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NCAFP Podcasts

Please find a list of the most current podcasts from the NCAFP

The Family Doctor:  Lessons Learned, Wisdom Shared -- Dr. Rhett Brown

This month’s guest on the The Family Doctor podcast exemplifies a rare blend of courage, humility, and humanity. You will be moved and touched by what you hear, and what you feel, as Dr Thomas White talks with Dr Rhett Brown, a Family Physician from Charlotte NC. Dr. Brown discusses his personal journey as a gay physician starting practice in the early 90s, and shares how he became an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, particularly transgender patients.  Dr Brown is a graduate of Davidson College, attended the Medical University of South Carolina, and completed his residency in family medicine at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte NC. He served as President of the NC Academy of Family Physicians in 2017. Certified in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University, Dr Brown was awarded the Equity of Care Award by the Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives Group in 2019.  Dr. Brown remains a passionate advocate for diverse patient populations and works to educate other primary care physicians on how to provide gender affirming care. The lessons to be learned and the wisdom shared in this episode are not to be missed! 

NCFM Today -- Season 3, Episode 6, August 15, 2022 -- Investing in Future Family Physicians

In this episode of NCFM Today, you will hear from two medical students who participated in summer clinical experiences funded by the NCAFP Foundation. Evan Morgan, a second-year medical student at Wake Forest University discusses his experience in our two-week Rural Western Medical Student Program, including what he learned and how it is influencing his career path. Likewise, Joanmarie Lewandowski, a second-year medical student at the University of North Carolina discusses her four-week summer experience working with Dr. Michael Harris in Raleigh. Don't miss the opportunity to hear from two future physicians as they discuss their medical school journey and what is impacting their path toward a career in family medicine.

The Family Doctor:  Lessons Learned, Wisdom Shared -- Dr. Shannon Dowler

This month, Dr Thomas White chats with Dr Shannon Dowler, former president of the NCAFP and currently the Chief Medical Officer for North Carolina Medicaid in the Dept. of Health and Human Services.  In this podcast, Dr Dowler shares how her parents’ example instilled in her an intellectual curiosity, a love for reading,  and a desire to provide assistance and support for those in need. You will find her refreshingly candid and entertaining, as well as insightful and passionate.  Recognized as an educator and advocate for sexual health, Dr. Dowler has just published  a book on the subject which will be of interest to all Family Physicians and their “older” sexually active patients! Known as “Rap Dkta D”, Dr Dowler explains how she came to love rhymes and rhythms; and if you listen to the end, you will get to hear her recite one of her clever limericks about a sexually transmitted infection! Listen and enjoy! 

NCFM Today -- Season 3, Episode 5, July 15, 2022 - Reducing Maternal Mortality in NC

On this month’s edition of NCFM Today, learn about the state’s maternal Health Innovation grant from five family medicine champions working on the program. Dr. Amy Santin, Dr. Carmen Strickland, Dr. Narges Farahi, Dr. Janalynn Beste and Dr. Mona Xiao discuss the specific role of family medicine champions in the Maternal Health Innovation Grant and how family physicians can help ensure that medical conditions that women develop during pregnancy have ongoing care. In addition, they talk about how family physicians can address issues that have an impact on both young children and their moms, and how many chronic diseases, such as hypertensive disorders, start during pregnancy. Finally, the group discusses innovative models of caring for women during and after pregnancy. Don’t miss this important discussion of how North Carolina is working to reduce maternal mortality. To learn more about the state’s Maternal Innovations Grant, go to https://mahec.net/regional-initiatives/maternal-health-innovations-grant.  

The Family Doctor:  Lessons Learned, Wisdom Shared -- Year in Review -- July, 2022

One year ago, The Family Doctor: Lessons Learned, Wisdom Shared podcast was launched. This month, Greg Griggs, the CEO and Executive Vice-President of the NCAFP, speaks with Dr Thomas White, one of the creators and Moderator of the podcast. Hear Dr White share  how the podcast originated (in the floor of his mother's kitchen!), what lessons he took away from each of the physicians interviewed to date, and what he and Dr. Beatty plan for the next year. This review will no doubt motivate you to re-listen to the past year's episodes, and continue to listen in the coming months. 

