Mpox, Measles, and Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention Updates for Virginia

via VDH


Dear Colleague:   

This letter provides updates on mpox, measles, and sexually transmitted infection prevention.  

Increase in Mpox Cases in Virginia

Since November 1, 2023, seven mpox cases have been reported to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) from the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Northwest regions. Among these seven patients, two were hospitalized, three were coinfected with HIV, and only one had been previously vaccinated. Notably, VDH received four reports of mpox in the first month of 2024; VDH received a total of 12 reports in all of 2023. Small clusters of mpox continue to occur across the country, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to urge clinicians to remain diligent about taking thorough patient sexual histories and recommending vaccination to those who are eligible. 

These recently reported cases are a good reminder to continue to promote preventive measures, including JYNNEOS vaccination, to help protect against infection and severe illness. We encourage healthcare providers to offer the mpox vaccine to people at increased risk or refer patients to a vaccine site near them (people should get both doses of vaccine for the best protection), consider mpox in their differential diagnoses, test persons with suspected mpox rash, and manage illness with supportive care and antiviral medications, as needed.  

For more information, please refer to the VDH Mpox Webpage for Healthcare Providers and Integrating Mpox into Sexual Health and HIV Care. 

Stay Alert for Measles

VDH advises healthcare providers to stay alert for measles due to a recent increase in global measles cases and a growing global threat from the disease. Twenty-three confirmed cases of measles were reported in the U.S. between December 1, 2023, and January 23, 2024, including two outbreaks with more than five cases each and seven imported cases among international travelers. Most of the people with measles were unvaccinated children and adolescents. Two confirmed cases recently traveled through Virginia in January. Virginia has had one reported measles case to date in 2024 and reported one case in 2023.   

Healthcare providers should be alert for patients with rash illness with fever and other symptoms consistent with measles (cough, coryza, or conjunctivitis) and who have recently traveled internationally, especially to countries with ongoing measles outbreaks. Please notify your local health department of any suspected cases of measles immediately and collect a nasopharyngeal swab (secondary specimen can include oropharyngeal swab and urine) for reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), as well as a blood specimen for serology. 

Measles can spread to susceptible U.S. residents after being imported by unvaccinated and under-vaccinated travelers. It is important to ensure all your patients are up to date on measles vaccine, especially before international travel. People aged six months or older who will be traveling internationally should receive a measles-containing vaccine. 

Please visit VDH’s measles website for more information. 

Doxycycline Post-Exposure Prophylaxis for Bacterial Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention

Rates of sexually transmitted infections (STI) have increased significantly in the past several years in Virginia and nationally. Increases in syphilis are of the utmost concern; preliminary data from 2023 show increases in syphilis diagnoses in nearly all Virginia health regions. Because of this, VDH issued clinical considerations for the use of Doxycycline Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (DoxyPEP), accompanied by a fact sheet for patients. Doxycycline administered as 200mg within 24–72 hours of condomless sex has been shown to significantly reduce the acquisition of syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea among men who have sex with men and transgender women. VDH recommends that health care providers consider DoxyPEP in these populations, as clinically appropriate. VDH clinical considerations and fact sheet are aligned with CDC draft guidelines for the use of doxycycline as post-exposure prophylaxis for bacterial STIs. VDH recommendations will be revised as needed to align with the final CDC recommendations once they are released. 

Please visit the VDH syphilis healthcare provider resource page and the VDH STI healthcare professionals resource page for additional information on STI prevention.  

Thank you again for your continued partnership in keeping Virginians safe and healthy. 

Sincerely, 

Karen Shelton, MD 
State Health Commissioner  

Virginia was the first state to protect doctors’ mental health. Now the effort is going national.

via Richmond Times Dispatch


Dr. Trudy Shahady was feeling burnt out. It was during the height of the pandemic, and three unvaccinated patients had died of COVID-19 in the span of one week.

She needed help, she decided. So she called a program that existed nowhere else in the country — one that allows doctors to seek therapy without putting their careers in jeopardy.

