Registration open for the UNC Eye Symposium, April 13

Join UNC Department of Ophthalmology on Saturday, April 13th, 2024, for our annual UNC Eye Symposium at the William & Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. This conference is designed for Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Ophthalmic Technicians, and Photographers to hear the latest evidence-based diagnostic and medical/surgical approaches to comprehensive eye care and treating ocular disorders and disease.

Registration for technicians and physicians (MD, OD) is now open. Contact Mary Hammett ([email protected]for more information. We look forward to seeing you in April at the 2024 UNC Eye Symposium!

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Wake County Medical Society Meeting: "History at High Noon" - March 19

Tuesday, March 19 | 222 N. Person Street, Raleigh

History at High Noon: The Intersection of History and Medicine

On Tuesday, March 19, at the NCMS Headquarters building in historic Oakwood, Michael Soboeiro, MD will take us on a case-based journey, looking at the medical care of three US presidents. He’ll discuss how the care they received varied from current standards and, in some cases, the standard of the times, and the effect of the presidents’ medical conditions on world history.  Dinner will be available starting at 6:30pm, followed by brief NCMS business and Dr. Soboeiro’s presentation at 7pm.

Dr. Soboeiro is a general internist with 29 years of experience practicing medicine, teaching, and doing medical research. He has worked at WakeMed for nine and a half years. He currently heads the outpatient teaching program of WakeMed’s internal medicine residency program. Soboeiro was named one of North Carolina’s top doctors by Business North Carolina in 2021 and 2022.

CME Credit will be offered by Wake AHEC.

Sign up to attend our meeting here:

Our goal is that the WCMS is a place where all MDs, DOs, PAs, and Students see themselves. Meeting this goal ultimately depends on you. Thank you for your support as a WCMS Member. Belonging to your county medical society community is a great way to experience personal and professional fulfillment. We look forward to getting to know you better on March 19.

MEDTalks 2023: Juliana Wulforst, PA-C - Post Injury Mental Health Screening

Juliana Wulforst, PA-C, a trauma physician assistant at WakeMed in Raleigh, shares her Leadership College and personal project, "Implementing a Post Injury Mental Health Screening Intervention at a Level 1 Trauma Center."

MEDTalks 2023: Dana Point, MD - Rare Diseases

Dana Point, MD, a urologist in Wilmington, NC, shares his Leadership College and personal project, "Bolstering Awareness of Rare Disease through a Novel Approach."

MEDTalks 2023: Jacqueline Njapa, MD - Improving Patient Satisfaction with Anesthesia

Jacqueline Njapa, MD, an anesthesiologist in Wilmington, NC, shares her Leadership College project, "Improving Patient Satisfaction with Anesthesia."

MEDTalks 2023: Katie Lowry, MD - Revitalization and Expansion of the Local County Medical Society

Katie Lowry, MD, MPH, FAAP, a family physician in Robeson County, shares her Leadership College Project "Revitalization and Expansion of the Local County Medical Society: Building a Blueprint for Success."

MEDTalks 2023: Michalina Kupsik, MD - Implementing a Governance and Strategy to a Breast Center

Michalina Kupsik, MD, a breast surgical oncologist at WakeMed in Raleigh, shares her Leadership College project, "Implementing Governance and Strategy to a Breast Center."

MEDTalks 2023: Jennifer Kipp, DPM - Tobacco Cessation in Elective Foot & Ankle Surgery Patients

Jennifer Kipp, DPM, a resident at Wake Forest Baptist Health, shares her Leadership College project, "Building a Comprehensive Tobacco Cessation Program for Elective Foot and Ankle Surgery Patients."

MEDTalks 2023: Christine Khandelwal, DO, MHPE - Access to Care for Patients with Opioid Use Disorder

Christine Khandelwal, DO, MHPE, a professor of family medicine with Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine and geriatrician and palliative care physician, shares her Leadership College project, "A Rural Community Collaboration to Expand Primary Care Access for Patients with Opioid Use Disorder."

MEDTalks 2023: Carla Holder, MD, MPH, FAAP - Diabetes Care

Carla W. Holder, MD, MPH, FAAP, a pediatrician working with Centene Corp. in Charlotte, shares her Leadership College project, "Knowledge is Power: Effective Strategies for Delivering Evidence-Based Diabetes Care to African Americans."

MEDTalks 2023: Susie Fitzgerald, DO - Screening for Social Determinants of Health

Susie Fitzgerald, DO, a family medicine specialist in Clinton, NC, shares her Leadership College project, "Implementing Screening for Social Determinants of Health in Rural NC."

NC Senator Thom Tillis Signs on to Legislation Promoting Value-Based Healthcare; NCMS President Responds

Senator Thom Tillis and his colleagues recently introduced the Value in Health Care Act, bipartisan legislation that would update the program parameters of Medicare’s Alternative Payment Models (APMs) to incentivize participation in Accountable Care Organizations (ACO). The changes would increase participation in these value-based health programs, which are designed to improve the quality of care and health outcomes for seniors while lowering costs.

“Value-based care programs have a successful track record of improving outcomes and reducing costs. The Value in Health Care Act will take an important step to further incentivize participation in these programs by financially rewarding coordination of care and patient outcomes, rather than the number of services provided,” said Senator Tillis. “I’m proud to join my colleagues in introducing this bipartisan legislation that will increase access to higher quality, lower cost, patient-centered care for the nearly two million seniors in North Carolina.”

NCMS President Dr. Eileen Raynor, shared her thoughts on this bill saying, “The North Carolina Medical Society applauds Senator Tillis’ introduction of the Value in Health Care Act in the Senate. Advancement of value-based care is a priority of the Medical Society, and we are supportive of state and federal efforts that will expand participation in Alternate Payment Models among all physician specialties and help meet the needs of our state’s Medicare patients."

Click here to view the full press release on this announcement.

LEAD 2023 Portraits

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Wake County Medical Society Announces Leadership for 2024

Congratulations to these physician leaders! Their installations will be held during the Wake County Medical Society (WCMS) Holiday Celebration at the Governor's Mansion on December 4, 2023.

The proposed revisions to the Bylaws of the WCMS below were also approved unanimously.


View the 2023 Revised Bylaws

Election Results: NC AMA Delegation

Congratulations to Dr. Mary Ann Contogiannis and Dr. Justin Hurie!

Election Results: NCMS Board of Directors

The 2024 new slate of officers was announced at the NCMS Annual Business Meeting at the LEAD Conference. Congratulations to the following:

Holly Biola, MD, MPH, Wins Region 2 Golden Stethoscope Award

Dr. Holly Biola, a family medicine and geriatric specialist, is Chief of Family Medicine at Lincoln Community Health Center in Durham. Dr. Biola was nominated by Dr. Howard Eisenson who says, “She is one of the most enthusiastic, generous, kind, resilient and optimistic people I have ever met (indeed, her car license plate, ‘HOPEFUL’, says a great deal about her) and she matches those characteristics with a tireless work ethic.”

“More than anyone, she has been responsible for the many recognitions Lincoln receives for continuous improvement in measures of care. ‘Coordination of care’ is a responsibility that Dr. Biola takes very seriously. When referring patients for specialty care, she doesn’t simply ‘enter a referral.’ She often goes the extra mile by communicating to consultants all the information to address the question at hand.”
“Passionate about mentoring and encouraging students, she invites participation of health professional students from Duke and North Carolina Central University in quality and community engagement projects. Her patient and enthusiastic mentorship has been instrumental in several of these students choosing careers in primary care and community health.”

“During conversation with Dr. Biola’s husband about this nomination, he confided that he and their two boys feel that living with Holly motivates them to be better people. As someone privileged to be her colleague, I feel the same way. Dr. Biola is truly inspirational in striving to make the world a better place for all.”

Golden Stethoscope Award Winner Holly Biola, MD, MPH

Jeffrey G. Kuremsky, MD, Named Harris Memorial Award Winner

Constellation Quality Health’s 2023 Harris Memorial Award winner is Dr. Jeffrey Kuremsky, Oncology Service Line Quality Physician Leader with CaroMont Regional Medical and Cancer Centers in Gastonia, NC.  Dr. Kuremsky has devoted his entire career to patients diagnosed with cancer and is known for demonstrating a steadfast commitment and compassion to the needs of each patient, taking individual time for questions and concerns. 

Dr. Kuremsky is integrated at all levels within his patients’ treatment providers: oncology, radiation, chemotherapy, and imaging specialists, as well as insurance companies. When treatment delays occur such as with authorizations, Dr. Kuremsky is diligent in conducting peer-to-peer physician consultations and providing thorough explanations for resolution. 

