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Mark Your Calendars for “Screenagers Under the Influence”

Mark your calendars!  The Social Emotional Learning Alliance for South Carolina (SEL4SC) and Charleston County School District (CCSD) are hosting screenings of the documentary film "Screenagers Under the Influence."  This documentary addresses vaping and drug use in the digital age, examining how technology influences substance use among teenagers.  Summer screening opportunities will be available in July 2024.  Please see below: Dates: Wednesday, July 17 and Friday, July 26 Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm Location: Charleston County School for the Arts, 5109 W Enterprise St B, North Charleston, SC 29405

May 17, 2024|Categories: 2024, General, Newsletter, President|

Congratulations to MUSC’s 2024 Graduating Class!

Congratulations to MUSC's 2024 graduating class!  We wish you great success in your career and all your future endeavors.  For friends and family members who cannot attend the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 18, 2024, you can watch it via live stream at 10:00 a.m. here.  Also, Rose Delores Gibbs, M.D., the first Black woman to graduate from MUSC's College of Medicine, is scheduled to speak at the commencement ceremonies.  Read More Here... Again, our thoughts and heartfelt congratulations are with you. - Kay Durst, MD, FAAFP

May 17, 2024|Categories: 2024, General, Newsletter, President|

Call for Physician Involvement in Community Outreach

The City of Charleston Health and Wellness Advisory Committee is eager to engage more physicians in community outreach efforts.  It wishes to enhance awareness of the various resources available to the community.  Please take a moment to review what options are available from DHEC and Healthy Tri-County. DHEC Resources: Heat-Related Illness Dashboard Prevent Vehicular Stroke City of Charleston Sunscreen Initiative Overdose Biosurveillance Dashboard SC Opioids Trend Dashboard Just Pain Killers Healthy Tri-County Resources: Trident United Way Resources Healthy Tri-County Website Healthy Tri-County: Become a Member

May 8, 2024|Categories: 2024, General, Newsletter|

Celebrate Mental Health Month!

Happy Mother's Day to all of our members who are mothers!  As we step into May, a month dedicated to raising awareness about mental health and celebrating physical fitness and sports, I find it essential to reflect on how these areas impact our professional and personal lives. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to reiterate our dedication to mental health.  Mental health, a crucial aspect of our overall well-being, often doesn't receive the attention it deserves in the medical community. Let's use this opportunity to educate ourselves and our patients about the importance of mental health care. [...]

May 7, 2024|Categories: 2024, General, Newsletter, President|

Interview with Dr. Durst

Summary: On the Health Links Podcast, hosted by DJ Thatcher, Dr. K Durst discusses the vital role of the Charleston County Medical Society in South Carolina, emphasizing its long history since 1749, efforts in physician wellness, and initiatives like the "Closing the Gap in Healthcare" program led by Dr. Thaddeus Bell to address health disparities, particularly in minority communities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKugJ3Due-k

March 27, 2024|Categories: 2024, General, Newsletter, President|

SCMA Alert– Important Changes to the Resolutions and House of Delegates Process

Dear Charleston County Medical Society Members, Over the last few years, the leadership of the SCMA has been discussing potential changes and improvements to the process of submitting policy resolutions by the SCMA membership and County Medical Societies. They are also looking at making changes to handling these resolutions at the Reference Committees and the House of Delegates meeting, which takes place each spring at the SCMA Annual meeting. The policy resolutions voted upon and approved at the Annual House of Delegates become the policy guidelines for the SCMA advocacy team's efforts, including our state legislature. Discussions have [...]

February 29, 2024|Categories: 2024, General, SCMA|

Medical Mingle Update: February 20, 2024 – Taco Boy, Downtown Charleston

MEDICAL MINGLE UPDATE: Location: Taco Boy, Downtown Charleston Date/Time: Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. RSVP: info@charlestonmedicalsociety.org We Are excited to see you there!

February 15, 2024|Categories: 2024, General, Medical Mingle|

President’s Corner- Significant Health Observances

As we bid farewell to the first month of 2024, I trust you've had a joyful and safe start to the New Year, filled with joyous moments and connection with your loved ones. Here's to hoping the year is brimming with exciting possibilities and memorable experiences for you and your family. Thank you to all CCMS members and sponsors, the SCMA, and Dr. Gerry Harmon for attending the 2023 Annual Meeting.  We also enjoyed spending time with you at the January Medical Mingle and look forward to more in 2024.  Stay tuned for upcoming member events throughout the [...]

February 1, 2024|Categories: 2024, General, Newsletter, President|

President’s Corner- 2023 Annual Meeting and Other Updates

Exciting news!  Our Annual Meeting on November 16th, 2023, is just around the corner, and we can't wait to see you there.  It's an excellent chance for networking and idea sharing.  BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!  We're thrilled to announce the launch of the new CCMS Mentorship Program,  Physicians in Training (PIT), where experienced doctors will guide and support medical students.  Also, remember to attend our Medical Mingle Socials for some fun and connection. We look forward to a great day on November 16th!  Please RSVP by Friday, November 3, 2023. I appreciate your dedication to the CCMS.  Please reach out to us if [...]

October 25, 2023|Categories: 2024, General, Newsletter, President|

Join the Docs Adopt Program!

