NCMS Morning Rounds 5-8-19

Halfway through the week and here’s your

NCMS Morning Rounds.

NCMS Leadership Nominations Due This Month

The deadline is approaching! 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

Spreading the Word About Early Check

Early Check is a special opportunity for babies born in North Carolina to get two additional screening tests – and it’s free. The program is a research study that offers a test for fragile x syndrome and spinal muscular atrophy at no additional cost to the regular newborn screening panel. Learn more about who qualifies for this study and why it’s important to let your patients know about it.

Now, it’s even easier to alert those parents who may qualify because Early Check is now on social media. Help spread the word to your social media networks by liking Early Check on Facebook and following them on Twitter where engaging, entertaining and heart-felt resources are available to educate patients and families about newborn screening.

The study is made possible by a partnership between the NC State Laboratory of Public Health, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Duke University and RTI International.

In Memorium: Ernest ‘D.E.’ Ward, Jr., MD

NCMS Past President and longtime NCMS leader and champion Ernest ‘D.E.’ Ward, Jr., MD, passed away on Sunday, May 5. He was 99 years old. He had retired from his 58-year practice at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton in 2011 at age 90.

Dr. Ward was born Dec. 30, 1920 in Durham. He graduated from Durham High School, Wake Forest College, and Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Following a one-year internship at Philadelphia General Hospital he entered the US Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant JG then returned to Wake Forest University (WFU) School of Medicine for a residency in General and Thoracic surgery. In 1953 he began practicing at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, where he served as Chief of Surgery, Chief of Medical Staff, and Trustee of the hospital. He was appointed Clinical Associate Professor of Community Medicine at WFU School of Medicine.

Dr. Ward was active in his community as well as in the medical profession statewide through his leadership of the NCMS as president in 1978-79 and his support of NCMS advocacy efforts and the NCMS Foundation.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years and ‘the love of his life,’ Sara Dockery Henry Ward along with his three children, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren and many friends and admiring colleagues.

We extend our sincere condolences.

Read the full obituary from the Lumberton newspaper.

In the News

Meth vs. Opioids: America Has Two Drug Epidemics, But Focuses on One, Kaiser Health News, 5-7-19

Learning Opportunity

The 31st Annual Fall Foliage Cancer Conference: Update on Breast Cancer in Asheville will be held on Oct. 25-26, 2019 at the Omni Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. The conference has been approved for 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Learn more and register.


More Posts in AMA Delegation Candidates


Share this Post