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    Hugh J Silk MD

    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health
    AddressReliant Medical Group
    630 Plantation Street
    Worcester MA 01607
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      InstitutionUMMS - School of Medicine
      DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health






        2006-2010 Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
        1998-2001 Residency:University of Massachusetts Medical School Family Medicine Residency Program, Worcester, MA
        1994-1998 MD, McMaster University Medical School, Hamilton, ON (Canada)
        1987-1991 BA in Government (Cum Laude) Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
        1983-1987 Second School Diploma, Ridley College, St. Catherines, ON (Canada)



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        American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)/Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians
        AAFP Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Instructor

        Society of Teachers in Family Medicine
        Committees: Working Group on Oral Health; Humanities in Medicine
        American Public Health Association/American Association of Public Health Dentistry
        American Medical Association/Massachusetts Medical Society/Worcester District Medical Society
        Reviewer:Academic Medicine
        Journal of Family Medicine

        Journal of Women's Health
        Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
        Journal of Public Health Dentistry

        Journal of Pediatrics
        BMC (Biomedical Central) Public Health

        Scholarly Activity

        Humanities in Medicine Series, Home Visit Curriculum, Senior Project Mentoring, Oral Health Lecture Series
        Oral Health Spiral Curriculum (including Oral Health Interclerkship, Community Health Clerkship, Oral Health elective, Oral Health Interest Group), Health Policy Interclerkship, Disabilities Interclerkship, Longitudinal Preceptor Program, Faculty Advisor/Specialty Mentor, Senior Scholar Research Advisor

        Committees: National
        2011: Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Oral Health in Medicine Study Committee
        2009 to present: American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Access, Prevention, and Interprofessional Relations Public Health Advisory Committee (PHAC)
        2009 to present: National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health, Advisory Committee

        Committees: State
        2010 to present: Massachusetts Dental Society, Council on Access, Prevention, and Interprofessional Relations (CAPIR)

        2009 to present: Massachusetts Early Childhood Oral Health Consortium
        2007 to present: Massachusetts Oral Health Advocacy Task Force Steering Committee
        2006 to present: Worcester District Medical Society (WDMS) Public Health Committee

        National/International Meetings- Poster Presentations|
        Silk H, Savageau J, Ferullo A. A National Survey of Oral Health Education in US Medical and Osteopathic Schools. National Oral Health Conference (NOHC). Pittsburgh, PA.
        Savageau J, Silk H, Ferullo A.A National Survey of Oral Health Education in US Medical and Osteopathic Schools. American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting. Denver, CO.
        Silk H, Bibace R, Lawrence A. Sharing Our Stories: Our Department Weekly List-serve of Success Stories. Society of Teachers in Family Medicine (STFM) Annual Meeting. Vancouver, BC, Canada.



        Silk H Practical Pointers: A Review of Systems that Covers all of the Bases. Consultant 2011;51(2):80.
        Silk H. Letter to Editor. The Family Practice Pledge. Family Medicine 2011;43(2):126-127.
        Ferullo A, Silk H, Savageau J. Teaching Oral Health Education in U.S. Medical and Osteopathic Schools: Results of a National Survey. Academic Medicine 2011;86(2):226 - 230.
        Silk H, Gusha J, Adler B, Sachs Leicher E, Finison LJ, Huppert ME, Stille S, Yost YB. Central Massachusetts Oral Health Initiative (CMOHI): A Successful Public-Private Community Health Collaboration. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 2010;70(4):308-312.
        Silk H. Preventing Toothache in Primary Care. Viewpoint to Toothache in US Children Lewis C, Stout J. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164:1059-1063. Medscape Dentistry and Oral Health ( 12/2010.





