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March 2020 Conference to Address the Health of Women and Girls in Rhode Island

Plans are underway for the inaugural state-wide Rhode Island Women’s Health Summit scheduled for March 13-14, 2020, at the Alpert Medical School, 222 Richmond Street, Providence, RI. The conference, titled Sex, Gender, Medical Research, and Our Community: Redefining Women’s Health in Rhode Island, is being held to address the need for local healthcare professionals, researchers, and educators to join with stakeholders across our state around the topic of promoting and improving health for women and girls in Rhode Island. The Summit will encompass aspects of women’s health that extend beyond the care of female-specific organs to address how gender-specific biology and behavior impact the overall health of women.

According to data from the United Health Foundation and Centers for Disease Control, Rhode Island boasts excellent rankings for certain health parameters relevant to women and girls. For example, in 2018, Rhode Island had the highest rates in the nation for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination among adolescent girls. With 77.8% reporting a yearly doctor’s visit, we also top the rankings of women ages 18-45 years who receive annual preventative care. Although these measures are promising, Rhode Island is in the bottom of the pack when it comes to other health indicators. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among RI women, and Ocean State women rank near the bottom nationally for several contributing risk factors including higher-than-national rates of hypertension at 31% (rank 19th highest) and lower-than-average rates of regular physical activity (34th lowest). Another alarming trend is the increasing number of deaths attributable to drugs: in 2019, there were an estimated 18.4 deaths due to drug injuries per 100,000 Rhode Island women, which is the 10th highest rate in the nation and represents a significant increase from 16.2 per 100,000 in 2018.

In addition to addressing these public health indicators, there is also a need to share knowledge about sex and gender differences in health and disease and discuss best practices for addressing common clinical concerns in women and girls. “The majority of current clinical practice is based on knowledge derived mostly from studies in men,” states Summit co-chair, Dr. Ghada Bourjeily, Professor of Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Director of Research at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. “The latest research indicates that for several conditions, the physical, hormonal and behavioral differences between women and men should be taken into account when screening for disease and managing chronic conditions.”

The conference will kick off on Friday, March 13th at 5:00 pm with a keynote by Marianne J. Legato, MD, PhD, FACP, an innovator in the field of gender-specific medicine and Professor Emerita of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. “We were delighted that Dr. Legato accepted our invitation to open the conference,” says co-chair, Dr. Alyson J. McGregor, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Alpert Medical School and the Co-Founder and Director for the Division of Sex and Gender in Emergency Medicine. “Dr Legato is considered the founder of the field of gender-specific medicine and a true pioneer of this area of science, and will provide our attendees a broad overview of how the field has evolved over time, and share what she predicts our biggest challenges and most promising opportunities will be in the future.”

A panel discussion moderated by Brown University President, Christina Paxson, will follow Dr. Legato’s keynote on Friday evening. Panelists –including Dawna Blake, MD, from the Providence VA Medical Center, Carrie Bridges Feliz, MPH from the RI Women’s Health Council, Kelly Nevins, MS, Director of the Women’s Fund of RI, Amy Nunn, ScD, MS, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute and Associate Professor at Brown University School of Public Health, and Adriana Vargas, BSW, Director of Community Relations at Providence Community Health Centers–will address the current status of women’s health in Rhode Island.

The conference will continue on Saturday, March 14, with a multidisciplinary program featuring faculty across a range of disciplines including medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, community health, and public health. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the perspectives and research of so many talented members of our community whose scholarship is focused around women’s health,” states co-chair Katie Sharkey, MD, PhD, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Women in Medicine & Science at Alpert Medical School. “University of Rhode Island Pharmacy Professor, Kristina Ward, PharmD, BCPS, will speak about medication use and women’s health and Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, FASE, Chief of the Cardiology and Professor of Medicine at Alpert Medical School will discuss women’s heart health.” “We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to tap into the expertise of these renowned scholars who work right here in our community and look forward to bringing together a broad range of stakeholders with an interest in women’s health,” continues Dr. Sharkey. Adds Dr. Bourjeily, “Our goal is for this initial Summit to be so successful that it becomes a regular event so that we can continue to push for advances that will improve women’s and girls’ health throughout the state.”

