BWH Primary Care Faculty Development Retreat - Fall 2019

Waltham, MA US
November 1, 2019


The overall goal of our biannual course is to keep our busy clinical faculty in Division of General Medicine up to date with new data that is changing practice of medicine. Our course aims to address the gap between the providers’ current knowledge and practice style with state-of-the-art data and practice guidelines.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for MD’s, NP’s, and PA’s in the Division of Primary Care Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Learning Objectives

Update on Prostate Cancer Screening

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to: 

  1. Review the latest research on Management of Prostate Cancer.
  2. Outline the benefit of screening of prostate cancer and early diagnose of prostate cancer.
  3. Outline the limitations of prostate cancer screening tests and the risks associated with early cancer diagnosis.

Update on Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to: 

  1. Outline various options of treatment of OSA and outline advantages and disadvantages associated with each option.

Seeing is Understanding—Strategies for Increasing Opportunities for Observation and Feedback during a Busy Clinic Session

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to: 

  1. Recognize the importance of direct observation in competency-based medical education.
  2. Identify barriers to direct observation and feedback and articulate practical strategies for overcoming these barriers in the ambulatory setting.
  3. Identify structured frameworks and/or tools to use for direct observation and feedback.

Serious Illness Communication

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to: 

  1. Describe the evidence-based benefits of serious illness conversations for patients and families.
  2. Identify three components of my role in a systematic approach to improving serious illness conversations.
  3. Demonstrate skills using the Serious Illness Conversation Guide.

Hepatology Cases

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to: 

  1. List common causes of fatty liver.
  2. Describe different non-invasive methods of evaluating liver fibrosis.
  3. Outline the difference between acute hepatitis and acute liver failure.
  4. Outline benefits of HCV treatment and how to determine appropriate HCV treatment.


Additional Information

Provided by: 

Brigham & Women's Hospital - Division of Primary Care and Partners HealthCare System

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 3.00 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
11/01/2019 - 7:30am EDT
Event ends: 
11/01/2019 - 11:45am EDT

The Conference Center at Waltham Woods
860 Winter St
Waltham, MA 02541
United States

Susan Sadoughi, MD - Course Director

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Primary Care, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Dr. Sadoughi is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  She graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1993.  She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at BWH in 1996 and served as Primary Care Chief Medical resident in 1997.  Dr. Sadoughi has been on staff at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a clinician educator since 1997.  She is a deputy Editor for Physician First Watch, an online daily publication affiliated with the New England Journal of Medicine, since 2005.

Catherine Givens Arnold, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW

Manager, Palliative Care Social Work,
Department of Care Continuum Management,
Brigham Health/Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Catherine Arnold is the Manager of Palliative Care Social Work, and the Lead Clinician for SAGE Program (Speaking About Goals & Expectations), a social work-led initiative aimed at increasing earlier and better communication with seriously-ill patients and families. She combines her extensive practice experience with her interest in interprofessional approaches to patient care, offering a unique perspective in project design and management. Since joining BWH in 2015, Catherine has contributed to local, national and international efforts to design, operationalize and scale interprofessional palliative care initiatives.

Alev J. Atalay, MD

Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School;
Director of Ambulatory Education, Internal Medicine Residency,
Primary Care Physician, Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care,
Brigham Health / Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dr. Alev Atalay is a primary care physician and clinician educator with an interest in ambulatory education and a clinical interest in the care of patients with substance use disorders. Dr. Atalay is the Director of Ambulatory Education for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Internal Medicine Residency and in this role, oversees the ambulatory curriculum for the categorical medicine residents. Additionally, along with Dr. Sonja Solomon and Dr. Barbara Gottlieb, she serves on the ambulatory leadership team for the residency. Dr. Atalay is the recipient of the 2019-2020 Clinical Education Research Scholar award through which she is studying patient relationships formed during internal medicine training. Dr. Atalay practices primary care at the Phyllis Jen Center for Primary Care and works at the BWH Bridge Clinic caring for patients with substance use disorders.

Rachelle Bernacki, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Director of Quality Initiatives,
Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care,
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Rachelle Bernacki, MD, MS (Boston, MA) is the Director of Quality Initiatives in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bernacki is a co-founder and Associate Director of the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs, which has developed a standardized approach for ensuring clinicians have discussions about values and goals with seriously ill patients and their families. Dr. Bernacki is board certified in Palliative Medicine, Geriatrics, and Internal Medicine and a Fellow of both the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American Geriatrics Society. In 2015, she was named a Cambia Sojourns Leadership Scholar. Dr. Bernacki received her B.S. from Cornell University, her M.S. from the University of Chicago where she completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, and her M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 

