NCMS Morning Rounds 4-4-19

 It’s a ‘springy’ Thursday and

time for your NCMS Morning Rounds!

NC Medical Board Seeks Input on ‘Unprofessional Behavior’ Policy Revisions

The North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB) Policy Committee recently reviewed and revised an existing position statement on ‘Collaborative Care within the Health Care Team.’ The original policy was adopted in January 2010. Review the revised statement, ‘Unprofessional Behavior within the Health Care Team,’ here. The Board is accepting comments on the revisions through Friday, April 26.

Revisions to the policy statement include:
• Adding sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact to the list of behaviors considered to be disruptive.
• Specifically referencing symptoms of work-related burnout as a factor that may negatively impact clinician performance and conduct.

You may make your comment here at the NCMB website.

Still Accepting Nominations for 2020 NCMS Leadership Positions

The NCMS Nominating and Leadership Development Committee is accepting nominations for a variety of NCMS leadership positions through May 24. No nominations will be accepted after that date, so please submit your nominations now. Download the nomination form here. Interviews will be held on Saturday, June 1. This map shows the counties that make up each NCMS region. This document outlines the responsibilities for each Board position.

The open positions are:
Board of Directors (Term runs from the October Annual Meeting 2019 to Annual Meeting 2020):
• President-elect
• Region 2 Representative (representing 21 counties encompassing the Triangle and Triad)
• At-large member

NC AMA Delegation (Three delegate openings to serve January 2020 to December 2021):
• Incumbent (Mary Ann Contogiannis, MD) is eligible for reelection
• Incumbent (John A. Fagg, MD) is eligible for reelection
• Open

Alternate AMA Delegate (One delegate opening to serve January 2020 to December 2021):
• Incumbent (Timothy M Beittel, MD) is eligible for reelection

Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (Term runs from Annual Meeting 2019 to Annual Meeting 2021):
Region 1 (represents the eastern third of the state)
• Incumbent (Edward Ricciardelli, MD) is eligible for reelection
Region 2 (represents 21 counties encompassing the Triangle and Triad)
• Two open seats
Region 3 (represents 17 counties in the south central part of the state including Charlotte)
• Incumbent (Docia Hickey, MD) is eligible for reelection
• Two open seats
Region 4 (represents the western third of the state)
• One open seat

Kudos to Dr. Parsons!

The Triangle Business Journal recently recognized NCMS member Alden Parsons, MD, FACS, a cardiothoracic surgeon with WakeMed Health and Hospitals with a 2019 Women in Business award.

In her profile in the March 29 issue of the publication, Dr. Parsons notes her proudest accomplishment is “the opportunity to build a thoracic oncology program at WakeMed Cary. Creating a team and infrastructure to safely and effectively cure patients of lung cancer is incredibly gratifying. I have also enjoyed helping develop a mobile software platform to keep our patients better informed and engaged as they navigate a health care experience.”

Congratulations, Dr. Parsons!

In the News

5 Ways to Address the Challenges of Direct to Consumer Health Products, STAT, 4-2-19

Learning Opportunities

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a public workshop available via webcast on youth tobacco addiction and cessation on May 15. The workshop, ‘Youth Tobacco Cessation: Science and Treatment Strategies,’ is meant to address adolescents’ increasing tobacco use, driven largely by e-cigarettes. Use of e-cigarettes nearly doubled in a year, to 3.6 million middle- and high-school students in 2018, according to government surveys. Read FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD’s, statement on the issue.

Learn more and register for the webcast.


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