Research Initiatives

Presentations

The academic research findings of the department's faculty are often accepted for presentation at local, state and national meetings.  In addition, many of our faculty are often invited to present their educational and clinical research findings - both nationally and internationally.  Listed below (alphabetically by faculty name, though many presentations included faculty from other departments/institutions) are some of the more recent presentations made by department faculty:

Ron Adler:
“Understanding Overdiagnosis: Potential Harms of Screening (Cancer)” (Primed Conference)

Bob Baldor:
“Autism: Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment” (Primed Conference)
“Skin Cancer: Easy Diagnosis and Treatment” (Primed Conference)

Elana Bannerman
:

“A Cloudy Case of a Knee Effusion due to Staph Epidermidis” (New England American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting)

Sandy Blount:
“Foundational Clinical Routines of Patient Centered Shared Care for Hard to Serve Populations” (18th Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference)
“The Process of Creating the Colorado Consensus Competencies for Behavioral Health Clinicians in Primary Care” (Collaborative Family Healthcare Association’s 18th Annual Conference)

Phil Bolduc:
“Strengthening HIC and HCV Programs in Community Health Centers” (New England AETC Annual HIV Primary Care Conference)
“Reflections on 35 Years of HIV Care: The Role of the Family Physician Then, Now and In the Future” (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference)
“Confronting a Hidden Epidemic: An Innovative Method for Teaching Hepatitis B” (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference)

Lucy Candib
and John Frey:
“Reflecting with Early Graduates and Senior Family Medicine Leaders About  Career Transitions: Introducing Faculty Whispering” (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference)

Lucy Candib:
“Applying a Gender Lens to Scientific Articles” (pre-conference workshop; WONCA World Conference of Family Doctors)
“Rethinking Women’s Sexual Problems” (symposium; WONCA World Conference of Family Doctors)

Lucy Candib et al:
“WONCA’s Gender Equity Standards: 10 Years from Conception to Delivery” (poster; WONCA World Conference of Family Doctors)
“How to Incorporate the Gender Equity Standards (GES) for Scientific Meetings into WONCA International and Regional Conferences” (workshop; WONCA World Conference of Family Doctors)

Stephanie Carter-Henry, Lucy Candib and Neha Wacks:
“Developing an Action Plan for Meeting the Needs of Women in Family Medicine; An Exploration of History, Equity, and Future Planning” (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference)

Suzanne Cashman:
“Developing an International Strategic Plan for Service-Learning and Community Engagement” (CU Expo 2017)
“Developing an Institutional Dashboard to Advance Health Equity: Weaving Social Determinants of Health into a Revised and Full Curriculum” (AAMC annual meeting)
“Teaching Population Health to Medical and Nursing Students” (Association for Clinicians for the Underserved Conference)

Suzanne Cashman and Monica Lowell (along with UMMS medical students):
“More Than Two is Not a Crowd: Developing an Academic Health Collaborative with Multiple Universities and a Clinical System” (American Public Health Association annual meeting)
“Collaborating to Improve Outcomes: An Interprofessional Student Approach to Hot Spotting” (American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Suzanne Cashman et al: 
“Collaborating to Improve Outcomes: An Interprofessional Student Approach to Hot Spotting” (American Public Health Association annual meeting)

“More Than Two is not a Crowd: Developing an Academic Health Collaborative with Multiple Universities and a Clinical System” (American Public Health Association annual meeting)
“Where are the Determinants of Health? Student-Led Curriculum Change” (poster, Association for Prevention Teaching and Research annual meeting)

Michael Chin:
“The Value Proposition of State Health Information Exchanges” (New England Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society)
”The Mass Hiway: An Introduction and Overview to the Commonwealth’s Statewide Health Information Exchange” (30th Annual Conference of the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association)

Dennis Dimitri:
“Physicians Respond to the Opioid Epidemic: The Massachusetts Experience” (Maryland Patient Safety Center’s Annual Medication Safety Conference)

Frank Domino
:
“Vitamin D” (Primed Conference)
“Updates to the Medical Literature” (Primed Conference)
“Leadership and Professionalism in the Fourth Year” (STFM Conference on Medical Student Education)

Deborah Dreyfus
et al:
“Attitudinal Changes in Residents After and Exposure-based Curriculum on Intellectual Disabilities” (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference)

