Monthly Departmental Research Forums

The department hosts a monthly research forum (coordinated by Judy Savageau, MPH) at which faculty and students are encouraged to present research in progress, new grant ideas, data analysis plans, etc. The goal for these forums is to provide faculty with the necessary feedback and assistance to bring scholarly projects to completion. Listed below are presentations made during the past two academic years (2013-2015)

2014-2015 Department Research Forums

September 19, 2014:
Judy Savageau, MPH, Linda Cragin, MS (MassAHEC) and Warren Ferguson, MDTake II: Recruitment and Retention of Primary Care Physicians at Community Health Centers in Massachusetts. Results from 2008 and 2013 Physician Surveys

October 17, 2014:
Cancelled due to conflict with FMCH departmental retreat

November 19, 2014:
Steve Earls, MD and Sue Begley, MBA (from the Barre Family Health Center) – “Introducing Scribes into a Busy Family Medicine Clinical Setting

December 19, 2014:
Hugh Silk, MD, MPH and Meghan Veno, MS-II“Thursday Morning Memo Reflections: An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the TMM Listserv’s Readings/Writings on Impacting Interest in Primary Care and Family Medicine

January 16, 2015:
Alexa Connell, PhDPreliminary Data from Integrated Care Distance Learners”

February 20, 2015:
Wen-Chieh Lin, PhD (Center for Health Policy and Research) – “High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) Adoption in Massachusetts: Implications for the Affordable Care Act (ACA)”

March 20, 2015:
Cancelled due to conflict with outside FM conferences

April 17, 2015:
Melanie Gnazzo, MD (Family Health Center of Worcester), Rachel Erdil (MS-3), Kathryn Bailey (MS-3) and Elizabeth Rosen (MS-2) – “Farm to Health Center Initiative: Optimizing Outcomes for a Produce-to-Patient Distribution” 

May 15, 2015:
Cancelled due to conflict with FMCH departmental retreat

June 19, 2015:
Jack Gettens, PhD (Center for Health Policy and Research) – “Employment-Related Health Services and Support Needs among People with Disabilities”

2013-2014 Department Research Forums

September 20, 2013:
Suzanne Cashman, ScD and Dan Wemple, MS-IV“Behaviors and Knowledge of Tick-Borne Illnesses: Results of a Survey from an Endemic Area”

October 18, 2013:
Barry Saver, MD, MPH“Helping Patients Reach a Balanced Understanding of Controversial Cancer Screening Recommendations – The Impossible Dream?” 

November 15, 2013:
Ted McDade, MD, MPH“Chronic Illness Burden as a Risk Factor for Serious Preventable Diseases: An Epidemiologic Study” 

December 20, 2013:
Dan Mullin, PsyD“Improving Understanding of the Development of Competency in Motivational Interviewing by Family Physicians”

January 17, 2014:
Roger Luckmann, MD, MPH and team members – “Facilitating Patient Adherence to Screening and Disease Monitoring: Exploring Options for Patient Outreach in Primary Care

February 21, 2014:
Sanouri Urspung, PhD Candidate and Joe DiFranza, MD"Listening to Patients, Listening to Evidence: The Development of a Pathophysiologically-based Measure of Nicotine Dependence"

March 21, 2014:
Heather Alker, MD, MPH (Departmental Preventive Medicine Resident) – “Primary Prevention of Asthma”

April 18, 2014:
Bittie Behl-Chadha, PhD and Carla Hillerns, MUP, MPA (from the Office of Survey Research at the UMMS Center for Health Policy and Research) – “An Overview of OSR and Introducing New Staff and Leadership: Opportunities for Collaboration”

May 16, 2014:
Linda Weinreb, MD, Carole Upshur, EdD, Melodie Wenz Gross, PhD, and Jenn Moffitt, CNM“Implementing a Psychoeducational Intervention for Women Screening Positive for PTSD in Primary Care”

June 20, 2014:
Tina Runyan, PhD, Ed Boudreaux, PhD (from the Dept of Emergency Medicine) and Maria Majchrowski, PsyD (from the Dept of Emergency Medicine) - Identifying and Integrating Behavioral Health Needs in the Emergency Department and Primary Care


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