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March 29, 2022

Physicians Week NCMS Staff Thank You – Ashley Rodriguez, JD

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In the News

1. April 18 Expiration Date for COVID-19 Emergency Licenses

The North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB) recently voted at its Board Meeting to set an April 18, 2022, expiration date for Limited Emergency Licenses. These licenses are held by physicians and PAs who exercised the option to obtain a quick NC license to assist with the state’s medical needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The NCMB has determined that the state’s need for supplemental medical care has been sufficiently met and, as such, will not issue any additional licenses and is expiring existing ones. Any LEL holder with a pending NC application for licensure is exempt from the expiration date and may continue to practice with an LEL until their application is processed. View the NCMB notice here.

2. 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].

3. 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].


COVID-19 Updates

1.    Scientists: COVID-19 may cause greater damage to the heart

2.    Different variants produce varied long COVID symptoms, study suggests

3.    How COVID brain fog may overlap with ‘chemo brain’ and Alzheimer’s

4.    NCDHHS COVID-19 Dashboard


Learning Opportunities

Durham-Orange County Medical Society Meeting: “Shared Decision-Making & Respecting Patient Preference: How to Take Your Patient Interactions to the Next Level” 

April 13, 2022
6:15 PM-8:00 PM

Guest speakers Lloyd Hey, MD and Vickie Dorr, MD will partner on this discussion, with examples including:

-How collaborative efforts can increase the joy factor for the caregiver, as well as for the patient and family.
-How to respect the patient’s choices.
-Tips and tricks for patient education, such as Shared Decision-Making checklist forms for improving informed consent, etc.
-How to help patients and families to even decide about surgery vs. non-surgical vs. palliative options without making the choice for them.
-How to motivate change in patient behavior.

Credit Statement
The Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development, designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.

Title: Durham – Orange County Medical Society Speaker Series
Number of Credits: 1.0
Credit Type: Joint Accreditation
In support of improving patient In support of improving patient care, the Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the health care team.


Upcoming Events

Registration is now open for these 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)