The Vermont Medical Society (VMS) is the leading voice of physicians in Vermont and is dedicated to advancing the practice of medicine by advocating on behalf of Vermont's doctors and the patients and communities they care for.
The Society serves its 2,000+ members through public policy advocacy on the state and federal levels, as well as by providing legal, administrative and educational support, producing a rich flow of news and information and offering member benefits that increase medical practice effectiveness and efficiency. Founded more than 200 years ago, the Society has long been recognized as one of the state's most prominent health care organizations. www.vtmd.org
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Continuing Medical Education
Health Care Education
Jessa Barnard is the Vermont Medical Society’s Executive Vice President. She is a native of Bennington and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a law degree from Stanford University School of Law.
She served as VMS’ policy specialist from 2002 to 2005. Following her graduation from law school, she founded a program in San Jose, California to address the legal barriers to health stability facing low income individuals living with diabetes. She then spent four years with the Maine Medical Association, most recently as their Associate General Counsel, representing physicians in Augusta and addressing their legal and regulatory concerns. From 2016 to 2017 she served as the Medical Society’s General Counsel and Vice President for Policy before being named Executive Vice President in 2017.
Jessa has over 10 years of experience in health care policy and regulation and is a frequent speaker on topics including health reform, advocacy and issues in health law. She lives in Montpelier, Vermont with her husband and two children.