NCMS Morning Rounds 12-17-19

It’s Tuesday and time for your

NCMS Morning Rounds.

Dec. 17, 2019

Future Clinician Leaders Examine Authenticity and Leadership

The Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership’s (KIPL) Future Clinician Leaders group convened at the NCMS Center for Leadership in Medicine in Raleigh last weekend to raise their self-awareness and explore the role authenticity plays in effective leadership. Led by faculty members Roy Strowd, MD, and Quinnette Jones, PA-C, the future leaders also discussed leadership ‘traps’ or how leaders may lose their way and how to overcome those challenges.

The Future Clinician Leaders College is a yearlong inter-professional leadership development program for selected emerging leaders in health care professional training in North Carolina. Participants have an opportunity to interact with state leaders and use their leadership skills to tackle major health policy challenges facing the state through a group project. Learn more about the program.

New Series Explores Stigma Around Substance Use Disorders

The NC Governor’s Institute just launched a new video series that addresses the stereotypes associated with substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery. The ultimate goal of the series is to demystify some aspects of substance use disorder and better educate colleagues in the field and the general public.

The first video in the series is titled ‘Exploring the Substance Use Disorder Field in NC’ and takes a look at the Alcohol and Drug Council of North Carolina (ADCNC). Watch the video, which is only about 5 minutes.

Stigma is one of the biggest drivers in the current addiction crisis by keeping people from coming forward, stopping them from asking for help and preventing families from admitting there is a problem, according to the US Surgeon General. The Governor’s Institute is a non-profit founded in 1990 to improve how the health care professions, particularly physicians, prevent, identify and treat substance use disorders. Learn more.

Kudos to New NCAFP Leaders and Award Winner

At its recent winter meeting in Asheville, the NC Academy of Family Physicians installed its new president, longtime NCMS member David Rinehart, MD. Dr. Rinehart has practiced at South Point Family Practice in Belmont since 1985. Newly installed NCAFP President-elect Jessica Triche, MD, of Vidant Family Medicine in Washington, is an alumna of the NCMS’ Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership.

Another longtime NCMS member, Aregai Girmay, MD, of Gaston Family Health Services in Gastonia, received the coveted 2019 NC Family Physician of the Year honors for his perseverance in overcoming huge personal obstacles, and exemplifying the core ideals of the specialty. At the age of 19, Dr. Girmay fled his home in northern Ethiopia on foot, and then waited three years in the Sudan to be adopted by an American refugee relief agency. Landing in St. Louis with no money, no possessions and little knowledge of English, Dr. Girmay enrolled in St. Louis University, completing his chemistry degree in three years. After working briefly as a chemist, he enrolled and earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine. Prior to his Family Medicine residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in Yonkers, he completed three years of OB training.

Congratulations to all!

In the News

America’s Health Rankings: How All 50 States Fared, Becker’s Hospital Review, 12-12-19

Learning Opportunity

Here’s a unique holiday gift – an early bird discount on registration for the Governor’s Institute’s Annual Addiction Medicine Conference, April 30-May 2 in Asheville. The gathering will include a wide range of topics combining plenary sessions and skill-building workshops, plus opportunities for networking. Addiction Medicine 2020 is appropriate for primary care providers as well as addiction medicine specialists. Enter the code ‘EarlyBird2020’ to get the $60 discount. Register now.


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