Please Attend VMS Congressional Town Hall This Thursday, March 3rd 

We invite you to VMS’ virtual Congressional Town Hall with members of our Vermont delegation or their staff this Thursday, March 3rd from 12:30-1:30pm. This meeting will occur at the same time as our Commissioner Call and include time for questions. Join with the zoom link here. In an effort to include more questions we are asking you to send them ahead of time.  We look forward to you joining us for a discussion with the offices of Rep. Peter Welch, Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Bernie Sanders. 

          Happy Town Meeting Day

          VMS offices are closed today – we hope all VMS members have an opportunity to vote!

          COVID-19 Updates

          Commissioner of Health Mark Levine, MD, provided a COVID-19 update to the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems on Friday, February 25th.  He discussed hospital capacity, new metrics on mitigation measures expected to be announced by the CDC and updated CDC guidance on the timing of vaccine doses and boosters.  He said the CDC has indicated that mitigation measures will not be tied to testing positivity but new hospital admissions and the percent of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients.   If the CDC makes this change, Vermont is likely to follow suit, including for when masks are recommended in schools.  Notes from the call can be found hereDFR Modeling Reports can be found here – abridged slides are expected on Wednesday, March 2 since Tuesday is Town Meeting Day. 


          VMS – LumunosWellBeing Partner to Offer No Cost Well-Being Workshops

          VMS realizes our members are under more personal and professional stress then ever as we pass the two-year mark of responding to COVID-19.  VMS is continuing our partnership with Doug Wysockey-Johnson of LumunosWellBeing to offer no-cost clinician wellbeing workshops at up to 10 Vermont medical staffs/practices over 2022. There are 3 remaining slots available this spring.  New topics for 2022 include A Clinician’s Guide to Recovering from the COVID Marathon and A Realistic Look at ‘Work-Home Balance’ for Clinicians. See the full list and additional details here.  Members can contact or for more information or to schedule a workshop. 


          Join us every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 12:30pm to 1pm as Commissioner of Health, Mark Levine provides us with the most pressing COVID-19 information affecting the state and nation. You will have the opportunity to submit questions to Dr. Levine who will answer them, time-permitting.

          You can join the zoom meetings beginning in January here or add to your calendar by following this link and clicking download (you will then need to open the downloaded file and click save to add to your calendar).

          Please note, that on March 3rd this call is being replaced by the Congressional Town Hall. 

          Project ECHO: Aging, Community, and Equity (PEACE)

          2nd Wednesday of Every Month from February to September

          12pm to 1:30pm, EST

          Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an evidence-based method developed by researchers at the University of New Mexico. During teleECHO™ sessions, expert mentors share their expertise across a virtual network via case-based learning.

          In this Older Adult ECHO program, we will explore:       

          • Pandemic-related social isolation
          • Methods to support formal & informal caregivers
          • Impacts of the pandemic on cognitive decline
          • Effects of isolation on physical & mental health
          • Solutions for rural communities

          Intended audience: Medical, mental health, and community social service individuals working to support older adults in rural settings of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Northern New York

          Register here.

          Vermont Geriatrics Conference

          April 12, 2022

          The 16th Annual Vermont Geriatrics Conference will equip physicians and other healthcare professionals with practical and innovative approaches to the medical care of older adults. TOPICS: commonly-used medications for preventative care, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety and depression, falls prevention, Medicare wellness visits, ethical issues in COVID, and more. 

          Registration information, full agenda and accreditation details can be found here.

          The UVM Medical Center Cardiovascular/Vascular Forum

          May 2, 2022

          Course Director Dr. Matt Alef invites Primary Care, internal medicine, and urgent care providers to attend virtually or in-person to learn more about cardiovascular and vascular disease, including additional POCUS skills for evaluation. The objective is to improve accuracy of appropriate and timely cardiovascular disease treatment and efficiently use expert consultation in a value-based environment.

          TOPICS: SAVR vs TAVR, vascular nurse wounds, aortic dissections, POCUS hands-on workshop, echocardiography and more.

          Registration information, full agenda and accreditation details can be found here.

          The 48th Annual Family Medicine Review Course

          June 7th - 10th, 2022

          Course Director Dr. Anya Koutras invites you to this intensive four-day program for family physicians and other primary care professionals. The program will focus on current issues in the practice of Family Medicine, with special attention to new contributions. Attendees will have a choice between in-person and virtual participation. This conference coincides with the Discover Jazz Festival and makes it a great time to bring the family for a visit to Burlington.

          Sign-up to receive notification of the complete program and registration details as soon as they are available by visiting here.

          UVM will have more primary care conferences in Fall 2022. Sign-up to get updates via email for topics that are of interest to you by visiting here.


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          Montpelier, VT 05602

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