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March 16, 2022

“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.”― John Maxwell


In the News


1.  Nominees Sought For Physician Community Service Award 

The NCMS is accepting nominations for the E. Harvey Estes, Jr., MD, Physician Community Service Award.  This award is designed to provide recognition for the many and varied services rendered by physicians to their communities apart from their practice of medicine.  The recipient must be a physician licensed in North Carolina; must not have received the award previously; and must have compiled an outstanding record of community service, which, apart from his or her specific identification as a physician, reflects well on the medical profession.

Nominations must be received by July 1st. Please email the completed nomination to Evan Simmons at [email protected].

2. Nominations Open for NCMS John Huske Anderson Award

The NCMS is accepting nominations for the John Huske Anderson Award, given annually to a layperson whose contributions have had a positive impact on the medical profession and the public health. The award honors Mr. Anderson’s service to medicine and the Society, having served as NCMS legal counsel from 1937 until his retirement in 1983. Nominations must be made by an NCMS member.

Nominations must be received by July 1st. Please email the completed nomination to Evan Simmons at [email protected].

3.  Patient Resource: Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program

LIHWAP is a temporary emergency program to help eligible households and families afford water and wastewater services. The program provides payments for eligible low-income households directly to the utility company. LIHWAP runs through September 2023 or until the funds run out.

Individuals can apply online at Individuals can also apply by printing a paper application from and dropping it off at or faxing it to their local county Department of Social Services or by calling their local county DSS to apply by phone.

4. Today (Wednesday March 16) Is National Vaccination Day

Dating back to the 1940s, National Vaccination Day promotes the importance of routine vaccinations and vaccines to mitigate the deleterious effects of diseases that are preventable by scientifically validated and medically approved vaccinations. Learn more about National Vaccination Day here.



COVID-19 Updates


1.     FDA extends shelf life of J&J vaccine for 3rd time

2.     Pfizer and BioNTech to seek authorization of second coronavirus booster shot for people 65 and older

3.     Coronavirus levels rising at some US wastewater sampling sites

4.     NCDHHS COVID-19 Dashboard


Learning Opportunities

The Nation’s Drug Overdose Epidemic: Helping Children and Families, Patients With Pain

Tuesday, April 5, 1 p.m. CT

Most descriptions of the nation’s worsening drug-related overdose epidemic highlight the more than 100,000 individuals who have died in the past year. Broad solutions supported by the AMA and many others point to the need to remove all barriers to medications to treat opioid use disorder, enforce mental health and substance use disorder parity laws, and greatly increase access to harm reduction efforts such as fentanyl test strips and naloxone. Within the tragic mortality figures, however, are unique effects of the epidemic on children and adolescents, historically marginalized and minoritized individuals, and patients with pain. This AMA webinar will look closely at each of these areas from the perspectives of physicians who provide care to these patient populations.



Upcoming Events

·       2022 NC Obstetrical and Gynecological Society Annual Meeting (April 8-10, 2022)

·       2022 NC Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting (April 22-23, 2022)

·       2022 NC Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Society Annual Meeting (May 20-22, 2022)