Dr. Kurmensky’s nominator, Kimberly Miller, offered this testimonial: “Dr. Kuremsky is consistent in his belief in medical care, positive thinking, personal resilience, and finding ways to strengthen the entire treatment process for patients and providers alike. His service is a blessing and an asset to cancer patients in North Carolina.” 

Harris Memorial Award Winner Jeffrey G. Kuremsky, MD

Joseph T. Bell, MD wins Region 3 Golden Stethoscope Award

Dr. Joseph T. Bell founded Pembroke Pediatrics in 1998. Now his practice has a staff of over 25 and offers childhood obesity prevention. He is a general pediatrician at Children’s Health Pembroke and Managing Partner of Children’s Health of Carolina. Dr. Bell is the first Lumbee pediatrician and first Native American pediatrician in North Carolina.

In addition to working as a general pediatrician in Pembroke, he worked in Indian Health Service in Oklahoma for five years and worked on the Catawba Reservation in Rock Hill, SC as a pediatrician for 24 years.

Currently, he serves on the North Carolina American Indian Health Board and the AAP Committee on Native American Child Health and is a member of AAIP Association of American Indian Physicians.

He was nominated by Dr. Katie Lowry who says “he has been a mentor to many Native and non-Native students, be it to pursue medicine as PA/or Physician or navigating the ins and outs of advising for pre-med., or other science-based careers. His practice hosts students from multiple PA programs across the state as well as medical school pediatric rotations, winning many teaching awards throughout his career. He recruited the first, second and third Lumbee female pediatricians, as we all worked with him during our first years out of pediatric residency. It is an honor and privilege to call him a colleague and friend.”

Golden Stethoscope Award Winner Joseph T. Bell, MD

Brooks Bell wins 2023 John Huske Anderson Award

John Huske Anderson Award

Brooks Bell

Brooks Bell is a trailblazer in marketing analytics. She founded Brooks Bell Inc in 2003, generating an impressive sum of over $2.5 billion for Fortune 500 clients during the subsequent 18 years.

In January 2019, at the age of 38, Brooks was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. Undaunted by this challenge, she completed 6 months of surgeries and chemotherapy. During her treatment journey, she became acutely aware of the shocking rise in colon cancer cases in young people as the potential for prevention. During that time Brooks launched and planned the first ever Colonoscopy Gala. She now serves on several prominent boards in public health including CDC Foundation, Research Triangle Foundation, The Colorectal Cancer Alliance, and Duke Raleigh Hospital.

Nominated by Dr. Rajat Chander and Dr. Subhash Gumber, Brooks has harnessed her personal battle with cancer to selflessly champion the cause of public awareness. “She selflessly turned it into a mission for public awareness in preventing colon cancer. After deep and active study of the disease, she has translated her passion, energy, and skill for entrepreneurship and marketing for the Fortune 500 into a marketing and data analytics attack on colon cancer. Her steadfast public advocacy includes participation in many healthcare boards, giving talks to raise awareness, the colonoscopy gala, speeches for minority communities, podcasts, and donating of a large sum of money for cancer prevention.

“For Brooks, this is a numbers game… She has figured out that to prevent 500 cases of colorectal cancer by 2030, she will seek to inspire 8500 colonoscopies in North Carolina.”

Brooks Bell 2023 Winner of the John Huske Anderson Award

Peter J. Morris, MD, Named Winner of 2023 E. Harvey Estes, MD Physician Community Service Award

E. Harvey Estes, Jr., MD, Physician Community Service Award

Peter Morris, MD, MPH, MDiv

Dr. Peter Morris has been a physician leader in Wake County since 1986 when he joined the then Wake County Health Department as Medical Director and Deputy Director. In his career he has gone well beyond Medical Director, as he oversaw, consecutively, Maternal and Child Health, Communicable Disease, Child Protective Services, Adoptions and Foster Care, Community Mental Health, and Adult Services. He practiced pediatrics at WakeMed, first in the outpatient night clinic and then as a relief Pediatric Hospitalist and Intensivist. He has won teaching awards from Duke Family Medicine, UNC Pediatrics, and WakeMed.

