NCMS Morning Rounds — 1-9-19

Happy Wednesday morning and welcome to your NCMS Morning Rounds! 

NCMS Seeks to Promote Discussion on Maternal and Infant Health

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, which aims to increase awareness of how to help prevent birth defects for mothers-to-be. The theme this year is ‘Best For You. Best for Baby.’ Here are five tips and a comprehensive list of resources for you and your patients. 

This toolkit not only includes information for mom, but also for dads and the role they play in helping to prevent birth defects.

In 2019, the NCMS is planning to promote more robust discussion among our members and organizations that can impact maternal and infant health in the face of dismal state statistics for maternal and infant mortality rates. Watch your email for information in the coming weeks.

The NC Department of Health and Human Services maintains data on maternal and infant mortality, which can be accessed here.

NCMS’ Alan Skipper Speaks to Ob/Gyn Residents in Charlotte

NCMS Vice President for Specialty Society Management Services, Alan Skipper, CAE, CMP, spoke last week with Ob/Gyn residents at Carolinas Medical Center/Atrium in Charlotte about how they can be effective advocates for their profession in the upcoming legislative session and throughout their careers as physicians.

This represents just one of many meetings NCMS staff hold each week with physicians throughout the state to more fully engage them in the medical society’s neverending quest to improve health in North Carolina. Contact us at to learn more about how you can get involved or request a staff speaker on an issue of concern to your group.

Feeling Burnt Out? Recent Survey Shows Specialties With The Highest Rates of Burnout

A recent survey by MedPage Today offers a glimpse into which specialties have the highest reported rates of burnout among physicians and salaries for various specialties. Review the results.

These results mirror those found in The Physicians Foundation 2018 Bienniel Survey, which many of you participated in last year. Not to make you feel worse, but North Carolina specific results are broken out in this survey and it seems that NC physicians are particularly dissillusioned.  Over 64 percent of NC respondents said they feel somewhat or very negative about professional morale and the current state of practice as opposed to 55 percent of physicians nationwide feeling that way. Compare NC specifics in The Physicians Foundation survey.

NCMS leadership is well aware that many of our members are feeling frustrated and burned out. In conjunction with our LEAD Health Care Conference in October and the NC Consortium for Physician Resilience and Retention, we offered a Physician Wellness Summit, which brought together decision makers from the major health systems in the state to come up with solutions to this problem. We continue to work as part of the Consortium for Physician Resilience and Retention and through other initiatives to address the issue of physician burnout. Learn more and access resources on our Physician Wellness page on the NCMS website. 

In the News

Malcom Gladwell in The New Yorker asks whether marijuana is safe — and finds there really isn’t much research to answer that question.

Is Marijuana As Safe As We Think It Is?, The New Yorker, 1-14-19

Learning Opportunity

The National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center is offering a course focused on pediatric disaster response and emergency preparedness in Greenville, Charlotte and Garner over the next three months. Children have unique needs and require special consideration. Learn more and register.


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