NCFM Today -- Season 3, Episode 4, June 13, 2022 - The Dr. Gilmer

In this episode we talk to Dr. Benjamin Gilmer, a family physician in western NC and now acclaimed author of the riveting medical mystery, the Other Dr. Gilmer. Dr. Benjamin Gilmer discusses his own journey as he works to determine why Dr. Vince Gilmer, who previously practiced in the same clinic, came to murder his own father. We learn about Dr. Benjamin Gilmer's journey of discover from fear to friend and advocate for Dr. Vince. Today, Benjamin Gilmer is advocating for mental health and prison reform nationally. Prior to becoming a book, part of this journey was documented on an episode of This American Life. Join us as your colleague, Benjamin Gilmer, calls on you to be an advocate and use your own stories to bring about change.

The Family Doctor:  Wisdom Shared, Lessons Learned -- Season 3, Episode 5, June 1, 2022 - Dr. Allen Dobson

In this month’s edition, Dr. Thomas White interviews Dr Allen Dobson, a NC family physician for nearly 40 years, and a leader in health care at the local, state, and national level. A true visionary and someone not afraid to “roll up his sleeves” to accomplish the task at hand, Dr Dobson shares stories from his early days in practice, and how he and his partners grew Cabarrus Family Medicine from one little office to a flourishing network of 9 offices and over 50 physicians, with a model residency training program directly embedded into local communities. Most notably, you will hear his passion for family medicine and his belief that our relationship with our patients and community form the foundation of our specialty. 

The Family Doctor:  Wisdom Shared, Lessons Learned -- Season 2, Episode 5, May 1, 2022

In this month's episode of "The Family Doctor: Lessons Learned, Wisdom Shared", Dr. Thomas White talks with Dr. Alisa Nance, former President of the NCAFP. Dr. Nance describes her upbringing in Mooresville N.C., her role models, and what helped her establish a successful practice in her hometown. Known as an excellent educator and lecturer, Dr. Nance shares how her communication skills in the exam room translated to her comfort and effectiveness in the CME setting. You will also hear, based on her very personal experience, Dr. Nance's advice for physicians who may develop their own illness and need to navigate the health care system themselves. This episode is definitely worth a careful listen! 

NCFM Today -- Season 3, Episode 3 - Workforce Pipeline -- April 15, 2022

In this episode, we focus on the family medicine workforce pipeline in North Carolina, specifically two efforts co-sponsored by the NCAFP and the NC AHEC Program:   the first-ever Family Medicine Academic Summit for academic family medicine faculty around the state, and the 2022 Family Medicine Day, where we brought more than 70 medical students together to learn about the specialty and our state's Family Medicine Residency Program.  The episode includes excerpts from the Academic Summit's keynote address by NC DHHS Secretary Kody Kinsley, remarks from AAFP Board member Dr. Karen Smith, and numerous comments from both residency program faculty and medical students on what the day meant to them.  Don't miss it.

The Family Doctor:  Wisdom Shared, Lessons Learned -- Season 2, Episode 4, April 1, 2022

In this episode, we interview Dr. Karen Smith, who has spent her entire career in rural eastern North Carolina in the small town of Raeford.  Dr. Smith is a past NCAFP President, a past NCAFP and AAFP Family Physician of the Year, and is now on the AAFP Board of Directors.  Don't miss this inspiring episode.  

NCFM Today - Season 3 - Episode 2 - 4th Year Medical Student Morgan Carnes -- March 15, 2022

In this month's episode, soon to be Dr. Morgan Carnes discusses her journey into family medicine from her days in dance to college to working in population health before entering the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.  Morgan also outlines the importance of serving as a physician advocate and what she has learned in her elective rotation on Policy, Advocacy and Leadership with the NCAFP.  Don't miss this exciting episode on the importance of family medicine and physician advocacy.  Follow along with Morgan's journey on Instagram at @morgansiebs.

The Family Doctor:  Widom Shared, Lessons Learned -- Season 2, Episode 3, March 1, 2022

In this month’s edition of “The Family Doctor”, Dr. Lee Beatty continues his interview with Dr. Mark Robinson, family physician, scholar, and co-founder of the innovative Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency Program in Concord and surrounding communities.

Dr. Robinson describes his experience as a patient, and how that experience has shaped his approach to medical care and teaching.  Now retired, he colorfully lists those aspects of practice that he misses the most, and the least.

