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Nov. 7, 2006 -- No. 533

Hobgood elected chair of board of directors
of the American College of Emergency Physicians

Dr. Cherri D. Hobgood, associate dean for curriculum and educational development and associate professor of emergency medicine in UNC's School of Medicine, was recently elected chair of the board of directors of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). Hobgood, who has been a member of the board since 2004, will serve a one-year term as chair. She is the first woman ever elected to this position.

She was president of the North Carolina College of Emergency Physicians in 2002-2003 and was North Carolina's Emergency Physician of the Year in 2004. She led the efforts in North Carolina to ensure that health plans pay for services based on a patient's symptoms, not the final diagnosis.

Her educational intervention GRIEV_ING, designed to teach emergency physicians how to better deliver death notifications in the emergency department, is being nationally disseminated through a grant to the ACEP and Mothers Against Drunk Driving from the Office of Violent Crime.

Hobgood is a graduate of the UNC medical school and a Diplomat of the American Board of Emergency Medicine.


UNC School of Public Health professor
named editor of state medical journal

UNC School of Public Health professor Thomas Ricketts has been named editor of the North Carolina Medical Journal. Ricketts had been associate editor for the past four years.

Dr. Ricketts, professor in the department of health policy and administration, is also director of the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program and Program on Health Policy Analysis and deputy director of UNC's Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.

The North Carolina Medical Journal is a peer-reviewed publication that provides a forum for health policy communication among stakeholders in the state. It is published bi-monthly by the North Carolina Institute of Medicine and The Duke Endowment.


N.C. Health Careers Access Program
honors Cecil Sheps with Legacy Award

The North Carolina Health Careers Access Program (NC-HCAP) has posthumously honored founder Dr. Cecil G. Sheps with the NC-HCAP Legacy Award.

Dr. Thomas Ricketts, deputy director of UNC's Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, accepted the award on behalf of the Sheps family. The award was presented Oct. 26 at the Health Careers Access Program's at the 35th anniversary celebration.

The Legacy Award was established to recognize Sheps' vision and support for the founding of NC-HCAP.

"Dr. Sheps symbolized awareness and commitment to addressing the underrepresentation of minority and disadvantaged students in graduate and health professions programs," said Patrena Majette, NC-HCAP associate director. "It was befitting to celebrate his legacy and honor his life's work as we commemorate this important milestone in our organization's history."

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