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Denise Faustman, MD, PhD, 2018 Annual OrationDenise Faustman, MD, PhD; Orator at the 2018 Annual Oration


Annual Oration

Changing the Conversation Around Health

Friday, December 6                   
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 

Health is a product of the social and economic conditions in which we live, work, and play.  Simply put, we cannot improve our health without creating a world that generates health.  While medicine, curative care, will always have a role to play in restoring us to health when we are sick, it also has an important role to play in changing the conversation about health, in creating a healthier world.

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are a major influence with patients and their care which ultimately affects patients’ outcomes. Research has shown a patient’s health is driven by social, economic, and environmental factors. Social barriers, patient engagement and beliefs contribute to how a patient responds to clinical information and decision-making. Clinicians should develop a broader understanding of how SDOH affects a patient’s ability to follow their care-plan, take medications, opt out of testing and following their physician’s advice. Screening for SDOH is not inherent of a typical illness or wellness visit. 

History of the Oration
The MMS Annual Oration dates back to 1804 when Dr. Isaac Rand delivered his dissertation entitled, On Phthisis Pulmonalis, and the Use of the Warm Bath.  For more than 200 years, MMS orators have addressed a wide spectrum of topics germane to the evolving practice of medicine.

2019 Annual Orator
Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH
Robert A. Knox Professor and Dean of Boston University School of Public Health
(Read full bio here)

Target Audience

Physicians of all specialties, other healthcare professionals, and medical educators who are interested in learning more about social determinants of health.

Activity Objectives

  1. To describe how social and economic forces influence health
  2. To assess the role that medicine can play in generating the conditions that create a healthier world
  3. To initiate and engage in a national conversation that generates health and defines the next steps

Ethics Forum

Ethical Issues in Prison Health Care

Friday, December 6                   
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm 

Presented by the Committee on Ethics, Grievances, and Professional Standards, the Ethics Forum alerts physicians to the ethical implications of issues that arise in daily practice and offers information on issues at the intersection of ethics, medicine, and professionalism. The Ethics Forum at the Society’s Interim Meeting will explore ethical issues faces by incarcerated patients and the physicians who care for them. 

This program is complimentary for MMS Members. The fee for Non-Members to attend this program is $70.

Activity Objectives

  1. Discuss current and historical legal requirements regarding adequate medical care of imprisoned persons in the United States
  2. Describe the "dual loyalty" problem in patient care, illustrated by corrections medicine practice
  3. Examine tensions between obligations to society versus to the individual patient

Ethics Forum Speakers

David Milton, Esq.
Prisoners' Legal Services
(Read full bio here)

Ruth Potee, MD
Director of Addiction Services, Behavior Health Network
Medical Director, Franklin County House of Corrections
(Read full bio here)


Accreditation Statement

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

AMA Credit Designation Statement

  • Annual Oration: Changing the Conversation Around Health Care
    The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Ethics Forum: Ethical Issues in Prison Health Care
    The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Risk Management Study

The above live activities meet the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

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  • 2020 Annual Meeting – Thursday, April 30 - Saturday, May 2, 2020, Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Boston
  • 2020 Interim Meeting – Friday, December 4 - 5, 2020, MMS Headquarters and the Westin Hotel, Waltham

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