What is Docs Adopt? Docs Adopt partners physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants with local schools to serve on the school wellness committee.  This initiative offers physicians a structured opportunity to provide support, knowledge, and motivation to schools as they implement evidence-based strategies and promote a culture of wellness.  No clinical responsibilities or services are rendered as part of this volunteer role. How Do I Adopt A School? The process is straightforward.  Please complete this Volunteer Registration Form to initiate the enrollment process.  Over 50 schools participate in the Docs Adopt Program.  Currently, seven schools are accepting volunteers.  If [...]

President’s Corner- Focus on Your Health

I hope September is going well for you.  This month is the beginning of fall flu season and COVID.  Please take care of yourselves.   September is women's physician month and physician suicide prevention month.  Please focus on your physical and mental health- reserve time to pause and rest.  If you or a colleague are struggling, please get in touch with a mentor or the physician's health line.  You are an essential part of health care, and we want to uplift physicians and reduce burnout. Thanks to all who worked hard to support the Lowcountry Jazz Festival and Closing [...]

September 11, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Newsletter, President|

President’s Corner- The CCMS Mentorship Program

August is such an exciting time!  We still have a few weeks of summer left and an opportunity to prepare for the school year and football season.  I hope you are focused on healthy eating, wellness, and a Personal Health Improvement Project (PHIP). CCMS is spearheading a new mentorship program called Physicians in Training (PIT).  The CCMS PIT Mentorship Program Needs You!  Register here to become a PIT Mentor or email our Executive Director, Tracey Waring, if you have any questions. CCMS is looking forward to September and the Lowcountry Jazz Festival.  There will be a white party at the new [...]

August 15, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Newsletter, President|

President’s Corner- Enjoy the Summertime

As the end of June comes to a close and we approach the beginning of July, we will never forget what the term JULY 1 means as a resident and an attending.  Good thoughts and many wishes to our graduating students, residents, and those who help train future doctors. We are excited about all the work behind the scenes with CCMS.  We look forward to our Lowcountry Jazz collaboration with Closing the Gap in Health Care in September.  Get ready for the Lowcountry Jazz Festival, more news to come regarding tickets for you.  Many thanks to our hard-working Health Committee [...]

June 20, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Newsletter, President|

President’s Corner – Happy Physician Week

Happy Physician week. Thanks for all you do. Also thanks for all your work. Happy Doctors day March 30th. Did you know that the first Doctors’ Day observance was on March 28, 1933, in Winder, Georgia? It was started by a group of the Medical Alliance. The law was passed on October 30, 1990, designating Doctors' Day as a national holiday on March 30th. Physician week was started in 2017. March 25-31. So thanks for all your hard work and go celebrate you and wish your colleagues Happy Doctors’ Day.    Kay Kay Durst, MD, FAAFP [...]

March 28, 2023|Categories: 2022, General, Newsletter, President|

‘MUSC’s Match Day’: Over 100 students find out their residency placement

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Med school graduate students across the nation, including in the Lowcountry, are spending the day celebrating. Over 100 students at MUSC found out where they will be spending their residency program on Friday morning at Charleston Music Hall. Exactly 159 students got their match, with 44 staying at MUSC. A total of 36% are staying in the state of South Carolina (Click Here to Read the Entire Article) Watch The Video

March 20, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Young Physicians|Tags: |

Wellness Program – Dr. Kay Durst

March Topic: Optimizing Blood Sugar for Mental and Physical Health and Performance Did you know blood sugar can vary widely throughout the day, impacting your mood, feelings of anxiety, and energy levels? Fortunately, you can adapt behaviors that help stabilize these effects and increase your energy and vitality. If you want to learn more about blood sugar, discover how certain behaviors influence it and understand how it impacts your physical, mental, and emotional well-being, please join Dr. Kay Durst and registered dietitian Lauren Zimmerman for an educational and insightful discussion on this topic on March 18 at 9 a.m. [...]

March 14, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Meeting|Tags: , |

40 Days Across the Atlantic with the Dreamboats

  Join Synchronicity for an intimate fireside chat with the Dreamboats, Ben Towill, and Charlie Layton, as they share the details of their incredible 3,000-mile row across the Atlantic. They’ll describe what they learned about themselves along the way and show us how their journey is making a real difference in their lives and in our community. *This event is family-friendly and free to attend but is limited to the first 60 sign-ups. Register Here March 13, 2023 6 - 7:30 p.m. Free Location:1513 Mathis Ferry Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

March 2, 2023|Categories: 2023, Event, General|

Healthlinks March/April 2023

Check us out in the March/April 2023 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

March 1, 2023|Categories: 2023, General|Tags: , |

President’s Corner March 2023

What a great month! We had so much to be thankful for as we celebrated Black History Month, Women’s Physician Day, and Red Heart Healthy Month. We had some great collaboration among our Board of Directors and members. We were able to honor some of the first African Americans that graduated from MUSC medical school. We were also able to collaborate more with Dr. Thaddeus Bell and his Lowcountry Jazz Festival, and Closing the Gap in Health Care which will be a continuing project and we will highlight the jazz festival which is held in September. The money raised [...]

March 1, 2023|Categories: 2022, General, Newsletter, President|

Dr. Thaddeus J. Bell

Dr. Thaddeus John Bell, College of Medicine, Class of 1976 We are extremely proud to be able to feature our own CCMS member and chair of the Health Disparities Committee ~ Dr. Thaddeus Bell! We are also committed to be part of Closing The Gap In Healthcare's mission and vision. Below are just a few of the latest awards and accolades. Former MUSC diversity director honored Health center in Summerville named for Dr. Thaddeus Bell. Photo provided Thaddeus Bell was working at the VA hospital in 1980 when family grocery store owner Elijah Wright came to him and [...]