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        1. Silk H. Listening for Grace. Fam Med. 2016 Oct; 48(9):734-735.
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        2. Silk H. Spring Chicken: Staying Young Forever (Or Die Trying). Fam Med. 2016 Jun; 48(6):485-6.
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        3. Sievers K, Silk H. Fluoride Varnish for Preventing Dental Caries in Children and Adolescents. Am Fam Physician. 2016 May 1; 93(9):743-4.
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        4. Veno M, Silk H, Savageau JA, Sullivan KM. Evaluating One Strategy for Including Reflection in Medical Education and Practice. Fam Med. 2016 Apr; 48(4):300-4.
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        5. Silk H. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Fam Med. 2016 Feb; 48(2):148-9.
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        6. Silk H, McCallum W. Fluoride: The Family Physician's Role. Am Fam Physician. 2015 Aug 1; 92(3):174-9.
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        7. Silk H. Emphasizing Oral Health Care in Children with Down Syndrome. Am Fam Physician. 2015 Jul 1; 92(1):8.
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        8. Silk H, Deutchman M. Offering oral health services in your office. Fam Pract Manag. 2014 Jul-Aug; 21(4):21-4.
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        9. Silk H. Letters on preconception counseling and care. Am Fam Physician. 2014 Jun 1; 89(11):847.
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        10. Silk H. Diseases of the mouth. Prim Care. 2014 Mar; 41(1):75-90.
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        11. Silk H. Never asking patients for money. Fam Med. 2014 Feb; 46(2):141.
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        12. Curtis M, Silk HJ, Savageau JA. Prenatal oral health education in U.S. dental schools and obstetrics and gynecology residencies. J Dent Educ. 2013 Nov; 77(11):1461-8.
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        13. Silk H, King R, Bennett IM, Chessman AW, Savageau JA. Assessing oral health curriculum in US family medicine residency programs: a CERA study. Fam Med. 2012 Nov-Dec; 44(10):719-22.
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        14. Silk H. Medical education and geriatric oral health. Am J Public Health. 2012 Sep; 102(9):e3; author reply e3-4.
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        15. Silk H. The role of the pediatric medical provider. J Mass Dent Soc. 2012; 61(3):37.
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        16. Silk H. Fluoride is an essential element of childhood oral health. Am Fam Physician. 2011 Nov 1; 84(9):968.
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        17. Isong IA, Silk H, Rao SR, Perrin JM, Savageau JA, Donelan K. Provision of fluoride varnish to Medicaid-enrolled children by physicians: the Massachusetts experience. Health Serv Res. 2011 Dec; 46(6pt1):1843-62.
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        18. Ferullo A, Silk H, Savageau JA. Teaching oral health in U.S. medical schools: results of a national survey. Acad Med. 2011 Feb; 86(2):226-30.
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        19. Silk H. The family practice pledge. Fam Med. 2011 Feb; 43(2):126-7; author reply 127.
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        20. Silk H. Making oral health a priority in your preventive pediatric visits. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2010 Feb; 49(2):103-9.
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        21. Silk H, Gusha J, Adler B, Leicher ES, Finison LJ, Huppert ME, Stille S, Yost JB. The Central Massachusetts Oral Health Initiative (CMOHI): a successful public-private community health collaboration. J Public Health Dent. 2010; 70(4):308-12.
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        22. Silk H, O'Grady Stille S, Baldor R, Joseph E. Implementation of STFM's "Smiles for Life" oral health curriculum in a medical school interclerkship. Fam Med. 2009 Jul-Aug; 41(7):487-91.
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        23. Silk H, Weber CM, Dubreuil M. Enhancing the hospice curriculum within the family medicine clerkship. Fam Med. 2009 Apr; 41(4):240-2.
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        24. Douglass AB, Deutchman M, Douglass J, Gonsalves W, Maier R, Silk H, Tysinger J, Wrightson AS. Incorporation of a national oral health curriculum into family medicine residency programs. Fam Med. 2009 Mar; 41(3):159-60.
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        25. Wheelock C, Savageau JA, Silk H, Lee S. Improving the health of diabetic patients through resident-initiated group visits. Fam Med. 2009 Feb; 41(2):116-9.
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        26. Silk H. Teaching learners about pediatric caries prevention. Fam Med. 2009 Jan; 41(1):11-2.
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        27. Silk H. Responses to abortion training. Fam Med. 2008 May; 40(5):311.
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        28. Silk H, Douglass AB, Douglass JM, Silk L. Oral health during pregnancy. Am Fam Physician. 2008 Apr 15; 77(8):1139-44.
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        29. Weber CM, Silk H. Movies and medicine: an elective using film to reflect on the patient, family, and illness. Fam Med. 2007 May; 39(5):317-9.
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        30. Silk H. Teaching learners to care for children with special needs. Fam Med. 2007 May; 39(5):310; author reply 310-1.
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        31. Silk H, Thiede S, Trojian T. Counseling about vitamin D supplementation for infants: results of a survey of pediatric and family medicine physicians in Connecticut. Conn Med. 2007 Mar; 71(3):133-7.
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        32. Douglass AB, Gonsalves W, Maier R, Silk H, Stevens N, Tysinger J, Wrightson AS. Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum for Family Medicine. A model for curriculum development by STFM groups. Fam Med. 2007 Feb; 39(2):88-90.
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        33. Silk H, Agresta T, Weber CM. A new way to integrate clinically relevant technology into small-group teaching. Acad Med. 2006 Mar; 81(3):239-44.
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        34. Douglass JM, Douglass AB, Silk HJ. Infant oral health education for pediatric and family practice residents. Pediatr Dent. 2005 Jul-Aug; 27(4):284-91.
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        35. Douglass JM, Douglass AB, Silk HJ. A practical guide to infant oral health. Am Fam Physician. 2004 Dec 1; 70(11):2113-20.
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        36. Tinkelman D, Smith F, Cole WQ, Silk HJ. Compliance with an allergen immunotherapy regime. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 1995 Mar; 74(3):241-6.
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        37. Silk H, Geha RS. Asthma, recurrent infections and IgG2 deficiency. Ann Allergy. 1988 Feb; 60(2):98, 134-6.
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