Educational Programs

Ethics Forum

COVID-19 Vaccine Ethics
November 7, 2020, 11:00 a.m. 

Program Description

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 the ethical considerations for the COVID-19 vaccine, from development to distribution. The program is anticipated to run 60-90 minutes.

This session is complimentary for Members. Non-Members will be charged a fee of $70 to attend.

2020 Annual Oration

Diversity in Medicine Matters: The Benefits of a Diverse Workforce
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 7:30 pm Virtually via Zoom

2020 Annual Oration

Program Description
With the racial and political turmoil surrounding our culture and healthcare environment, it continues to be essential to confront longstanding health care disparities. Improving workforce diversity is one strategy to improve patient medical outcomes and reduce health care disparities. Recruiting, retaining, and sustaining a diverse racial and ethnic workforce within health care is vital for our population’s well-being.

Join us as we discuss and explore why health care leaders, physicians and other health care professionals gain from a firm understanding of cultural competence, racism and the need to support and retain a representative workforce to provide optimal effective care for patients from different backgrounds. Successfully building a culture of inclusion and belonging across health care requires commitment, accountability, and transparency at all levels of the organization.

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.

About the Orator:

Joan Y Reede

Joan Y. Reede, MD, MD, MPH, MS, MBA
Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Reede has a lifelong passion for and experience with mentoring and supporting diversity in the biosciences. She is Harvard Medical School’s first Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, responsible for the development and management of a comprehensive program that provides leadership, guidance, and support to promote the increased recruitment, retention, and advancement of underrepresented minority faculty. She also serves in a number of other positions, including Faculty Director of Community Outreach at HMS, Professor at HMS and at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Assistant in Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital.

While at HMS, Joan created more than 20 diversity and leadership-focused programs, including founding the HMS Minority Faculty Development Program and the Biomedical Science Careers Program. Before joining Harvard, she served as the medical director of a Boston community health center and worked as a pediatrician in community and academic health centers, juvenile prisons, and public schools. She has held a number of advisory roles including serving on the Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Minority Health and the Secretary’s Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH. Dr. Reede graduated from Brown University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She holds an MPH and an MS in Health Policy Management from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and an MBA from Boston University.

Target Audience
This activity is designed for health care leaders, physicians, residents, other health care professionals and students in all health care professions.

Activity Objectives
  1. Describe the benefits to patients, medical staff, and employers of a diverse workplace to achieve an inclusive working environment and better health outcomes
  2. Address racial, cultural, system, and other barriers that may arise as your organization works towards a more diverse workplace
  3. Recommend actions/opportunities for all individuals to promote diversity and eliminate racism within their practice or healthcare setting

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
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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The 2020 Interim Meeting of the MMS House of Delegates will be held virtually on Saturday, November 7, and Saturday, December 5. Click below to register.

House of Delegates

Learn more about the MMS’ policy-making body, the House of Delegates.

Save the Date for These Upcoming Meetings

  • 2021 Annual Meeting – May 6-8, 2021
  • 2021 Interim Meeting – December 3-4, 2021

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