NCOMA - The State's Oldest Osteopathic Medical Association

Mission Statement 

The purpose of the North Carolina Osteopathic Medical Association is to promote, advocate, maintain and support the philosophy of Osteopathic Medicine for the benefit of the profession and the people of North Carolina.  

Accredited by the AOA as a CME Sponsor

In May 2018, the AOA Council on Osteopathic CME awarded NCOMA a 5 Year Accreditation with Commendation as Category 1 CME Sponsor.  

        The Benefits of Membership

  • Early notification of CME events; 
  • Discounted conference registration rates; 
  • Advocacy efforts to address state and federal policies and legislation that impact the profession; 
  • Leadership opportunities; 
  • Discounts on practice solutions such as website hosting, marketing and more.  
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month  

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women and one in four men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines across the United States receive approximately 21,000 calls. That’s 15 calls every minute. 

An abuser's access to a firearm increases the chances of violence against a woman at least five-fold.  And in North Carolina, 44% of women and 19% of men experience intimate partner physical violence, sexual violence or stalking in their lifetimes. 

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and now is not the time to stay silent. 

Domestic violence does not discriminate among gender, race, religion, culture or financial status. It not just bruises and black eyes. It’s yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threats and isolation. It’s stealing a paycheck, keeping tabs online, non-stop texting, menacing silent treatment and verbally demeaning someone so often they believe it. 

Screening tools are available for physicians to use to identify individuals who are victims of domestic violence.  You can review a list of them here.  Another resource is a recent lecture provided by Marta Bringhurst, DO entitled The Victim as Your Patient during which she describes appropriate approaches to intimate partner violence in a clinical setting.  The lecture is available for CME credit on the DO CME website.  

Prescription Savings Through NC Drug Card Program 

NCOMA is proud to be a sponsor of the NC Drug Card Program, the statewide free assistance program available to all North Carolina residents.  The card provides savings as high as 75% on most brand and generic medications.  Learn more here  about the program and how to download your free card or send the coupon to your mobile phone.  See the latest flyer for a list of discounted drugs.  

COVID - 19: Resources for Health Care Providers

Visit the NC Medical Society website for information about how to order PPE, for legislative updates and more.  

The North Carolina Medical Board has taken numerous actions to address the evolving needs of our state during the current pandemic.  Visit their website for news, info and resources.

Review the latest information from the NC Department of Health and Human Services here.  

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The CDC also provides frequent updates for physicians and health care facilities.  Stay informed here.  

The AOA provides resources for physicians and students.  Daily updates are provided on the AOA website.  

If you are looking for resources to share with your patients in need of food, shelter, emergency assistance, NCCARE 360 provides town and county specific info.  In addition, another resource is the United Way (call 211 for local resources).  

Weekly Webinars Offer On-going COVID-19 Learning Opportunities 

Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) and the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program (NC AHEC) are working together with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) to offer a webinar every Thursday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This webinar series will address new options for telephonic and telehealth delivery of care for Medicaid beneficiaries, provide a one-stop location gathering the latest information from NC DHHS and the CDC, and deliver practice support coaching to help practices implement new clinical workflows in response to the changing demands of COVID-19. Register here.

Sign Up to Receive the NCOMA Newsletter 

If you are not a member, but are interested in receiving announcements about NCOMA CME events and more, you can sign up for our electronic newsletter.  

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