203rd VMS Annual Meeting

Held In collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, Vermont Academy of Family Physicians and Vermont Psychiatric Association

Nov. 4-5, 2016
Hilton Burlington, Burlington, Vt.


Please plan on joining us in attending the Vermont Medical Society’s 203nd annual meeting and the Collaborative meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, Vermont Academy of Family Physicians, and the Vermont Psychiatric Association, November 4th and 5th at the Hilton Burlington in Burlington, Vermont. 

Friday’s program includes individual specialty society meetings, medication assisted treatment training, discussions on opiate prescribing, addiction and treatment as well as breakouts on medical marijuana, transgender care and updates on Zika. The evening will be capped off with a relaxing dinner gathering and entertainment by the Starline Rhythm Boys (bring your dancing shoes). 

Saturday morning brings sessions on physician wellness and optimizing care for patients with multiple chronic conditions. Our luncheon keynote speaker is Marie Brown, MD, Senior Physician Advisor with the AMA’s Physician Satisfaction and Practice Sustainability Group who will speak on the causes of physician burnout and offer practical suggestions on ways to increase the quality of physicians’ time with patients and creating an atmosphere that patients, staff and physicians can enjoy. 

During the afternoon the VMS will hold its membership meeting, with discussion on adoption of new VMS policies on topics relevant to the upcoming legislative session, including supporting the practice of primary care and changing the paradigm for the use of opioids in chronic non-malignant pain control. At our evening awards banquet, we will honor five individuals who have each made a unique contribution to improving the physical and mental health of Vermonters. 

Please join your colleagues for an informative and celebratory event. 

James Hebert, M.D., VMS President 
Jill Rinehart, M.D., AAPVT President 
David McKay, M.D., VPA President
Carol Blackwood, M.D., VTAFP President


Register for the annual meeting online here, or by downloading, filling out and mailing the print registration form

Hotel Booking Information

Book your overnight room online HERE, or by calling 1-800-445-8667.

Be sure to let them know you are with VMS.  The room block ends October 4th.

Schedule of Events

Friday, November 4th

9:00 – 12:00 – Individual Society Meetings
(AAPVT, VTAFP, VPA) - Agendas to be sent separately 

8:00 – 12:00 - Medication Assisted Treatment Certification 
*Registration limited to 20 participants 
John Brooklyn, M.D. 

11:30 - Registration Open for Collaborative Meeting 

12:15 – 1:30: Welcome to Collaborative Meeting & Lunch 
James Hebert, M.D., Fay Homan, M.D., David McKay, M.D., Jill Rinehart, M.D. 

1:30 – 2:30: Best Practice for Opiate Prescribing & Addiction Treatment 
Harry Chen, M.D., Katie Marvin, M.D., Carlos Pino, M.D. 

2:45 – 3:45: Breakouts (choose 1)

  • Opiate Roundtable: Harry Chen, M.D., Katie Marvin, M.D., Carlos Pino, M.D.
  • Medical Marijuana: Kalev Freemen, M.D., Monique McHenry, Ph.D
  • Transgender Care: Erica Gibson, M.D., Rachel Inker, M.D., Jaime Mehringer, M.D.

4:00 – 5:00: Zika Update 
Patsy Kelso, PhD 

6:00: Informal dinner gathering

Saturday, November 5th 

8:00 – 9:00 – Registration & Breakfast 

9:00 – 10:15: Optimizing Care for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions
Fay Homan, M.D., Jill Rinehart, M.D., Norm Ward, M.D. 

10:30 – 12:00: Physician Wellness - Addressing Burnout and Skills to Manage 
Dave Clauss, M.D., Suzanne Parker, M.D., Marie Brown, M.D. 

12:15 – 1:45: Luncheon Keynote: Professional Satisfaction 
Marie Brown, M.D., Senior Physician Advisor, Physician Satisfaction and Practice Sustainability Group, American Medical Association 

2:00 – 4:00 – VMS Annual Business Meeting 

6:00 – VMS Presidents Reception & Awards Banquet 
To include VMS Leadership Awards, AAPVT Green Mountain Pediatrician Award and VTAFP Family Physician of the Year Award

2016 VMS Leadership Award Recipients

Awarded for outstanding work as Chair of the UVMCOM Department of Pediatrics and Chief of the UVM Children’s Hospital, as well as your profound influence in encouraging a generation of University of Vermont medical students to pursue vocations as pediatricians.

Awarded for outstanding work in patient-centric orthopedic care and surgical risk reduction strategies as well as research in patient outcomes, health policy, arthroplasty and arthritis care.

Awarded for being an excellent physician, but also a person who has been very involved in community affairs. He has volunteered countless hours to serve his community including serving on the Castleton Select Board, Zoning Board, Planning Commission and Board of Civil Authority

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD - Madeleine Mongan, Esq. 
Awarded for her insight into issues from both legal and pragmatic standpoints, recognition that the health of the caregivers is a strong determinant of the success of any effort to improve the health of the citizens through legislative action, and the public and population health implications of so many of her efforts.

FOUNDERS AWARD William - Cyrus Jordan, M.D., MPH 
Awarded for his tireless and selfless work to improve health care delivery in the region. He brought together diverse stakeholders to work collaboratively on projects ranging from payment reform to reducing unnecessary laboratory testing, championed and supported physician engagement in the development of healthcare policy, measurement, and innovation and has been a voice of hope, optimism, enthusiasm and collaboration.

Annual Meeting Sponsors

The follwing organizations are to be thanked for their gracious support of this event:




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