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Mar 12 2018

Getting to know the people of the NC Medical Board: Shawn P. Parker, JD, MPA

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Image for Getting to know the people of the NC Medical Board: Shawn P. Parker, JD, MPA APPOINTED 2016 | ATTORNEY WITH SMITH ANDERSON | PUBLIC BOARD MEMBER| RALEIGH, NC

Q: Why did you want to serve on the Medical Board?

A: The Medical Board functions both as a quasi-judicial and quasi-executive body and it is truly fascinating to be involved in policy and process development in this capacity. I am quite proud to be part of such a prestigious institution.

Q: What do you find most rewarding about your service on the Board?

A: The people. There is a very human element to matters that come before the board. I have found my fellow Board Members to be extremely thoughtful and compassionate, and the staff of the NCMB regularly demonstrate these same qualities. It is a real honor and very rewarding to serve and work among such dedicated and skilled individuals.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: I recently read Humanity at Work, by Sandy Costa. It is a compilation of letters, learnings, and other musings connected with humor and historic context. I was first drawn in by a reference to [Italian psychologist Roberto] Assagioli’s quote, “There is no certainty, only adventure” and found myself wanting to apply the included wisdoms in my everyday life. Specifically, I like to repeat the following passage to my daughter as part of our tuck in ritual: “You are a person on unimaginable worth and a treasure unique in all the universe.” I highly recommend saying this to someone you love or even to yourself and see how well it resonates.

Q: What do you like to do in your leisure time?

A: I enjoy spending time with my family. I am a huge Carolina Panthers fan and I enjoy most if not all sports. I am also a bit of a foodie and enjoy watching cooking demonstrations and attempting new recipes.

Q: What is the best lesson you have learned from your personal or professional life experiences?

A: “Be kind and try hard” is a mantra offered to me by a colleague and good friend, which has now become the expectation and unspoken rule within our family. I find it to be equally applicable professionally as well, and while I cannot quantify the number of successful outcomes from this approach, I fully believe it has improved the quality of the process.

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“There is no certainty, only adventure.”  Great quote.  I had to write it down.

By Mike Farrell on Mar 16, 2018 at 5:32pm
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