Steve Earls and David Gilchrist:
“Scribes in the Office” (Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians annual meeting)

Alan Ehlrich:
“Medical and Recreational Marijuana: Evidence-based Decision Tools” (Primed Conference)

Mike Ennis:
“The Role of Learning Communities in Medical Student Professional Identity Formation” (Annual AAMC Meeting)

Warren Ferguson:
“Teaching About Racial Justice: A Train-the-Trainer Faculty development Workshop” (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference)

Mark Fitzgerald and Daniel Wemple:
“Triple Aiming at High Utilizers: A Novel Complex Care Management program in a Residency Outpatient Clinic” (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference)

Elaine Gabovitch:
“Solving the Autism Puzzle for Your State: A Review of ASD/DD Planning and Implementation Activities for 4 States” (Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs 2017 annual conference)

Jeffrey Geller et al:
“Using Integrative Medicine as a Model to Teach Shared Decision Making” (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference)

Jeffrey Geller and Lisa Koers:
“Evidence-based Use of Acupuncture and the Current State of Practice in the U.S.” (Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians annual meeting)

David Gilchrist:
“Leading from the Front Line to Transform Culture and Improve Performance” (Annual Meeting and Spring Institute of the American Academy of Physician Leadership)
“Weaning Patients Off Opiates” (Mass. Pain Intiative)
“Wean Your Patients Off Opioids” (Primed Conference)

Elizabeth Rosen, Blair Robinson, Melanie Gnazzo and Judy Savageau:
“Farm to Health Center Initiative: Comprehensive Review of a Food Insecurity Initiative at a Community Health Center” (American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Melanie Gnazzo, Elizabeth Rosen (MS-III)and Blair Robinson (MS-II):
“Food Insecurity: Using an Interactive Tool to Recognize and Address Food Needs in Your Primary Care Practice” (Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians annual meeting)

Joe Gravel et al:
"Advocate for Change! Skills for FPs” (Family Medicine Education Consortium conference)

“Developing the Clinical Chief Rotation: A Capstone Leadership and QI Experience for Residents” (Family Medicine Education Consortium conference)

Lisa Gussak and Phil Fournier:
“Teaching Medical Students Physical Diagnosis: An Innovative Longitudinal Approach” (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference)

Lisa Gussak
and Tracy Kedian:
“Challenging Learners: Challenging the Experts” (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference)

Lisa Gussak:
“Tackling Depression in Primary Care” (Primed Conference)
“Female Sexual Dysfunction” (Primed Conference)

Heather Lyn Haley:
“Addressing Race, Power and Privilege in Clinical Settings” (Association for Clinicians for the Underserved Conference)

Susan Hogan:
“Fellowship: How to Steer the Right Course” (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference)

Beth Koester:
“Not Too Much, Not Too Little, But Just Right: Pearls and Pitfalls of Antibiotic Use by Primary Care Physicians” (Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians annual meeting)

Nora Lamartine, Pamela Sancoucy, Ivonne McLean, and Jessica Bosse:
“A Multifaceted Approach to Improve Sexual Health Education and Access for Adolescents in a Rural Community” (poster, Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians annual meeting)

Debi Lang et al:
“Facilitating Access to Health Coverage and Care by Advancing Consumer Self-Sufficiency” (poster; American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Debi Lang, Suzanne Cashman, et al:
“Facilitating Access to Health Coverage and Care by Advancing Consumer Self-Sufficiency” (poster; American Public Health Association)

Carolyn Langer:
“Using Innovation in Healthcare to Address the Needs of the Underserved” (Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT Conference)
“Designing Alternative Payment Models to Support Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs” (Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs annual meeting)
“Lessons Learned in Primary Care Payment Reform and Practice Transformation” (World Congress MACRA and Quality Payment Program Summit)

Emily Lauer:
“Perspectives from Longitudinal Mortality for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the U.S.” (American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Jim Ledwith et al:
“Chronic Pain and Addiction” (Family Medicine Education Consortium conference)


Mary Lindholm:
“Turn Off the Heat! Diagnosis and Management of the Perimenopausal Woman” (Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians annual meeting)

Mary Lindholm and Frank Domino:
“Family Medicine Interest Groups Successes, Failures and Best Practices” (STFM Medical Education Conference annual conference)

