Wonderful Wednesday! Enjoy your NCMS Morning Rounds.

June 16, 2021


NC State University and the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) are seeking your help to guide decisions about a future professional development opportunity. NC State is considering offering an online MBA program targeted at the needs of health care professionals. The program would cover essential business topics such as finance, leadership, marketing and operations. It also would offer courses in health care markets, health care innovation, health care equity, leadership, design thinking and systems thinking.

The health care MBA would cost the same as NC State’s current online MBA.  No standardized test scores would be required for admission decisions.  At the completion of the program, graduates would be able to advance in a health care organization, manage their own practice or start their own enterprise. We would appreciate your feedback regarding this program. This survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.


Join CMS for the We Can Do This COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Toolkit Webinars

The HHS We Can Do This campaign is a national initiative working hand in hand with trusted leaders and community organizations to continue to build confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and get more people vaccinated. This campaign offers tailored resources and toolkits for stakeholders to use to provide COVID-19 vaccine information to at-risk populations.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is partnering with the campaign to offer several webinars to walk through each toolkit and its resources and train community organizations, local voices and trusted leaders to use the campaign tools for vaccine outreach efforts to diverse communities.

Below is the next scheduled webinar (with more dates to come):

  • Thursday, June 17th, 1:00-1:30 pm ET: Rural Toolkit – Register here

More information regarding the We Can Do This campaign can be found here. If you have questions regarding the webinars, please contact us: [email protected]

Teams Engineer Complex Human Tissues, Win Top Prizes in NASA Challenge

Kudos to Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine!

Two teams of scientists from the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), led by NCMS member Dr. Tony Atala, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, have won first and second place in NASA’s Vascular Tissue Challenge. The prize competition aims to accelerate tissue engineering innovations to benefit people on Earth today and space explorers in the future.

Competing as teams Winston and WFIRM, each used a different approach to create lab-grown human liver tissues that were strong enough to survive and function in ways similar to those inside the human body. The teams each used a varied 3D printing technique to construct a cube-shaped tissue about one centimeter thick and capable of functioning for 30 days in the lab.

Read the full article here.

In the News

Cleveland Clinic Researchers Identify Link Between COVID-19, Alzheimer’s-like Brain Impairment, Becker’s Hospital Review, 6-11-21

Learning Opportunity

The NC Chapter of the American College of Physicians (NCACP) is excited to introduce a 7-month series “Words for Wellness”. The NCACP is partnering with Laura Hope-Gill, MFA, the Director of the Thomas Wolfe Master of Fine Arts and Certificate Program in Narrative Healthcare at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

During these Zoom sessions, there will be alternating opportunities for both poetic medicine and narrative medicine where some sessions will have a chance to read and discuss a piece of poetry or prose related to our work in medicine. Others will be an opportunity to write our own thoughts on paper about the work we do. Attendees will meet every third Thursday of the month through the end of the year. This is also a wonderful opportunity to help doctors who are interested in building Narrative Medicine into their teamwork or teaching.  You do not need any experience in writing to join these sessions.

The first session will be June 17, 2021 @ 7:00 pm Eastern time. Access the event here.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Marion McCrary at [email protected]


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