Watch our president take the cold plunge!!

A Great Time Was Had By All! The event at Synchronicity was a blast!  Everyone enjoyed visiting and learning about the services Modern Minds and Synchronicity offer. Dr. Kevin Gray, Chief Medical Officer, Modern Minds, demonstrated cryotherapy. Dr. Kay Durst, President, CCMS, demonstrated the cold plunge. Take a look at our photos! See all the photos! Location:1513 Mathis Ferry Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

February 22, 2023|Categories: 2023, Event, General|Tags: , |

Dr. Deborah Deas

Feature Photograph courtesy of the Waring Historical Library, MUSC, Charleston, SC Deborah Deas, MD, MPH, MUSC College of Medicine Class of 1989 Deborah Deas, MD, MPH is the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, the Mark and Pam Rubin Dean of the School of Medicine, and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Under her leadership, the UC Riverside School of Medicine has seen tremendous growth in its medical education, biomedical sciences, and clinical enterprise programs.  Dr. Deas would be the first to tell you that these achievements, and more, are a result of a [...]

Dr. Bernard Deas Jr.

Feature Photograph circa 1967-1971 courtesy of the Waring Historical Library, MUSC, Charleston, SCObituary photographs were provided by Dr. Deas' family courtesy of Dignity Memorial First African American man graduate, College of Medicine 1971.Bernard Winford Deas, Jr., M.D., fondly known as Bernie, was born July 12, 1944, to the late Bernard Winford Deas, Sr., and Ethel Fludd Deas. He departed this life on June 29, 2012. He was educated in the public schools of Charleston, SC where he graduated valedictorian of the Burke High School Class of 1961. He attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa where he was named [...]

National Women Physicians Day – February 3, 2023

Every year, National Women Physicians Day is celebrated to honor the achievements of women in the medical profession. This day is an opportunity to recognize and thank all the female doctors who have dedicated their lives to providing care and support for patients. This year, we take special notice of African-American women physicians who have broken barriers in medicine and made a difference in countless lives. We celebrate their courage, tenacity, and commitment to excellence that has made them role models for many generations of aspiring physicians. At CCMS, we are deeply grateful for all the women physicians who [...]

Medical Mingle ~ Synchronicity

Our next Medical Mingle! ALL Charleston area physicians are invited to attend an informal social gathering on Tuesday, February 21st from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Synchronicity in Mt. Pleasant. Light Appetizers, brief overview of services, complimentary tour, cryotherapy demonstration And, you don't want to miss this: a cold plunge demo by our President, Dr. Kay Durst! Students, Residents, and Fellows are all welcome. Invite a colleague to introduce! Important: Please email your name and any guests to dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org now, so we can plan accordingly. Masks are optional. Location:1513 Mathis Ferry Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC [...]

February 2, 2023|Categories: 2023, Event, General|Tags: , |

Medical Mingle – Cooking Class – Space Limited

Medical Mingle! Learn how to cook nutritional meals together. CCMS invites ALL Charleston area physicians to attend a cooking class with 11 other friends/colleagues in the Synronicity Kitchen. Thursday, February 23, 2023, 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm at Synchronicity in Mt. Pleasant. Space is limited to only 12 participants Register for only $30 at Heart Healthy Cooking Class PRIVATE Registration Students, Residents, and Fellows are all welcome. Invite a colleague to introduce! Masks are optional. Location:1513 Mathis Ferry Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 Make sure you contact Heart Healthy Cooking to reserve your spot! [...]

February 2, 2023|Categories: 2023, Event, General|Tags: , |

Medical Mingle ~ Top Golf!

Upcoming Mingle in March! ALL Charleston area physicians are invited to attend an informal social gathering in March at Top Golf. We plan to provide two hours of gameplay and appetizers. Let us know if you are interested in this event so we can book a date in March! Yes! I want to play at Top Golf! Students, Residents, and Fellows are all welcome. Invite a colleague to introduce! Important: Please email your name and any guests to dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org now, so we can plan accordingly. Masks are optional. Location: 5000 Topgolf WayNorth Charleston, SC RSVP Here [...]

February 2, 2023|Categories: 2023, Event, General|Tags: , |

Dr. Rose Delores Gibbs

The photographs from 1971 and circa 2010-2015 are courtesy of the Waring Historical Library, MUSC, Charleston, SC First African American woman graduate, College of Medicine 1973 Dr. Delores Gibbs was born in Moncks Corner, SC in 1946. After graduating in 1969 from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, Gibbs applied and was accepted into the College of Medicine. She was among the first African American women accepted into the College of Medicine and was the first to obtain a degree in 1973. From 1972 to 1977, Gibbs served a residency in Internal Medicine at Howard University Hospital and went on [...]

February 1, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Healthcare Disparities|

CSU PA Program Seeking to Partner with Select Local Physicians

Dear Colleagues – I write to offer a unique opportunity to help train the next generation of affiliated providers. The PA Program at Charleston Southern University is seeking to partner with select local Physicians to continue in our ongoing efforts to integrate faith into active medical practice, focused on a Christian worldview. Our mission statement says it all: The mission of the Charleston Southern Physician Assistant Program is to educate compassionate and highly motivated individuals in a Christian environment – who excel in providing patient-centered care, practicing as an inter-professional team, serving as leaders in their communities, and advancing the [...]

