2021 Annual & Collaborative Meeting

The 208th VMS Annual & Collaborative Meeting -Now Virtual

November 5 & 6, 2021

The 208th Annual VMS Meeting was held this weekend and although it was virtual, the weekend was filled with educational content, valuable time with colleagues, policy-setting and opportunities to honor physicians and other health care leaders across the state. VMS’ Annual meeting, hosted in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, the Vermont Academy of Family Physicians and the Vermont Psychiatric Association, was a celebration of the unwavering commitment Vermont clinicians have to their practice and to the deep connection VMS members have with each other. 

VMS President Simi Ravven, MD, led the second virtual VMS Business Meeting, and successfully stewarded debate and voting on four policy resolutions that were adopted and focused on equitable access to audio-only telehealth services, primary care, home health and hospice services, pediatric mental health services, and adoption of updated VMS Bylaws.

Click here to read the adopted 2021 VMS Policy Resolutions

Afternoon CME sessions provided clinical insight on issues of health equity and the latest on COVID-19. Please watch your email for a Green Mountain Physician edition dedicated to the meeting, including award winners, adopted policies, recordings of the CME sessions, photos and more highlights from the day. Thank you to everyone who has continued to work tirelessly for all of the citizens of Vermont through this pandemic and to all who contributed to the massive success of this meeting!

To view the full schedule of events, the speakers, and awardees, click here.


VMS Members Adopt Proposed Changes to VMS Bylaws – Council Structure, Resolution Adoption and More

The VMS members present at the Annual Membership Meeting on November 6th adopted without amendment proposed changes to VMS’ Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation. The changes were recommended by the VMS Council, after work of a Governance Committee to review the bylaws over 2020 and 2021, with the goal of streamlining and modernizing the VMS governance structure, including creating a more timely and responsive process for adopting resolutions and updating the membership of the Council to more closely resemble current active attendance. The changes and reasoning behind them can be found at the links below. Please contact VMS President Simi Ravven, MD at president@vtmd.org or VMS Executive Director Jessa Barnard at jbarnard@vtmd.org with any questions.

View the VMS Bylaws. here. 

Please Join VMS in Honoring the 2021 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. VMS is proud to announce this year's 2021 Leadership Award Recipients, who have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to the health of their patients and all Vermonters through the stress of the ever-evolving pandemic. The recipients are:

  • Physician of the Year Award goes to Saeed Ahmed, M.D.
  • Physician Award for Community Service goes to Kristen Pierce, M.D.
  • Citizen of the Year Award goes to Christine Finley, RN, MPH
  • Founders' Award goes to the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter
  • Distinguished Service Award goes to Trey Dobson, M.D.