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September 10, 2021

On Behalf of the Physicians Foundation: National Physician Suicide Awareness Day

Physicians have one of the highest suicide rates of any profession. More than half of physicians know a physician who has either considered, attempted or died by suicide in their career.

On behalf of the Physicians Foundation, Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation and #FirstRespondersFirst, we invite you to help prevent physician suicide by learning the signs, starting the conversations, understanding the underlying barriers and sharing the resources that can help those in distress seek mental health care.

Join the Physicians Foundation for National Physician Suicide Awareness Day (#NPSADay) on Friday, September 17!

  • Become a Supporting Organization at www.npsaday.org/become-supporting-organization: Supporting organizations commit to raising awareness of the physician suicide epidemic and galvanizing physicians, their colleagues and their loved ones to create a culture of wellbeing that prioritizes reducing burnout, safeguarding job satisfaction and viewing seeking mental health services as a sign of strength.
  • Utilize the #NPSADay Toolkit at www.npsaday.org/toolkit: #NPSADay is a reminder and call to action. It’s a time to talk – and to act – so physicians’ struggles don’t become mental health emergencies. Reach out and engage physicians, their loved ones, their colleagues, health organizations or others in your network to recognize #NPSADay.

If you have any questions regarding the campaign or materials available for your use, please reach out to [email protected]

Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for COVID-19 Expanded

On September 2, Governor Roy Cooper signed an Executive Order to make it easier for North Carolinians to access to monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19. If taken early the treatment can decrease the risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death.

A statewide standing order for monoclonal antibody treatment will make it easier for people with COVID-19 symptoms, particularly those with less access to a regular health care provider, to get this potentially life-saving treatment. Under the order, treatment could be provided in a medically supervised community setting, such as at COVID-19 testing sites. The Order will be in effect through November 30, 2021.

Join Us for Our Lifestyle Medicine Summit, Sept. 24-25

As part of the NCMS’ Healthy NC initiative, we will be hosting a Lifestyle Medicine (LM) Summit in conjunction with the NCMS Foundation’s Community Practitioner Program Annual Meeting on September 24-25.

ALL are invited to join the LM summit. Visit our registration page here. This educational opportunity has been approved for a total of 9.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

The purpose of this summit is to provide an introduction to Healthy NC and build knowledge and awareness around Lifestyle Medicine as a branch of medicine that, based on extensive research, focuses on lifestyle factors in the prevention, treatment and reversal of diseases. The two-day virtual meeting includes prominent health care policy experts and Lifestyle Medicine practitioners discussing this innovative approach to medicine.

To learn more about Lifestyle Medicine be sure to check out the feature in our summer issue of the NCMS Bulletin here.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of theNorth Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) through the joint providership of the Southern Regional AHEC and the NCMS. The Southern Regional AHEC is accredited by the NCMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Credit Statement

The Southern Regional AHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Additional Credit

Other health professionals will receive Southern Regional AHEC CEU and/or contact hours and a certificate of attendance from an AMA PRA Category 1 ™ activity. These certificates are accepted by the NC boards for physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses. License requirements are subject to change. Southern Regional AHEC recommends that participants contact their licensing board with specific questions. Southern Regional AHEC will provide 1.0 Continuing Education Units (9.75 contact hours) to participants upon completion of this activity.

Disclosure Statement

The Southern Regional AHEC adheres to ACCME Essential Areas and Policies regarding industry support of continuing medical education. Disclosures of faculty/planning committee members and commercial relationships will be made known at the activity. Speakers are also expected to openly disclose a discussion of any off-label, experimental, or investigational use of drugs or devices in their presentations.

In the News

New Studies Find Evidence Of ‘Superhuman’ Immunity To COVID-19 In Some Individuals, NPR, 9-7-21

Learning Opportunity

NC Chamber Virtual Health Care Conference, September 21, 2021, 8:30 am – 11:30 am

COVID-19 shed light on the urgent need for higher-quality health care, health inequities that exist among our communities, and a growing mental health epidemic at both the state and national level. This event will take a state-focused look at those issues, the longstanding changes to health care that will remain as a result of the pandemic, and the ability of health IT to impact both the cost and quality of health care.

Learn more and register here.


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