Dr. Gerri Mattson says “his work as Executive Director of Urban Ministries clearly transcends any medical role. Dr. Morris has guided the Open Door Clinic to include health and nutrition education and behavioral health. The Hunger and Nutrition program has quadrupled from serving 25 to 85 families per day. Also, the Helen Wright Centers for Women, the largest program for homeless women in the county, has job training, mental health and substance use treatment and physical health on site. This is the work not of a doctor but an excellent executive director, shaping his community’s health. And the community is better for it.”

Peter J. Morris, MD, MPH, MDiv 2023 E. Harvey Estes Community Service Award Winner

Karen Harum, MD, FAAP, Named as Region 1 Golden Stethoscope Award Winner

Dr. Karen Harum, a Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician, is the founder of The Clinic for Special Children in Wilmington. Her practice strives to provide accurate diagnosis, whole-child treatments, specialty care, and consultation for children with developmental disabilities and behavioral problems, including special expertise in the neuroscience of learning and autism. As her nominator, Practice Manager Pasha Krise, shares, “Dr. Harum is the most dedicated pediatrician that we have known. She is adored by her patients, many of whom have high special needs and behaviors that would scare other physicians. In those times, she leans in. She spends countless hours after her practice is closed to help parents and children in crisis.”

“As a leader in her practice, she is cultivating the next generation of selfless clinicians, urging them to look at whole-child healthcare and teaching them to manage patients with compassion and firm direction. Dr. Harum motivates her full staff by being an example of dedication to patient care and family care in determinants of health. She also motivates parents of the special needs community to advocate for services, offers preventative care, to treat brain damage and disease with hope for the hopeless. This often means just one word from a wordless child, but through a wide range of medicines and therapeutic care, families champion the small milestone for their children. Dr. Harum inspires and leads the Special Needs community and her small staff, teaching younger staff to lean in the hopeless, and offer compassion, humanity, and understanding. She does not shy away from long hours and has grit and determination for her Clinic, staff, and patients. Dr. Harum, as attested by her patients and staff, is the definition of a leader in the neurodevelopmental field in NC, and she is dedicated endlessly to her patients. She motivates and inspires both caregivers and staff to step up and into the role as the new generation of clinicians and role models who put our special needs and the most vulnerable populations’ needs first.”

Golden Stethoscope Award Winner Karen Harum, MD, FAAP

Alan Story, MD, wins Region 4 Golden Stethoscope Award

Dr. Alan Story is a Catawba County native and joined Newton Family Physicians in 1999. Since then he has moved into a leadership role with his knowledge of computers and drive to help colleagues become more efficient in their day-to-day work flow. He has a special interest in disease prevention and well-care.

Dr. Story was nominated by his Practice Manager Melissa White. She shares, “He has a wonderful, positive attitude in trying to understand all types of providers and their needs in order to be the best they can be for their patients. In the last 5 years, he has taken his leadership role a few steps farther by becoming our lead physician in our quest for better quality. He was instrumental in helping us convert to telemedicine when the COVID pandemic struck. He is always thoughtful when trying to solve problems with our quality team and very aware of the impact that new guidelines throw our way. His leadership skills have propelled him to a local medical director for our state ACO. He is always willing to listen when our team has a workflow issue. He still manages to work a full patient load even as his practice has matured into a more challenging population with a greater Medicare share of patients. He consistently presents a positive attitude at any meeting as well as everyday work. I for one am proud to have him on our team. His heart truly is what a physician should be.”

Golden Stethoscope Award Winner Alan Story, MD

Upcoming Events of Interest in Pathology...

College of American Pathologists - CAP23: October 7-10, 2023 - Chicago, IL

Keynote speaker: Dr. Sanjay Gupta: "Medicine and the Media, A Fireside Chat"

Learn more and register

American Society of Clinical Pathologists - Annual Meeting: October 18-20, 2023 - Long Beach, CA

Cancer Patient Advocate Keynote Speaker: Rob Lowe; Scientific Keynote Speaker: Kizzmekia S. Corbett, PhD

Learn more and register


NCSOHNS Annual Meeting News: Deadline to make your room reservations at the Marriott approaching!

South Carolina will host the joint Annual Meeting of the SC/NC Societies of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery on July 28 - 30, 2023 at Marriott Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach, SC. The group rate room block closes June 26, 2023, or when the room block is full, which may happen quickly -- so don't delay!  Book the Group Rate of $249 | Marriott

If you haven't registered for the meeting itself yet, now is the time to do so! With up to 12.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits(s) available and plenty of time for networking and fun, you won't want to miss this year's joint Annual Meeting! Learn more: Meeting Program and Registration

Are you TEAM Harry Potter or TEAM Star Wars?