Linda Long-Belil:
"Predisposing, Enabling and Need Factors Leading to Nursing Facility Readmission after Transition to the Community” (American Public Health Association annual meeting)

"Health Needs of People who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing” (session moderator; American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Linda Long-Belil, Monika Mitra et al.:
”Barriers and Facilitators to Providing Prenatal Care to Women with Physical Disabilities: Perspectives from Health Care Practitioners” (American Public Health Association annual meeting)

”Experiences and Unmet Needs of Women with Physical Disabilities for Pain Relief During Labor and Delivery” (American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Steve Martin and Dan Mullin:
“Integrated Care Strategies for the Care of Patients with Opioid Use Disorder” (Alaska Primary Care Association’s Annual Meeting)

Steve Martin
, Dan Mullin, James Anderson and Joseph Sellers:
“Using Project ECHO to Spread Office-Based MAT: Life-Saving System Transformation” (American Society of Addiction Medicine National Conference)

Steve Martin:
”Team of Non-Rivals: Lessons for Health Care Teams” (Commonwealth Care Alliance Annual Clinical Best Practice Development Conference)

”The Fox and the Hedgehog: Potential Simplicities in Complex Care” (Commonwealth Care Alliance Annual Clinical Best Practice Development Conference)

Ivonne McLean
:
“Beyond #WhiteCoats4BlackLives: Perspectives on Racism, Implicit Bias, and Diversity Education within Family Medicine Residency Programs” (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference)

Maria Michas:
“Medical Marijuana” (American Occupational Health Conference)

Jennifer Moffitt:
“Implicit and Explicit Biases and the Chronic Stress of Racism: Using the Mindfulness-based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) Model for Decreasing Stress and Increasing Resilience” (ACNM Annual Meeting)
“Mindfulness-based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP): Decreasing Health Disparities and Increasing Resilience” (ACNM Annual Meeting)
“Mindfulness-based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP): Bringing Mindfulness to Women and Families – Decreasing Disparities and Increasing Resiliency” (Partners in Perinatal Health Conference)
“Addressing Health Disparities and Increasing Resilience: Mindfulness with Women and Families in Low Income, Inner City and Rural Populations” (ACNM Annual Meeting)

Dan Mullin, Amber Hewitt, Lauren Eidt-Pearson and Judy Hsu:
“Treating Opioid Dependence as a Chronic Condition in Primary Care: Implications for the Training and Practice of Medical and Behavioral Health Providers” (Collaborative Family Healthcare Association’s 18th Annual Conference)

Dan Mullin:
“Clarifying Your Tolerance for Discord” (2016 Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers Forum)

“Rationale and Principles for Medication Assisted Treatment of Patients with Opioid Use Disorders by Integrated Primary Care Teams” (Univ of VT 2016 Transforming Primary Care and Behavioral Health Conference)
“The Integration Metrics Project” (Univ of VT 2016 Transforming Primary Care and Behavioral Health Conference)
“Overcoming the Challenges of Implementing MI in the Primary Care Setting” (AAFP 2016 FMX Conference)
“Motivational Interviewing Track: Making the Most of your Time” (AAFP Annual Scientific Assembly)

Jennifer Reidy:
“Palliative Care in Primary Care” (Primed Conference)

Tina Runyan, Amber Hewitt, Steve Martin, and Dan Mullin:
“Confronting the New Epidemic: Integrated Care Strategies for Patients with Opioid Use Disorders” (Collaborative Family Healthcare Association)

Tina Runyan:
 “STFM Collaborative on Family and Behavioral Health Task Force on Resident Wellness” (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference)
“Burnout Among Integrated Behavioral Health Providers: We Can’t Save the World Without Saving Ourselves” (Collaborative Family Healthcare Association’s 18th Annual Conference)

Jennifer Fishbein and Judy Savageau:
“Enrichment of Health Education Curriculum for Teenagers in Correctional Facilities” (poster; Family Medicine Education Consortium conference)

Judy Savageau:
“Assessing Disparities in Mental Health Screening and Services Before and After Implementation of an Innovative Statewide Program for Children with Medicaid” (Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting)
“To IRB or Not to IRB: When Does Program Evaluation Require the Institutional Review Board?” (American Evaluation Association annual meeting)

Sherrilyn Sethi, Hugh Silk, Sara Shields, Neha Wacks, et al:
"Art in the Art of Medicine: Incorporating the Visual Arts into Residency Curricula” (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference)