And listeners should not miss Dr. Robinson's "Lessons Learned", clinical pearls of wisdom that will add joy, wonder, and humanity to the practice of every Family Doctor.

NCFM Today - Season 3 - Episode 1 - NCAFP Family Physician of the Year Dr. Viviana Martinez-Bianchi -- February 15, 2022

In this month's edition of NCFM Today, NCAFP Communications Consultant Peter Graber interviews our latest Family Physician of the Year, Dr. Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, Director of Health Equity for the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Duke University. 
 
 In the episode, Dr. Martinez-Bianchi discusses her childhood in Argentina, how she came to the US for her Family Medicine Residency, and how she ultimately became a leader locally, nationally and on the international level. She also discusses the intersection of public health and clinical care, her work with WONCA (the World Organization for Family Physicians) and her work with the Latin-X community in North Carolina throughout COVID-19. You don't want to miss this inspiring episode. 

The Family Doctor:  Wisdom Shared. Lessons Learned -- Season 2, Episode 2, February 1, 2022

In this month’s edition of “The Family Doctor”, Dr. Lee Beatty interviews Dr. Mark Robinson, family physician, scholar, and co-founder of the innovative Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency Program in Concord and surrounding communities. If you are an aspiring physician, a resident in training, or a practicing family doctor looking to recharge your clinical batteries, this is the podcast for you.

Dr. Robinson reminds us that the enthusiasm of our student years can be maintained, or rekindled, with healthy doses of curiosity, compassion, and gratitude. He introduces us to the concept of servant-leadership, a virtuous code of conduct and communication which is a natural fit for family physicians.  And you will love Dr. Robinson’s description of family doctors as the most adaptable, resilient, and indispensable cells in the Body of Medicine.

The Family Doctor:  Wisdom Shared. Lessons Learned -- Season 2, Episode 1, January 1, 2022

In this month’s edition of “The Family Doctor: Lessons Learned, Wisdom Shared”, Dr. Thomas White talks with the legendary Dr. Mel Pinn. If you are not familiar with Dr. Pinn and his career, you absolutely need to listen to this interview! You will hear about his growing up in segregated Lynchburg Virginia, his title of “the best marbles shooter ever”, and his career as a collegiate tennis star. Dr, Pinn is also  a military veteran, and former NCAFP and AAFP Family Physician of the Year, 

Dr. Pinn served as Medical Director of the Neighborhood Family Health Center in Charlotte NC for years, caring for patients and families who previously had very limited access to the health care system. In this podcast, you will learn about the oldest hospital in the country devoted to serving African-American patients, and what well-known landmark now stands on its original grounds. You will be inspired by Dr. Pinn’s sense of commitment to community, his nonjudgmental approach to patients, and his admonition that we as Family Physicians should “fight” for our patients and participate in the political process on their behalf. There is much to be unpacked here! Listen and benefit!   

We also respectfully pay tribute to our friend, colleague, and role model, Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown, who passed away after a long fight with cancer on November 17, 2021

NCFM Today - Season 2, Episode 12 - December 16, 2021

In this episode, new NCAFP President Dr. Dimitrios "Takie" Hondros discusses his leadership journey in family medicine and outlines a few of his goals for the next year, including mentoring the next generation of family physicians and harnessing the promise of value-based care.  If you missed his inspiring installation speech, you can hear much of the same content in this conversation about his goals as president of NCAFP.

The Family Doctor:  Wisdom Shared. Lessons Learned -- Season 1, Episode 4, December 1, 2021

Dr. White’s guest this month on The Family Doctor Podcast is Dr. Maureen Murphy, a Family Physician from Concord NC, and a popular mentor of many medical students and residents throughout her career. Dr. Murphy is a Past President of the NCAFP, and a recipient of the NCAFP Family Physician of the Year Award, as well as the AAFP Family Physician of the Year. In this podcast, Dr. Murphy shares her journey from athlete and sportswriter to the field of Family Medicine and her career as a community Family Physician and residency faculty. You will laugh and you will cry as she tells stories from her days practicing medicine and from her personal health experiences. You will understand why and how she has positively influenced the lives and careers of so many. Lessons Learned and Wisdom Shared by another amazing Family Physician! 