On Saturday, June 24, 2023, 6pm, we return to Koka Booth Amphitheatre for a social event for members and families.  WCMS has covered seats reserved for the NC Symphony Summerfest’s Harry Potter vs. Star Wars outdoor pops concert. By purchasing tickets using the WCMS promo code, the WCMS will provide refreshments for enjoying a picnic under the stars!

Why join us? Click the links below to learn more…

  • What is the NC Symphony Summerfest?
  • What is Booth Amphitheatre?  A very central Wake County location and beautiful concert venue.
  • What is Harry Potter vs. Star Wars? Two of the biggest film franchises battle it out at Summerfest!
  • Where is the WCMS hosting?  Picnic fixin’s will be provided starting at 6:30pm at WCMS’s reserved tables in the Lowes Food Front Porch tables on the deck (centered). The concert starts at 8pm.
  • How do I buy tickets?  Tickets are just $17 for reserved table seating, with waived processing fees. Kids 12 and under are admitted FREE on the lawn! See the promo code below, and buy your tickets for the reserved tables or any location of your preference.

Have additional questions? Check out or call Shawn Scott, WCMS, at 919-621-5919. See you at Summerfest!

Young physicians: Plan for your financial future at the next WCMS Meeting, June 20

"Financial Awareness and Wealth Planning for New(er) Physicians"

Event Address: North Carolina Medical Society Headquarters, 222 N Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Program: Join us at 6:30 pm EST for Dinner and Socializing. The meeting will start at 7:00 pm EST. 

Join the WCMS for "Financial Awareness and Wealth Planning for New(er) Physicians," with speakers Frances Cronlund, CIMA®, CExP™, CTFA, CFP® and Caleb Sanderson, CFP from Curi Capital. They will share strategies to address medical debt and life planning that is often delayed due to training or financial constraints and discuss ways to minimize this aspect of professional stress and promote best practices with advice from trusted partners. To register, click here.

Registration now open for 2023 NCDA Summer Meeting

Registration now open for the 2023 NCDA Summer Meeting - July 14-16 on Kiawah Island!

Escape to the Kiawah Island Golf Resort for a weekend of learning and fun!


For more information, download the registration brochure or visit the website.

To secure your hotel accommodations, please call (800) 654-2924 and reference the NCDA, or reserve your room online here to receive the special group rate of just $275 for a one bedroom villa, plus tax. Two-bedroom villas are also available at $425. Our block of rooms will be released June 23. The resort is a popular destination and is likely to sell out, so you are urged to make your reservation promptly.

Political Pulse for May 4, 2023

Another busy week for the North Carolina Medical Society. Senate Bill 20 is making a fast track through Raleigh and NCMS's Manager of Regulatory Advocacy has a breakdown of what is happening so far. We also take a look at where the NCMS-aided Prior Authorization bill is and some big legislative wins this week.

NCMS Statement on SB 20 - Care for Women and Children Act

NCMS Successfully Introduces Legislation to Reform the Burdensome Prior Authorization Process


Join in May for your chance to get away to historic Charleston, SC!

Charleston is over 350 years old...

Things younger than Charleston (founded 1670)

  • Electricity (1700)
  • Baseball (1839)
  • North Carolina Medical Society (1849)
  • Washing machine (1851)
  • Automobile (1886)
  • Basketball (1891)
  • X-Ray machine (1895)
  • YOU!

Be a part of the future of medicine with a visit to the past.
Join NCMS this month
and get entered to win a trip to The Charleston Place!

The winner of our drawing will get a stay at the beautiful Charleston Place and a free dinner at the hotel's Charleston Grill.*


*This offer at the Charleston Place is good until February 28, 2024. Dinner includes food, tax and gratuity; cocktails, wine and tax/gratuity are excluded and must be paid by the winning certificate holder.

