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November 18, 2015
WCMS Circle of Friends: Van Winkle Law Firm & Johnson Prics Sprinkle, PA
In This Issue:
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Tonight: Early Career Affinity Group 11/18/15
Register Now: Emeritus Holiday Social 12/9/15
Join WCMS' Table at MLK, Jr. Breakfast 1/16/15
Save the Date: WCMS Annual Celebration 1/31/2016
LGBT Health Fair a Great Success
Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program for Uninsured
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Message from Physician Spouse & Family Network Champion
Job Board & Classified Ads
Tonight: Early Career Affinity Group 11/18/15
It's not too late. Even if you didn't register for the Early Career hang-out, you can still stop by tonight for a beer on us! We'd love to see you.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 18th @ 6pm
Where: Hi-Wire Brewing (Biltmore Village)

The WCMS Early Career Physicians' Section is an Affinity Group providing opportunities for physicians to connect. It's open to WNC physicians who have been practicing for less than 10 years (residents & students also welcome). This is a great way to meet other physicians in your age group in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.
Register Now: Emeritus Holiday Social 12/9/15
The final Emeritus Affinity Group luncheon will be on December 9th at the Asheville Country Club at 12 p.m. Emeritus members are invited to bring their spouses/significant others for delicious holiday buffet and mingling. There will not be a speaker at this event.
Click here to register.
Join WCMS' Table at MLK, Jr. Breakfast  1/16/15
On Saturday, January 16, 2016, residents of Asheville and Buncombe County will celebrate our community's 35th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast to commemorate the life and work of Dr. King.

Join Us!
WCMS has purchased a limited number of tickets (10) at our own table for this engaging event, which we are offering to physician members (and one guest) as a gift on a first-come-first-served basis. Join your local elected officials, physician colleagues, and fellow community leaders at the MLK Prayer Breakfast (the largest such gathering in the country.)

Saturday, January 16th, 2016
8:30-10:30 a.m.
(Doors Open 8:00 am)
Crowne Plaza Resort on Resort Drive (West Asheville)

Keynote speaker: The keynote speaker will be Rodney Johnson, a graduate of Asheville High School and Mars Hill College (now University). Johnson is Executive Director of Parent Services, Division of Student Affairs, at George Washington University. He was a star basketball player growing up in North Carolina, and after graduating from Mars Hill he became Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at UNC Asheville and the school's first Director of the Office of Minority Affairs.

Reserve your ticket(s) by December 18th, 2015, by contacting Kelly Kurdyukova (or 274-2267, ext 1301).
Save the Date: WCMS Annual Celebration 1/31/2016
Mark your calendars now for our Annual Celebration at Highland Brewing on January 31, 2016! It's a night to welcome our 2016 Boards of Directors, hear some great music, and enjoy food and drinks with your colleagues and friends at WCMS. 

Registration for the event will open up soon. Stay tuned! 
LGBT Health Fair a Great Success

WCMS' Blake Ross played a key role in organizing Western NC's first ever LGBT health fair which took place on November 17th. 32 Western North Carolina health service organizations and providers came together at the First Congregational UCC in downtown Asheville to discuss the healthcare needs of LGBT patients. Providers were able to share experiences and best practices, as well as build capacity to improve the health and well being of LGBT patients who are recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a vulnerable population in need of additional support. 
Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program for Uninsured
Do you know women age 21- 64 without insurance? They may be eligible for free breast and cervical cancer screening.

Contact your County's BCCCP & WW Provider at Buncombe County Health & Human Services at 828-250-6006.

Diagnosis of the cancer must not be made prior to the patient becoming a NCBCCCP client. Prior diagnosis will result in patient ineligibility for the BCCM Medicaid. Call BCCCP immediately when you have an uninsured patient with a breast problem so that they may receive the BCCCP Medicaid. 
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Physician Burnout - EMR Shaming Has to STOP

Every time I survey a group of physicians asking, "What are the top three stressors in your practice day?" ... EMR and other documentation issues ALWAYS make the list. This is true regardless of specialty without exception.

Click here to read more from Dr. Dike Drummond's blog.
Message from Physician Spouse & Family Network Champion
  "WCMS provides legislative advocacy on the local and state level, social events, and support networks. My husband Ed and I have made this less than $1.00/day investment for 23 years, and the professional and social connections have been invaluable to our family."
Learn more about the WCMS Family Network, and click here to renew your WCMS membership today. 

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WCMS is a thriving 700+ member professional association of the physicians of western North Carolina and a chartered component medical society of the NC Medical Society and the AMA. The WCMS is an organization run by physicians for physicians.

Our Mission
WCMS Association: WCMSA is the physicians' voice advocating for the health of the physician, the patient, and the community, through strengthening the physician-patient relationship.

WCMS Foundation: WCMSF is the physician and community-led charitable arm of the medical society improving access to quality healthcare, decreasing disparities in health, and promoting health & wellness.

Our Vision
To be a dynamic physician community dedicated to a healthy, vibrant Western North Carolina.

About WCMS
The purpose of WCMS is: 

  • To strengthen the voice of WNC physicians in advocating for the health of the medical profession, the health of the patient, and the health of our region
  • To inform, educate and prepare physicians for rapidly occurring changes in health care at national, state, and local levels
  • To share legislative and policy information and advocate on behalf of physicians in areas of mutual interest
  • To share available resources in areas of mutual interest
  • To promote physician-to-physician communication and dialogue in an open, honest and safe environment

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director