UMass FMCH Tuesday Talk - July 25, 2023/RESEARCH

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Table of Contents

Focus of the Week – Research


Department Member Recognition

Presentations and Publications

Resident and Fellow News

Frankly Speaking Podcast

Clinical Services Spotlight

Focus of the Week - Research

Suzanne Mitchell, MD, MS, Director, Research

Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Plan Templates are now available in DMPTool.

  • DMPTool is a free and open, web-based tool used to build your own DMS plan or view publicly available templates, accessible via UMass Chan single-sign-on credentials. “NIH-Default DMSP” is a template directly from the National Institutes of Health.
  • The library has a dedicated resource guide: Contact the Library Research Data Services team with questions or to request a review of your plan:

UMass Chan IRB is hosting Human Research Protection Program/AAHRPP Accreditation Preparation Bootcamps, a series of five courses pertaining to systems that support the protection of the rights and welfare of subjects in Human Research. These trainings are part of their re-accreditation process and are open to all members of the UMass research community as well as recorded. For more information, visit: AAHRPP Boot Camps (


Research Administration Updates are hosted by Grants and Contracts Administration on the 2nd Thursday of each month and will resume on September 14th. Meeting details and past presentations are available for review: Research Administration Updates (RAUs) (


Past editions of the Tuesday Talk Newsletter are available

at under Resources.

As a department we want to help you figure out how to navigate the new DEA requirements.

See below:

Summary of New Training Requirements to obtain or renew DEA registration.

Beginning June 27, 2023, practitioners applying for a new or renewed Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration will need to attest to having completed a total of 8 hours of training on opioid or substance use disorders, as well as safe pharmacological management of dental pain. To renew your DEA Registration or apply for a new DEA Registration to prescribe Schedule II – V controlled medications, you will need to attest on your DEA application that you have either:

  • Completed at least 8-hours of training (training can be cumulative from the last 5 years; it does not have to be completed in one session) on opioid/other substance use disorders that has been approved by certain specified organizations; or
  • Hold a current board certification in addiction medicine or addiction psychiatry from the American Board of Medical Specialties, American Board of Addiction Medicine, or the American Osteopathic Association; or
  • Graduated within five (5) years in good standing from a medical, advanced practice nursing, or physician assistant school in the United States that included successful completion of an opioid or other substance use disorder curriculum. Training must include treatment and management of patients with opioid/substance use disorders.

If you previously held a waiver from the DEA and SAMHSA that was granted because you met the training requirements to prescribe buprenorphine, you have already met the criteria, and can attest to meeting the training requirement. More information can be found here:


Training opportunities:

These FMCH grand rounds from the past 5 years can be part of your 8-hour attestation if you attended them:

Opioid/Substance Abuse Grand Rounds since 2018 – each worth 1 CME credit

  • Navigating the Substance Use Disorder System in Massachusetts – Referrals, Consults, and More (1-24-2023) Hugh Silk, MD, MPH; James Ledwith, MD; Jay Broadhurst, MD; Heidi Ginter, MD; Jillian Joseph, MPAS, PA-C; Jennifer Bradford, MD; Justin LaPorte
  • Effecting Change in Primary Care that Benefits Patients and Providers: What Makes It Easy, What Makes It Hard, and What to Expect Next for Opioid Prescribing and Integrating Care

(5-31-2022) Constance van Eeghen, DrPH, MHSA, MBA

  • Management of Complex Patients: Substance Misuse and Difficult Pain Management
  • (11-26-2019) James Ledwith, MD 
  • The Physiology of Addiction (2-13-2018) Ruth Potee, MD 
  • Update on the Opioid Epidemic: Might Safe Injection Facilities be Part of the Solution?

(11-26-2019) Dennis Dimitri, MD, FAAFP 

The Center for Integrated Primary Care offers free, online training in the assessment of OUD and treatment with buprenorphine and naltrexone. This content takes ~2 hours to complete and those who complete it will receive free CME. 

The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) has courses as well:

Boston Medical Center has 16 hours of free CME in 30-minute increments:

See attached for other answers and options.

Social Determinants of Health Poster Session

Wednesday, August 23rd, 3:15-5:30pm, Faculty Conference Room,

UMass Chan Medical School. (see attached flyer for additional information)


  • 3:15-3:45: Poster Session and Judging 
  • 3:45-3:50: Welcome by Dr. Patricia Seymour, Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health, Assistant Dean of Clinical Curriculum 
  • 3:50-4:20: Keynote Address by Dr. Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor, Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Executive Director, Collaborative in Health Equity 
  • 4:20-4:30: Closing Remarks and Presentation of Awards by Dr. Susan Hogan, Assistant Professor Family Medicine and Community Health and Longitudinal Leader of Societal Forces of Health and Disease 
  • 4:30-5:30: Reception 

Hepatitis C and General Hepatology Project ECHO

(Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes)

You are invited to join an exciting virtual collaborative learning opportunity which will allow you to build expertise in the evaluation and management of patients living with chronic

Hepatitis C. (see attached brochure and curriculum schedule)

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 8th, 2023, 12:30 - 1:30pm ~ with 10 sessions held bi-monthly.

Register Today!

