Family Medicine Moments
The new academic year brings the re-start of the Thursday Morning Memo – under a new name, Family Medicine Moments. It is important to highlight as often as we can Family Medicine and the relationships we build. Editor Hugh Silk welcomes your poems, haikus, 55-word stories, or photos – please send to Hugh.Silk@umassmemorial.org. If you are not on the listserv or would like to ensure that a group of learners, faculty or staff are on the listserv, please contact Linda.Cragin@umassmed.edu.
Please share your thoughts as we develop a departmental diversity plan that responds to identified needs among our faculty, staff, and learners on both the school and clinical sides. Your participation in this survey will help us to see where we are as a department and will direct meaningful, data-driven action toward a more inclusive workplace. This survey is intended for faculty, staff, and learners who identify as current members of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH). Your responses are anonymous and data will only be shared in ways that protect individual identities. Please get your responses in before Friday, September 17. Thank you.
Tend Health COVID-19 Recovery Course Faculty Development Opportunity
You matter! The Department wants to support you through your COVID recovery efforts. We have hired Tend Health to provide recovery courses for our faculty. A series of four sessions over two months will guide you through recovery and build resilience.
Learn new concepts, build resiliency, and find community through live courses.
The team of expert and diverse instructors bring together a community of like-minded health professionals to learn new skills and expand our insights.
Faculty will need to choose one cohort and stick with it for all the sessions.
Here are the dates:
Cohort 1: Mondays 8-9:15am 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29
Cohort 2: Fridays 4-5:15pm 10/29, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3
RSVP as soon as possible to Jennifer Masoud to reserve your spot in your chosen cohort, Jennifer.email@example.com.
Hepatitis C and General Hepatology
Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes)
You are invited to join an exciting virtual collaborative learning opportunity!
What? Hepatitis C ECHO, a virtual case-based tele-mentoring educational model
Who? Primary care interdisciplinary team members (providers, nurses, social workers, community health workers, patient navigators, etc.)
Why? Tele-mentoring model that links specialists to primary care providers (PCPs) via video conferencing from any computer; Case based, iterative learning facilitated by specialists and related experts; through guided practice, PCPs become proficient in specialty care
When? A new cohort begins Friday, September 10th, 2021, 12:30 - 1:30pm ~ with 10 sessions held bi-monthly.
Curriculum content includes:
- HCV screening
- Acute HCV
- Chronic HCV: Workup
- Treatment of non-cirrhotic patients
- Treatment of cirrhotic patients
- Monitoring during treatment
- Monitoring post treatment
- "Topic by request"
- Other hepatitides in the context of HCV/Hepatitis A&B
- Treatment of special populations
UMass Family Medicine & Community Health Apparel Orders 2021
The pandemic has limited what we are able to order for Department gear, and thus the order form is changing significantly. Below is a Google Link, for which people can order Department gear from. Pricing will depend on quantity ordered. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Submission Deadline: Tuesday, September 21st. https://forms.gle/GT1YrtDfBST1R8cb9.
Program Dates: September 1st, 2021 to October 31st, 2021.
Using your smart phone and/or smart watch track the number of steps each week and enter it into the data base link that will be sent out at the end of each week by your designated team leader. You can choose your own team, designate a name for your team and a leader who can keep track of data by each team member using a smart link. Your team leader will complete the first sign up survey after which we will create a “team link” for you where each member of your team can enter their own numbers/data. It will take less than a minute for the whole week’s activity tracking. Incentive: Improve team bonding, improved physical activity, friendships among co-workers, recognition in the Tuesday Talk and system wide recognition at the end of the program.
Massachusetts Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) ECHO. Come join us!
What? Massachusetts Latent TB Infection ECHO, a virtual case-based telementoring educational model.
Who? Primary care interdisciplinary team members (providers, nurses, social workers, community health workers, patient navigators, etc.).
Why? The USPSTF guidelines urge primary care teams to test high risk populations for TB & treat latent TB infection within primary care.
When? Thursday 12:15 - 1:15pm for 11 monthly sessions; 10/14/21, 11/18/21, 12/16/21, 1/13/22, 2/17/22, 3/17/22, 4/21, 5/26/22, 6/16/22, 7/21/22, 9/15/22.
This course is designed for beginners and more advanced practitioners. Those who are new to LTBI management will receive introductory material from our previous LTBI ECHO courses. We welcome previous course participants to join for new curriculum content and more advanced considerations in LTBI management.
Curriculum content includes:
- Latent TB infection testing and treatment recap
- Short course regimen considerations
- Ruling out TB disease - advanced considerations
- LTBI advanced testing and treatment considerations in special populations (i.e., pediatrics, pregnant people, liver disease)
- CME available
Teaching of Tomorrow (TOT)
January 7-8 and March 25-26, 2022
Registration is Open!
For over 25 years, UMass faculty from the departments of Family Medicine and Community Health, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics have trained over 1,500 clinical faculty and preceptors from across the Northeast and beyond. TOT focuses on building and refining foundational skills for effective clinical teaching in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings. Preceptors from any specialty and discipline will enhance their clinical teaching skills through discourse and practice. TOT also provides valuable opportunities to network with other clinician educators. Our award-winning faculty utilize the principles of adult learning, drawing on participants’ experience and building knowledge through dialogue. The conference provides frequent opportunities to practice and assess new skills in a safe and fun environment.
- Clinical educators – MDs, DOs, NPs, PAs, RNs, Behavioral Health, Pharmacists
- Primary Care and Specialty providers
- Teachers of students, residents, and advanced learners
- Teachers in both In-patient and Ambulatory settings
Medical School Applicant Interviews
The School of Medicine is seeking raters for the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) to choose the next class of medical students. It is a great opportunity to meet enthusiastic MD applicants. Please forward any questions to Stacy Potts at email@example.com or Brenda Fusaro at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is the doodle link for the training sessions: