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March 2, 2022


“Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely, and the unwanted according to the graces
we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.”
— Mother Teresa.


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In the News


1. Study Evaluates Changes in Burnout and Satisfaction with Work-Life Integration in Physicians and the General U.S. Working Population

A new study conducted by the American Medical Association (AMA), Stanford University, and the Mayo Clinic evaluates the prevalence of burnout and satisfaction with work-life integration among physicians and U.S. workers in 2020 relative to 2011, 2014, and 2017. The study, which was published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, shows that burnout and satisfaction with work-life integration among U.S. physicians improved between 2017 and 2020. Physicians in specialties most impacted by COVID-19 experienced no significant changes in burnout. Additionally, physicians remain at increased risk for burnout relative to workers in other fields. The AMA, Stanford and Mayo are currently conducting a follow-up national survey to evaluate changes in burnout and professional satisfaction an additional year into the pandemic.


2. Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Behavioral Health Care Technical Assistance (RCORP-BHCTA)

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will award up to $10 million per year for one technical assistance provider to support Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) grant recipients’ efforts to develop, implement, and sustain behavioral health, including substance use disorder, interventions in rural communities. Apply here.


3. The National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA)

NIMAA is a non-profit educational institute that trains Medical Assistants to work effectively in today’s high-performing primary care settings. NIMAA was created by community health centers to provide access to education and employment opportunities in the communities they serve, while addressing a critical workforce shortage. NIMAA’s innovative training model combines online learning and instruction with extensive in-clinic experience at an affordable cost. NIMAA is a proud to be working with the North Carolina Community Health Center Association to support workforce needs of member clinics. To learn more about becoming an externship site please visit here. NIMAA is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.



COVID-19 Updates


1.     Researchers Present 1st Potential Evidence of Deer-to-Human COVID-19 Transmission

2.     43% of Americans Have Had COVID-19, CDC Estimates

3.     NC DHHS COVID-19 Dashboard


Learning Opportunities


AMA STEPS ForwardTM Webinar: Setting Boundaries for Preventing Fatigue and Building Resilience

Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 12:00 PM Central Daylight Time

How can physicians avoid heading down the road of fatigue, exhaustion, and ultimately burnout? During this AMA STEPS Forward™ live webinar, participants will learn the value and necessity of setting limits and how doing so positively affects personal well-being. Together, we will identify strategies for developing, implementing, and maintaining healthy boundaries. Attendees will be asked to consider examples of personal boundaries and challenged to choose one to try. Additionally, you will explore tools and resources available from the AMA that can help.



Upcoming Events


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

·       2022 NC Spine Society Annual Meeting (April 19-21)

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