Cabo Verdean American Medical Society: Bringing Morabeza to Medicine 2023

Boston, MA US
October 6, 2023 to October 7, 2023

Participants will gain an understanding of the healthcare delivery system and the social and economic factors affecting the health of Cabo Verdeans.  Through interactive presentations and discussions by CVAMS members, the audience will learn about various topics in surgery, cardiology, preventative care, oncology, palliative care, mental health and education.  In a concurrent mental health symposium participants will gain an understanding of trauma informed care.   Attendees will be able to formulate goals to help improve health outcomes in Cabo Verde and the diaspora.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, physician assistants, social workers, other members of the healthcare team, and community members.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Recognize the unique causes of morbidity and mortality in Cabo Verde and the diaspora.
  2. List specific challenges identified by the CVAMS teams in the areas of cardiology, preventive medicine, surgery, and mental health. 
  3. Use the experiences and data from the recent scientific exchange to identify opportunities for future collaborations and enhance public health priorities and building sustainable infrastructure.
  4. Acquire tools to practice trauma informed care in a clinical setting.  Realize the importance of client-provider relationship building to support healing.
  5. Identify the signs of burn-out and accumulative stress in one’s self and others. Create a self-care plan through an interactive workshop.
  6. Identify implicit bias and build awareness as they relate to delivering trauma informed care.
  7. Recognize the significance of colonial trauma, immigration, assimilation, colorism, family separation and classism.

Additional Information

Provided by: 

The Cabo Verdean American Medical Society & Mass General Brigham


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 7.00 ABS MOC II
  • 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 7.00 Nursing Contact Hours
  • 7.00 Participation
  • 7.00 Continuing Education (CE) for Psychologists
  • 7.00 Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/06/2023 - 8:00am EDT
Event ends: 
10/07/2023 - 12:00pm EDT

O'Keefe Auditorium - Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
United States

Course Co-Directors

Doreen Defaria Yeh, MD
Associate Director, MGH Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
Co-Director, MGH Cardiovascular Disease and Pregnancy Program
Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

Madelaine Tully, MD
Family Physician, Progressive Community Health Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Planning Committee

Julio Teixeira, MD, FACS
President of CVAMS
Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Northwell Health
New York

Patricia Andrade, MD
Physician, General Surgeon
Taunton and Fall River, MA

Elizabeth Gomes, DO
Physician, Jenks Park Pediatrics Women and Infant's Hospital through Care - New England
Central Falls, RI | Providence, RI

Maria Fatima Barros, RN, MSN
(Retired) Volunteer many communities’ health & advisory committees, RI Department of Health Advisory Boards
Providence, RI

Rosilda James, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist, Alves Psychotherapy
Walnut Creek, CA

Samora Miguel Cardoso Lopes
Clinical Research Sub-investigator, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care And Pain Medicine
Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA

Maya Spencer, MD
Pediatrician, Atrius Health
Braintree, MA

Susan Weinberg, MD, FACR
Founder, Mary Jo Cropper Family Center for Breast Care
Past Director of Trihealth Radiology, Cincinnati
Rad Partners—SEAL Team

Lyla Blake, MD, MPH
Physician, Community Health Center of Cape Cod
Falmouth, MA

Kimberly Coto, LICSW, MSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
New Bedford, MA


Patrice Alves, MD
Internal Medicine Physician, Christus Health
San Antonio, TX

Paulo Pina, MD
Network Pediatric Medical Director, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone
Brooklyn, NY

Maritsa Barros, EdD, MS
University Lecturer, Tufts University
Owner, Senavision

Carla Barbosa, MD
National Program Coordinator for Oncology
Ministry of Health, Cabo Verde

Hirondina Borges, MD
Oncologist, Agostinho Neto University Hospital
Praia, Cabo Verde

Adriano Cabral, MEd, CAGS
CEO, Inclusion Family Center, Inc.
Brockton, MA

Samantha DeAndrade, MD, MPH
Fellow in Urogynecology, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

Luis Manuel Dias Andrade, MD
Physician, Agostinho Neto University Hospital
Praia, Cabo Verde

David Earle, MD, FACS
Director, New England Hernia Center
Associate Professor of Surgery, Tufts University – School of Medicine
Medical Advisor, Western Mass Region of the National Ski Patrol

Oyere K. Onuma, MD
Director, Global Cardiovascular Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital – Cardiology Division & Corrigan Minehan Heart Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Associate Director, Health Equity in Cardiology (MGH)

E. Isabel Lopes, MD
Physician, Mad River Community Hospital, Open Door Community Health Center & Providence Redwood Memorial Hospital
California, USA

Antonio Mendes, MD
Medical Director, Mendes Medical Associates
Norwood, MA

Robert M. Teixeira, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Danielson Pereira Barreto da Veiga, MD
President, Order of Physicians, Cabo Verde
Chair of Surgery, Agostinho Neto University Hospital

Nicholas Tawa, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Associate Director of Nutrition Support Service, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Nivia Vieira, MSc
Assistant Director of Healthcare Partnership, Project Bread
East Boston, MA 

Idalina S. Afopa, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner, Veterans Health Administration
Medical Center, Manhattan, New York, NY

Valéria Semedo, MD
Physician, Agostinho Neto University Hospital
Coordinator, HAN – Palliative Care
Member, African Association of Palliative Care
Lecturer, University of Cape Verde
Nursing Chair, Disability Verification Commission of the National Social Security Institute
Cabo Verde

Jason Sherer, MD, MPH
Physician, Cardiology - St. Francis Heart Center
Rockville Centre, NY

Darlene Spencer
Program Officer/Board President, Carney Family Charitable Foundation
Cape Verdean Association in New Bedford

Joseph Gomes, DO
Emergency Medicine Physician, Memorial Hospital West
Pembroke, FL

Merrian Brooks, MD
Attending Pediatrician/Adolescent Medicine Specialist, Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Anibal Melo, MD
Physician, Saint Luke’s Hospital – Department of Nephrology
St. Louis, MO

Djanira Fernandes, MD
PGY1 Resident, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Tim Johnson, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine, Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Elisa Cabral, MS
Inclusion Family Center

Claudia Fontes, MD
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Fresno, CA

Roberto Pineda, MD
Thomas Y. & Clara W. Butler Chair of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye & Ear
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

Gabriella Spinola
Chief Marketing Officer, CMO
WeCare 365 AFC

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Mass General Brigham and Cabo Verdean American Medical Society. Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements

AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Mass General Brigham designates this activity for 7.00 ANCC contact hours. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


7.00 Continuing Education (CE) credits are awarded.

Social Work
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Mass General Brigham is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Mass General Brigham maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 7.00 continuing education credit.

Lifelong Learning Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program


Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME requirement of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABS credit.

Available Credit

  • 7.00 ABS MOC II
  • 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 7.00 Nursing Contact Hours
  • 7.00 Participation
  • 7.00 Continuing Education (CE) for Psychologists
  • 7.00 Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers


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Registration TypeTuition Fee
All Health Practitioners$75
General PublicFree
Residents, Fellows & StudentsFree

Cancellation Policy:
Registrations cancelled on or before September 22, 2023 will be refunded, less a $15 administrative fee. Registrations cancelled after September 22, 2023 will not be refunded.

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