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Medical Group Visits: Building and Sustaining a Successful Program

Co-sponsored by the Integrated Center for Group Medical Visits

This 12-week online course with facilitated live sessions will build the expertise and confidence of healthcare providers to develop and manage Medical Group Visits (MGVs).  MGVs provide patients with individual medical attention while encouraging social and peer support, which is so critical to achieve and sustain positive behavior change.  The content of the course is based on research and experience and includes practical advice such as staffing, supplies, layout, and billing, and it addresses conducting MGVs virtually. (quick overview

Medical Group Visits (MGVs) typically focus on a disease or condition that the participants share such as chronic pain, opioid use disorder, diabetes, or hypertension.  Eight to twenty patients meet with facilitators who might include physicians and advance practice nurses, psychologists, nurses, social workers, medical assistants, community health workers, nutritionists, health coaches, or exercise teachers.

A group may meet weekly to monthly from one to three hours. Meetings typically include

  • Individual medical attention
  • Patient education
  • Time for self-management skills
  • Time to connect and socialize

The purpose of medical group visits is to reduce symptoms in patients with chronic conditions, increase access to medical care, and improve self-management skills.  For clinicians, groups allow for increased time and opportunity to provide care and connect with patients.  Additionally, safe and effective integrative techniques and activities like mind-body practices, movement, cooking demonstrations, acupressure, and meditation can be used to guide patients.

The medical care team also benefits from medical group visits…  You can read more about Medical Group Visits (MGVs) and the research supporting them

Links to MGV Research

Who should take this course? 

Administrators, physicians, advanced practice nurses, behavioral health clinicians, and any healthcare professional with an interest in launching, running, or participating in medical group visits

How long does it take to complete? 

The course takes approximately 12-13 weeks to complete and materials will be available for an additional 30 days. Learners will watch and engage with the recommended modules and then participate in a live online skill-building session with faculty.  There are three required live webinars during the course.

What Are The Elements of the Course?

  • 14 pre-recorded modules, divided into three sections

Are CE/CMEs available upon completion? 

Yes, click here to read more 

Click for Curriculum Outline

  • 3 live online skill-building webinars using Zoom software
    • An internet-connected device: laptop, desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone 
    • For the webinars, you will need a microphone and speakers on your internet-connected device 
  • readiness checks, formal assessments, and course evaluation

Registration Schedule

Fall 2021 Schedule

  • Registration Opens: 6/8/2021
  • Registration Closes: 9/17/2021
  • Course Opens: 9/10/2021
  • Last Day to Finish Requirements: 12/31/2021
  • Course Access Ends: 1/31/2022

Live Webinar Schedule

These live sessions are held Saturdays 12pm-2pm eastern time 

  • Session #1 - October 2, 2021
  • Session #2 - November 6, 2021 
  • Session #3 - December 4, 2021

Saturday, October 9, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time

Saturday, November 9, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time

Who teaches this course?

Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH and Jeffrey Geller, MD

Read their bios

Is this course eligible for continuing education credits? 


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American Association of Family Physicians

For whom: MD, DO, NP, PA, MA

How many credits: 12

AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the following organizations. Please contact them directly about how participants should report the credit they earned.

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB)
  • American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)
  • American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM)
  • American Board of Preventative Medicine (ABPM)
  • American Board of Urology (ABU)

AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. 

American Osteopathic Association Credit: CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC): Members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada are eligible to receive (MAINPRO-M1, MAINPRO-M2, or MAINPRO-C) credits for participation in this activity due to a reciprocal agreement with the American Academy of Family Physicians.


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American Psychological Association

Center for Integrated Primary Care at UMass Medical School is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Center for Integrated Primary Care at UMass Medical School maintains responsibility for this program and its content

For whom: Psychologists

How many credits: 12

How much does it cost?

We are offering an introductory course rate: $600 per individual, or an institutional rate: $500 per individual for 3 or more people from the same institution, or $350 for students/trainees. (Please contact

*Nothing to disclose, no “commercial support”