NCFM Today - Season 2, Episode 11 - November 15, 2021

In this episode, current NCAFP President Dr. Jessica Triche reviews the Academy's activities in 2021, including how the Academy helped our members throughout COVID, the NCAFP's new strategic initiatives, how NCAFP is helping members with administrative burden, her goals for the future, and even a few humorous moments from her year as President.  It's a must-listen.  

The Family Doctor:  Wisdom Shared. Lessons Learned -- Season 1, Episode 3, November 1, 2021

In this episode, Dr. Thomas White talks with Dr. Tommy Newton from Clinton NC, a former NCAFP President and NCAFP Family Physician of the Year.  Dr. Newton shares the lessons he learned from his childhood and his years in practice, providing very practical advice for effectual doctor-patient interactions and healthy lifestyle tips for the busy physician. You will be moved by this wise, insightful, and expressive Family Physician. Thank you for listening! 

NCFM Today - Season 2, Episode 10 - October 17, 2021

In this episode of NCFM Today, we talk to Shawn Parker, JD, MPA, General Counsel and Chief of Staff for the NC Academy of Family Physicians about physician employment contracts.  Shawn discusses different elements in an employment contract, what physicians should look for, and where to find more help.

The Family Doctor:  Wisdom Shared. Lessons Learned -- Season 1, Episode 2, October 1, 2021

Dr. Thomas White talks to Dr. Jim Jones, a North Carolina Family Physician, former President of the NCAFP and the AAFP,  and former Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Often referred to as the “Godfather of Family Medicine in North Carolina”, Dr. Jones shares in this podcast the impact of his faith, the challenges he overcame and barriers he broke as a Native American, stories from his years in practice in Jacksonville NC (including a case you will not forget!), and his efforts to further Family Medicine in his state and nationally.  You will hear lessons you will not forget, and you will be wiser for listening to this Legend of Family Medicine. 

NCFM Today - Season 2, Eposide 9 - September 13, 2021

In this episode of NCFM Today, we talk to five different family physicians who have all made transitions in their careers.  They share pearls about how they made these decisions, what personal and professional influences led them to these decisions, and what other family physicians should consider as they think about transitioning jobs.  They also discuss the unique ability of family physicians to practice in different settings and wear different hats from telehealth to Direct Primary Care to system-based practice to independent practice to the VA.  You don't want to miss this informative episode as we hear from Dr. Vickie Fowler, Dr. Talia Aron, Dr. Thomas White, Dr. Takie Hondros, and Dr. Liz Baltaro.  

The Family Doctor:  Wisdom Shared. Lessons Learned -- Season 1, Episode 1, August 21, 2021

Dr. Thomas White talks to Dr. Lee Beatty, a Family Physician retired from years of practice in his hometown of Mount Holly in Gaston County, North Carolina. Dr. Beatty discusses his love of his hometown, the joys and challenges of Family Medicine, his mentors and medical heroes, and his lessons learned after 40 years of caring for his friends and neighbors, including the sanctity of each patient encounter and how teamwork and servant-leadership are essential tools for today’s family doctor. Finally, Dr. Beatty shares an important message about avoiding and treating physician burnout, an occupational hazard that affects many in our caring profession.

NCFM Today - Season 2, Episode 8 - August 17, 2021

In this month's edition of NCFM Today, learn about some of the NCAFP's advocacy efforts around masking in schools and Medicaid Transformation, and an update on our recent member survey about administrative burden in primary care.  In addition, you will hear from our new Manager of Workforce Initiatives, Perry Price, and from VP & COO Brent Hazelett, who will discuss both the Academy's recent virtual CME offerings and plans for our Annual Meeting in December. 

NCFM Today - Season 2, Episode 7 - July 8, 2021

This month's podcast focuses on Long COVID with a discussion of how some patients are having symptoms for months after first testing positive for COVID-19.  We first talk to Dr. John M. Baratta with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the UNC School of Medicine.  Dr. Baratta is the founder and co-director of the COVID Recovery Clinic at UNC, which was opened in February to specifically address long-term COVID cases.  Dr. Baratta discusses symptoms of long COVID as well as some of the testing and treatment regimens they are trying at UNC.   Later we talk to NCAFP Past President Dr. Conrad Flick who still has some symptoms from his COVID diagnosis early last December.  Dr. Flick discusses the long-term impact COVID has had on him, particularly how it has impacted his fitness regimen.  Finally, we provide a few quick updates from the NCAFP.