For years, doctors have feared that if they seek help for stress, depression or anxiety, they will be labeled unfit to do their jobs and lose their licenses. Lawyers could also use the information against them in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Virginia was the first state to change these laws, ensuring that doctors and other health care workers can seek help without fear. Now, the initiative is going national. The Medical Society of Virginia has expanded it to other states, hoping to fight the shortage of health care workers besetting the industry.

It was “life-changing” not having to choose between her career and her mental health, said Shahady, a family medicine doctor at the Forest-based Central Virginia Family Physicians.

Physician burnout

Burnout in health care was a problem long before the pandemic. The Medical Society of Virginia began seeing an uptick in 2018 — increased administrative tasks, patient quotas and uneven work-life balances were cited as causes.

But doctors are reluctant to seek counseling or therapy, because licensing applications in Virginia and elsewhere asked doctors whether they had any conditions that could affect their work and if they ever sought therapy. It was too big a risk to be diagnosed as “depressed.”

“It came down to fear,” said Melina Davis, CEO of the Medical Society of Virginia.

One doctor from Virginia, Lorna Breen, died by suicide in 2020. A member of her family told Congress that Breen was sure she would lose her license or face ostracism from colleagues for receiving mental health treatment. One study determined that doctors have the highest suicide rate of any profession in the country.

Burnout has only increased since the pandemic as many hospital staffs remain depleted.

“We are losing providers left and right,” Davis said.

There are three ways in which the Medical Society of Virginia sought to protect doctors’ mental health records…

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Kaine, Young, Kiggans, Wild, Carter & Dingell Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Health Care Provider Mental Health

Legislation Named in Honor of Dr. Lorna Breen, a Charlottesville Native Who Died by Suicide While Serving on Front Lines of the Pandemic


via kaine.senate.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Todd Young (R-IN) and U.S. Representatives Jen Kiggans (R-VA-2), Susan Wild (D-PA-7), Buddy Carter (R-GA-1), and Debbie Dingell (D-MI-6) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to reauthorize the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, a comprehensive law Senators Kaine and Young and Rep. Wild successfully pushed to pass to reduce and prevent suicide, burnout, and mental and behavioral health conditions among health care professionals. The law has already provided $100 million in funding for mental health care for providers across the country, including $5.6 million in federal funding for Virginia providers at UVA Health, Virginia Commonwealth University, and George Mason University, but provisions of the law that made this funding possible are set to expire at the end of this year. The Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Reauthorization Act would reauthorize these grant programs for five years.

“Our health care providers make countless sacrifices to care for us, and we owe it to them to provide them with the mental health care and resources they need,” said Senator Kaine. “This bill will build on the progress the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act made and ensure we are continuing to do what we can to prevent burnout, protect the well-being of our health care workforce, address shortages in the field, and help Virginians get high-quality care.”

“As we’ve seen so often over the past several years, our frontline workers put their own health on the line every day to serve our communities in Indiana and across the country,” said Senator Young. “Congress must act to reauthorize this important program to provide our health care workforce with needed support to prevent suicide and promote mental and behavioral health.”

“I’m proud to be leading the bipartisan effort to eliminate stigmas surrounding mental health and provide the support that our incredible nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals in our communities deserve,” said Congresswoman Kiggans. “With shortages throughout our healthcare system, it is more important than ever to provide our medical professionals with the support and training needed to properly care for themselves and their patients.”

“Dr. Lorna Breen was a hero, one of many health care providers who put their lives on the line to keep us safe during the pandemic. And she was one of countless health care heroes who face mental health crises and a suicide rate twice that of the general public, largely due to the demanding, all-consuming nature of their work,” said Congresswoman Wild. “I was proud to introduce the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act last Congress and see it become law. Now, we must reauthorize this critical law to continue carrying on Dr. Breen’s legacy and investing in support for health workers’ mental health needs.”

“Our health care providers are some of the best among us, but too often, their mental health needs are not given adequate resources and support. This must change. By reauthorizing the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, we will prioritize health care providers’ well-being by ensuring their access to evidence-based mental health and substance use disorder strategies and education,” said Congressman Carter.

