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July 27, 2016

In This Issue:
New Blue Book Directories will be Available in October
Register Now: Newcomers Picnic 9/18/16
Elizabeth Woodcock and More Presenting at the NCMGMA-NCHFMA Roadshows 8/5/16
Hep C Reaches Epidemic Level in Cherokee
Independent Affinity Group Webinar on Marketing Held on July 25th with WhiteCoat Designs
Resident Salary and Debt Report 2016
MACRA 2017 and Beyond: What You Need to Do Now
Seeking Health Care Leadership & Management Applicants
Burnout: The Loss of One of Our Own to Suicide
Job Board & Classified Ads
UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
Register Now: Newcomers Picnic 9/18/16 - Bring the Whole Family
The picnic will again be held at Yesterday Spaces in Leicester. We're looking forward to welcoming physicians who are new to the area and meeting Physician Assistants who will be eligible for membership in 2017! Bring the whole family for an afternoon of food and fun!

       
Elizabeth Woodcock and More Presenting at the NCMGMA-NCHFMA Roadshows 10/14/16
Join NCMGMA & NCHFMA in Asheville on August 5th and New Bern on October 14th for a day filled with great educational content supplied by Elizabeth Woodcock and Appalachian State University.  This event will also provide great networking opportunities with other members and exhibitors. Registration includes lunch.
LOCAL NEWS
 
Hep C Reaches Epidemic Level in Cherokee
"Hepatitis C virus (Hep C or HCV) is a viral infection that affects the liver.  The disease, transmitted "primarily through large or repeated percutaneous - passage through the skin - exposures to infectious blood" according to the CDC, has reached epidemic status in Cherokee according to health officials." 
To continue reading, click here
Independent Affinity Group Webinar on Marketing Held on July 25th with WhiteCoat Designs
On Monday, 6/25, WCMS hosted a free marketing webinar called
"7 Proven Marketing Strategies to Get More Patients." The speaker was Amanda Kanaan, President & CEO of North Carolina-based medical marketing agency, WhiteCoat Designs. During the webinar Amanda provided a lot of great tips for how medical practices can better market themselves and attract more patients. If you missed the live event and would like to watch the recorded version CLICK HERE.
 
In addition, Amanda is offering FREE individual marketing consults to the WCMS membership. If you're interested in stepping up your practice's marketing game then please email Amanda to schedule a phone consult at Amanda@whitecoat-designs.com. To learn more about WhiteCoat Designs, visit www.whitecoat-designs.com.


ITEMS OF INTEREST
 
Resident Salary and Debt Report 2016
Are medical residents happy with their training experience? Do they feel unfairly compensated? Find out what their relationships with attendings are like, if they feel like they're assigned too much scut work, and more. See the report by clicking here
MACRA 2017 and Beyond: What You Need to Do Now

These slides were presented by MAHEC at the July 12, 2016 Medical Managers Meeting. Click here to view the slides

Seeking Health Care Leadership & Management Applicants
"More and more physicians see the need for developing literacy in skills beyond their medical training; skills that involve managing systems, strategic planning and effectuating institutional change. The HCLM program offers a critical framework based on economics, finance and leadership development. This program is an in-depth opportunity to better understand yourself and others in order to work more effectively with others and foster change." For more details, click here
Preventing Burnout: Finding Joy in Medicine
Burnout: The Loss of One of Our Own to Suicide

WCMS member Dr. Bob Henderson wrote a moving article about the issue of physician suicide and his experience meeting the widow of a physician who took his own life due to burnout. Click here to read the article
Job Board & Classified Ads

To find out how you can post a Job or Classified Ad click here.

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

We hope you enjoy our weekly e-Newsletter. If you have questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me.  

Sincerely,

Photo: Miriam Schwarz, WCMS CEO
Miriam Schwarz


 

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Miriam Schwarz, MPA

WCMS CEO/Executive Director