NCMS Morning Rounds 1-11-22

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January 11, 2022

2022 Nominations to AMA Councils and Committees

The American Medical Association is currently soliciting nominations to fill vacancies that will occur on AMA Councils for 2022. All candidates must be officially nominated with accompanying updated biographical materials. It is requested that all nominations be submitted by Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

All Council candidates, whether for Councils elected by the AMA House of Delegates or Councils whose members are appointed by the AMA Board of Trustees, must also complete a Conflict of Interest (COI) disclosure form by March 15, 2022. This process has been automated and a secure link will be emailed to each candidate. Your nomination materials will not be considered complete until your disclosure form has been completed. In accordance with House of Delegates Policy G-610.020[15], disclosure forms completed by candidates for Councils elected by the House of Delegates will be posted on the “members only” portion of the AMA website in advance of the June 2022 election. 

For instructions on the nominations process and to download the most current nomination form please visit the AMA website here.

Find the 2022 COUNCIL VACANCIES here.


Dr. Robert Wiggins, Ophthalmologist in Asheville, Recently Installed as President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Robert E. Wiggins, Jr., MD, MHA, a long-time member of the North Carolina Medical Society, began his one-year term as the 126th president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology last week. Dr. Wiggins specializes in pediatric and neuro-ophthalmology and serves as physician administrator for Asheville Eye Associates in North Carolina. He was elected to leadership by the Academy’s community of 32,000 ophthalmologists.

Dr. Wiggins says he will leverage his management skills as he addresses his top priorities this year: keeping members informed of new industry trends and governmental regulations, advocating for fair physician reimbursement, supporting members through staffing shortages and changes in the health care system, and furthering the Academy’s mission to protect sight and empower lives.

Read the full press release here. Congratulations, Dr. Wiggins!


AMA STEPS ForwardTM Podcast: Creating a Peer Support Program

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In the latest AMA STEPS ForwardTM Podcast podcast, Dr. Jill Jin speaks with Angela Chaudhari, MD, a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist, about the Scholars of Wellness peer support pilot program Dr. Chaudhari created for the OB-GYN department at Northwestern Medicine that was eventually implemented hospital-wide. Listen on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

Listen here.


In the News

Officials are warning the public about fake Covid-19 testing kits. Here’s how to spot them, CNN, 1-8-22


Learning Opportunity

AMA “Healing the Healer” Webinar, Thursday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT

Corey Feist, JD, MBA, co-founder, Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation will discuss the effects that the pandemic and other stressors have had on physicians, and what steps organized medicine and other stakeholders can take now to help physicians get the support and care they need.

Even before COVID, an increasing number of physicians were already in crisis due to ever-expanding and sometimes unsustainable demands of medical practice. The pandemic made these pressures even more intense. Many medical students, residents, and practicing physicians need assistance, from low-intensity counseling or coaching, or medical care to help with a mental illness or substance use disorder. Too often, however, concerns about confidentiality, stigma of seeking help, or a belief to just “tough it out” discourages physicians from seeking help that could benefit them and their patients.

Please register to join  the discussion for this important topic.

Note: If you had registered to attend the AMA’s State Advocacy Summit, you have been automatically registered for this webinar and will receive confirmation soon.

Please email Wendy Holmes directly at with any questions.


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