February 1, 2023|Categories: 2023, General|Tags: |

Medical Mingle #3 ~ Let’s Get Together!

Our 3rd Medical Mingle! ALL Charleston physicians are invited to attend an informal social gathering in January at the Crab House on James Island. Students, Residents, and Fellows are all welcome. Invite a colleague to introduce! Important: Please email your name and any guests to dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org now, so we can plan accordingly. Appetizers will be provided by CCMS. Masks are optional. Location: 145 Wappoo Creek Dr, Charleston, SC 29412 Let Dana know if you are planning to stop by so we have enough appetizers! RSVP Here

January 11, 2023|Categories: 2023, Event, General|Tags: , |

Revisiting Harriet Tubman as Both a Healer & Intellectual

Join the Waring Historical Library for the 2023 Black History Month Lecture featuring Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owen’s presentation on the Harriet Tubman community work through entrepreneurship, abolitionism, herbalism, and institution building. As a historian of medicine, Cooper Owens has documented the importance of Black women's healing practices to the development of American medicine. Herbalism is one of the foundations of their healing arts (and Harriet Tubman was skilled in this artform). In her presentation, Dr. Cooper Owens hopes to reveal Tubman as more than a courageous freedom fighter; but also, as a fierce intellectual figure. Join us to gain a new [...]

January 10, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Healthcare Disparities, Public Health|Tags: |

Healthlinks January/February 2023

Check us out in the January/February 2023 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

January 1, 2023|Categories: 2023, General, Women in Medicine|Tags: |

President’s Message November 2022

Dear members, Let me start by giving gratitude for all your accomplishments and dedication to serving others. Thank you for your membership and service to our organization, our community, and the health of individuals. We are so excited of our new version of the Charleston Medical Society. We are excited for all our new ideas and support. We had a wonderful annual meeting. We were able to hear from leaders in their fields and leaders in our organization. Dr. Janice Key ,one of our past presidents, and school leader of our Docs Adopt program and wellness in schools [...]

December 7, 2022|Categories: 2022, General, Newsletter, President|

Docs Adopt

WHAT IS DOCS ADOPT? Docs Adopt partners physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants with local schools to serve on the school wellness committee. This offers physicians a structured opportunity to provide support, knowledge, and motivation to schools as they implement evidence-based strategies and promote a culture of wellness. There are no clinical responsibilities or services rendered as part of this volunteer role.  Click Here to learn more.

Healthlinks November/December 2022

Check us out in the November/December 2022 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

November 1, 2022|Categories: 2022, General, Women in Medicine|Tags: |

Healthlinks September/October 2022

Check us out in the September/October 2022 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

September 1, 2022|Categories: 2022, General|Tags: |

Medical Mingle #2 ~ Let’s Get Together!

Our 2nd Medical Mingle! Enjoy some time hanging out together with fellow physicians in a low-key environment. Drop by for free appetizers. Please share and pass this on to your physician colleagues. Thank you to our generous hosts at King Street Grille: Scott Kier, Owner and Andrew Foster, General Manager Masks are optional Masks will be available Location: King Street Grille, 1136 Hungry Neck Blvd, Mt.Pleasant. Let Dana know if you are planning to stop by so we have enough appetizers! RSVP Here

August 10, 2022|Categories: 2022, Event, General|Tags: |

2022 Lowcountry Jazz Festival

Click Here for Tickets September 2 - 4, 2022 The Lowcountry Jazz Festival is the primary fundraiser for Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose primary mission is decreasing health disparities and increasing health literacy, especially for African Americans and the underserved in our community, South Carolina, and the nation. The organization airs radio and television health tips, publishes a weekly e-newsletter, and provides information on social media to improve health literacy. Lectures, seminars, and youth and community activities are also provided by Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc. Proceeds [...]

July 27, 2022|Categories: 2022, General|Tags: , |

Healthlinks July/August 2022

Check us out in the July/August 2022 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

July 7, 2022|Categories: 2022, General|Tags: |

Letter to SC House of Representatives – CON Repeal

May 2, 2022 To the Members of the House of Representatives, As you consider S290, the bill that addresses the Certificate of Need (CON) regulations we ask that you keep in mind those to whom this matters most:  the people of South Carolina – your constituents, our patients. By voting to repeal CON you would be on the side of patients who for 40 years have suffered the consequences of CON.  Remember, of the five things CON was to do NOT A SINGLE ONE HAS COME TO FRUITION.  Our State has consistently made the bottom of lists with regard [...]

May 4, 2022|Categories: 2022, General, Legislative Affairs, Medico-Legal|Tags: , |

SCMA Annual Meeting Report 2022

Hot Topic presentation by Dr. Annie Andrews, “Children, Guns, and Safety” with 260 gun locks distributed to attendees (with contact information gathered for follow up) The resolution authored by Dr. Lara Wine Lee was approved with revisions. RESOLUTION NUMBER: C- 9 REDUCING UV EXPOSURE IN CHILDREN Authors: Charleston County Medical Society School Health Committee “RESOLVED; that the South Carolina Medical Association strongly encourages reducing barriers to adequate sun protection; RESOLVED; that the South Carolina Medical Association encourages schools and support legislation to allow students to access sunscreen at school without restriction and without requiring physician authorization; RESOLVED; that the [...]

