Massachusetts Medical Society: Initiating a Conversation with Patients on Gun Safety

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 Physician: $30.00 
MMS Resident/Student Member: Free
Non-Member Physician: $67.50 
Non-Member Resident/Student: $15.00
Allied Health Professional/Other: $24.00


Slides & Video

CME Credit

1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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

AMA Credit Designation Statement 
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. 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.

MOC Approval Statement 
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory , this activity has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:

Allergy and Immunology
Family Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Preventive Medicine
Psychiatry & Neurology
Thoracic Surgery

National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA).

Physician Assistant may claim 1.50 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  

Activity Term
Original Release Date: January 25, 2016
Review Date: July 25, 2017, February 1, 2019  
Termination Date: February 1, 2022  

System requirements:

Windows 10
Mac OSX 10.6 higher 

Most modern browsers including:
IE 11+
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome latest version
Safari 12+
iOS devices beginning with OS version 10 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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