Please consider asking your legislator(s) to sponsor this breastfeeding bill. This bill not only covers pumps but also lactation support. Bills H 967 and S 600, An Act Improving Access to Breast Pumps, were recently introduced into the MA House and Senate. This bill mandates insurance coverage for multi-user double breast pumps for NICU and other fragile babies. Mass Breastfeeding Coalition has just posted an Action Alert that includes everything you need: link to find your legislators; sample letter; a one page info sheet to attach to the letter; an email to cc on the letter so we can track who has been contacted; and very clear instruction. The whole thing takes about 10 -15 minutes. Your voice matters.
Domestic Violence, Medical Advocacy & Patient Centered Responses
Thursday, March 30th at 11:45am online panel. (RSVP)
For some Black women and women of color, visits to the emergency room for injuries related to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) are a safer option than reporting to police or utilizing the legal system. Research shows that when treatment in the ER is paired with a direct referral to a victim advocacy agency, victims are more likely to use and follow-up with interventions. Two survivors will share their experiences with providers in the emergency room setting. Attendees will hear from representatives of medical providers about their in-house response and discuss the successes and challenges faced with this model of service, how provider responses impact survivors’ willingness to continue to seek medical attention, best practices and benefits, trauma-informed responses to survivors and more. Moderated by Marienelly Vazquez, MSW, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services and Community Outreach, YWCA Central Massachusetts.
The 21st Annual Primary Care Day will be held Wednesday, April 12th, 2023 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 5400 Computer Drive, Westborough, MA 01581, 8:00am-3:00pm.
You can Register now . This program will provide updates on a wide range of rapidly changing primary care topics and will feature concurrent presentations from which attendees can select their own learning track and is sponsored by the UMass Chan Office of Continuing Medical Education. See flyer for additional information.
The UMass Chan Interprofessional Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation (iCELS) is pleased to announce the 1st Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Basics for Primary Care Hands-on Skills Session, Thursday, April 13th, 2022, 8:00am-12:00pm. The session will cover basic ultrasound skills and several applications geared towards primary care providers.
You can Register now. See flyer for additional information.
Commission on the Health of the Public and Science (CHPS) - please provide your post-Dobbs (and soon to be post-Alliance for Hippcratic Medicine) stories (see link below)!
Background: last week, AAFP President Tochi Iroku-Malize, participated in an event hosted by Vice President Kamala Harris, on the topic of reproductive health. The Vice President's team was interested in learning more about how groups are preparing for a potential decision in the case Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. FDA – which seeks to overturn the 2000 approve of Mifepristone. Dr. Iroku-Malize was joined by the President of ACOG and several other reproductive and legal organizations. The administration is preparing for a decision that could come as soon as today. In a discussion about realities Post-Dobbs – the Vice President was interested in learning more from clinicians about any impact stories we have received from our members. Last year, a link was created where members could offer stories. AAFP is not looking for names or locations beyond the state to protect confidentiality. If you have a story to share, we encourage you to submit it through this survey: Action Center (votervoice.net)
MassAFP 2023 Annual Meeting & Spring Refresher
Manju Mahajan is co-chair of the MassAFP Education Committee.
Click here for the full conference schedule.
For more details go to: massafp.org.
Undergraduate Medical Education
Vista Town Hall: Please join us in person or online at the Vista Town Hall. The purpose of our time together is to share new information and collaborate with our community on topics related to Exploration and Horizons planning and development. From time to time, we will share Discovery phase milestones.
Wednesday, April 12th, 12:00-1:00pm (online, physical location TBD)
Wednesday, May 10th, 12:00-1:00pm (hybrid), Amp 3
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://umassmed.zoom.us/j/91713231333?pwd=SGkvUENlN2diTGZaajlDZlY2eGZnZz09&from=addon Password: 890756
Call for Nominations: Standing Committees
It is time for us to initiate the process of determining membership for the Standing Committees for the upcoming Academic Year. If you are interested in self-nominating for any of the committees described below, please submit your name, the committee of interest and the responses to the questions below to Faculty.Affairs@umassmed.edu The deadline for self-nomination is April 14th, 2023.
- Committee on Equal Opportunity & Diversity
- Faculty Grievance Committee (elected by faculty-at-large)
- Information Technology Committee
- Intellectual Property Committee
- Library and Learning Resources Committee
- Personnel Action Committee (elected by faculty-at-large)
- Women’s Faculty Committee
With your self-nomination, please include your responses to the questions below.