Eczema sufferers in SC gear up for peak flare season as temperatures rise

For millions of people in the United States with eczema, the beginning of springtime can bring welcomed relief, especially if your skin flares in drier seasons. But some with the condition may find the warmer season is when the condition can be the most unbearable. Eczema, a chronic skin condition that causes itching and redness, affects over 10 percent of the U.S. population and usually occurs on the hands, inner elbows, knees and around the eyes. Dr. Lara Wine-Lee, an eczema expert and dermatologist at the Medical University of South Carolina, said a lot of people with the condition [...]

May 3, 2022|Categories: 2022, General, Member Highlights, Women in Medicine|Tags: , |

Healthlinks May/June 2022

Check us out in the May/June 2022 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

May 1, 2022|Categories: 2022, General|Tags: |

Let’s Get Together!

Let’s Get Together! Enjoy some time hanging out together with fellow physicians in a low-key environment. Drop by for free appetizers. Please share and pass this on to your physician colleagues. Free parking is located behind Toast, the restaurant. Let Dana know if you are planning to stop by so we have enough appetizers! RSVP Here

April 7, 2022|Categories: 2022, Event, General|Tags: |

Dr. Annie Andrews to Speak at College’s Bully Pulpit Series

The Bully Pulpit Series at the College of Charleston will host a town meeting with South Carolina 1st Congressional District Democratic candidate Dr. Annie Andrews on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 5 p.m. in room 101 of the Rita Liddy Hollings Science Center located at 58 Coming Street. Doors open for this event at 4:30 p.m. Please note that CofC has a clear bag policy for this event and only clear bags will be allowed in the building. Dr. Annie Andrews is an associate professor of pediatrics [...]

Voted Best Primary Care Doctor 2022

Please congratulate our colleague and fellow Board member Dr. Kay Durst who has been voted the “ The Best Primary Care Doctor” for 2022, presented by Healthlinks. A well-deserved award! -- Cleave Ham, MD

March 9, 2022|Categories: 2022, General, Member Highlights, Women in Medicine|Tags: , |

Healthlinks March/April 2022

Check us out in the March/April 2022 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

March 3, 2022|Categories: 2022, General, Member Highlights|Tags: , , |

SCMA Member Financial Benefit

The SCMA has partnered with a great Sustaining Benefactor, Resource Financial Services. Resource Financial Services is a local independently owned mortgage banker. Resource Financial has given our members VIP treatment on specialized services, reduced closing costs, and more.  They are interested in connecting with physicians and their wives as they move into the area, refinance, or move to a new home.  They have great information and would like to create sponsorships with our county chapters. I am sure all of you look for partners to donate and assist with projects, and we have found them to have great ideas [...]

February 15, 2022|Categories: 2022, General|Tags: |

Aging for Amateurs: A little about mental health in the time of COVID

A little about mental health in the time of COVID   By Bill Simpson, MD We are entering the third year of dealing with the COVID pandemic, and I say “we” because it really is you and me. We are all living with at least some level of chronic stress due just to our being alive at this time. Questions swirl through our minds — what will come after the omicron variant? Did I just get exposed at the grocery store? Should I get the next booster? Is this just the start of a whole host of new diseases? [...]

February 7, 2022|Categories: 2022, Covid-19, General, Member Highlights|Tags: , , |

Healthlinks January/February 2022

Check us out in the January/February 2022 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

Healthlinks November/December 2021

Check us out in the November/December 2021 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

November 3, 2021|Categories: 2021, General, Member Highlights|Tags: , , |

Healthlinks September/October 2021

Check us out in the September/October 2021 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

September 1, 2021|Categories: 2021, General, Member Highlights, Women in Medicine|Tags: , |

Healthlinks July/August 2021

Check us out in the July/August 2021 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

July 1, 2021|Categories: 2021, General, Member Highlights|Tags: |

Healthlinks May/June 2021

Check us out in the May/June 2021 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

May 1, 2021|Categories: 2021, General, Member Highlights|Tags: |

The Roots of Racism and Ethical Bias in American Medicine

Time:  8:00 a.m. Thursday, March 25 Location: Zoom Livestream Only **Please Do Not Come to 300 CSB- Online Only**Streaming: www.musc.edu/gr/dom “An Introduction and Difficult Discussion.  The Roots of Racism and Ethical Bias in American Medicine” Presenter: Richard D. deShazo, MD MACP Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Billy S, Guytom Distinguished Professor University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Jackson; Adjunct Professor of Medical Education, Department of Medical Education, School of Medicine, University of Alabama in Birmingham Learning Objectives: To familiarize physicians with the history of institutional racism in America. To familiarize physicians with the history of institutional racism in American Medicine. To [...]

March 23, 2021|Categories: 2021, General|Tags: |

2021 W. Curtis Worthington, Jr. Essay Contest Application

Essay Contest Application James H. Tolley, MD, MAT President, Waring Library Society Board

March 9, 2021|Categories: 2021, General, Young Physicians|Tags: |

The Waring Historical Library-March 2021 Event Calendar

WLS 2021 March Events James H. Tolley, MD, MAT President, Waring Library Society Board

March 9, 2021|Categories: 2021, General, Public Health|Tags: |

Healthlinks March/April 2021

Check us out in the March/April 2021 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

March 3, 2021|Categories: 2021, General, Member Highlights|Tags: |

Commentary: Take it from pediatricians, open-carry gun law will endanger SC children

Dr. Betsy Oddo is a Pediatric Hospital Medicine fellow and a member of the CCMS School Health Committee. Read the Article

March 1, 2021|Categories: 2021, General, Member Highlights, School Health|Tags: |

Black History Month Lecture Featuring Dr. Rana Hogarth

REGISTER HERE “Professional Pursuits and the Making of Race: Medicalizing Blackness in the American Atlantic.” Dr. Rana Hogarth focuses on the medical and scientific constructions of race during the era of slavery and beyond. She is the author of Medicalizing Blackness: Making Racial Difference in the Atlantic World (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). She received her PhD from Yale University and currently is an associate professor at the University of Illinois in the Department of History.

