UMass FMCH Tuesday Talk - March 7, 2023/CLINICAL

Welcome to the FMCH Tuesday Talk. Please continue to send us your announcements, celebrations, and accomplishments to [email protected]

Table of Contents

Upcoming Events

Focus of the Week Clinical


Frankly Speaking Podcast

Presentations and Publications

Clinical Services Spotlight

Upcoming Events

Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Thursday, March 9th, 12:00 - 1:00pm"Digital Therapeutics: New Frontiers in Advancing Mental Health", presented by Prerna Moorjani, DO.

Meeting ID: 818 349 233 Passcode: PsychGR1


FMCH Grand Rounds

Tuesday, March 14th, 12:00 - 1:00pm"Updates in Higher Risk Obstetrics Care in Family Medicine", presented by Tracy Kedian, MD, Claudeleedy Pierre, MC and Kristina Gracey, MD, MPH.

Meeting ID: 191 986 273 Passcode: FMCH

Special Seminar

Wednesday, March 22nd, 12:00 - 1:00pm, "Improving Cancer Health Equity in Rural Settings through Participatory Implementation Science", presented by Melinda M. Davis, Ph.D., M.C.R. Dr. Davis is an Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Sciences University, Interim Director of the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network and co-Director of the OCTRI Community and Collaboration Core. Dr. Davis conducts participatory implementation science research with patient, community, and health system partners to improve health and enhance health equity in rural settings. Please register in advance for this webinar.

See flyer for additional information.


Career Development Workshop: UMass Cancer Screening Research

Thursday, March 23rd, 12:00 - 1:00pm, Presented by Melinda M. Davis, Ph.D., M.C.R., for early-career researchers and faculty, however, all are welcome.


Black Maternal Health 6th Annual Conference (BMHC)

Friday, April 7th; "Centering the Role of Nurses and Midwives in Addressing the Black Maternal Health Crisis", this conference is hybrid, with virtual spots remaining, and is free.

You can register here:

Focus of the Week - Clinical

Mass Medical Society on the stability of the physician's workforce:

See link for the recent survey summary.

MASS AFP Spring Refresher

Friday March 24th - Saturday March 25th

Waltham Woods Conference Center, Massachusetts Medical Society Headquarters, 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA.

See the link below for the agenda:


Past editions of the Tuesday Talk Newsletter are available

at under Resources.

Remembering Linda Garufi (Clark), MD, (to us, Linda Clark, MD) passed away on February 6th in Emmaus, PA. Many may remember that she worked at Family Health Center of Worcester in the early 2000s. Her husband, Anthony, is considering a way to memorialize her in the department and we will keep you informed. Her obituary is:

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 (

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, March 15th, 12:00 - 1:00pm, "Continuing Opioids: Applying the 2022 CDC Guidelines
  • Wednesday, April 19th, 12:00 - 1:00pm, " Assessing Risk of Opioid Therapy: Applying the 2022 DCD Guidelines

Mick Huppert Awards!

The department is revising how Mick Huppert Awards are awarded. For those who remember Mick, a long-time faculty member and AHEC leader who died in 2017, his two passions were family medicine and community health. We are revising the award to foster student interest in family medicine during the first year of medical school, engage in a community project, and build a connection with a family medicine mentor who will also be recognized with this award. Please see the attached application for more details. This application is being shared with students as well. The due date for applications is March 10th to [email protected].

MassAFP 2023 Annual Meeting & Spring Refresher

Friday, March 24th, 2023, 8:00am - 6:30pm

Saturday, March 25th, 2023, 8:00am - 1:30pm

Registration for MassAFP 2023 Annual Meeting & Spring Refresher is now open. 

Manju Mahajan is co-chair of the MassAFP Education Committee. 

Click here for the full conference schedule.

See the attached flyer for more details or go to: 

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 [email protected]. 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.