“Healthcare professionals dedicate their lives to serving their patients, often at the expense of their own physical and emotional wellbeing,” said Congresswoman Dingell. “I’m proud to join my colleagues in introducing this legislation that will provide much-needed resources to address the mental and behavioral health conditions doctors and nurses face and continue reducing the stigma surrounding mental health care.”

Named in honor of Dr. Lorna Breen, a physician from Charlottesville, Virginia who was working on the front lines of the pandemic in New York and died by suicide in the Spring of 2020, the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act is helping to address mental health concerns facing our health care providers.

Specifically, Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Reauthorization Act would:

  • Reauthorize a grant program for health care organizations and professional associations for employee education on strategies to reduce burnout, peer-support programming, and mental and behavioral health treatment for five years. Communities with a shortage of health care workers, rural communities, and those experiencing burnout due to administrative burdens like lengthy paperwork will be prioritized.
  • Reauthorize a grant program for health profession schools or other institutions to train health care workers and students in strategies to prevent suicide, burnout, mental health conditions, and substance use disorders for five years.
  • Reauthorize a national evidence-based education and awareness campaign. Currently, the campaign provides hospital and health system leaders with evidence-informed solutions to reduce health care worker burnout. Reauthorization will provide resources for the campaign to continue and expand beyond its current scope.

“We are profoundly grateful to Senator Kaine and all supporting organizations for their unwavering commitment to the mental health and well-being of our healthcare workforce,” said Corey Feist, JD, MBA, co-founder and CEO of the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation. “This landmark legislation, honoring the legacy of my sister-in-law, is a critical lifeline for health workers, offering support to address the mental health challenges they face and improving how our healthcare system operates so it no longer puts an immense strain on their well-being. It is vital that we reauthorize and increase funding of the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act. It’s not just a matter of policy—it’s a critical piece of legislation for our healthcare delivery supply chain that benefits every health worker, every patient, every caregiver, and every person that will require medical care in their lifetime.”

“Elevating the issue of health care provider and clinician physical and mental wellness is critically important to community and public health. Health care providers are people with lives and challenges, just like everyone else. They also happen to be the people patients and families count on in their hour of medical need,” said Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association President and CEO Sean T. Connaughton. “Reauthorizing the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act will help ensure there are resources in place to support health care professionals so they can continue to care for patients. Given our ongoing focus on provider wellness, the hospital community enthusiastically supports this bipartisan legislation from Senator Kaine and Representative Kiggans and we urge Congress to act swiftly on it.”

“Our community needs healthcare providers to care for us and our loved ones. In doing this necessary work, our healthcare teams are facing a mental health and burnout crisis, leading many to leave the field of medicine. This hurts every community! The Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act is a key piece to changing the landscape of mental health and well-being for our healthcare professionals. The Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) and SafeHaven support this Act and will continue to advocate for change alongside the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation,” said MSV CEO, Melina Davis.

“The pandemic has pushed our primary care workforce to the brink of exhaustion, with most reporting significant levels of burnout.  The mental health care of these precious resources is vital. Shenandoah Community Health strongly supports this bill,” said Michael Hassing, CEO, Shenandoah Community Health.

“As health care providers we are present at some of life’s best moments; the birth of a child, a biopsy that returns showing that it’s not cancer. At the same time, we are present at some of life’s most devastating too. It’s impossible to avoid absorbing some of the tragedy we see play out in our patients’ lives. I am so grateful this issue is recognized and addressed by the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act. It provides a blueprint to mitigate and address the mental health crisis in our profession,” said Dr. David Roberts, Chief Medical Officer, Community Health Center of the New River Valley.

The Dr. Lorna Breen Healthcare Provider Protection Act addresses one of Inova’s most important priorities – the health and well-being of our 24,000 team members and all healthcare providers in Virginia. Ensuring every healthcare provider can practice in a psychologically safe environment where they feel supported in times of stress, burnout, and crisis is both a moral imperative and a health workforce necessity. This reauthorization will ensure that Dr. Breen’s memory will endure in the many lives that are saved in years to come, and we are grateful for Senator Kaine and Congresswoman Kiggans for their leadership,” said J. Stephen Jones, MD, President and CEO, Inova.

