NCMS Morning Rounds 5-13-20

Enjoy your Wednesday

NCMS Morning Rounds.

  May 13, 2020

NCMS White Coat Wednesdays – Virtually!

Even though this is a highly unusual legislative session with legislators tuning in to committee meetings from afar and lobbyists barred from the building due to COVID-19 pandemic safety restrictions, the NCMS advocacy staff is still working hard on your behalf and invite you to advocate on your behalf as well.

Our popular White Coat Wednesday, a special opportunity for you to connect with your representatives, is still taking place – although via Zoom or other virtual means. No need to travel to Raleigh!

If you signed up before the pandemic to participate in an upcoming White Coat Wednesday, NCMS Director of Legislative Relations Sue Ann Forrest, MPA, will be in touch to discuss your hot topics and arrange meetings with legislators. If you would like to sign-up, please visit our White Coat Wednesday to sign up page.

With the many pressing issues brought about by the pandemic, now is an important time to share your perspective with elected officials.

NCMS CEO Search Underway

As announced back in January, the NCMS Board of Directors is conducting a national search for an Executive Vice President/CEO to carry forward your medical society’s goals of empowering you, our members, to improve the health of North Carolinians.

Despite the pandemic, the search process has begun, with the search committee holding its first meeting last week. Tuft & Associates, an executive search firm with expertise in health care organizations and association leadership, has been retained to facilitate the search.

A strict timeline has not been set, but it is anticipated the process will take several months. In the meantime, as he has for the last 25+ years, current Executive Vice President and CEO Robert W. Seligson, MBA, MA, will continue in his current capacity throughout this period.

NCMS Leadership Nominations End Monday

You have until this Monday, May 18, to nominate yourself or a colleague for one of the 2020 leadership positions below. Here is the nomination form. This is a meaningful way to serve your profession and the health of North Carolinians!

Applications will be reviewed by the NCMS Nominating and Leadership Development Committee, with the final ballot being put to a vote of the entire NCMS membership later this year. Review descriptions of what is required of each position.

Board of Directors (Term runs from the NCMS’ Annual Meeting 2020, which will be held Oct. 15-16, to the Annual Meeting 2021):
• Secretary Treasurer: Incumbent (John J. Meier, IV, MD) is eligible for reelection
• Region 3 Representative: Open
• Region 4 Representative: Incumbent (Rachel D. Keever, MD) is eligible for reelection
• At-Large Member: Incumbent (Eileen M. Raynor, MD) is eligible for reelection
• At-Large Member: Open

NC AMA Delegation (Four delegate openings to serve January 2021 to December 2022)
• Incumbent (G. Hadley Callaway, MD) is eligible for reelection
• Incumbent (William E. Bowman, MD) is eligible for reelection
• Incumbent (Darlyne Menscer, MD) is eligible for reelection
• Incumbent (Liana Puscas, MD) is eligible for reelection

Alternate AMA Delegate (One delegate opening to serve January 2021 to December 2022)
• Incumbent (E. Rebecca Hayes, MD) is eligible for reelection

Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (Term runs from Annual Meeting 2020 to Annual Meeting 2022)
Region 1 (represents the eastern third of the state)
• Two open seats
Region 2 (represents 21 counties encompassing the Triangle and Triad)
• Incumbent (Justin Hurie, MD) eligible for reelection
Region 4 (represents the western third of the state)
• Incumbent (Gregory Evans, MD) eligible for reelection

In the News

Opinion: To Put COVID-19 Behind Us, All Americans Should Be Vaccinated Against It, STAT, 5-12-20

Learning Opportunity

The next in the series of webinars focusing on #equityinCOVID will examine ‘Birth Equity During COVID-19 and will be presented TODAY, May 13 at 1 p.m. The ability of birthing people to access quality reproductive and maternal health services during the COVID-19 crisis is important. This is especially important for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who disproportionately experience a lack of quality care in the best of times. Join in to hear how partnerships and birth workers are supporting birthing people and their families during this time. Learn more and register here.


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