  1. Briefly describe your position & role at UMass Chan
  2. Why are you interested in serving this committee?
  3. 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)

More information on each of the committees can be found here

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. See flyer for details. For guidelines visit Library's website at


Saturday, April 29th, 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 lectures, all

Psychiatry for the Primary Care Physician Learning Opportunity

The Massachusetts Psychiatric Society is offering Psychiatry for the Primary Care Physician, a virtual program, on Saturday, April 29th from 8:15am-3:45pm. The attached flyer explains more. 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:!/.

See attached 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 (

Faculty Development

Annual Department Retreat

Please Save the Date, May 11th, 2023, 12:00-6:00pm for our annual department retreat. We plan multiple CME events as well as follow up on the department strategic planning. We look forward to seeing you there!

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 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 [email protected].

See attached flyer for additional information.

Photo Sessions (FREE headshots!)

Date: Every other Wednesday

Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Locations: Sherman Center - 5th floor (near staircase) 

If you are in the need of a faculty headshot or need to update your current one, please sign up via the link below.

Sign Up Link here.

Frankly Speaking Podcast

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

Listen on Apple Podcasts:

Please join us for an overview: Have you ever experienced imposter syndrome? Or do you mentor someone struggling with this sense of inadequacy? If so, you won't want to miss this podcast episode. You will formulate a clear definition of imposter syndrome, understand its components, and walk away with practical tips to help overcome it. Guest: Mariyan L. Montaque, DNP, FNP-BC, Susan Feeney, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C and Jill M. Terrien, PhD, presents: "Do They Know I Don't Know? Overcoming Imposter Syndrome". - Frankly Speaking Ep 318.

Presentations and Publications

Drs. Ekaterina Pivovarova and Warren Ferguson published a manuscript titled "COVID-19 Impact on Opioid Overdose After Jail Release in Massachusetts". They found that persons with OUD released from jail during the pandemic experienced higher overdose mortality compared to pre-pandemic, but the number of deaths was small. They did not experience significantly different rates of non-fatal overdose. Early jail releases during the pandemic were unlikely to explain much, if any, of the observed increase in community overdoses in Massachusetts. Citation: Friedmann, P.D., Dunn, D., Michener, P., Bernson, D., Stopka, T. J., Pivovarova, E., Ferguson, W. J., Rottapel, R., Hoskinson, R., Wilson, D., and Evans, E. A. (In Press) COVID-19 Impact on Opioid Overdose After Jail Release in Massachusetts. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.


Dr. Ekaterina Pivovarova was the lead author on a manuscript titled "Facilitators and barriers to collaboration between drug courts and community-based medication for opioid use disorder providers". Ms. Alexandra Boland, Research Coordinator II at FMCH was also a co-author. We concluded that collaboration between drug courts and MOUD providers was driven by patient needs, external policies, communication patterns, and perceptions. Interventions to increase access MOUD for drug court participants will need to incorporate collaboration strategies while considering the unique features of drug courts. Citation and free article download available at:

Pivovarova, E., Taxman, F.S., Boland, A.K. Smelon, D.A., Lemon, S.C., & Friedmann, P.D. (2023) Facilitators and barriers to collaboration between drug courts and community-based medication for opioid use disorder providers. Journal of Substance Use and Addiction Treatment.

The following articles were recently published in a supplement of the Annals of Family Medicine by Hugh Silk, Judy Savageau, and John Romano (former UMass Chan medical student, now PGY1 at Greenfield Family Medicine Residency.)

Clinical Services Spotlight:


COVID-19 Updates - MA

  • There are 3,356 new confirmed COVID cases in the state in the last 7 days; 87 new confirmed deaths.
  • The 7-day average of percent positivity is 5.88%.
  • Total COVID cases to date; 2,220,962 with 24,249 confirmed deaths.



  • The 7-day average of percent positivity is 5.4%.
  • In-patient 7-day average with COVID - 56.
  • Of the 56, 66% are fully vaccinated.
  • There were 11 in ICU with 7 being 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

Yoga is canceled on March 15 and 22nd. Will resume on Wednesday March 29th.