“Senator Kaine’s leadership in reauthorizing the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act will improve the lives of healthcare workers across the state, particularly in rural and underserved areas. By introducing practical, evidence-based intervention strategies, researchers at George Mason’s College of Public Health are helping healthcare organizations reduce worker burnout, increase resilience, and improve mental health support for their front-line healthcare workers. This legislation will continue to save lives,” said Dr. Melissa J. Perry, Dean of George Mason’s College of Public Health.

“UVA Health is grateful for Senator Kaine and Congresswoman Kiggans’ continued commitment to raise awareness of the mental health needs of our healthcare and frontline workers caring for patients and the need to engage openly in this conversation. We can provide the best care for our patients with a resilient and compassionate healthcare workforce and a healthcare environment that is responsive, caring and supportive,” said K. Craig Kent, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, UVA Health and Executive Vice President, Health Affairs. 

“Choosing a path to serve others as a health care provider is not for the faint of heart. The front lines of a hospital are often faced with very difficult and emotionally taxing situations, and they take its toll. Like Dr. Breen, many providers’ passion and dedication to taking care of others takes precedent over their own wellbeing,” said Marlon Levy, M.D, MBA, interim senior vice president for VCU Health Sciences and interim CEO of VCU Health System. “VCU was one of three grant recipients in Virginia and has been able to use the funds to support our organizational focus on Workforce Wellness for our VCU Health team members. As such, VCU is pleased to support the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Reauthorization Act and thank Sen. Kaine and Rep. Kiggans for their leadership on this important issue. We must take care of our health care workforce and this legislation helps us do that.”

“Our nation is in the midst of a mental health crisis and healthcare providers see this both through the patients they care for and through their own personal mental health needs.  I applaud the work to continue to destigmatize mental health and align resources to support our caregivers, especially in rural and underserved communities where there is already a shortage of healthcare providers,” said Mark Nantz, President and CEO Valley Health System, Winchester, Virginia. 

A full list of supporters and endorsing quotes is available here.

Full text of the bill is available here.

Senator Kaine would like to thank his Senior Health Policy Advisor Samantha Koehler for her work on this legislation.

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier 2024

Not surprisingly, New Year’s resolutions often focus on making changes to improve health and fitness. To help you give your patients some food for thought about their health goals for the year ahead, we’ve created a shareable list of 5 New Year’s resolutions for a healthier 2024.

  1. Schedule Your Screenings

Health check-ups and screenings are critical for preventative care. It’s a fact: finding and treating health issues early can improve your chances to live a longer, healthier life. Now’s the perfect time to make sure all your screenings are on your 2024 calendar. Start with scheduling check-ups with your primary care physician and your dentist, plus any other specialists you see on a regular basis. Your doctor can help you determine which additional screenings are recommended for you based on your age and other factors, or you can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website to learn more about recommended screenings, which include a mammogram for breast cancer, a colonoscopy for colon cancer, and more.

  1. Improve Your Sleep

It’s not just a hot health trend making headlines, sleep has a real impact on everything from your heart health and blood pressure to your mental health and your metabolism. First, talk to your doctor if you have concerns you may have a sleep disorder like sleep apnea, so it can be assessed and properly treated. Second, strive to get the recommended amount of sleep for optimal health: 7-8 hours for adults. Strategies like a cooler, darker bedroom and limiting screen usage before bedtime can also make a difference.

For more sleep strategies, check out this Healthline article: “17 Proven Tips to Sleep Better at Night.” If you need help, ask your doctor or consult a sleep specialist.

  1. Focus on Mental Health

Better mental health is one of the top 3 New Year’s resolutions in the U.S. for 2024, according to a YouGov poll. Mental health is a broad category that includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental health concerns can range from handling stress, to anxiety and depression, to mental illness like PTSD and schizophrenia.

