NCMS Morning Rounds 6-26-19

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June 26, 2019

Secrets of ‘WonderWomen’ Revealed at the 2019 LEAD Conference

Be sure you’ve cleared your calendar for Oct. 3-4 to attend the NCMS’ 2019 LEAD Health Care Conference in Raleigh. Among the many compelling speakers, Wake Forest Baptist Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Kelly, MD, will reveal the secrets of the ‘WonderWomen,’ or how she helped nurture and transform a small group of women physicians within the Forsyth County Medical Society into a connected and powerful group of over 100 women physicians and other professionals. Dr. Kelly will discuss not only how the group became successful, but also why it is essential in this era of the #MeToo movement and in discussing issues of diversity and inclusion.

This is just one of the timely – and engaging — issues to be addressed at the LEAD Health Care Conference. Other confirmed sessions include a fascinating overview of the health of North Carolinians; the impact of food insecurity on our state; updates in the battle against opioid abuse and its specialty specific effects; and disaster preparedness lessons learned in the wake of recent hurricanes. Plus, the 2019 Leadership College scholars will present their popular MedTALKS on what matters most in medical practice today. Our new NCMS President will be elected and there will be plenty of time to socialize and connect with your colleagues from throughout the state. You don’t want to miss this!

Watch the LEAD website and your NCMS Morning Rounds for the mid-July opening of registration for this valuable and enjoyable health care conference.

Volunteer Opportunity

Special Olympics North Carolina holds ‘MedFest’ events throughout the state offering free sports physicals and other health screening services to people with intellectual disabilities who want to participate in the Special Olympics program. They are seeking volunteers to help at these events by performing and signing off on the physical exams. Typically, it requires a 3-4 hour commitment. Nurses and other health care volunteers help with taking blood pressure and gathering other health stats.

On Aug. 16, the HealthReach Community Clinic in Mooresville will be holding a MedFest from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more about this and other events throughout North Carolina and sign up to volunteer here.

Many people who would be qualified to participate in Special Olympics have a challenge in getting a physical, which is required in order to train, much like a sports physical for school. By providing these opportunities the organization is able to increase the number of people they serve.

Leadership College Alumnus Now CMO at National Organization

Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH, a Leadership College class of 2005 alumnus, now serves as the Chief Medical Officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials or ASTHO in Washington, DC. Dr. Plescia was part of the senior management team of the North Carolina Division of Public Health and Chief of the Department’s Chronic Disease and Injury Section before becoming the Health Director for Mecklenburg County prior to taking the national position with ASTHO.

He has long been involved in tobacco cessation and control efforts – his Leadership College project was on physicians’ role in advocating to increase the North Carolina Tobacco Excise Tax — and was recently recognized in his role as ASTHO CMO for the organization’s successes in this area and how to face new challenges as they emerge.

Congratulations Dr. Plescia on another leadership position!

In the News

Female Physicians Are Paid $90K Less Than Males. Here Are 8 Possible Reasons Why, The Advisory Board Forum, 6-18-19

Learning Opportunity

The North Carolina Society for the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (NCS-ACOFP) is holding its annual CME Conference on Aug. 8-11 at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst. Conference sessions are grouped in the following tracks: Wellness, Internal Medicine, Practice Management and Pediatrics. Review the schedule and the lecture topics. A Research Poster Competition will be held on Saturday morning that is open to DO and MD programs. Early Bird Registration rates are available until July 10. Register and pay on-line. More information is available at the ACOFP website or by contacting NCS-ACOFP Director Nancy Guy.


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