January 25, 2021|Categories: 2021, General, Healthcare Disparities|Tags: |

PRESS RELEASE Black and Hispanic/Latino faculty urge communities of color to take the COVID-19 vaccine

IMPORTANT Reminder from MUSC PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES

January 14, 2021|Categories: 2021, Covid-19, General, Healthcare Disparities, Public Health|Tags: |

ANNOUNCEMENT: Waring Library Society Spring 2021 Events!

WLS 2021 SPRING EVENTS James H. Tolley, MD, MAT President, Waring Library Society Board

January 7, 2021|Categories: 2021, General, Healthcare Disparities, Public Health|Tags: |

Healthlinks January/February 2021

Check us out in the January/February 2021 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

January 5, 2021|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, General, Public Health|Tags: |

How Do Independent Physicians Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?

The SCMA has been sending out information on registering to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for several weeks. With the arrival of the vaccine this week, physicians have had many questions these last few days. Below is a list of the questions we are getting a lot of, along with the answers, in hopes of helping everyone through this process. Please note #3: How does my office receive the vaccine for our practice - physicians and staff? First and foremost, you cannot be in the pool to receive the vaccine if you do not enroll in the vaccine program. To [...]

December 21, 2020|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, General, Public Health|Tags: , |

COVID-19 Vaccinations for Physicians and Staff

Please see the latest information from DHEC regarding physician and staff enrollment for the COVID-19 Vaccine Read: Vaccine Enrollment Letter (11-19-2020) Read: COVID19 Vaccine Enrollment Letter Dr. Linda Bell (10-28-2020)

December 16, 2020|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, General, Public Health|Tags: , |

Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival

James H. Tolley, MD, MAT President, Waring Library Society Board Brochure

November 4, 2020|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, General, Public Health|Tags: |

Healthlinks November/December 2020

Check us out in the November/December 2020 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

November 1, 2020|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, General, Public Health|Tags: |

November’s SHC Lunch Lecture -Dr. Zoher Kapasi

Register for the SHC Lunch Lecture here. Dr. Kapasi will be discussing the history of the College of Health Professions at November’s SHC Lunch Lecture.

October 21, 2020|Categories: 2020, General|Tags: , |

The Pandemic Century

REGISTER HERE The Waring Historical Library is co-sponsoring this event with the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival. 

October 20, 2020|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, General, Public Health|Tags: , , |

Waring Library Society Summer 2020 Newsletter

James H. Tolley, MD, MAT President, Waring Library Society Board Read Entire Newsletter Here

September 3, 2020|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, General, Member Highlights, Public Health|Tags: , |

Healthlinks September/October 2020

Check us out in the September/October 2020 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

September 3, 2020|Categories: 2020, General, Public Health|Tags: |

PPE Donated to the Charleston County School District

Ellen Nitz Director of Nursing Services   CCMS was pleased to be able to donate 1000 non-sterile surgical gowns to the school nurses for CCSD! It is always a pleasure to be able to give back to our community.

September 1, 2020|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, General, Public Health|Tags: , , , |

Healthlinks July/August 2020

Check us out in the July/August 2020 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

July 1, 2020|Categories: 2020, Covid-19, General, Public Health|Tags: , |

Healthlinks May/June 2020

Check us out in the May/June 2020 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

Healthlinks March/April 2020

Check us out in the March/April 2020 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

March 3, 2020|Categories: 2020, General, Public Health|Tags: |

Share Your Experience

The Charleston Southern University AED Society has invited practicing physicians, residents/fellows or medical students to speak to their health professional students at one of the spring semester meetings.  Meetings are held on Tuesdays or Wednesdays late afternoon. Please contact Colton Huber at huberc2000@gmail.com or 843-817-1683 for more information.

February 13, 2020|Categories: 2020, General|Tags: |

Healthlinks January/February 2020

Check us out in the January/February 2020 issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issue CCMS sponsors a topic. Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles. Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org

January 9, 2020|Categories: 2020, General, Public Health|Tags: |

CCMS Annual Membership Meeting

Thursday, December 19, 2019, from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Country Club of Charleston 1 Country Club Drive Charleston, SC 29412 Keynote Speaker: United States Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH   Due to special requirements and limited seating, attendance will be limited to Ticket Holders. Note: CCMS Members in good standing are entitled to claim ONE FREE TICKET Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows entitled to ONE FREE TICKET by joining CCMS (Free) CLICK HERE TO GET TICKETS

December 16, 2019|Categories: 2019, General, Meeting, Membership, Public Health|Tags: , , |

Healthlinks November/December

Check us out in the November/December issue of Healthlinks DID YOU KNOW? Each issueCCMS sponsors a topic.Let Dana know of your ideas for any upcoming articles.Dana@charlestonmedicalsociety.org 

November 14, 2019|Categories: General, Public Health|Tags: |

Dr. Hochman’s Letter to the Editor Wall Street Journal CVS/Aetna Merger

Read the full article on the Wall Street Journal here: Wall Street Journal - Dr. Hochman's letter to the editor [pdf]