It’s important to note your mental health can change over time, depending on things like your physical health and life events. You may not have thought your mental health needed addressing in 2023, but that could change in 2024. Talk to your doctor about ways you can improve your mental health, including at-home strategies, medication, counseling, and seeking an official diagnosis so you can get the treatment and support you need.

  1. Make Self-Care a Priority

Make a commitment to yourself in 2024 by focusing on improving your self-care. Self-care has benefits for your mental health as well as your physical health, including: reduced stress, improved immunity, better sleep, better mood, improved productivity, and more. Self-care is two-fold. First, it’s doing things that prioritize your mental and physical health. That could be as simple as walking, drinking more water, or practicing gratitude. Second, self-care is doing things you enjoy, to boost your mood and positivity. Self-care activities include making more time for hobbies or spending time with people you love.

Self-care is different for everyone, and it’s accessible for everyone — it doesn’t require investments like expensive fitness memberships, massage appointments, or vacations. (Though those can be nice, too, if they’re in your budget.) Get started with GoodRx’s article with “99 Self-Care Ideas You Can Try Right Now.”

  1. Get Your Vaccinations

Part of being healthy is staying healthy, and vaccinations can help you prevent illness or reduce its seriousness — which will also help you avoid complications if you do get sick. First up for adults are annual vaccinations for flu and COVID-19. Your doctor can help you determine which additional vaccinations are recommended for you based on your age and other factors, or you can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website to view the adult immunization schedule by age, which includes RSV, shingles, tetanus, and more.

Here’s to a healthier 2024!


The information contained in this blog is for educational purposes only and does not constitute health care advice.

Registration is Open for the 2024 AMPAC Candidate Workshop

AMPAC is excited to announce that the 2024 AMPAC Candidate Workshop will be held in person, March 22-24, 2024, at the AMA offices in Washington, DC – registration now OPEN!

Ever wonder how Doctors get elected to Congress or your state legislature? Considering a run for office for yourself? The AMPAC Candidate Workshop will teach you how to run a winning political campaign, just like we taught many of your AMA colleagues over the years. The Candidate Workshop is designed to help you make the leap from the exam room to the campaign trail and give you the skills and strategic approach you will need to make a run for public office.

At the Candidate Workshop, Republican and Democratic political veterans work together to give you expert advice about being a successful candidate and how to run a winning campaign. You will learn:

  • the importance of a disciplined campaign plan and message
  • the secrets of effective fundraising
  • what kinds of advertising may be right for your campaign
  • how to work with the media; as well as how to build your campaign team and a successful grassroots organization

Attendees include physicians, spouses of physicians, residents and medical students, and state medical society staff interested in becoming more involved in politics.

Please note the following:

  1. The Candidate Workshop is open to AMA physician members, member spouses, residents, medical students and state medical society staff.
  2. Registration fee is $250 for AMA Members/spouses and $1000 for non-AMA members. This fee is waived for AMA residents and students; however, space is limited and the AMPAC Board will review and select four participants from the pool of qualified resident and student applicants.
  3. Faculty, materials, and all meals during the meeting are covered by the AMA. Participants are responsible for their registration fee, travel to/from Washington, DC and hotel accommodations (AMA will provide you with a list of nearby hotels within walking distance of the AMA offices).
  4. Participants will be required to bring a laptop or Wi-Fi enabled tablet with them.

Registration for the 2024 AMPAC Candidate Workshop is now OPEN. Space is limited and the deadline to register is March 1, 2024.

For more information please contact: [email protected]

 

Flu Shot Patient Resource: 5 Reasons to Get Your Flu Shot

BY Mary Schmidt, MD, FIDSA, MPH
Our blog this month is written for you to share with your patients. 

It’s that sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching time of year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seasonal influenza — or flu — activity continues to increase in most of the country. Here in Virginia, flu activity is currently moderate. Considering Virginia’s flu season runs October to May, it’s really just getting started.

With only about half of all Americans getting the influenza vaccine every year, there’s a good chance your patients may need encouragement to get vaccinated this year.

To help, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 reasons to get a flu vaccine to share with patients in your office or in your electronic and print communications.