Register Today for the NCDA Practice Pearls May Webinar: Incorporating APPs into Practice

May Webinar: "Incorporating APPs into Practice" | Monday, May 22, 2023 |  7:30PM  |  REGISTER

Allison Arthur, MDAbout Allison Arthur, MD: Dr. Allison Arthur is a Mayo Clinic-trained dermatologist and dermopathologist working in Orlando, Florida. Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Arthur moved to Atlanta, Georgia to complete her undergraduate studies at Emory University and later attended medical school at the University of Florida where she graduated from the College of Medicine at the top of her class with Honors in Academic Excellence. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, then moved to Rochester, Minnesota for Dermatology residency at Mayo Clinic. After residency, Dr. Arthur joined the faculty of the Department of Dermatology at Mayo Clinic and served as an instructor at Mayo Medical School. She then continued her education with a fellowship in dermatopathology, studying skin diseases at the microscopic level. During her time at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Arthur cared for patients from all over the world and was mentored by some of the top dermatologists in the field. Dr. Arthur is involved in the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), being named a diplomate as well as serving on the Young Physicians Committee and the AAD leadership forum work group. Dr. Arthur is an active member of the Central Florida Society of Dermatology.

Kick Back in Kiawah!

Sun filled days give way to star filled nights at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Your villa awaits to sooth away your cares and let you wander this lush island on the coast of South Carolina. All new members in April are entered into a drawing for the chance to enjoy world-class accommodations.

A few clicks and a leisurely drive is all it takes to have a chance at a fabulous, beach-side getaway!

2023 Golden Stethoscope Awards Gala

Make Plans to Join Us October 14th at the Sheraton for the 2023 Awards Gala!

Be sure to mark your calendar now so that you don’t miss this event created exclusively for NCMS members, their guests and event sponsors.

Help us celebrate 20 years of Leadership College at this year’s awards ceremony!

Interested in becoming a sponsor at the LEAD Conference and Golden Stethoscope Awards Gala?

Download the prospectus below or reach out to Pam Highsmith, CFRE, for more details.

About the Golden Stethoscope Awards

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2023 Golden Stethoscope Awards has passed (Aug. 31, 2023).

Do you know an outstanding North Carolina Medical Society physician or physician assistant member who has demonstrated excellence in leadership, dedication to patients, and stellar skills in motivating, inspiring, and leading a medical team?  If yes, they could be an NCMS Golden Stethoscope Award winner!

This award will provide peer recognition based upon nominations submitted and final selection by the NCMS Awards Committee.

Eligible recipients must be members of the NCMS who meet the nomination criteria. Four awards will be presented in total — one recipient each from the NCMS’s four regions.

Nominees must:

  1. Be a current member of the North Carolina Medical Society.
  2. Be nominated by a peer or co-worker. The nominator does not have to be a member of NCMS.
  3. Have demonstrated outstanding leadership, exceptional dedication to patient care exemplified by caring, compassion and quality care, and stellar leadership skills leading, motivating, inspiring peers who are physicians or physician assistants and leading a medical team.

If you have any questions about this nomination process, please contact Randy Aldridge, [email protected].

Political Pulse for March 9, 2023

Raleigh has been busy with issues important to NCMS members for the past several weeks. In this week's Political Pulse, Thomas Kincheloe and Emma Kate Sowder are both out of the office but still breaking down the new language in the Medicaid expansion bill and where it stands now. They also take a look at how fast it is moving and the likelihood that it could be signed by Governor Cooper soon.

Save the date for these 2023 Durham-Orange County Medical Society meetings

Mark your calendar to day and make plans to attend these 2023 DOCMS events:

  • April 12
  • June 14
  • October 11
  • December 13

DOCMS dinner meetings are typically held at the University Club in Durham, NC, from 6:15pm until 8:30pm. Guests and non-member physicians, PAs and students are welcome to attend. Questions? Please contact Frank Snyder, [email protected].

DOCMS Meetings Focus on Gun Violence

Recent DOCMS meetings have focused on firearm injury prevention as a topic of discussion and collaboration. At the December 2022 meeting, the DOCMS learned about state policy from Becky Ceartas, who is the Executive Director of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence (NCGV), and heard a pediatrician’s perspective from Brian Eichner, MD, on his role in preventing gun injury and death.

At their February 2023 meeting, Sheriff Clarence F. Birkhead (pictured at right) discussed opportunities to intervene and prevent firearm injury in our communities.

Learn more about gun violence prevention at the North Carolinians Against Gun Violence (NCGV) website here.

Political Pulse for Feb. 3, 2023 - New 2023 Long Session Underway

The 2023 North Carolina Long Session officially kicked off on January 11th, and it has been a busy first few weeks.  In our first NCMS Political Pulse of 2023 we look at some of the bills introduced already that may affect you.  NCMS Director of Legislative Affairs Thomas Kincheloe and Manager of Regulatory Advocacy Emma Kate Sowder break down the first bills of interest and let you know how to get involved.