June 13, 2019|Categories: 2019, General, Medico-Legal|Tags: , |

Dr. Hochman Interview on Accad&Koka

On June 3, 2019, Dr. Hochman was interviewed by The Accad & Koka Report.  Listen here: https://accadandkoka.com/episode80/ For an automatic transcription, you can read and listen here: https://otter.ai/s/z6M3X_39TjOtZF_Jdgkhcw

June 3, 2019|Categories: 2019, General, Legislative Affairs, Medico-Legal|Tags: , , |

CCMS Members Volunteer at Free Skin Cancer Screen

Drs. Hampton, Pearon Lang, Fiona Rahbar, CCMS members volunteered at free skin cancer screening organized by Dr. Todd Schlesinger - May 2019

May 28, 2019|Categories: 2019, General, Healthcare Disparities, Indigent Care|Tags: , |

Forgotten in ‘America’s Forgotten Pandemic’: African Americans and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic

Waring’s Joseph I. Waring Jr. Lecture to focus on 1918 Influenza Epidemic Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble internationally recognized scholar on the history of race and American medicine CHARLESTON, SC (March 28, 2019) – Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble will present the 2019 Joseph I. Waring Jr. Lecture, entitled, "Forgotten in ‘America’s Forgotten Pandemic’: African Americans and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic". Her talk is timed to commemorate the centennial of the 1918 influenza, which was particularly virulent in Charleston from October to November 1918. The lecture, hosted by MUSC’s Waring Historical Library, will be held Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. [...]

March 14, 2019|Categories: 2019, General|Tags: , |

The Doctor of the Day

SC Legislative Session begins on January 8, 2019, and ends on May 9, 2019.  The Doctor of the Day Sessions are on Tuesdays from 12 noon until 4:00 p.m., and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m  A resident will shadow the Doctor of the Day. If you are interested, contact Ginger Chalk at 803-612-4129 or email her at ginger.chalk@scmedical.org.

December 19, 2018|Categories: 2018, General, Medico-Legal|Tags: , |

CCMS Past President, Andrew McMarlin, DO and Docs Adopt

Dr. Andrew McMarlin and CCMS were referenced at the MUSC Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness was featured in a press release by Charleston County School District.  Please take a look and see how CCMS partners with the Docs Adopt Program. Read the Article

December 19, 2018|Categories: 2018, General, Medico-Legal|Tags: , |

CCMS President’s Recent Letter to The Honorable Richard J. Leon

Concerns regarding the proposed merger between CVS Health and Aetna Inc.  There is no reason to believe the new entity would start passing on theoretical savings to customers in the face of less competition.  We need more -- not fewer -- choices in health care. Read the Letter

December 19, 2018|Categories: 2018, General, Medico-Legal|Tags: , |

Kratom Awareness Survey

Tori Streetman, senior at Academic Magnet High School is completing a thesis analyzing physician awareness of kratom consumption and its effects. She has asked us to take this brief survey  After the data has been collected she will write an article analyzing the results of this survey. Take this brief survey

December 19, 2018|Categories: 2018, General|Tags: |

Letter to Governor McMaster re Opioid blame.

Dear Governor McMaster,The physicians of the Charleston County Medical Society would like to make you aware of our Commentary which appeared on Saturday, August 10, 2018, in the Post and Courier (https://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/commentary/place-opioid-blame-where-it-belongs/article_0e924542-9ca1-11e8-88e3-6fd45e5a5c25.html) and which is attached to this letter.As stated, we welcome the attention to the issue of opioid-related deaths, dependence, and addiction. However, we strongly believe that the focus on restrictive and punitive controls on prescriptions is misplaced and will result in further detriment to our patients - your constituents. The national narrative in expert circles supports our position as do the greater than 5000 Tweets that [...]

August 30, 2018|Categories: 2018, General, Legislative Affairs, Medico-Legal|Tags: , |

CCMS question addressed at GOP Gubernatorial Runoff Debate

One of the CCMS questions was included in the recent GOP Gubernatorial Runoff Debate. Live from the Newberry Opera House; Governor Henry McMaster and John Warren debate.

June 21, 2018|Categories: 2018, General, Legislative Affairs, Medico-Legal|Tags: , |

CCMS is helping to make Doctors relevant in mid-terms

The physicians of the Charleston County Medical Society request that the candidates for governor of South Carolina publicly detail their positions on the topic of health care prior to the June primaries. Health care has been identified as the top concern for the mid-term elections in various polls and, as doctors and our patients’ advocates, we believe certain issues that specifically affect South Carolina should be addressed by the candidates. The topics below have been identified as being important to the sanctity of the reciprocal doctor-patient relationship, to provide opportunities for innovation in delivery of high-quality care at a [...]

May 23, 2018|Categories: 2018, General, Legislative Affairs, Medico-Legal|Tags: , |

Take Back Day ~ Return your meds on Saturday, April 28th

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take-Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans [...]

April 23, 2018|Categories: 2018, General, Public Health|Tags: , |

DHEC published new flu numbers for South Carolina: It keeps getting worse

As flu numbers continue to increase we all need to take precautions. Local hospitals are taking precautions by limiting visitors. All people are encouraged to get the flu shot - it is not too late and it will lessen the severity if you should contract the flu. "You’re not just trying to protect yourself, you‘re trying to protect those vulnerable people around you — the young and the elderly." Read the full article.

