UMass FMCH Tuesday Talk - June 1, 2021/CLINICAL
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 - Clinical
Frankly Speaking Podcast
Department Member Recognition
Clinical Services Spotlight
Wellness Resources
Working on Wellness
Upcoming Events

FMCH Grand Rounds
June 1st, Tuesday, 12 - 1pmKatrina Durham, MS presents: Access, Disclosure and Disability Justice in Medical Education.
Meeting ID: 191 986 273 Password: FMCH
Focus of the Week - Clinical

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 survey using link below. 

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.

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.
Frankly Speaking Podcast

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

Join us for this episode as we describe a new validated risk assessment tool, developed in Canada, you can use to classify patients as low, medium or high-risk for stroke over the 7 days following a TIA. Guest: Alan Ehrlich, MD, FAAFP presents: Risk-Stratifying Patients with a TIA. - Frankly Speaking Ep 226.
Clinical Services Spotlight:
COVID updates
  • MA statewide total cases 661,115; Confirmed deaths 17,508; Active Cases 6,702.
  • Hospitalizations 256; ICU 74; and 39 intubated.
  • Percent positivity in 7-days 0.66.

Waiting to Exhale: Massachusetts opening post pandemic
  • On May 29, 2021, all industries were permitted to open. 
  • Capacity limits returned to 100%.
  • Follow all local and state rules.

UMass Memorial
  • Changes to inpatient visitor policy took effect last week:
  • Non-COVID, non PUI patients may have up to two visitors per day.
  • Visitors will be screened, must wear a mask and social distance.
  • Visitors may not eat or drink in the patient room.
  • End of life Non-COVID patient may have two visitors at a time.
  • End of life COVID patients may have 2 visitors for one time visit.
  • COVID positive patients may not have visitors (other than end of life exception).
  • Compliance with the self-reporting tool is still required.

Travel Guidance- Domestic
Fully vaccinated
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth.
  • Maintain social distancing, 6 feet apart.
  • Follow all local and state rules.
  • Post Travel- self-monitor and report any symptoms.

Not fully vaccinated
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth.
  • Maintain social distancing, 6 feet apart.
  • Follow all local and state rules.
  • Post Travel
  • Test 3-5 days after return.
  • Quarantine for a full 7 days after return.

Health Equity True North Goal- Well Child Visits
Closing the gap
  • Four months and counting, our goal is to close the gap and decrease disparities.
  • All sites have seen improvement in well child visits- let’s keep up the effort.
  • Everyone deserves a right to have fair and just opportunity for equitable healthcare. 
  • Disparities in childhood can lead to adult chronic disease.
  • Early identification can improve long-term health problems. 
  • UMass is investing, we are investing, together we can close the gap!
Wellness Resources

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: