Initiating a Conversation with Patients on Gun Safety

Initiating a Conversation with Patients on Gun Safety

A Pew Research Center survey conducted in 2013 cites that 37% of adults reported having a gun in their household: 24% say they personally own a gun, and 13% say the gun or guns in their home are owned by someone else.

Additional research documents that firearms increase the probability of death in domestic violence incidences; increase the likelihood of fatalities by those who intend to injure others; leave children and young people at special risk, and disproportionately affect communities of color. There are more than 85 deaths attributable to guns each day. And the probability of suicide attempts increases in homes where guns are kept loaded and/or unlocked.

This archived webinar, Initiating a Conversation with Patients on Gun Safety, will provide helpful resources for medical professionals enabling an open discussion on firearm safety issues in pediatric and adult settings and related medical, behavioral, and legal implications of firearm storage, access, and use in the home.

Based on a live webinar which was held on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize national and state trends on firearm injuries and deaths, including suicide
  • Consider that any presenting patient may own or have access to an inadequately stored gun
  • Initiate a conversation on guns in the home and their safe storage



Wendy Macias-Konstantopolous, MD, MPH
Chair, MMS Committee on Violence Intervention and Prevention
Director, MGH Human Trafficking Initiative and Chief Medical and Executive Director, MGH Freedom Clinic Medical Director, Violence Intervention Advocacy Program Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Harrison Alter, MD, MS, FACEP
Executive Director, Andrew Levitt Center for Social Emergency Medicine, Berkeley, CA
Associate Chair for Research, Department of Emergency Medicine
Highland Hospital, Almeda Health System, Oakland, CA

Carrie Armour, Esq. 
Senior Legislative Attorney
Advocacy Resource Center
American Medical Association

Robert Sege, MD, PhD
Medical Foundation Director
Health Resources in Action Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect member
American Academy of Pediatrics

Detective Lieutenant Michael Coleman
Massachusetts State Police, Firearms Safety Division

Course Fees

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member: $18.00
Non-MMS Member: $33.00
Allied Health Professionals: $14.40


Slides & Video

CME Credit

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ , risk management study
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Activity Term
Start: January 25, 2016    
End: July 31, 2017   

System requirements:

Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8 
Mac OSX 10.6 higher 
Most modern browsers including: 
Firefox 18.0+ 
Chrome 26+ 
Safari 5+ 
Flash player is required for some Online CME courses.


iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices) 
Android devices including tablets and phones. 
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.


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