January 18, 2018|Categories: 2018, General|

Computers With A Cause

After sorting through the mail, Dr. Bobby Baker (CCMS member) saw DELL was having a huge Black Friday sale. He tossed the flyer into the recycling bin after realizing he didn’t need a new laptop. Then it dawned on him that there were definitely those who could really use one, so he got the flyer out of the trash. Read the full interview here: http://counton2.com/2017/12/21/christmas-comes-early-for-six-area-students/ The GoFundMe campaign is here: https://www.gofundme.com/computerswithacause Go to the GoFundme campaign to donate

December 22, 2017|Categories: 2017, General|

Behind the Bullets: An Epidemiologic Review of Firearm Injury and Death in the U.S. and a Public Health Approach to Reducing the Epidemic of Firearm Violence

This program was presented at MUSC College of Medicine Grand Round on September 28, 2017 by Drs. Robert Ball and Ashley Hink.  This program will next be given at the Charleston Library Society on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 6pm. For more information call 843-723-9912 Download the PDF: "Behind the Bullets"  View the presentation "Behind the Bullets"

October 16, 2017|Categories: 2017, General, Public Health|Tags: , |

Take Back Day ~ Return your meds on Saturday, October 28th

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. Saturday, October 28th 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

October 6, 2017|Categories: 2017, General, Public Health|Tags: , |

CCMS friend elected chairman of the American Medical Association

Gerald Harmon, a family doctor with a long history of practice and physician advocacy in South Carolina, has been elected chairman of the American Medical Association. Harmon is a member of the S.C. Medical Association and served on its board and as its president. He has practiced medicine in Georgetown County for more than three decades. He grew up in Newberry and also serves as a clinical professor of family medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina. Source: Post&Courier

June 15, 2017|Categories: 2017, General|Tags: |

Better student health can help reduce education shortcomings

Congratulations to our CCMS member, Janice D. Key and the medical director for DHEC, Katherine J. Richardson's piece in  Post & Courier. It’s such a positive story about CCMS’s efforts, and suggest an important, enduring role for our organization. Post & Courier article clip:  BY JANICE D. KEY and KATHERINE RICHARDSON Kudos to Todd Garrett, a Charleston County School Board member who in his March 6 commentary addressed the fact that too many of our students are falling behind. Despite investing a tremendous amount of money and energy in different academic programs, not enough of our students are achieving grade level [...]

April 13, 2017|Categories: General, School Health|

Charleston Strong

This weekend will mark the one year anniversary of Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston which changed the lives of so many.   There has been much sadness due to the tragic event while there as also been tremendous healing and the grace shown by so many.  The medical society encourages harmony among races, religions, nationalities, ethnicities and upbringings. Our biologic similarities vastly outnumber our superficial differences.  Let Charleston continue to be a shining example of love and peace for the world. The Charleston community knows first hand how the Orlando community is feeling in the aftermath of their own senseless [...]

AMA Zika Virus Resource Center For Physicians And The Public

With global infection rates of the Zika virus increasing rapidly, physicians should be prepared to handle possible cases of the virus and answer patients’ questions. No locally-acquired vector-borne Zika virus cases have been reported in the continental United States, but cases have been confirmed in returning travelers. The AMA will update this resource center regularly to provide information to the public, physicians and other health care workers as they seek to learn more. Click To View AMA Zika Virus Resources

May 26, 2016|Categories: 2016, General, Public Health|

Thank you CCMS delegates!

Thank you to all CCMS members who took the time to attend the SCMA Annual Meeting in Myrtle Beach last weekend and serve as delegates for the Society!  Your commitment to organized medicine and your participation at the meeting is greatly appreciated! Pictured:  Shane Woolf, Todd Schlesinger, Cynthia Jones, Andy Pate, Margaret Mays, John Corless, Ettaleah Bluestein, F. Cleave Ham and Janice Key Not Pictured:  Alex Ramsay, Biemann Othersen, Andrew Davidson, Ann Abel, Don Hurley, Joseph John and Byron Williams

May 14, 2016|Categories: 2016, General, Membership|Tags: |

Does Your Staff Need More ICD-10 Training?

Free Training Sponsored by RSFH Does your staff need just a little more in-depth training on ICD-10?  If so, we have what you need!!  We will be conducting an “ICD-10 Advanced Training” session for RSF teammates and community physician practices.  This session is intended for non-coder, revenue cycle, and practice staff who need a greater level of detail of ICD-10 training. DATE:  JULY 29, 2015 LOCATION:  ST FRANCIS HOSPITAL, MALL CLASSROOMS TIME:  3:00pm – 5:00pm PRE-REQUISITES:    1)  Must have completed your NetLearning ICD-10 training, or reviewed the provided learning materials prior to the session (for non-RSF employees)  2)  Approval [...]

July 20, 2015|Categories: 2015, General|Tags: , |

CME for Prescribing and Monitoring Controlled Substances

Mandatory for All South Carolina Licensed Physicians  Available at No Cost for the SC Physician Community As you are aware, the South Carolina Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), also known as Senate Bill 840, was signed into law on June 6, 2014.  Through this statute, South Carolina licensed physicians are required to obtain two continuing medical education credit hours related to the approved procedures of prescribing and monitoring controlled substances listed in Schedules II, III, and IV. As outlined by the legislature, the two hour requirement must be met before the end of the current license renewal cycle which is June 30, 2015. The SCMA is approved by [...]

January 23, 2015|Categories: General|
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