In this issue of the Forum, Board President Bryant Murphy, MD, signs off, as he ends both his term as NCMB President and his service with the Board. This issue highlights suicide in healthcare in observation of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which is in September. We welcome a new Board Member and congratulate two sitting members on their reappointments, and we celebrate the launch of MedBoard Matters - NCMB’s new podcast.
In this issue of the Forum we formally announce that NCMB is launching a podcast in fall 2020! Readers are invited to suggest topics they would like to see covered. We also discuss how NCMB is operating virtually amid the ongoing pandemic and warn licensees of a sophisticated scam that involves one or more individuals posing as NCMB officials or DEA officers. Also find the latest Board Actions Report and the most recent COVID-19 guidance from NC DHHS.
This edition of the digital Forum includes two messages motivated by recent national events, including the death of George Floyd and the unrest that has followed it. It also congratulates two former Board Members, Dr. Cheryl Walker-McGill and Dr. Barbara Walker on their leadership positions with the national Federation of State Medical Boards Board of Directors. In addition, physicians are encouraged to apply by July 1 to be considered for a seat on NCMB, and NC DHHS has updated clinical guidance for COVID-19.
This issue of the Forum is primarily dedicated to the rapidly-developing coronavirus pandemic. It includes a double dose of messages from NCMB President Bryant A. Murphy, MD, both on topics related to COVID-19, a summary of NCMB actions to date related to the pandemic, and a column on the potential for COVID-19 to intensify burnout in frontline clinicians. Oh, and there will be three open seats for physicians on the North Carolina Medical Board come Nov. 1 - throw your hat into the ring.