204th VMS Annual Meeting

Held In collaboration the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, Vermont Academy of Family Physicians, Vermont Psychiatric Association, University of Vermont Office of Primary Care

Nov. 3-4, 2017
Woodstock Inn, Woodstock, Vt.
Welcome: Teamwork and the Future of Medicine
Please plan on attending the collaborative meeting of the Vermont Medical Society, American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, Vermont Academy of Family Physicians and the Vermont Psychiatric Association - November 3rd and 4th at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont. The resort is located in a quintessential Vermont town offering everything from charming boutiques to easy access to the surrounding Green Mountains.
We are proud to announce that this year’s meeting is once again a collaborative meeting and will include the University of Vermont’s Office of Primary Care "Bridging the Divide". We anticipate a large turnout and lively discussions focused on teamwork and the future of medicine. 
The Friday agenda is packed with CME, beginning with a four-hour leadership training on transitioning from “autonomy to teamwork” in medicine, followed by a number of emerging clinical topics such as genomics and treating depression with integrative therapies. More and more physicians need to be effective communicators, and there will also be CME sessions on storytelling for advocacy and effective messaging. 
During our the VMS 204th annual business meeting on Saturday morning, we will discuss the adoption of new VMS policies on topics relevant to delivery of health care and the upcoming legislative session, ranging from the legalization of marijuana in Vermont to end of life care to ensuring an adequate health care workforce to meet change state demographics. At our evening awards banquet, we will honor individuals who have each made a unique contribution to improving the health of Vermonters, including retiring EVP Paul Harrington.
Again, we hope you will join us for an informative and celebratory event. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Winters at 1-800-640-8767.

Proposed resolutions and bylaws changes

At its mid-September meeting, the Vermont Medical Society Council considered and voted to support six policy resolutions and a proposed bylaws change.  All six resolutions will now proceed to a vote at the VMS annual membership meeting, 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4th, at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vt.     

The following resolutions will be put forward for debate and vote:

In addition, the Council voted to support a bylaws change that will remove a term limit from the elected VMS secretary-treasurer position.

Register for the annual meeting online here or via paper registration here
Hotel Booking Information
Book room by calling 1-866-592-9611 and mention "VMS Collaborative Group."
Schedule of Events
Friday, November 3rd
8:00 – 12:00 – The VMS Foundation Leadership Training in partnership with the UVM Office of Primary Care present:

2017 Bridging the Divide:  From Autonomy to Teamwork
Health professionals are trained to be autonomous in thoughts and deeds. But health care is collaborative, requiring skills as a team member and as a team leader. Highly reliable care involves understanding how each individual makes mistakes, how we can be accountable to ourselves and others for minimizing the opportunity for error, and how to influence others to change when patient safety is at stake. You’ll explore highly reliable care, including how good decisions are made, and the principles of highly reliable organizations. You’ll see the connections between system leadership goals and what happens at the patient care level – and how those goals must be translated into specific individual and team behaviors at the front lines. And you’ll learn how strengths that contributed to success in pre-medical and medical training can become liabilities when teamwork is required.

Course Objectives:
  • Describe the three types of individual human error and communication techniques among team members to minimize error.
  • Identify the characteristics of effective teamwork in health care, including communication behaviors for health professionals that promote teamwork.
  • Define the functions of organizations and how conflicts can arise.
  • Explore the differences between authority and leadership and how to influence others to change from the status quo.
12:30 – 2:00 - Collaborative Meeting Welcome Lunch & Medical Student/Resident Poster Symposium (Wendy Davis, M.D., Fay Homan, M.D., David McKay, M.D., Jill Rinehart, M.D.)
2:00 – 3:00 – Today and Tomorrow: Genetics and Genomics in Practice
(Bob Wildin, M.D. & Christine Giummo, MS, CGC)

3:15 – 4:15 – CME Breakouts (choose 1) 
# 1:  Practical Tools for Genetic Counseling - (Bob Wildin, M.D. & Christine Giummo, MS, CGC)
# 2:  Emerging Tick-Borne Disease (Bradley Tompkins, VDH)
# 3:  Treating Depression with Integrative Therapies (Chris Streeter, M.D.)
4:30 – 6:30 - Breakouts (choose 1)
#1 Specialty Society Meetings: AAPVT, VPA or VTAFP
#2 Physicians in Advocacy: Telling your Story to Legislators and the Media (interactive workshops)
6:30 – Celebration of Paul Harrington’s service to VMS (dinner)
Saturday, November 4th
8:00 – 9:00 – Registration & Breakfast
9:00 – 11:00 – VMS Annual Business Meeting
11:00 – 11:30 – Guided Stretching or Walking Opportunity (led by Woodstock Inn)
11:30 – 12:30 – Luncheon & Keynote – Maintaining Our Humanism as Health Care Professionals in Challenging Times (Frank Ittleman, M.D.)
12:30 – 1:30 – The Challenge of False Beliefs: Understanding and Countering Misperceptions in Politics and Health Care (Brendan Nyhan) 
2:00 – 4:00 – Pain Management Techniques and Alternatives & Practical Tools for Managing Opiates in your Practice (To meet 2 hours of the CME licensing requirement)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Chronic Pain
  • Medical Acupuncture for Pain Management and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Pain Management (Arabella Bull-Stewart, D.O.)
  • Adolescent Prescription Drug Use (Erica Gibson, M.D.)
  • Academic detailing: Best practices from the Field (Charles MacLean, M.D.)
  • VPMS tools &  Information Management (Hannah Hauser, VPMS)
6:00 VMS Presidents Reception & Awards Banquet To include VMS, AAPVT & VTAFP Awards
  • Distinguished Service Award - Robert E. Tortolani, M.D. 
  • Physician of the Year Award - James C. Hebert, M.D., FACS
  • Physician Award for Community Service - Stephen R. Payne, M.D. 
  • Citizen of the Year Award - Senator Claire Ayer 
  • Founders Award - Paul C. Harrington 

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