MMS 2013 Annual Meeting Opens; Ronald W. Dunlap, MD Elected President


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MMS 2013 Annual Meeting Opens; Ronald W. Dunlap, MD Elected President
The 2013 MMS Annual Meeting, Navigating the Currents of Change: Integrating Innovative Technologies Into Your Clinical Practice, opened Thursday at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston.  
MMS President Richard Aghababian, M.D. said “Incorporating technology into our approaches to patient care is one of the biggest challenges we face as physicians today. The tools and data we now have at our disposal are truly amazing. But we must balance the machines with the human side of medicine.”   Read about the Annual Education Program and the 2013 Ethics Forum, “Conflicts of Interest in Medical Publishing.”  

At the Annual Meeting, next year’s slate of presidential officers were named.  Norwell resident and South Shore physician Ronald W. Dunlap, M.D., will serve as MMS president. Elected on Thursday were Duxbury resident Richard S. Pieters Jr., M.D., as  President-Elect; Worcester physician Dennis M. Dimitri, M.D. as Vice President; Brookline resident Peter B. Kang, M.D. has been elected Secretary-Treasurer; Peabody physician Alain A. Chaoui, M.D. as Assistant Secretary-Treasurer.    

Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, M.D. was re-elected Speaker of the House of Delegates and David A. Rosman, M.D., M.B.A., was re-elected Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates.  The meeting concludes Saturday when the House of Delegates will review more than two dozen reports and resolutions.

Ronald Dunlap to be President of the Mass. Medical Society  (

MMS Calls New Mass. Medical Marijuana Regs from DPH “Thoughtful,” Raises Concerns on Children, Confidentiality
After the DPH issued its new medical marijuana regulations on Thursday, MMS President Richard Aghababian, M.D., praised the new rules as “thoughtful and responsible.”   The MMS also raised concerns on three changes made to the original proposals concerning confidentiality of information, the rights of certifying authorities, and certain aspects of the use of medical marijuana by children.
The final regulations “appear to have taken into account many of our concerns, especially those that call for physician judgment in determining what conditions may qualify and the inclusion of the Prescription Monitoring Program in certifying patients,” said Dr. Aghababian.

“It will now depend on the Board of Registration in Medicine and the Department to carefully oversee the way physicians, dispensaries, caregivers and patients respond to the regulations. It is essential that the Board of Registration in Medicine, in particular, is vigilant to ensure that standards of care in certifying patients for marijuana use are no less stringent than the standards of care for other areas of medical practice,” he said.   Read the full MMS statement

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History of Medicine Lecture May 13 to Feature Harvard University’s Daniel Carpenter 
The Boston Medical Library will present the  2013 J. Worth Estes, M.D., History of Medicine Lecture, “The FDA and the Remaking of Modern Clinical Research,” at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2013. The featured speaker is Daniel Carpenter, Ph.D.,  Director of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University.   The event will be held at Armenise Amphitheatre, HMS, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston.  Please RSVP to Roz Vogel at (617) 432-4807 or by email at

Medical Student Mentoring Opportunity: Orientation Session June 4
Join the Committee on Senior Volunteer Physicians from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on June 4, 2013 for an orientation and training session from for physicians interested in serving as faculty facilitators for a medical student course. The Integrated Problems Course (IP) is a problem-based learning course taken by all Boston University School of Medicine  students throughout their first and second years of school. Through the discussion of clinical cases, the IP Course assists students in methods for integrating information from other courses and developing clinical reasoning skills through small-group discussion and individual research.  The volunteer facilitator meets with groups of six to eight students weekly for two hours for 10 to 12 weeks from September to December. To register to attend the session, please contact Carolyn Maher at (800) 322-2303, ext. 7311, or via email at

Benefit Buzz: Free Webinar on Security in the Cloud
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at noon
Are you among the 40 percent of business who have moved to cloud backup? Or are you worried about data backup security in the cloud? Join VaultLogix on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at noon EST for the third webinar in the series, “Online Backup 101.”  It is not necessary to have viewed the previous webinars. At the completion of the series of four webinars, VaultLogix will send the complete series to the attendees.

Education Programs & Events

Live CME Activities   

2013 MMS and RIMS Directors of Medical Education Conference
Thursday, May 16, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Home-Based Palliative Care for Patients with Serious Illness: A Team Approach
Monday, May 20, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., via live WEBINAR

A Roadmap to Bring an End to HIV and STDs in Massachusetts:  What All Health Care Providers Need to Know
Friday, June 7, 2013, 8:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Assessing Medication, Mental Health, and Cultural Needs During Sheltering
Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., live conference or via streaming webinar

HIPAA 2.0: Its Impact on Physician Practice WEBINAR
Tuesday, June 22, 2013, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., via live webinar

Getting Men Healthier – A Physician’s Playbook: 11th Annual Symposium on Men’s Health
Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

2nd Annual Addiction Medicine for All Providers Conference
Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22, 2013, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The above activities have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Online CME Activities

* Also available in print. Call (800) 322-2303, ext. 7306.  
For additional risk management online CME activities, visit

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