Massachusetts Medical Society: Sample Articles from Vital Signs

Sample Articles from Vital Signs


Announcing Recipients of 2022 MMS Awards

This year’s MMS awards recognize more than 50 recipients – including medical students, 20 Community Clinicians of the Year, and experienced physicians leaders.

To read the full article from the July-August 2022 Vital Signs, click here.


Committee on LGBTQ Matters Celebrates 15 Years of Advocacy, Growth, and Community

The MMS Committee on LGBTQ Matters hit its stride with an impactful year and strong voice in MMS policymaking and advocacy.

To read the full article from the May-June 2022 Vital Signs, click here.


For Physician Health, "Reaching Out Is a Good Thing.... It All Comes Back to Connection and Community"

As physician needs have escalated beyond burnout, Physician Health Services offers useful services and suggestions for assisting struggling colleagues.

To read the full article from the March-April 2022 Vital Signs, click here.


6 Tips to Help Your Front Office Provide a Positive Patient Experience

The MMS Committee on Professional Liability shares effective steps that can be taken to improve the patient experience.

To read the full article from the March-April 2022 Vital Signs, click here.


Power to Heal Documentary Portrays the 1960s Fight to Create Medicare and Desegregate Hospitals

Learning from the past to drive social change today was one of many takeaways from an MMS screening of Power to Heal.

To read the full article from the January-February 2022 Vital Signs, click here.


BSPC: 30 Years of Inspiring Hope and a Career Path in Biomedical Sciences

At the Biomedical Sciences Career Program's biennial student conference, high school students through postdocs are paired with professionals in science and medicine for information and advice.

To read the full article from the November-December 2021 Vital Signs, click here.


The MMS Advocates for Women’s Reproductive Health

Over the past year, the MMS has played a meaningful role in advancing several key initiatives to support and advance women’s health in the Commonwealth and beyond.

To read the full article from the September-October 2021 Vital Signs, click here.


Get to Know Your New President: Dr. Carole E. Allen

In this Q&A, learn about the 139th MMS president, Dr. Carole E. Allen, and her history of advocacy for children, public health, and improving quality, access, and efficiency in health care.

To read the full article from the July-August 2021 Vital Signs, click here.


Physician Trauma Response and COVID-19

As a physician community, we share a responsibility to understand what PTSD looks like and support ourselves, our colleagues, and our friends to access treatment.

To read the full article from the July-August 2021 Vital Signs, click here.


The MMS and Others Advocate to Shape Telehealth Practice in Massachusetts

Read how the Massachusetts Medical Society is ensuring that the physician voice is heard by policymakers in Massachusetts and in Washington.

To read the full article from the May-June 2021 Vital Signs, click here.


Private Practice Physicians Share the Joys and Challenges with Students

Learn what four MMS members told medical students about the benefits of private practice during the “Introduction to Private Practice” webinar.

To read the full article from the April 2021 Vital Signs, click here.


Pioneering Black Physicians Paved Paths in Massachusetts

Read about three pioneering Black physicians in Massachusetts whose extraordinary drive to fulfill their calling in medicine is inspiring and sobering as we consider the legacy of racism in medicine.

To read the full article from the March 2021 Vital Signs, click here.


Fall Prevention Strategies for Older Adults during COVID-19

Learn how health care providers can help address both the prevention of falls and the fear of falling by providing tools to seniors and caregivers and by implementing certain practices.

To read the full article from the March 2021 Vital Signs, click here.


Take Steps to Improve Your Own Mental Health during Pandemic, Experts Advise

MMS encourages physicians to consider your own mental health amidst pandemic stress and learn how our Physicians Health Services may assist.

To read the full article from the January-February 2021 Vital Signs, click here.


Silver Diamine Fluoride: Treatment for Cavities May Explain Black-Stained Teeth

Physicians who encounter a patient with black-stained teeth should be aware that this may be due to a well-received alternative method of treating cavities.

To read the full article from the November-December 2020 Vital Signs, click here.


MMS Advocates for You and Your Practice

As Massachusetts braces for another possible COVID-19 surge, numerous legislative and other advocacy achievements of the MMS bolster physician practices and public health.

To read the full article from the October 2020 Vital Signs, click here.


New Awareness of the Connection Between Natural Gas Stoves and Pediatric Asthma

As a robust body of research points to a connection between pediatric asthma and natural gas stove use, the MMS resolved to raise awareness among physicians and patients.

To read the full article from the September 2020 Vital Signs, click here.


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