NCMB Podcast with NC State Health Director Dr. Betsey Tilson

The NCMB interviewed State Health Director and NC DHHS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Elizabeth “Betsey” Tilson on the latest episode of the NCMB podcast, MedBoard Matters. In this episode, Dr. Tilson talks about why it’s so important to get vaccination rates up in North Carolina and how pivotal our healthcare providers are to this effort. Dr. Tilson also shares information about several tools that have been developed to help shape conversations for patients who have been reluctant to get vaccinated.

Visit the NCMB podcast page to see the resource mentioned and also to listen to the latest episode.

From the President: Seeking Help During the Prolonged Stress of COVID

By Venkata Jonnalagadda, MD

Reprinted with permission from the North Carolina Medical Board

In November, during NCMB’s regularly scheduled Board Meeting, I had the honor of being sworn in as this distinguished body’s 122nd President. I am profoundly grateful to have this opportunity to serve. But this first President’s Message is not about me.

Instead I want to acknowledge what a tremendously stressful time this is for medical professionals and encourage licensees to make self-care a priority. Stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms are all associated with an increased risk of relapse in individuals with substance use disorder. They also increase the chances that someone with no prior history of misuse may turn to alcohol or other drugs as an unhealthy way to cope.

I write this thinking mainly of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which affects us all in myriad ways.

I am thinking of frontline clinicians facing a third surge of COVID-19 patients even as we head into flu season. I am thinking of licensees, practices and employers worrying over financial stability or even unemployment as patients continue to avoid or defer care to reduce their exposure. And I am also thinking of licensees who may be juggling children in virtual school and/or the responsibility of providing extra assistance to help vulnerable family members stay safe during the pandemic, along with all of their other obligations.

And of course, we are heading into the holiday season, which can be a stressful and isolating time even when we are not facing a pandemic.

Given these conditions, it is imperative that clinicians remain vigilant in addressing behaviors that may increase risk of harm to themselves or jeopardize their ability to practice safely. Sadly, but not surprisingly, over the past several months NCMB has noted an uptick in alcohol and substance use relapses among licensees with a history of substance use disorder.

Please remember that it is possible to seek assistance for depression and/or substance use without your identity becoming known to NCMB and get help if you need it. Nor is it necessary to notify NCMB if you have initiated treatment. NCMB understands how important it is for its licensees to have the ability to get help without fear.

If you do not drink alcohol or have a history of substance use, it may be easy to think of this issue as someone else’s problem. I would argue, however, that this is a community issue. Those of us who are able should actively work to lift and support friends and colleagues in crisis. I implore those of you in leadership positions in medicine to consider whether your organizations are doing all they can to adequately support clinicians who may be struggling.

In closing, I want to remind everyone that the NC Professionals Health Program is a supportive resource available to anyone struggling with substance use or depression. Call them at 919-870-4480. For those who prefer a different resource, I encourage you contact a local provider for help if you need it or look into some of the national resources available to clinicians. Among them are the Physician Support Line at 888-409-0141 or, the Emotional PPE Project available at, or Project Parachute, which can be found at

Thank you for your attention.

Be well.

North Carolina Medical Board Launches MedBoard Matters Podcast

North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB) has announced the launch of its podcast, MedBoard Matters. The podcast will highlight important issues in medicine and medical regulation. The goal is to present compelling content in an easy-to-digest and enjoyable format. The very first episode is on suicide prevention awareness. Jean Fisher Brinkley had a great and uplifting conversation about a very heavy topic with Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Dr. Moutier discusses ways to overcome the stigma associated with mental health issues in medical professionals and strategies and resources for getting help – as well as what to do if a colleague is in crisis.

The episode has been published in recognition of Physician Suicide Awareness Day, September 17th.  Here is a link to the episode: Search for “MedBoard Matters” on your favorite podcast platform to be notified of future episodes.

If NCMGMA members have questions they have always wanted to ask the Board, or ideas for specific topics for future episodes on MedBoard Matters, we would love to get feedback! Send suggestions and questions to


MedBoard Matters Podcast

September 9th Webinar: Keeping your Providers on the Right Side of the Medical Board

Medical Practice Managers & North Carolina Medical Board:

Keeping your Providers on the Right Side of the Medical Board

September 9, 2020 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Practice managers are often responsible for policies that affect patient care. Good ones help ensure that your providers meet their professional obligations to patients. Poorly designed policies can get them disciplined.

In this talk, North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB) Chief Communications Officer Evelyn Contre will discuss top ways providers get on NCMB’s radar, review the complaint process and reveal common practice policy mistakes that can get your providers in hot water with the Medical Board.

Our Speaker

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Evelyn Contre
Chief Communications Officer
North Carolina Medical Board

Evelyn Contre is the Chief Communications Officer for the North Carolina Medical Board. She leads communication strategy for the organization and is responsible for communication planning including messaging, social media, public outreach, identity development, and developing programs to position NCMB as a trusted resource for the public and licensees. Her goal is to build broader awareness of NCMB’s mission and constituent support for the organization.

With more than 20 years of professional experience, Evelyn’s work includes communication strategy, sustainability consulting, corporate social responsibility, project management, and community outreach. Prior to joining NCMB, Evelyn founded and led a communication strategy firm for 8 years. She graduated with honors from North Carolina State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Evelyn lives in Raleigh with her husband and two young daughters.


This webinar is complimentary but you must be registered to attend. Space is limited so register early! After you register, you will receive an emailed confirmation with webinar and phone-in instructions.

Continuing education credit may be granted through your professional organization (MGMA, PAHCOM, AHIMA, etc.). Please self-submit for these organizations.


For questions or more information please contact the NCMGMA offices at

North Carolina Medical Board – Open Board Seats

The North Carolina Medical Board has Board seats open for nomination. Applications will be accepted until July 1. The notice below is available at

Call for applicants: Three physician seats on NCMB available

The Review Panel for the NC Medical Board is seeking physician applicants for three seats on the Board, for three-year terms beginning Nov. 1. In accordance with state law, one of the available seats must be filled by a physician who is a member of the Old North State Medical Society. Two of the physician Board Members currently serving are eligible for reappointment; one incumbent physician Board Member is not eligible for reappointment.

The Review Panel, which operates independent of NCMB, will accept applications online through July 1.

Who may apply?

The Review Panel will consider only physicians who hold active, unrestricted NC professional licenses, and have practiced in the state for at least five years. Applicants must currently be practicing clinical medicine at least 20 hours per week and plan to continue at least that level of practice in North Carolina for the duration of their service on the Medical Board. In addition, applicants must have no history of disciplinary action (in any jurisdiction) within the past 10 years. The Review Panel will interview qualified applicants Aug. 22 and 23.

If you are ready to submit an application, click here:


NCMB COVID-19 Response: Summary of Board Decisions

The North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB) has taken many steps to support the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following is a list of actions taken to remove barriers and support physicians, physician assistants and the health care system in the state during this rapidly-evolving situation.

Follow this link to view the complete document (PDF)