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 (2015-2017)

2017-2018 Department Research Forums 

September 15, 2017:
Judy Savageau, MPH“To IRB or Not to IRB: When is it Necessary to Submit an IRB Application for Research, QI, Program Evaluation, Educational Assessments, and More?”

October 20, 2017:
Patricia Seymour, MD, MS“Breastfeeding Education in the Worcester Family Medicine Residency: Training the Trainers”

November 17, 2017:
Jack Gettens, PhD (Center for Health Policy and Research) – “Geography of Disability”

December 15, 2017:
Karen Clements, ScD, MPH and Sai Cherala, MD, MPH (Center for Health Policy and Research) – “Evaluation of Service Models to Enhance HCV Screening and Treatment in Primary Care Settings for Young Injecting Drug Users (IDUs)”

January 19, 2018:
Roger Luckmann, MD, MPH“Outreach to Promote Preventive Care: Lessons from Studies of Breast Cancer Screening”

February 16, 2018:
Robin Clark, PhD“Health Care Use by Families Before Becoming Homeless. Can We Identify At-risk Families Earlier?”

March 16, 2018:
Tasmina Hydery, PharmD (Commonwealth Medicine / Clinical Pharmacy Services) – “Optimization of Pharmacotherapy for the Prevention of Preterm Births”

2016-2017 Department Research Forums

September 16, 2016:
Forum cancelled due to FMCH departmental retreat

October 21, 2016:
Paul Kirby, MA (Center for Health Policy and Research/Office of Clinical Affairs) – “Impact of a Pediatric-focused Medical Home Learning Collaborative on Preventable Emergency Department Visits by Publicly-insured Children in Massachusetts”

November 18, 2016:
Daniel Wemple, MD, PGY-3; Mark Fitzgerald, MD, Ron Adler, MD and Dave Gilchrist, MD (Hahnemann Family Health Center) – “Comprehensive Care Clinic Updates”

December 16, 2016:
Deborah Gurewich, PhD (Center for Health Policy and Research), Robert Seifert, MPA (Center for Health Law and Economics, and Jack Gettens, PhD (Center for Health Policy and Research) – “The ACA in Massachusetts and Implications for Repeal Post Election”

January 20, 2017:
Karen Clements, ScD, MPH (Center for Health Policy and Research) – “Multi-State Evaluation of Uptake of New Hepatitis C Virus Regimens

February 17, 2017:
Xingyue (Star) Wang, MS-IV (Capstone Project presentation; mentored by Suzanne Cashman, ScD) – “Medical Students’ Reflections on Implicit Bias”

March 17, 2017:
Kimberly Lenz, PharmD (Office of Clinical Affairs; Center for Health Policy and Research) and Bonnie Greenwood, PharmD, BCPS (Clinical Pharmacy Services; Commonwealth Medicine) – “An Evaluation of the Change in Average Opioid Dose Before and After Sequential Reductions in MassHealth’s Opioid Limits”

April 21, 2017:
David McCarthy, MS-IV (Capstone Project presentation; mentored by Warren Ferguson, MD and Sai Cherala, MD, MPH) – “Preventing Pediatric Asthma: A Community and Clinical Partnership Approach”

May 19, 2017:
Judy Hsu, DO and Amber Hewitt, PhD“Project ECHO: Moving Knowledge, Not People

June 16, 2017:
Warren Ferguson, MD“Implementation Science of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) of Opioid Use Disorders in 4 Jail and Prison Systems