- Briefly describe your position & role at UMass Chan
- Why are you interested in serving this committee?
- What specific skills or strengths can you bring to this committee?
If you are interested in serving on a departmentally elected committee, as listed below, please contact your department chair:
- Faculty Council
- Committee on Scientific and Research Affairs
- Tenure Committee (if applicable to your department)
School committees are a great opportunity for career development and networking. More information on each of the committees and nomination process can be found here (umassmed.edu access required). Please consider sharing your passion and expertise with the institution.
Announcing the 19th Annual Gerald F. Berlin Prize for Creating Writing
Be sure to tell students and residents you know who like to write about the 19th Annual Gerald F. Berlin Prize for Creative writing. The Gerald F. Berlin Prize is awarded for creative writing, prose or poetry, authored by medical students, nursing students, graduate students, residents, and fellows based at UMass Chan Medical school, Berkshire Medical center, Worcester Medical Center/St. Vincent's or Baystate Medical Center. Submission deadline: April 15th, 2023. Click flyer for details. For guidelines visit Library's website at https://library.umassmed.edu/news-events/lsl-now/berlin-award-2023.
MCSTAP Guideline Update: A Series on Applying the 2022 CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain. The latest CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Pain include very important information for prescribers. To support you, MCSTAP is offering a three-part series on applying the Guidelines to managing care for patients with chronic pain. Register for all dates now! MCSTAP
- Wednesday, April 19th, 12:00 - 1:00pm, " Assessing Risk of Opioid Therapy: Applying the 2022 DCD Guidelines
Save the date: Huppert award winning students are preparing presentations for the April 21st Research in Progress noon seminar. Presenters include:
Michael Urbanowski, PhD (SOM), working with mentor Daria L. Szkwarko, DO, MPH on a retrospective program evaluation of latent tuberculosis infection screening and treatment in an urban FQHC and
Samantha Creamer (GSN) and Annie Thornton (SOM), with mentors Linda Cragin, MS, and Janet Hale, RN, PhD, on Operation Conversation: Bridging the Gap between the Veteran Community and Future Health Care Providers.
The Massachusetts Psychiatric Society is offering Psychiatry for the Primary Care Physician, a virtual program, on Saturday, April 29th from 8:15am-3:45pm. Massachusetts Primary Care Physicians are often the de facto providers of psychiatric care. Compared to the past, PCPs today are often responsible for diagnosing and treating patients with more serious, complicated, and chronic psychiatric disorders. This course was designed to provide PCPs and other clinicians with lectures on salient topics of psychiatric diagnosis and treatment in Primary Care. The course provides 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits; 1 credit meets MA BORM for Risk Management and 1 credit for Risk Management/Opioid Education and Pain Management. The course is $150 for MMS members, $15 for fellows and free for students. Register here: https://maps.memberclicks.net/primarycare23
Click flyer for additional information.
Mindfulness and Compassion During Tumultuous Times - Essential Tools to Remain Steady and Whole, presented by Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH, CMMT and Gail Gazelle, MD, MCC, CMMT.
Friday, May 5th, 2023, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm (ET)
At this in-person program, you will acquire practical strategies to quiet your mind and gain mastery over worries and self-doubt. You’ll learn about the neuroscience behind mindfulness and meditation, and practice with a variety of readily accessible tools that will help you attain calm, clarity, and the balance you need to build resilience and avoid physician burnout. Event Info (massmed.org).
Annual Department Retreat
Thursday, May 11th, 12:00-5:00pm, with reception to follow. Please save the date. Registration materials and agenda will be sent by email in the coming week.
Primary Care Bootcamp for NPs and PAs
Jillian Joseph, MPAS, PA-C, Kristin Wickstrom, PA-C, Megan Brochu, PA-C, and former Barre APPs Mariyan Montaque, NP, Andrea Julian, NP, and several other APPs from UMass and GSN collaborated with Pri-Med to create Primary Care Bootcamp for NPs and PAs. The Bootcamp is a digital, on-demand curriculum designed to help early career APPs build confidence and hone skills in primary care. The platform is now live at bootcamp.pri-med.com and open for registration! There are over 20 hours of CME available through the Bootcamp and the courses are organized into two distinct tracks that cover a range of topics, including chronic disease and concern-based sessions, professional development topics, as well as practice management concepts. Any questions can be sent to Jillian.Joseph@umassmemorial.org.
Click flyer for additional information.