Center for Integrated Primary Care and the Center for Integrated Medical Group Visits, will hold their 3rd annual one-day, virtual event on Friday, September 8th. “Growing Group Visits” will center around all aspects of group visits, from patients to policy, to delivering whole person care with a focus on financial and community health implications. Jon Porter, MD, and Joshua Plavin, MD, MPH, MBA, Larner College of Medicine at UVM, will provide a keynote, “Creating an integrative, effective, and financially sustainable program”. Another keynote “The Power of Group Visits” will be led by Beth Frates, MD, president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. For registration go to

Scholarships provided as all are welcome.

1st Year Longitudinal Preceptors needed:

The MassAHEC Urban and Rural Health Scholars(U/RHS) program is recruiting longitudinal preceptors for incoming students. The Longitudinal Preceptor Program (LPP) goals are here. There are 7 sessions during year 1 and 6 sessions in year 2. Students apply to MassAHEC expressing their interest in primary care of underserved populations and are matched with a family medicine preceptor only (other students are matched to primary care/specialist duo). Second year residents and fellows can participate. 


Funding Opportunity: The Blue Cross Shields of MA Foundation Special Initiatives

grant program provides organizations with a one-time grant of up to $50,000 to pilot or launch a new project over a one-year period which empowers communities to advance health equity. Visit their website for more details:

Applications are due September 11th, 2023.

Teaching of Tomorrow (TOT) is a nationally recognized and highly acclaimed faculty development program that focuses on building and refining foundational skills for effective clinical teaching in inpatient and ambulatory settings. Preceptors from any specialty and discipline will enhance their clinical teaching skills through discourse and practice. Workshop dates are November 17-18, 2023, and March 8-9, 2024, and will be held at the Hotel Northampton. Participants must attend all four days. See the brochure for details and

register at

Department Member Recognition

Congratulations to the following on their promotions: Stephanie Carter-Henry, MD to Associate Professor and Emily Lauer, PhD, MPH, to Associate Professor.

Updates from the New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NEAETC)

Congratulations to Phil Bolduc, PI, and Vanessa Carson-Sasso, Co-I for receiving $450,000 in funding from HRSA to create the National HIV Pathway Consortium (NHPC). Then NHPC will support the creation and success of HIV training pathways in family and internal medicine residency programs at six partner sites in high HIV-incidence areas and will provide a forum for collaboration between existing HIV residency training pathways across the country. Its overarching goal is to increase the number and diversity of providers serving people with HIV, particularly in areas with the largest unmet need.


Congratulations also to Vanessa Carson-Sasso, on her election as president for the National Alliance for HIV Education and Workforce Development.

Presentations and Publications

Jillian Joseph, Erik Garcia, and Hugh Silk (with medical students and others at UMass) published an article entitled, A mobile addiction service for community-based overdose prevention, in Frontiers in Public Health this month. This can be viewed here.

Resident and Fellow News

Zoe Warczak, a first-year preventive medicine fellow, has been invited to be a faculty member for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Center of Excellence on Social Media and Youth Mental Health Project ECHO and also elected Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Medical

Society (MMS) Committee on Violence Intervention and Prevention for 2023-2024.

Frankly Speaking Podcast

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

Listen on Apple Podcasts:

Please join us for an overview: Listen in as we explore the connection between asthma and cancer. We examine new Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) guidelines and recent observational data correlating an asthma diagnosis with an increased cancer risk. Don't miss out on this essential discussion that will empower you with valuable knowledge for enhanced patient care. Guest: Robert A. Baldor, MD, FAAFP, presents: "Asthma May Induce Some Cancers-Can That Be Prevented?" - Frankly Speaking Ep 338.

Clinical Services Spotlight:

Josephine Fowler, MD, MBA, Vice Chair of Clinical Services

Changing the Problem List in EPIC

As a result of a patient safety event and at the request of Pamela Manor and Dr. Alper, with the approval of the Ambulatory Partnership Council, effective Tuesday, July 18th, 2023, non-clinical users and users who are not Physicians/APPs will no longer have access to edit the patient problem list. Access to view the Problem List will remain.


  • Current 7-day average percent positivity, 8.4 percent.
  • The prior 7-day average was 5.8 percent.
  • In-patients confirmed positive, 4 cases. 75 percent primary COVID
  • Of the 4 in-house, 100 percent are fully vaccinated.

Telehealth MA Post-Pandemic

MassHealth will continue to allow MassHealth-enrolled providers to deliver a broad range of MassHealth-covered services via telehealth and, through September 30,th 2023, will reimburse for such services at parity with their in-person counterparts. “State’s largest insurer extends full telehealth coverage indefinitely”. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts plans to continue paying for telehealth sessions at the same rate as in-person visits for primary care and chronic illness care. The payment is not for a quick phone call, but covers interactions that have the same qualities as an office visit, whether by phone or video.

Prescribing controlled substances

The Drug Enforcement Administration and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have extended all telemedicine flexibilities regarding prescribing controlled substances through November 11th, 2023. Clinician-patient telemedicine relationships established before November 11th, 2023, will have an additional year (until November 11th, 2024) to continue using telemedicine flexibilities for controlled medications that were in place during the COVID-19 PHE.

As we transition back to in-person visits, UMMMS is asking that we see patients in person as much as possible.

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.

Yoga Classes with Dr. Liz Erban

New members always welcome. 

Please join for early morning gentle yoga, Wednesday mornings 6:30am via Zoom.

Much appreciation to Dr. Liz Erban for hosting these outstanding classes. 

Join Zoom Meeting ID: 923 9393 3653 Passcode: 764113