If you are interested in attending the Rhode Island Women’s Health Summit, Sex, Gender, Medical Research, and Our Community: Redefining Women’s Health in Rhode Island, registration will open soon at the Brown University Office of Continuing Medical Education website: The conference is open to all with reduced rates for students and non-physician attendees. A variety of continuing educations credits will be offered.

The 28th Annual RIAFP Primary Care Conference

This two-day meeting of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians is designed to provide an interesting, up-to-date educational experience, highlighted by the gathering of the regional membership of the AAFP and the graduates of the Brown University Family Medicine and Kent/Thundermist Residency Programs.

The RIAFP Primary Care Conference is more than just an educational experience, it is a chance to network with colleagues in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

March 27-28, 2020
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
222 Richmond Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02912

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Healthcare in America: Lecture Series & Pre-Clinical Elective

The Healthcare in America Elective serves to expose medical students, faculty, and others in the Providence community to local, national, and systems level issues in health policy via a series of dynamic lectures and discussions.

The Birth of the Medical-Industrial Complex in America —
and What’s to be Done About it Now
Mike Magee, MD — Former Executive at Pfizer & author of “Code Blue: Inside the Medical Industrial Complex”
Thursday, September 5 at 6:00 p.m., Alpert Medical School, Room 275

The Effects of Hospital Consolidations on the Health of Patients, Providers and Communities
Chris Koller, MA — President of Milbank Memorial Fund & Former Health Insurance Comissioner
Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m., Alpert Medical School, Room 275

The Byzantine Pharmaceutical Supply Chain: Politics, Prerogative and Pricing
David Guzick, MD, PhD — President of University of Florida Health
Thursday, October 3 at 6:00 p.m., Alpert Medical School, Room 275

Health Information Technology: The Past, Present and Future
David Blumenthal, MD, PhD — President of the Commonwealth Fund & Former CIO of Partners Healthcare System
Thursday, October 17 at 6:00 p.m., Alpert Medical School, Room 170

Pre-Approval Access to Investigational Products: What Limits?
Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBE — John Russell Dickson, MD Presidential Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics at the Perelman School of Medicine
Wednesday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m., Alpert Medical School, Room 275

Lessons from Washington, DC
David Shulkin, MD — Former US Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Thursday, November 21 at 6:00 p.m., Alpert Medical School, Room 275

Health is More Than Healthcare:
Integrating Social Determinants of Health, Public Policy and Advocacy

Darilyn Moyer, MD, FACP — EVP & CEO, American College of Physicians
Thursday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m., Alpert Medical School, Room 275

Questions? Contact the student coordinators at

Interim/Temporary Physicians

East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) has an opportunity for a RI-licensed Physician to join our Health Center. EBCAP has two primary locations. One is located at 6 John H. Chafee Boulevard in Newport, RI and the other is located at 100 Bullocks Point Avenue in East Providence RI. The physician would be given ongoing assignments to work on an interim/temporary basis. The interim Physician is welcome to work one day a week, several days a week, or even a full week, on a month to month basis, as EBCAP has current and future physician needs. We want to add to our team of providers and establish an ongoing relationship. 

Our mission is to provide high-quality, comprehensive, and accessible health, dental, behavioral health, and human services to assist people to achieve their fullest potential. By joining EBCAP you are making a statement that you are committed to providing quality care.   

As a family physician with EBCAP, you will provide direct medical services including but not limited to a clinical focus on health promotion, disease prevention and routine health maintenance visits and acute care for all age groups. You will educate patients regarding care, diagnoses, treatment plan, medications and prognosis. You will obtain specialty physician consultation for complicated patients or patients who are assessed to be outside the scope of EBCAP’s practice, and supervise allied health professionals (physician assistant, nurses, medical assistants, etc.) of the care team.      

The position requires an MD (allopathic) or DO (osteopathic) degree, completion of an accredited residency in Family Medicine (preferred) or Internal Medicine, current licensure through the RI Department of Health, current DEA registration/RI Controlled Substance Licensure, current Board Certification in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine, and must complete all privileging and credentialing requirements.

Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at East Bay Community Action Program, which is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to providing a diverse work environment.  

Please contact Norma Conley, VP of Human Resources at for more information, or you can go to our website at and click on the CAREERS page and apply through our applicant tracking system. You may also contact Debbie Scott, Senior Staffing Specialist, for more details at 401-431-9870 x124. 

Emergency and Urgent Care Live Course

Join us in Providence, RI, this summer.

Attend the Emergency and Urgent Care course in Providence, RI, July 17–20.

Know the latest treatment options in emergency and urgent care settings, gain hands-on skills, and recognize when to treat and when to refer. At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Prepare treatment plans for patients who present to emergency departments and/or urgent care clinics.
  • Evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients with acute health needs affecting any number of body systems, including cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, maternity, psychological, or musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Incorporate emergency plans into practice, including written protocols and necessary equipment/tools for treatment.

Earn up to 27.75* AAFP Prescribed credits — 20 credits for attending the course and another 7.75 for participating in optional procedural skills workshops (additional fees apply).

AAFP members: $995
Nonmembers: $1,295

Optional Workshop Sessions (additional fees apply)

  • ECG Interpretation (Basic)
  • ECG Interpretation (Advanced)
  • Point-of-Care Ultrasound (Basic Skills & FAST Exam)
  • Point of Care Ultrasound (Vascular Access)

Save $100 when you register by June 15. Register now or call (800) 274-2237.

*AAFP Prescribed credit is subject to change. Visit for the most up-to-date credits for this course.

The 27th Annual RIAFP Primary Care Conference

March 29-30, 2019
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
222 Richmond Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903

This two-day meeting is designed to provide an interesting, up-to-date educational experience, highlighted by the gathering of the regional membership of the AAFP and the graduates of the Brown University Family Medicine Residency Program.

The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians Primary Care Conference is more than just an educational experience, it is a chance to network with colleagues in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Saturday Lunch Box Sponsor — Lifespan Physician Group, Inc.

Lifespan Physician Group, Inc.
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PDW and RPS Residency Education Symposium

Friday, April 5 – Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
Kansas City, MO

Connect with family medicine residency program professionals at the PDW and RPS Residency Education Symposium, April 5–9 in Kansas City, MO.

Program Leadership
Come a day before RPS to engage in programming designed for both you and your team.

Residency Team Members
Come a day before RPS to take advantage of special programs for administrators and nurses.

No matter which residency program role you represent, all are welcome to attend both PDW and RPS.

Save $100 when you register for both PDW and RPS.

If you can’t join us for both events, register separately for PDW (Friday, April 5–Sunday, April 7) or RPS (Saturday, April 6–Tuesday, April 9).

Take advantage of the opportunity to gain information, solutions, and inspiration for the whole team.

Register today.

Short Study About HIV Prevention in Rhode Island

Researchers at Brown University and The Miriam Hospital are studying the current climate surrounding HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use in primary care settings in Rhode Island. We hope that insights gained from this study can inform future public health approaches across the state.

To participate, we are asking people to complete a one-time online survey that will ask you questions related to your HIV prevention practices, as well as your awareness, attitudes, and perceived barriers about PrEP. This survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. You are eligible to participate if you are a medical provider who is able to prescribe medications.

Access the secure, anonymous survey

Your help is appreciated!

OHIC’s Primary Care Capitation Planning Materials

The Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner (OHIC) has provided the following materials on the Primary Care APM Model. If any members of the Rhode Island Academy of Family Physicians are interested in arranging a meeting to discuss further, they may contact Cory King or Libby Bunzli.

Primary Care APM Work Group
Pilot Design and Implementation
April 5, 2018

Primary Care APM Work Group
Pilot Design and Implementation
May 4, 2018

Primary Care APM Work Group
Pilot Design and Implementation
June 14, 2018

Primary Care APM Work Group
Consensus Model
August 9, 2017

OHIC Primary Care APM Pilot
Implementation Checklist
June 8, 2018