NCMS Morning Rounds 7-14-20

Happy Tuesday! Enjoy your

NCMS Morning Rounds.

  July 14, 2020

Snapshot of Medical Practice in NC in NCMB Annual Report

The NC Medical Board’s 2019 Annual Report reveals interesting facts about medical practice in the state. In addition to the data on the Board’s enforcement actions for the previous year, the report also has demographic information about its licensees.

For instance, the Board’s total licensee population surpassed 50,000 for the first time in 2019, an increase of more than 18 percent since 2014. That number includes 40,124 MDs and DOs and 7,982 PAs. The Board also is responsible for licensing of residents, anesthesiologist assistants and licensed perfusionists.

The report also reveals demographic information such as female vs. male MDs, DOs and PAs and breaks down the number of physicians and PAs in each county in the state as of Dec. 31, 2019. The data reveals that Camden, Hoke, Hyde and Tyrell counties have just one physician. Only Hyde County also has a PA to serve the population there.

Learn more about the NCMB’s work last year in its 2019 Annual Report here.

Help Empower Your Profession; Answer a Few Questions

The NCMS’ national partner, The Physicians Foundation, is asking you to take less than five minutes to complete a 10-question survey on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting physicians and your patients. The results of this nationwide survey of over 700,000 physicians will be shared with policy makers, legislators, the public and the media. Your participation is important.

By completing the quick survey you’ll also be entered into a drawing for one of four $500 Amazon gift cards.


Thank you to those who have already completed the survey. The North Carolina-specific results will be shared in your NCMS Morning Rounds. Thank you for your participation.

Tune In to Power Hour at Your Convenience

For those who could not make it to last week’s NCMS Foundation Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership (KIPL) Power Hour to participate in the discussion on racism and health equity, you can see and hear what those on the Zoom call had to say about this topic at the Power Hour archive on our webpage.

Previous week’s topics included a roundtable discussion with Italian physicians about their country’s response to COVID-19; diabetes prevention programs in North Carolina and telehealth in the time of COVID-19 among many others. Browse the library of recorded Power Hours here.

Watch your NCMS Morning Rounds for this week’s topic. Power Hours are held Fridays from 1 to 2 p.m.

In the News

Opinion: Pickup Truck Medicine: Saving Primary Care During COVID-19, STAT, 7-13-20

Learning Opportunity

‘Teen Vaping and COVID-19: What’s Different? What’s the Same?’ will be held, Wednesday, July 15 at 1 p.m. In this webinar, The Rescue Agency will share evidence-based insights to provide a detailed landscape of teens’ vaping behaviors, attitudes, and knowledge. You’ll also learn how teens’ vaping knowledge and attitudes have shifted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and register.

If you have policies you’d like your NCMS Board of Directors to consider, please complete the Board input form here. Thanks for reading!


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