Top 5 Reasons to Get Your Flu Shot

  1. Avoid missing work and school

The flu shot can prevent you from getting symptoms of the flu. It’s not a guarantee, unfortunately, but it does prevent millions of people from getting the flu every year — and you could be one of them. If you don’t get the flu, that means no lost income from lost workdays. No using PTO. No missing school. And no medical expenses from doctor or hospital visits.

  1. Get Less Sick

Yes, you can still get the flu even if you get the flu shot. But with the shot, you have a higher likelihood of not getting as sick as you would without it. That can simply mean a quicker, easier recovery before you’re back at it. More seriously, getting less sick can also mean less chance of hospitalization, a lower risk of going to the intensive care unit, and a lower risk of dying from the flu.

  1. Protect Everyone in Your Community – Especially Newborns and Older Community members!

As a pregnant mom, getting the flu shot not only protects you, it also helps protect your infant from the flu in the first few months after they’re born — when babies are too young to be vaccinated for the flu themselves. Getting a flu shot also means you can help protect your parents, grandparents, and older community members you interact with throughout the day.

  1. Save Your Child’s Life

Shots can be scary for our kids, but the flu vaccine (can be a nasal spray) can literally save your child’s life. Not only does the flu shot reduce hospitalizations and emergency department visits for children with the flu, it actually can significantly reduce a child’s risk of dying from the flu. In fact, a 2022 study showed the flu vaccine can reduce a child’s risk of severe life-threatening flu by 75 percent — and that’s nothing to sneeze at.

  1. Protect Friends, Family & Others

If you’re better protected against the flu, there’s less chance you’ll transmit it to your friends, family, coworkers, and others around you. If you get sick, you’re not only putting the health of others at risk, but people who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness — including babies, young children, pregnant women, people over age 65, and people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, heart disease, diabetes, and more — are at even higher risk for serious complications and even death from the flu.

Even though the flu season has already started, it’s never too late to get your flu shot to protect yourself, your family, and your community!


The information contained in this blog is for educational purposes only and does not constitute health care advice.

2023 Virginia Medical News MSV Member Magazine

The 2023 issue of the Virginia Medical News MSV Member Magazine is available here.

Featured articles cover the future of AI in medicine, what to expect during the upcoming Virginia General Assembly session, profiles of MSV leaders and officers, 2024 physician and PA self-care strategies, and more.

Register Now for the 2024 Virginia Patient Safety Summit – Free for MSV Members

Quadruple Aim: Innovation in Virginia Healthcare


Registration is now open for the 2024 Virginia Patient Safety Summit, which will be held as a virtual event on Thursday, February 22, 2024 from 9:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

Having an innovative mindset in healthcare is in high demand right now. Healthcare delivery innovation is necessary to find new ways to improve quality, enhance the patient experience, expand safety initiatives, increase efficiency, and reduce costs.  As hospitals and health systems pursue innovative solutions in all aspects of their care delivery and quality and safety improvement efforts, they are making real strides toward what the industry refers to as quadruple aim:

  • Higher quality of patient care with improved and equitable outcomes
  • Increased value for both the patient and provider
  • Improved patient satisfaction
  • An improved care provider experience

The 2024 Virginia Patient Safety Summit will highlight the progress being made in Virginia, and across the country, in these efforts.

Some of the keynote speakers for the 2024 Summit include:

  • Dr. Aditi Mallick, the Acting Director of the CMS Office of Minority Health
  • Bonnie Clipper DNP, MA, MBA, RN, CENP, FACHE, FAAN,  an internationally recognized nurse futurist and nursing innovation expert

Register now for the 2024 Virginia Patient Safety Summit. If you have any trouble registering an account or creating a new password, please reach out to [email protected] for immediate assistance.

Registration is free of charge for staff and providers associated with all Virginia hospitals/health systems, members of the Virginia Patient Safety Summit partner organizations – Medical Society of Virginia (MSV), the Virginia Nurses Association (VNA), and the Virginia Pharmacists Association (VPhA); federal and state health partner organizations, and event sponsor organizations and students. Others may register for a fee of $95.