UMass FMCH Tuesday Talk - June 6, 2023/CLINICAL

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Table of Contents

Message From The Chair

Upcoming Events

Focus of the Week – Clinical


Frankly Speaking Podcast

Clinical Services Spotlight

Message From The Chair

Congratulations to Erik Garcia for receiving the UMass Chan Leonard Tow Humanism Faculty Award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation on May 31st. Participating medical schools select one medical student and faculty member each year. Erik provided the keynote address about the importance of vulnerability and practicing self-compassion. The UMass Chan Gold Humanism Honor Society welcomed 36 medical students, six residents and four new faculty members this year. Several of the students are in MassAHEC Urban and Rural Health Scholars and FMIG. Mike Ennis and Hugh Silk serve as the advisors to the UMass Chan chapter.

Also, congratulations to Kim Bombaci and Phil Fournier, who were both recognized by the UMass Chan Class of 2023 as outstanding faculty during the student award ceremony on

June 2nd. 

Upcoming Events

Department of Medicine/Special Seminar-Division of Geriatrics

Wednesday, June 7th, 8:00 - 9:00amDavid Dosa, MD, MPH, presents "Studying the Effect of Climate Change on Older Adults".

Meeting ID: 939 7121 9628 Passcode: 787443

Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Thursday, June 8th, 12:00 - 1:00pmChoi-Kain, Lois W., MD, presents "Updates on the Treatment of Borderline and Other Personality Disorders in 2023".

Meeting ID: 818 349 233 Passcode: PsychGR1

FMCH Grand Rounds

Tuesday, June 13th, 12:00 - 1:00pm"Supporting Diverse Learning Styles: Addressing Bias in Feedback", presented by Melissa Gleckel, MD and Elizabeth Dykhouse, PhD.

Virtual Only via Zoom.

Meeting ID: 191 986 273 Passcode: FMCH

FMCH Grand Rounds

Tuesday, June 20th, 12:00 - 1:00pm, "Thomas Zand Lectureship in Refugee Health: Advancing Health Equity in Refugee Communities" - In Person, Memorial Amphitheater and Virtual via Zoompresented by Christa Johnson-Agbakwu, MD.

Meeting ID: 191 986 273 Passcode: FMCH

FMCH Grand Rounds

Tuesday, June 27th, 12:00 - 1:00pm"Provider Wellness Post-pandemic", presented by Steven Bird, MD, FACEP, FACMT.

Virtual Only via Zoom.

Meeting ID: 191 986 273 Passcode: FMCH

Focus of the Week - Clinical

Joint Commission on site this week

  • We expect the Joint Commission survey will continue for about 5 days.
  • Please monitor your email for daily updates.
  • Due to JC, PCP PAC Scheduling is postponed and will go live on Tuesday, June 13th.

Attire Policy for Interventional and Surgical Departments

  • Please pay close attention to the attached information if you are involved in surgical procedures, interventional activities, including OB.
  • Pay close attention to details regarding scrubs, masks, shoes and covers.


Weekly Learning - Women's Health

Clinical Question:

Are urine samples as accurate as vaginally collected samples to detect chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis in women?

Bottom Line:

In this study, the overall sensitivity for detecting chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomonas in women was greater with vaginal samples than urine samples.

(LOE = 2a)


Aaron KJ, Griner S, Footman A, Boutwell A, Van Der Pol B. Vaginal swab vs urine for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and Trichomonas vaginalis: A meta-analysis. Ann Fam Med 2023;21(2):172-179. 

Study Design: Meta-analysis (other)

Source: Essential Evidence Plus, POEMS Research Summaries.


Past editions of the Tuesday Talk Newsletter are available

at under Resources.

Sixteenth Annual Edward Smith Lecture

The sixteenth annual Edward Smith Lecture will be occurring on Thursday, June 8th, 2023 at 4:00pm on the subject Nothing New Under the Sun: The Struggle for Health Equity. (see flyer for additional information)

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Thomas Zand Refugee Health Initiative (see flyer for additional information) made possible by the funding from the Estate of the late Dr. Thomas Zand – local pediatrician, advocate of children, refugees, and education, which includes:

  1. Thomas Zand Lectureship on Refugee Health, to engage and recognize national leaders in this field. Lectureship recipients will deliver an annual talk on refugee health to the UMass community and engage with local refugee-serving community organizations.
  2. Thomas Zand Refugee Health Community Award, given annually to recognize the work done by Worcester community organizations working with newly arriving refugees and immigrants. (To nominate an organization for the Thomas Zand Community Organization award, please fill out this form:
  3. Thomas Zand Refugee Health Scholarship, provided to UMass Chan learners to support their attendance to the North American Refugee Health Conference.

Our inaugural events will occur on June 20th, 2023 - World Refugee Day:

  1. 12:00 pm Grand Rounds by the inaugural speaker Dr. Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, MD (Memorial Amphitheater and Zoom)
  2. 1:00 pm Discussion with Worcester and Fitchburg residents (Knowles Hall)
  3. 3:00 pm Community Panel Discussion and Award Presentation (Albert Sherman Cube) - To RSVP:

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.

The Department of Psychiatry is enrolling participants with Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD) in a clinical research study to look at the effectiveness, safety, and usefulness of an investigational nasal spray medication when it is used alone to improve depressive symptoms. Participants must: be 18 years of age or older, have been diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression, have not adequately responded to at least 2 different antidepressant treatments, must be comfortable with using a nasal spray and not be pregnant or have plans to become pregnant. Contact Chelsea Kosma @ 508-856-5312.

Frankly Speaking Podcast

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

Listen on Apple Podcasts:

Please join us for an overview: Current recommendations for when to start breast cancer screening do not consider race or ethnicity, which may be a source of racial disparity in breast cancer outcomes. In this installment, we take a closer look at these recommendations and how you can incorporate them into individualized patient care. Guest: Alan M. Ehrlich, MD, FAAFP, presents: "When to Start Screening for Breast Cancer-Does Race Make a Difference?" - Frankly Speaking Ep 331.

Clinical Services Spotlight:



  • There were 803 new cases in the last 7 days leading to May 30th.
  • The 7-day average of percent positivity is 3.82%.
  • There were 14 patients in the ICU with 5 being intubated.


  • As of June 4th, the 7-day average percent positivity was 5.4%.
  • Prior 7-day average of in house COVID positive patients is 9.
  • Of the 9, 67% were admitted primarily for COVID. There were 78% fully vaccinated. 

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