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March 29, 2017
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In This Issue:
Sponsor Message: Membership Now Open to PAs (Left)
Register Now: Physician Assistant Welcome Event 4/12/17
Register Now: Healthy Healer - Mindfulness in Medicine Retreat 4/22-23
Register Now: Integrative Healthcare Across the Lifespan 4/29/17
WCMS supports the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP)Act, with important modifications
WCMS Physician Dream Team Goes to Raleigh for White Coat Wednesday
Diversity Flyer Created by WCMS Interpreter Network (WIN)
WNC doctor's rap video urges safe sex for senior citizens
Bowtie Briefing for 3/24/17
How to use scribes to get off the computer and in front of patients
The Healthy Healer
WCMS Job Board
UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
Register Now: Physician Assistant Welcome Event 4/12/17
Attention PAs!
Please join us on April 12 at Thirsty Monk, Biltmore Park! This will be an excellent opportunity to connect with other PAs and learn about the benefits of membership at WCMS! We encourage you to come with any questions or ideas to boost growth of our PA membership base! 
Register Now: Healthy Healer - Mindfulness in Medicine Retreat 4/22 & 23

This 2-day retreat is part of our Healthy Healer program and will focus on these topics:
* Mindfulness
* Resilience
* Narrative Medicine
* Appreciative Inquiry

Earn 13 hours CME. Click here for more information and to register. 
Register Now: Integrative Healthcare Across the Lifespan 4/29/17
The 2017 Integrative Healthcare Conference is an annual regional event where healthcare providers across disciplines gather to collaborate and learn about evidence-based integrative healthcare approaches across the life span. This seminar is appropriate for physicians, advance practice providers, mental health providers, nurses, social workers, and counselors, as well as the public.
Click here for more information and registration. 
LOCAL NEWS
 
WCMS supports the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP)Act, with important modifications
Thank you all members who participated in our "Weigh In" effort the last couple of weeks that we conducted in order to gather your opinions on this important piece of legislation. We have since updated our position. View it on our website here. 
WCMS Physician Dream Team Goes to Raleigh for White Coat Wednesday

Click here for a recap from the WCMS Dream Team!
Diversity Flyer Created by WCMS Interpreter Network (WIN)
In light of recent events of discrimination towards staff and other patients at various practices (see the Citizen Times article on the topic), WCMS created a multilingual flyer for practices to print and display as needed. This message is in English, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Moldavian.



Join us in posting this message to make everyone feel welcome in our practices! Click on the image to view the flyer as a PDF. Print, post, and share! 
WNC doctor's rap video urges safe sex for senior citizens

Dr. Shannon Dowler takes on the persona of RapDktaD in a hip-hop approach to sex education for kids. But now, it is a decidedly different generation she's trying to reach. Her new message is "STD's Never Get Old."
STATE NEWS
 
Bowtie Briefing for 3/24/2017

ITEMS OF INTEREST
 
How to use scribes to get off the computer and in front of patients
Over a one-month period, 100 patients from Motion Sports MD were randomly asked to participate in an observational study before their visit. The group consisted of 58 men and 42 women. No other demographic information was collected. All visits were recorded with a high-resolution video camera positioned on a tripod in the corner of the room to maximize the view of the physician-patient encounter.
Click here to continue reading. 
The Healthy Healer
In October, NCMB sent emails to 10,000 randomly selected licensees requesting their input on topics impacting the practice of medicine, including physician wellness/burnout, longevity in practice, and issues facing employed physicians versus those in private practice. 
Click on image to view as a PDF.


WCMS Job Board
If you are a 100% Member Practice, posting job openings here is FREE! Click here for more information. 
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. WCMS is an organization run by physicians, for physicians. In 2017, WCMS opened membership to physician assistants.

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