NCMS Morning Rounds 2-14-20

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Feb. 14, 2020

NCMS Committee Uses Guiding Principles to Develop Policies

NCMS Policy Committee members got right down to work at their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday evening. Using the NCMS Guiding Principles, which the committee developed and the NCMS Board of Directors approved last month, the committee members began considering key policies through the lens of these principles.

The committee’s ambitious agenda included weighing policies around access to care, tobacco use, health equity and maternal and infant health.

Lisa Shock, DrPH, MHS, PA-C and Laura Gerald, MD, MPH, co-chair the committee. Any policy recommendations from the committee must go to the Board of Directors for approval.

Dr. Gerald also engaged the committee in a discussion of the NC Institute of Medicine’s  recently published HealthyNC2030 report, which lists 21 indicators aimed at improving health outcomes in the state over the next decade. The NCMS Board of Directors has endorsed the report and is working to build a coalition of stakeholders to help bring HealthyNC2030′s goals to fruition.

HealthyNC2030 is the most recent in a series of Healthy North Carolina reports establishing 10-year health improvement indicators and targets dating back to 1990. The NC Division of Public Health, local health departments and other partners across the state will work together toward achieving the shared goals.

This year the momentum toward improving health as outlined in the report appears strong with the NCMS Policy Committee aligning its work around some of the indicators. Committee members seemed determined to not let this coming decade’s report ‘sit on the shelf,’ as Dr. Gerald cautioned, but through intentional policy making and actively collaborating across organizational boundaries to actually hit many of the targets set out in the report by 2030.

WELCOME Our Newest NCMS Members

We extend a hearty welcome to the newest physicians, PAs and medical students to join our NCMS community since the beginning of 2020. We encourage everyone to get involved through our advocacy efforts, attending our programs and events; contributing to our NCMS Foundation or simply reading or commenting on what you see in the NCMS Morning Rounds. We want to get to know you!

Please welcome:

Leon C. Adelman, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM, Cary
Fuad Y. Aleskerov, MD, Burlington
Hussam Alsarraf, MD, MS, Durham
Annika M. Barnett, MD, Raleigh
Robert D. Bibb, MD, Myrtle Beach, SC
Alexandra H. Boster, DO, Matthews
Melissa G. Bujanowski, PA-C, High Point
Royce A. Burns, MD, Raleigh
Tiffany A. Campbell, MD, Cary
William R. A. Carter, MD, Durham
Nicholas A. Coolidge, PA-C, High Point
Nicholas R. Crews, MD, Huntersville
Karanpreet Dhaliwal, Great Falls, VA
Jaclyn M. Dovico, MD, Greensboro
Susan T. Garrett, MD, Chapel Hill
Lindsey E. Harward, MD, Charlotte
Karissa L. Heck, MD, Durham
Brandon D. Herb, MD, Raleigh
Jennifer F. Jordan, MD, Goldsboro
Andrea M. Kelly, PA-C, Huntersville
Ashton Kennedy, PA-C, New Bern
Andrew W. King, DO, Greenville
Megan D. Kirk, MD, Cary
Austin W. Kline, MD, Hickory
Thomas L. Knorr, Jr., MD, Raleigh
Michael R. Lawson, MD, Greenville
Dante N. Lewis, MD, Burlington
Fernando A. Lopez, MD, Chapel Hill
Chancy G. Lucas, MD, Charlotte
Isheeta Madeka, Winston-Salem
Andrew M. Mealin, DO, Garner
Roman G. Melvin, MD, Greensboro
Matthew J. Merritt, DO, Cary
Cody A. Myrick, PA-C, Winston-Salem
Patricia Napolitano, PA-C, Leland
Joshua J. Pagano, DO, Raleigh
William B. Pemberton, MD, Cary
Elisabeth C. Robinson, MD, Greenville
Michelle C. Roughton, MD, Raleigh
Douglas J. Snyder, MD, Raleigh
Katherine M. Stemmer, PA-C, Kernersville
Marian H. Taylor, MD, Waynesville
Sabah S. Toma, MD, Cary
Nicholas A. True, MD, Chapel Hill
Greyson Vann, Fayetteville
Nan A. Wang, MD, Rocky Mount
Steven T. Welch, MD, Wilmington
Eugene K. Wilson, III, MD, Morehead City
Walter J. Wofford, MD, High Point
Li Xu, MD, New Bern
Richard L. Zhang, MD, Raleigh

Help a Struggling Colleague

The AMA’s well-being ‘tip of the week’ involves throwing a lifeline to a struggling colleague. When you feel like you’re barely staying above water, it can be difficult to notice someone else’s struggles.

“Changes in attitude or personality are the greatest signal that a colleague is struggling to stay afloat. Physicians who are exhausted physically and mentally often become cynical, rushed and indifferent or lack empathy for their patients,” the AMA says. The AMA offers a wealth of resources and insights on how to identify and help a colleague who may be struggling.

Access the AMA’s StepsForward, professional well-being educational module to learn more.

NCMS partner, The Physicians Foundation, also has resources through its Vital Signs initiative. Learn what the five vital signs are to identify struggling colleagues.

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Learning Opportunity

The Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality is offering a one-day course titled ‘Enhancing Caregiver Resilience Essentials’ on April 7 at the University Club in Durham. Based on the Center’s 2-Day course, this 1-day primer focuses in on key modules like the prevalence and severity of burnout, mindfulness strategies and fatigue management. Learn more and register.


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