Massachusetts Medical Society

The Massachusetts Medical Society, with more than 24,000 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. Founded in 1781, MMS is the oldest continuously operating state medical society in the country.

Included in the Society’s three-year strategic priorities is the involvement of physicians and patients in end-of-life and aging patient care issues. To that end, the Society has:

· Adopted a range of internal policies and directives on advance care planning, palliative care, and the physician-patient relationship.

· Developed and disseminates “Planning Ahead: What Are Your Choices?”, a concise brochure to facilitate important yet difficult conversations about planning health care goals between patients, their families and health care providers. The brochure is available in the English, Spanish, and Portuguese languages.

· Produced a video that discusses the steps of advance care planning, such as completion of health care proxy forms and medical orders for life-sustaining treatment.

· Jointly sponsored a webinar on “Palliative Care: Aligning the Team Around the Patient” with Honoring Choices Massachusetts, the American Cancer Society, the Hospice and Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts, Lahey Health, and developed in collaboration with the MA Department of Public Health and the MA Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control Network, and the Northeast & MetroWest Palliative Care Coalition.

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