NCFM Today - Season 2, Episode 6 - June 12, 2021

This month's episode focuses on the importance of mentoring future healthcare professionals.  We talk to two current residents (Dr. Wes Roten and Dr. Kyle Melvin) to learn about how mentors impacted their decision to go into medicine and specifically family medicine.  We also talk to NCAFP President Dr. Jessica Triche on why she thinks it is so important to teach and mentor medical students and how that has actually helped her in practice.  Finally, we provide a few updates from the NCAFP.  

NCFM Today - Season 2, Episode 5 - May 8, 2021

This month on NCFM Today, we discuss the precipitous drop in immunization rates during the coronavirus pandemic and the need to catch up on missed vaccines as patients return to their primary care physician or other clinician.  Dr. Leonard Friedland, a pediatrician, and Vice President and Director of Scientific Affairs and Public Health at GSK, shares statistics about the drop in immunizations, what the impact of missing immunizations for preventable diseases could be, and how we can work to ensure patients across all life stages catch up on missed vaccines as we move forward.  Dr. Friedland reminds us of how many preventable diseases we no longer see because of immunizations and the importance of making sure patients receive their COVID-19 vaccine and other recommended immunizations.

NCFM Today - Season 2, Episode 4 - April 9, 2021

In this episode of NCFM Today, Dr. Karen Smith, a former president of the NCAFP talks about her involvement in Diabetes Free NC and how she screens patients and refers them to one of our state's Diabetes Prevention Programs.  In addition, Franklin Walker, Vice President of Rural Health Innovations for the NC Medical Society, talks about how physicians can get involved in Diabetes Free NC. You can learn more about efforts to prevent Pre-DIabetes in NC at ReversePrediabetesNC.org.   Finally, we provide brief updates on efforts to advocate for dedicated teaching time and payment for our state's community preceptors and the role of family physicians in COVID-19 vaccine efforts, particularly combating vaccine hesitancy.

NCFM Today - Season 2, Episode 3 - March 16, 2021

In this episode of NCFM Today, Ryan Paulus, DO, a second-year family medicine resident at UNC, discusses continuity of care in family medicine and the scope of family medicine, and why that drew him to this career.  In addition, Hannah Smith, a fourth-year medical student at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, talks about why she chose family medicine as her specialty and discusses what sparked her love affair with family medicine.  Finally, we provide a few brief updates on what's going on in NC impacting family medicine this month.

NCFM Today - Season 2, Episode 2 - February 15, 2021

In the February 2021 episode of NCFM Today, learn about the role of the Advanced Medical Home as North Carolina transitions its Medicaid Program to Managed Care.  Carol Stanley, Medicaid Transformation Manager for the NC AHEC Practice Support Team, and Nicole Cannady, Practice Support Coordinator and Quality Improvement Coach for the Southeastern AHEC in Wilmington, discuss tools that NC AHEC has available to help primary care practices achieve Advanced Medical Home (AMH) Status, the differences between a Tier 2 and a Tier 3 AMH, and what family medicine and other primary care practices should be doing now to prepare for Medicaid Managed Care in North Carolina.  The two also discuss significant financial incentives for practices who achieve AMH Tier-3 status early, and how those incentives can impact your practice.  Any primary care practice currently taking Medicaid should listen to this important update.

NCFM Today - Season 2, Episode 1 - January 9, 2021

In this edition of NC Family Medicine Today, we speak to Dr. Alexa Mieses-Malchuk, a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina about why all North Carolinians should receive a COVID-19 vaccine, especially historically marginalized populations.  She also discusses her advocacy role in family medicine and how she was recently interviewed for Oprah Magazine.

In addition, Dr. Shannon Dowler, Chief Medical Officer for NC Medicaid, joins us to discuss the state's efforts to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. She tells family medicine practices how they can begin preparing to vaccinate their patients now, even though supply and distribution points are limited at this time.  However, she talks about how family physicians will be crucial as further vaccine becomes available, and how they can work with their patients now to address vaccine hesitancy.