Related Links:

Register for a White Coat Day

Become a Legislative Key Contact

MEDTalks 2022: Oluwaseye Alabi, DO on Blood Pressure Control Measures

Dr. Alabi, a sports medicine/internal medicine specialist, shares his MEDTalk on "Implementing Specific, Achievable, and Relatively Inexpensive Blood Pressure Control Measure in Community-Based Outpatient Clinic"

MEDTalks 2022: Tambetta Ojong, MD on moving from training to attending

Dr. Ojong, a family medicine physician in Greenville, NC, shares her MEDTalk on "Transitioning from a trainee to an attending: The role of mentorship, personal traits, practices, and leadership style."

MEDTalks 2022: Joy Avery on the Role of Creativity in Practicing Wellness

NCMS Manager of Engagement, Joy Avery, presents her Leadership College project on "Creativity: Another Way to Practice Wellness and Self-Care."

MEDTalks 2022: Caitlin Heredia, PA-C, on Adopting a Trauma-Informed Mindset

Caitlin Heredia, a physician assistant in Chapel Hill, shares her Leadership College project results on "The Trauma-Informed Pelvic Exam: Providing patient-centered care to facilitate a positive healthcare experience and better patient outcomes."

MEDTalks 2022: Anna Malysz Oyola, DO on the Patient-Surgeon Partnership

General surgeon, Dr. Malysz Oyola, presents her Leadership College talk on "Rethinking Our Approach to Leaving Against Medical Advice in the Surgical Population: Re-enforcing the Patient-Surgeon Partnership."

MEDTalks 2022: Sandhya Thomas-Montilus, MD, on Resident Requirements and Their Impact on Access to Care

Dr. Thomas-Montilus is an internal medicine physician practicing in Fayetteville, NC. She presents the results of her Leadership College Project: "Analyzing Licensure Requirements in a State with Large Underserved Rural Populations."

NCDA's February Webinar: Learn the secrets of contract negotiation with Shawn Parker

February Webinar: "Contract Negotiations" with Shawn Parker
Monday, February 20, 2022 |  7:30PM  |  REGISTER

The NC Dermatology Association's Young Physician Committee invite you to attend this important free webinar on the ins-and-outs of contract negotiation.

Shawn ParkerAbout Shawn Parker: Shawn Parker serves as General Counsel and Chief of Staff for the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians. As part of the Executive team, he manages a wide range of responsibilities to support the legal and administrative operations of the NCAFP and NCAFP Foundation as well as provides governance, legal, and strategic guidance to these organizations. Mr. Parker has an extensive background in health care law and government regulation advising healthcare organizations and individual physician practices on the business of medicine, as well as providing counsel regarding governance and policy to health care professional associations and health care related non-profit organizations. Additionally, he has worked as an analyst and attorney with the North Carolina General Assembly and has extensive experience in public policy development and the legislative process. Shawn has served two terms as a public member of the North Carolina Medical Board and is currently an At-Large Director for the Federation of State Medical Boards.

MEDTalks 2022: Michaux Kilpatrick on Physician Retention

Dr. Kilpatrick, a neurological surgeon in Greensboro, NC, shares her research on "Improving Employed Physician Recruitment and Retention."

WCMS Announces Meeting Dates for 2023

Please be sure to mark your calendar and make plans to attend these 2023 networking and social opportunities:

  • February 21
  • April 18
  • June 20
  • September 19
  • December 4

For more information, please contact Frank Snyder or Toni Hill with the North Carolina Medical Society.

View the latest NCSEPS Perspective Newsletter

Hear from NCSEPS President Robert Park and check out some images from the 2022 NCSEPS Annual Meeting.


Save the date for the 2023 NC Allergy Asthma and Immunology Society's Annual Meeting

Mark your calendar for May 19-21, 2023 for the 2023 NCAAIS Annual Meeting at the Charlotte Westin

2023 Carolinas Society of Endocrinologists Annual Meeting (Aug. 18-20)

Save the Date!

Join the CSE at the historic Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC, on August 18-20!

For more information on this meeting, please contact Megan Eberle, [email protected].

Exhibitors:  Interested in showcasing your products or services at this meeting? Please contact Kerry Kendall, [email protected], for details.