To stay true to our mission, health and well-being must be the driving force behind NCMS policy development, programs and advocacy efforts. The following Guiding Principles are designed to help guide the NCMS as it develops its priorities, and evaluates policies, programs, and advocacy efforts to achieve its mission: NCMS Guiding Principles.

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The past year has been a time that put leadership skills to the test in unprecedented ways.  The pandemic required leaders to lead teams through crisis and  show confidence while at the same time struggling with the complexity of the pandemic. In the aftermath of the situation COVID-19 brought,  the importance of leadership has been solidified more than ever.  As we ease into the post-COVID era, however, leadership has been redefined in many ways and new skills and competencies are needed. Beyond the understanding of the context  and complexity of healthcare, there is more emphasis than prior to the pandemic on skills such as openness, empathy, resilience, and the ability to communicate as well as core humane skills such as altruism and mindfulness.

Kanof Institute for Leadership offers three different leadership programs. Leadership College, Healthcare Leadership & Management as well as one program specifically for students, Future Clinician Leaders College.  Whether you are looking to expand leadership at the societal or organizational level, KIPL programs  build and expand leadership skills, mindset and network.

As a student, check out the program Future Clinician Leaders College, an interprofessional leadership development program open to students from across healthcare professions. Call for Applications 2022.

KIPL Power Hours

Have you heard of our series Power Hours yet? Every other Friday at 12:00 PM we invite you to join a chat with a range of experts as well as peers and colleagues on a variety of key topics for addressing current hot topics, whether understanding how to lead during crisis, discussing practical aspects of keeping your practice afloat, implementing telemedicine and well-being and self-care.

Additional Resources

If you are a provider who is looking to volunteer, click here for information from the state on how medical volunteers may sign up to help.

The NCMS has also put together a list of resources for your well-being and self-care. Additional resources:

  • Physicians Support Line, which is a national and free peer support line for physicians and recently featured on the NBC Nightly News. If you are not a physician, you can call the toll free number and receive number prompts that will guide and connect you to National Disaster Distress Line and more recently to the critical workers for mental health support line.
  • Hope4Healers, a newly created option staffed by a large volunteer force of licensed mental health professionals providing pro bono mental health support for health care workers at the front lines and their families.

There are two great meditation apps available: the apps Ten Percent Happier and  Headspace both feature readily accessible meditations.

The North Carolina Psychiatric Association has also assembled a list of resources for mental health support: NCPA COVID-19 Resources

About the Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership

Since 2003, the NC Medical Society Foundation has recognized the importance of leadership among clinicians. Leadership can however not be treated simply as an afterthought. To drive the transformation of health care and ensure the strong leadership in medicine and  improve access to quality health care for all North Carolinians, leadership is a crucial aspect. The Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership provides the resources and tools necessary to be the leaders we need in health care.

The Institute’s foundational belief is that clinicians, heading collaborative teams, are best suited to lead clinical transformation that achieves true patient-centered care. Clinicians possess the key clinical knowledge and skills needed to guide and lead these important changes. Honing and applying your leadership skills is a dynamic, empowering and inspiring process. Combining what you know about care and quality with a desire to lead, will produce dramatic innovations that will benefit you and your patients, and our society overall.

Since the launch of Leadership College in 2003 and the Kanof Institute in 2012, the Institute encompasses a statewide network of clinician leaders who have successfully completed professional development coursework through one of the programs offered through the Institute. These alumni have successfully applied and implemented their personal and professional leadership roles in the emerging health care system.

The Institute currently includes three open educational programs focusing on leadership fundamentals and also offers customized programs. Learn more about which one is right for you: