Morning Rounds for July 31, 2020

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  July 31, 2020

SPECIAL NOTICE: NCMS Issues Initial Slate of Nominees

The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Nominating and Leadership Development Committee met via Zoom on Saturday, May 30, 2020 to interview candidates and vote for the initial slate of nominees for officers, directors and AMA delegates. Per NCMS Bylaws, Component Societies, Specialty Societies, and Sections may submit additional nominations for these positions between now and August 14, 2020. Please use this form to submit nominations. For questions on the nominating process, contact Evan Simmons. Below is the relevant excerpt from the NCMS Bylaws:

B-3.302       Committee Nominations. All nominations made by the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee shall be communicated in writing to members of The Society at least seventy five (75) days before the election.

B-3.303       Nominations from the Membership. In addition to the Committee Nominations, nominations for any of the positions addressed by the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee may be made by a recognized component society, specialty society or section, provided such nominees have agreed to serve if elected and that the nominations be submitted to The Society at least sixty (60) days before the first day of the Annual Meeting of The Society. The Society shall develop forms for submitting nominations under this Section. The Nominating and Leadership Development Committee will review any additional nominations to ensure qualifications are met.

The following slate of nominees was selected by the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee:
NCMS Board of Directors

President Elect: Mike Utecht, MD
Secretary Treasurer: John Meier, IV, MD
Region 3 Representative: Karen Smith, MD
Region 4 Representative: Rachel Keever, MD
At-Large Member: Eileen Raynor, MD
At-Large Member: Bryant Murphy, MD

NC American Medical Association Delegation

Delegate: Hadley Callaway, MD
Delegate: William Bowman, MD
Delegate: Darlyne Menscer, MD
Delegate: Liana Puscas, MD
Alternate Delegate: Rebecca Hayes, MD

Nominating & Leadership Development Committee

Region 1: Chris Grubb, MD
Region 1: Jugta Kahai, MD
Region 2: Justin Hurie, MD
Region 4: Gregory Evans, MD

The Committee will reconvene to determine the eligibility of any additional nominees. The final slate of candidates will be published to members by September 24, 2020. Under the NCMS’ governance structure, online voting for the candidates will begin on October 1, 2020 and continue until midnight on October 15, 2020. Paper ballots also will be available to those who need them.

The following are the members of the NCMS Nominating and Leadership Development Committee:

Chair                                 Timothy J. Reeder, MD
President-Elect               Philip Brown, Jr., MD
Ex-Officio                         Palmer Edwards, MD
Board Representative    Eileen Raynor, MD
Board Representative    Ed Whitesides, MD
Region 1                            Edward J. Ricciardelli, MD
Region 1                            Michael P. Moulton, MD
Region 1                            Scott R. Avery, MD
Region 2                            Justin Hurie, MD
Region 2                            Ronnie Laney, MD
Region 2                            Vipul Shah, MD
Region 3                            Docia E. Hickey, MD
Region 3                            Jim Hill, PA-C
Region 3                            Janice Huff, MD
Region 4                            Gregory F. F. Evans, MD
Region 4                            Frank Melvin, MD
Region 4                            Scott Paviol, MD

New Executive Director for Old North State Medical Society

Willona Stallings

Willona Stallings, MPH, has been appointed by the Old North State Medical Society (ONSMS) as Executive Director. She joins ONSMS after serving the Care Share Health Alliance as Director of NC Get Covered. She has an extensive background in the statewide movement to improve and protect the health and well-being of North Carolina’s residents.

Before joining Care Share, Ms. Stallings served as the founding director of the NC Council of Churches’ health initiative, Partners in Health and Wholeness – helping to promote health as a faith issue and to connect people of faith to statewide resources, including mini-grants. She also served as Public Health Program Consultant II for the NC Sickle Cell Syndrome Program and Statistical Research Assistant II for the NC State Center for Health Statistics.

Ms. Stallings holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master of Public Health degree, with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Old North State Medical Society (ONSMS) was formed in 1887 to further the interests of African American physicians and continues to support the interests of minority physicians. The organization focuses on educating and advocating for the most vulnerable patients and people residing in communities that consistently produce poorer health outcomes and seek to protect the quality of patient care in all communities of North Carolina. The NCMS welcomes Ms. Stallings to the ONSMS.

Virtual Meetings and Online CME a New Reality

As a result of COVID-19, 2020 has seen the rise of virtual meetings, which are unlikely to be going anywhere in a hurry. The NCMS has launched online learning opportunities for its members and meetings for boards and committees, which make programs accessible to thousands who never traveled to Raleigh to engage in member activities. NCMS learning opportunities include:

  • Power Hours, a bi-weekly forum for conversation, collaboration and community produced by Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership/ North Carolina Medical Society Foundation.
  • Monthly lunchtime webinars, co-sponsored by the NCMS Foundation and the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association (NCMGMA), focusing on practice related content.
  • White Coat Wednesdays and Legislative Town Halls, which connect members with legislators.
  • The NCMS is launching a Book Club, a virtual community to connect with fellow members to read and discuss various book genres such as lifelong learning, personal growth, health and other topics.
  • The NC ACO Council will meet virtually on November 12.
  • The NC Population Health Collaborative will meet virtually on September 10.
  • And, the NCMS Annual Meeting and LEAD Conference will be produced in a virtual environment on October 15-16, with a combination of Zoom sessions and live stream events.

Specialty societies are also largely moving to virtual learning environments, which has required some negotiating to minimize the economic impact of venue-related contractual expenses and loss of meeting revenue. For the specialty societies managed by the NCMS, the following have rescheduled their annual meetings to virtual:

  • 2020 NC Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Annual Meeting (Sept. 19)
  • 2020 NC Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting (Oct. 2-4/date subject to change)
  • 2021 NC Dermatology Association Annual Meeting (Jan. 29-31, 2021/date subject to change)
  • 2021 NC Chapter – American College of Physicians Annual Scientific Session (Feb. 19-20, 2021/date subject to change)
  • 2021 NC Neurological Society Annual Meeting (Feb. 26-28, 2021/date subject to change)

Watch the Morning Rounds or visit the EVENTS tab on the NCMS website for information on how to register or exhibit at these meetings and other educational opportunities hosted by our partner organizations.

In the News

Aboard the Diamond Princess, a Case Study in Aerosol Transmission, The New York Times, July 30, 2020 – A computer model of the cruise-ship outbreak found that the virus spread most readily in microscopic droplets light enough to linger in the air.

Learning Opportunity

Join the American Public Health Association (APHA) for the third webinar in the Advancing Racial Equity series. This session, “Reborn Not Reformed: Re-Imagining Policing for the Public’s Health,” will cover systemic racism in policing and explore options for the future. Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | 12:30 – 2 p.m. EDT | REGISTER NOW!


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