Philip A. Huyett, MD

Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School;
Sleep Medicine Fellowship Trained Otolaryngologist,
Physician of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Dr. Phillip Huyett is a sleep medicine fellowship trained otolaryngologist who started at Mass Eye and Ear this month. His primary clinical interest lies in providing comprehensive care to patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring. His training consists of a residency in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center with Dr Ryan Soose, one of the other few sleep medicine fellowship trained otolaryngologists. He then pursued fellowship training in sleep medicine at University of Southern California-Keck Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, which also incorporated advanced surgical interventions for OSA and snoring with Dr Eric Kezirian. He joins Drs Noah Siegel, John Dobrowsky, Nick BuSaba, Chris Hartnick and Don Keamy, in the newly formed Mass Eye and Ear Division of Sleep Medicine and Surgery but brings several new facets including drug-induced sleep endoscopy, hypoglossal nerve stimulation, modern upper airway reconstructive surgery as well as sleep medicine training.

Dr. Huyett’s major research interests fall broadly into three categories: (1) the integration of surgical and non-surgical strategies for optimizing existing therapies for OSA, (2) strategies to improve the perioperative safety of patients with OSA, and (3) phenotyping/endotyping patients with OSA using polysomnographic and endoscopic predictors for proper surgical and non-surgical therapy selection, including hypoglossal nerve stimulation.

He sees adult and pediatric patients at 243 Charles St(Mass Eye and Ear Main Campus) Monday/Wednesday and the MEE Longwood office Tuesday/Friday.

Joshua Lakin, MD

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School;
Palliative Care Consultant, Integrated Care Management Program,
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Brigham Health/Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Josh Lakin is an attending physician in the division of adult palliative care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. He provides clinical care on the inpatient palliative care consult service, attends on the intensive palliative care unit, and serves as the founding medical director for KidneyPal, a specialty palliative care service for patients with chronic kidney disease. His academic work centers on driving more, better, and earlier communication about goals and values for seriously ill patients and he has concentrated his work in the primary care and hospital settings.

Mark Pomerantz, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School;
Medical Oncologist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institution

Dr. Mark Pomerantz is a medical oncologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Pomerantz received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his medical degree from Stanford University. He trained in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He then pursued a fellowship in Medical Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Dr. Pomerantz received his post-doctoral training in cancer genetics with Dr. Matthew Freedman at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. He is on faculty at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the Lank Center for Genitourinary Oncology.

Anna Rutherford, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School;
Clinical Director, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Endoscopy
Brigham Health/Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dr. Anna Rutherford is a transplant hepatologist with expertise in caring for patients with advanced liver disease and acute liver failure, before and after liver transplantation. She spends the majority of her time caring for patients with advanced liver disease in clinic, endoscopy, and on the inpatient service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2016 Dr. Rutherford was appointed the Clinical Director of Hepatology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, a role which has involved building relationships with Massachusetts General Hospital and University of Massachusetts liver transplant programs and developing an inpatient hepatology service at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Dr. Rutherford dedicates the balance of her time to medical education and clinical research. She is the co-director of the Gastroenterology Pathophysiology course for medical students in the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology. Her clinical research has focused on identifying factors that affect clinical outcome in acute liver failure and liver transplantation, predictors of hepatic decompensation as well as liver disease and pregnancy. Dr. Rutherford is an Associate Editor for the Clinical Observations section in Hepatology, and she serves on the Medical Advisory Board for the New England chapter of the American Liver Foundation. In 2018, Dr. Rutherford was awarded the Dr. Jerry Trier Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching (HMS), and in 2019 she was the recipient of the Irving M. London Teaching Award for excellence and dedication to teaching in biomedical science (HMS/HST).

Noah Siegel, MD

Clinical Faculty, Massachusetts General Hospital;
Director, Sleep Medicine and Surgery Department,
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Board Certified in both Sleep Medicine and Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Siegel serves as the Director of Sleep Medicine and Surgery at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital in Boston. He is the Medical Director of Otolaryngology for Massachusetts Eye and Ear’s Longwood facility in Boston and is clinical faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Siegel also serves as the medical director for several sleep laboratories in the Boston area. Dr. Siegel graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor in 1995. He completed his general surgery internship at Northwestern University and then completed his residency at Harvard University in Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Siegel has an active medical and surgical practice with primary interest in sleep disorders and rhinology. Regularly, he is a featured speaker at medical and dental sleep courses and training programs

Sonja R. Solomon, MD

Instructor, Harvard Medical School;
Program Director, Division of General Medicine Residency,
Primary Care Physician, Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care,
Brigham Health / Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Sonja Solomon is a primary care physician in the Division of General Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Program Director for the DGM Primary Care Residency at BWH. Her interests are in medical education, the care of patients with complex chronic disease, gender equity, and the development of innovations and initiatives to promote retention of trainees in primary care.


Partners HealthCare System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Partners HealthCare System designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 3.00 Participation


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