UMass FMCH Tuesday Talk - June 27, 2023/RESEARCH

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Table of Contents

Message From the Chair

Focus of the Week – Research


Presentations and Publications

Frankly Speaking Podcast

Clinical Services Spotlight

Message From the Chair

It was great to see so many of the past and present members of the department at Warren Ferguson’s retirement party last week and to reflect on the impact he made over the years. If you haven’t contributed to his Kudoboard or want to make a donation in his honor to the Visiting Professorship, click on the underlined link.

Congratulations to Jim Ledwith who has been chosen as the 2023 FMEC Family Physicians Who Are Changing Our World” award winner by Family Medicine Education Consortium. He will receive the award at the 2023 FMEC Annual Meeting in October in Rhode Island.

Focus of the Week - 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:

All grant proposals and research performance progress report submissions are due to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) 5 business days before the deadline. This is a reminder to please plan accordingly. 

  • The OSP specialist for Family Medicine and Community Health is Keiko Dion ( 
  • Upcoming July deadlines include:


  • July 5th - R01 submission due to OSP by June 27th
  • July 12th - K series submission due to OSP by July 5th
  • July 17th - R21 submission due to OSP by July 10th


  • July 1st - RPPR's due to OSP by June 28th
  • July 17th - RPPR's due to OSP by July 10th


As some of you may be aware, the Bank of America (BOA) prepaid gift card program at UMass Chan will be discontinued this summer.

  • Effective July 1st, 2023, any mail order/ reload submissions through BOA will end. All BOA prepaid cards will be de-activated on December 1st, 2023.
  • Users of the BOA program are encouraged to apply for a One Card Gift Card for participant payments.
  • Job aids, FAQ documents, and additional resources are available on the Cost Analysis & Compliance page. You can also email for more information.


Past editions of the Tuesday Talk Newsletter are available

at under Resources.

The Worcester Family Medicine Residency is pleased to share the residency’s 2023 award winners. See the impressive list here

Center for Integrated Primary Care and the Center for Integrated Medical Group Visits, will hold their 3rd annual one-day, virtual event with presentations, experiential workshops, and spaces for mentorship on Friday, September 8th. “Growing Group Visits” will center around all aspects of group medical 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, from the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, 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

As always scholarships provided as all are welcome.

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.

Presentations and Publications

The Worcester Business Journal published an article on June 20th related to Kate Pivovarova’s pilot project with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, jail, and house of corrections to study the available substance abuse treatment options. You can read more here. You can also find it highlighted within UMass Chan here.

Hannah Stoops, MD, MPH a preventive medicine fellow published an article with Mohamad Dar, the Senior Medical Director for MassHealth on equity and obesity treatment. 

New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NEAETC), under the leadership of Vanessa Carson-Sasso collaborated with Primary Care Development Corporation to develop four short videos portraying the interwoven stories of four women of color, from diverse backgrounds, all long-term survivors with HIV discussing what U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) means to them. Each video demonstrates strength, resilience, and the importance of honest communication between providers and clients: Storytelling Series - Undetectable = Untransmittable. This project will be presented at the US Conference on HIV/AIDS in September. 

Frankly Speaking Podcast

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

Listen on Apple Podcasts:

Please join us for an overview: It can be tricky to navigate conflicting data when discussing alcohol intake with patients, so we're here to discuss the topic's most recent evidence. In this episode, we take a look at the findings to help you and your patients make informed decisions about daily alcohol consumption and their health. Guest: Robert A. Baldor, MD, FAAFP, presents: "What Do You Mean That Glass of Red Wine Is No Longer OK to Drink?" - Frankly Speaking Ep 334.

Clinical Services Spotlight:

2023 Updates for United States Preventive Task Force

The United States Preventive Services Task Force provides recommendations for clinical preventive services and is widely used by Family Medicine. Please see the 2023 updates below and the enclosed attachment for 2022.

  • Screening for anxiety disorders in adults
  • Adults 64 years or younger, including pregnant and postpartum persons, Grade B.
  • Older adults 65 years or older, Grade I (insufficient evidence).
  • Depression and Suicide Risk in Adults Screening
  • Screening for Depression in Adults, including pregnant and postpartum persons, and older adults (65 years or older) is recommended, Grade B.
  • The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for suicide risk in the adult population, including pregnant and postpartum persons, as well as older adults, Grade I (insufficient evidence).
  • Screening patients for Latent TB in Adults
  • The USPSTF recommends screening for LTBI in populations at increased risk, Grade B.
  • Skin Cancer Screening
  • The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of visual skin examination by a clinician to screen for skin cancer in adolescents and adults, Grade I.
  • Screening adolescents and adults for asymptomatic genital herpes.
  • The USPSTF recommends against routine serologic screening for genital herpes simplex virus infection in asymptomatic adolescents and adults, including pregnant persons, Grade D.

Please see attachment for the 2022 USPTF updates and the source link for the 2023 USPTF updates added below.



  • The current 7-day average percent positivity is 1.6%.
  • 7-day average of patients in house is 4 with 75% fully vaccinated.
  • 1 patient in the ICU and that person was fully vaccinated.



  • There were 693 new COVID cases reported in the last 7 days. (based on 6/21 report)
  • The 7-day average of percent positivity rate was 4.06%.
  • On 6/17, there were 60 patients primarily hospitalized for COVID.
  • There were 160 patients hospitalized with COVID.
  • There were 5 new COVID deaths during the 7-day period with a total 22,667 confirmed deaths in MA due to COVID.

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