Annual Meeting



The 207th VMS Annual & Collaborative Meeting - November 7, 2020

Held In collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, Vermont Academy of Family Physicians and the Vermont Psychiatric Association


2020 VMS Policy Resolutions for Annual Meeting and Member Comment

During the 2020 VMS Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, November 7th the VMS membership voted in support of both of the policy resolutions, which this year were focused on health reform. The 2020 Final Policy Resolutions as adopted:

  1. Single-payer, National Health Program
  2. Health Reform Principles; Universal Coverage

Please click for the 2020 VMS Member Survey results to review the member comments on each resolution. Voting on these resolutions will only take place during the 2020 VMS Annual Business Meeting for VMS members who virtually participate in the meeting.

Please Join Us in Honoring the 2020 VMS Leadership Award Recipients

Every year, VMS asks our members to nominate Vermont leaders who have provided outstanding contributions to the medical profession, to health organizations and to the welfare of the public. This year, during these unprecedented times, every single one of our members deserve an award for your steadfast commitment to the health of your patients. We are proud to announce this year's 2020 VMS Leadership Award Recipients are:

  • Distinguished Service Award goes to Mark Levine,M.D.
  • Physician of the Year Award goes to Jessie Leyse,M.D.
  • Physician Award for Community Service goes to Jean Andersson-Swayze, M.D.
  • Citizen of the Year Award goes to Senator Virginia “Ginny” Lyons
  • Founders' Award goes to Anthony Fauci,M.D.

VMS 2020 Collaborative Meeting Theme: "COVID 19 - Lessons Learned, Next Steps"

The intersection between lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and health equity is the primary focus of the 207th Collaborative Meeting, please join us for these virtual sessions with our esteemed speakers. 


Annual Meeting

12:45 to 1:45: Creating an Organizational Culture Through Equity 

with Speaker: Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D., FAAFP, is currently the medical director at the Gatehouse Treatment Center, Nashua and Clinical Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine at the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. 

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1:45 to 2:30: Mental Health Impacts in a Pandemic: Children, Families and YOU!

with Speaker:  V. Fan Tait, M.D., FAAP, is a pediatric neurologist and currently the Chief Medical Officer at the American Academy of Pediatrics where examples of her leadership and oversight includes disaster preparedness activities, the Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence (Tobacco Control), CME education, and the Division of Innovation which houses all Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) initiatives.

Annual Meeting

2:45 to 3:45: Family Detention, COVID and the Ethical Duties of Doctors in Immigration Detention

with Scott Allen , M.D., FACP, professor emeritus of medicine at the University of California, Riverside and co-founder of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at Brown University. 

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3:45 to 4:45: What Does the Next Year in Healthcare Look Like in Vermont? 

with Speakers: Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health, Mark Levine, M.D., Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, Michael Schirling and Commissioner of the Department of Financial Regulation, Michael Pieciak