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MedBoard Matters Podcast

Medical regulation is an important but complicated topic. Join MedBoard Matters host Jean Fisher Brinkley to explore the North Carolina Medical Board’s mission and responsibilities and learn how NCMB protects the public. New episodes are published monthly.

Have you ever wondered what a physician assistant (PA) is and what role they play in patient care? In this episode of MedBoard Matters, host, Jean Fisher Brinkley talks with Molly Calabria, PA-C (President) and Meg Beal, MMS, PA-C (President-Elect) of the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants about their backgrounds, educational journeys, history of the PA profession, and more.

Posted October 17, 2022 | 
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Can you file an anonymous complaint with the North Carolina Medical Board? The short answer is "yes", but there are some things you need to know first. In this episode of MedBoard Matters, host, Jean Fisher Brinkley talks with the Board's Complaints Manager, Shikha Sinha about the whys and the hows and covers the possible issues with trying to stay anonymous when filing a complaint against a doctor or PA.

Posted September 14, 2022 | 
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In this episode of MedBoard Matters, host, Jean Fisher Brinkley talks with two of North Carolina's leading experts and educators in utilizing medication for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Dr. Robyn Jordan and Dr. Shuchin Shukla talk about the various trainings available in our state and how stigma and hesitance to prescribe buprenorphine or methadone should not interfere with providers offering this life-saving treatment option.

Posted August 10, 2022 | 
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In this episode of MedBoard Matters, host, Jean Fisher Brinkley talks about the Board's premiere outreach program called the Regulatory Immersion Series (or RImS for short). This program takes the medical board disciplinary process to students at North Carolina medical and physician assistant programs to help early career professionals understand the role of medical regulation.

Posted July 10, 2022 | 
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In this episode of MedBoard Matters, host, Jean Fisher Brinkley talks with the NCMB's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Karen Burke-Haynes about how to best preserve patient welfare when dismissing a patient from their medical practice and covers the obligations the provider has when cutting ties.

Posted June 2, 2022 | 
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In this episode of MedBoard Matters, host, Jean Fisher Brinkley highlights the Board's 2021 annual report and speaks with Dr. Joe Jordan and Dr. Clark Gaither from the NC Professionals Health Program about a troubling threefold increase from 2020 to 2021 of public actions related to alcohol and substance use.

Posted April 26, 2022 | 
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In this episode of MedBoard Matters, we talk with NC DHHS Sec. Kody Kinsley about the state's latest COVID-19 efforts and he shares his vision for life beyond COVID-19. He outlines some of the key health initiatives he plans to focus on for North Carolinians including Medicaid expansion, mental health services, equity and diversity in healthcare, and the power of data analysis to help shape healthcare policy.

Posted March 30, 2022 | 
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In this episode of MedBoard Matters host, Jean Fisher Brinkley talks with NC Medical Board member, Dr. Christine Khandelwal about her journey toward embracing cultural humility in her practice. She provides a great break down of what clinicians can do to enhance their own knowledge and understanding of working with patients with diverse backgrounds – not just race or religion, but a variety of other cultural differences that sometimes have an impact on the delivery of healthcare.

Posted February 26, 2022 | 
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