Trish Seymour, David Goldstein and Judy Savageau:
“Training Family Medicine Residents for Hospital-based Work: A Survey of Adult Medicine Inpatient Curricula” (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference)

Sara Shields et al:
“Sticking With It: Mentoring New Maternity Child Health Providers for the Long Haul” (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference)
“Procedure Competency Assessment Tools: Lessons Learned” (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference)

Kim Sikule:
“A College Basketball Player with Worsening Secondary HTN from Focal Segmental Glomerulonephritis” (New England American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting)

Hugh Silk and Nidhi Lai:
“Narrative Medicine as a Competency” (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference)

Hugh Silk, Sara Shields, Sherrilyn Sethi and Neha Wacks:
“Seeing, Reading, Reflecting: Incorporating Medical Humanities into Residency Curriculum” (49th Annual Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Conference)

Hugh Silk
“STFM Poetry and Prose Session” (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference)
“Oral Health During Pregnancy” (Massachusetts Dental Hygiene Association Annual Meeting)
“Caring for the Perinatal Patient in the Dental Setting” (Yankee Dental Congress)
“A Practical Approach to Oral Health Issues Across the Lifespan” (Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians Annual Symposium)
“A Practical Approach to Oral Health Issues Across the Lifespan” (Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians Annual Symposium)

“Engaging Health education Programs in Oral Health” (Oral Health for All 2020 Conference)

Herb Stevenson, Bill Chrisostomidis, Lee Mancini, Pierre Rouzier and Greg Little:
“A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Post-Concussion Management” (New England American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting)

Herb Stevenson:
“Sports Medicine for the Adolescent” (Primed Conference)
“Concussion Update” (Primed Conference)

Daria Szkwarko et al:
“Global Health Opportunities after Residency – Perspectives from Recent Graduates” (AAFP Global Health Workshop)
“Implementing a Research Workshop to Expand Research Capacity in Family Medicine in Western Kenya” (AAFP Global Health Workshop)
“Global Faculty Development Toolkit” (AAFP Global Health Workshop)

Daria Szkwarko, Olga Valdman, et al:
“Virtual Journal Club: A Unique Way to Expand a Family Medicine Collaboration in Western Kenya” (AAFP Global Health Workshop)

Y Yoo, Carole Upshur, Melodie Wenz Gross and Miriam Heyman:
“Longitudinal Study of School Readiness through Promoting Executive Functioning and Social Emotional Skills in Preschool” (Biannual Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development)

M Heyman, Anthouia Poulakos, Carole Upshur and Melodie Wenz Gross:
“Discrepancies in Parent and Teacher Ratings of Low-Income Preschooler’s Social Skills” (Biannual Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development)

Carole Upshur et al:
”Results from an NIAAA-NHCHC Study: Women’s Alcohol, Drug, Health, Mental Health Risks, Implications for Improving Care” (American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Anthony Valdini, Keith Nokes, et al:
“Learning Spanish in Residency: Si Tu Puedes” (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference)

Olga Valdman, Daria Szkwarko, et al:
“Facilitating Global Faculty Development: Mentorship, Resources Evaluation, and Toolkit Development” (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference)
“Enhancing the Value of Global Health Education Through Global-Local Curriculum” (AAFP Global Health Workshop)
“The Refugee Journey is Complicated Enough! Implementing a Transitional Family Medicine Refugee Clinic to Improve Care for Refugee Families in Worcester, Massachusetts” (AAFP Global Health Workshop)

Virginia Van Duyne and Stephanie Carter-Henry:
“Enhancing Faculty Wellness and Preventing Burnout” (Family Medicine Education Consortium conference)

Virginia Van Duyne et al:
“Results from a National CERA Study of the Use of Laborists and Family Medicine Residency Training” (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference)

Santosh Verma et al:
“Circumstances of Injury Causing Falls Among Community-dwelling U.S. Adults by Age and Gender” (poster; American Public Health Association annual meeting)

"Leveraging Individual, Locative Mobile Data to Investigate Urban-scale Patterns of Walking Activity and Better Contextualize Injury Risk” (American Public Health Association annual meeting)

Susan Wolf-Fordham:
“Emergency Planning Toolkit for Community Health Centers” (American Public Health Association annual meeting)

 


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