 257, ICU 75, intubated 45 and Confirmed deaths 17,463.

CDC guidelines for the fully vaccinated
  • You can return to activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
  • You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart except where required by law, state and local guidelines, workplace guidelines, or other facilities. 

Domestic Travel
  • You do not need to get tested pre or post-travel or quarantine on return.

Caregivers traveling internationally (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) for work or personal reasons who are not two weeks post full vaccination at time of travel:
  • Should plan their travel and quarantine time prior to travel and work with their manager to accommodate their absence. You will also need to submit an Employee Travel Form prior to travel.
  • If your work required you to interact with patients, you will need to quarantine for 14 days upon your return and follow CDC and Employee Health requirements for testing. A negative COVID-19 test prior to or upon return does not change the need to complete the quarantine period.
  • If you do not interact with patients, you must quarantine for seven days and follow CDC and Employee Health requirements for testing. A negative COVID-19 test prior to or upon return does not change the need to complete the quarantine period. 
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: