Massachusetts Medical Society: Annual Education Program

Annual Education Program

2022 MMS Annual Education Program — Prioritizing and Preserving Psychological Health

Friday, May 20, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Featured Speaker

Monica Bharel

Monica Bharel, MD, MPH
Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Boston
To learn more about Dr. Monica Bharel, click here.


Elsie M. Taveras

Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH
Chief Community Health Equity Officer, Mass General Brigham
To learn more about Dr. Elsie M. Taveras, click here.


Julian Cyr

Senator Julian Cyr
Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery, Massachusetts State Senate
To learn more about Senator Julian Cyr, click here.

Vicker DiGravio

Vicker V. DiGravio, III, MPA
President, Riverside Community Care
To learn more about Vicker V. DiGravio, III, click here.

Michelle Durham

Michelle P. Durham, MD, MPH, FAPA, DFAACAP
Vice Chair of Education, Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center
To learn more about Dr. Michelle P. Durham, click here.

Program Description

The COVID-19 pandemic has generated emotional stress, exacerbated mental health challenges, and created new barriers for people already suffering from mental illness and behavioral health disorders. A December 2021 report from Kaiser Family Foundation found that over 30 percent of adults in the United States report symptoms of anxiety and/or depressive disorder, up from 11 percent of adults prior to the pandemic. Moreover, 20 percent of school-aged children have experienced worsened mental or emotional health since the pandemic began. A recent informal survey of Massachusetts Medical Society district members revealed that over 85 percent of physicians believe the pandemic has impacted their own psychological well-being. Survey results also indicated physicians have seen an impact on the psychological well-being of various patient populations throughout the pandemic. Despite the evidence that the demand for mental and behavioral health services is stronger than ever, the shortage of mental health professionals, high cost, and inequitable access to services lead to individuals not receiving the care, services, or support they need.

This year’s program will utilize expert faculty and a panel discussion to examine practical and policy strategies needed to identify and mitigate psychological distress among our patients and our provider staff, improve availability and equitable access to mental and behavioral health services, and instill a culture in health care that prioritizes psychological well-being for all.

Learning Objectives

1. Give examples of the compounding mental health stressors faced by different demographic populations during the COVID-19 crisis

2. Create a culture in medicine that seeks to reduce the stigmatization of psychological vulnerability

3. Apply strategies to break down the systemic policy, organizational, and sociocultural barriers that prevent patients from accessing and receiving equitable care for mental and behavioral health challenges

Program Fees:

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Physician Member – $150.00
Physician Nonmember – $300.00
MMS Resident/Student Member – Free
MMS Alliance Member – Free
Allied Health Professional/Other – $120.00
*Click here for member educational voucher information

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 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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

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