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April 1, 2021
Holiday Hours
Happy Easter and Passover!
The Medical Society of Delaware offices will be closed on Friday, April 2nd through Monday April 5th in observation of the religious holiday weekend. MSD will reopen Tuesday April 6th. We would like to wish all our members a very happy, peaceful, and healthy Easter and Passover.
MSD Hot Topic - Final Chance to Register
Physician-Assisted Suicide/Medical Aid in Dying, Pros & Cons
Join MSD for a Hot Topic, virtual lecture offered to physician members and residents on Physician-Assisted Suicide/Medical Aid in Dying, Pros & Cons on Wednesday, April 7th, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm, presented by Ethicist Marvin Lee, PhD, ChristianaCare/La Salle University and Ethicist Stephen Taylor, PhD, Delaware State University/Bayhealth. The program will start with a case example presented by moderator John Goodill, MD, Chair of the MSD Committee on Ethics, followed by a Q & A session. To register.
MSD Interim Council Meeting
Last Chance to Register
The Interim Meeting of the Medical Society of Delaware Council will be held virtually on April 8th at 6:00 p.m. Participants will hear a presentation on Climate and Health by Mona Sarfaty, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Director, Program for Climate and Health, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University and Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University. Council members will deliberate four submitted resolutions, vote on various nominations for elected positions, and identify members of the Nominating Committee for 2021-2022. The deadline to register is April 6thFor more information. To register.
Governor Issues 9th Revision to COVID-19 Emergency Order
Masks No Longer Required for Some Youth and Amateur Sports
Governor John Carney today signed the ninth revision to his COVID-19 emergency order, updating public health requirements for youth and amateur sports.

Under the ninth revision to the COVID-19 order:

  • Athletes participating in high-risk sports must wear a face covering at all times. High-risk sports include ice hockey, basketball, tackle football, boys’/men’s lacrosse, wrestling, boxing, rugby, competitive cheer, martial arts, ultimate frisbee, and pairs figure skating.
  • Athletes participating in non-high-risk sports outdoors must wear face coverings, except when actively engaged in practice or game play while on the field.
  • Athletes from different households must adhere to social distancing and remain six feet apart, except when actively engaged in practice or game play while on the field.
  • All coaches, staff, and referees must wear face coverings at all times, including while addressing players or officials on or off the field, when coaching during the game, and during practices, trainings and team meetings.
  • Masks continue to be required at all times for all indoor sports and activities. This applies to athletes, coaches, staff, and spectators. 

Where to Register for the COVID-19 Vaccine
Information to Share
Starting Tuesday, Delawareans aged 16+ will be able to register on the State of Delaware’s COVID-19 recently updated vaccine waiting list at vaccinerequest.delaware.gov. Invitations to vaccination events are being prioritized based on risk factors, including pre-existing medical conditions.

The Partners of Delaware Libraries have compiled a comprehensive list with links for Delaware COVID-19 vaccine appointment scheduling, as well as helpful tips for safely navigating scheduling portals. Please share with your patients. View List.
State Releases First Health Care Benchmarch Trend Report
Decline in Tobacco Use / Increase in Adult Obesity Among Findings
Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has released the State's Benchmark Trend Report, which summarizing health care spending and quality data collected for the 2019 calendar year. The report details total health care spending for 2019 and compares it to baseline data collected for 2018. The report found overall health care spending in Delaware totaled $8.2 billion vs. $7.6 billion for 2018. The per-capita cost increased from $7,814 in 2018 to $8,424 in 2019, or 7.8% – more than twice as high as the 3.8% target. The report also provided results on six health care quality measures. Delaware improved on two measures, split on one measure, and worsened on three others:

Improved
  • Adult tobacco use
  • Statin therapy for patients with cardiovascular disease
Split
  • Persistence of beta-blocker treatment after a heart attack
Worsened
  • Adult obesity
  • Opioid-related overdose deaths
  • Emergency department utilization

Delaware's Latest COVID-19 Statistics
Delaware Sees Continued Increase in Positive Cases / Hospitalizations
Here are the latest COVID-19 statistics in Delaware.

  • 95,188 total laboratory-confirmed cases
  • Total deaths: 1,559
  • Deaths today: 0
  • Cases today: 314
  • New Castle County cases: 55,599
  • Kent County cases: 15,595
  • Sussex County cases: 23,788
  • Unknown: 206
  • Age range: 0 to 104
  • Hospitalized: 139; Critically ill: 17
  • Number of COVID-19 vaccines reported administered: 471,095

Additional demographic data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, including race/ethnicity, more age-specific data and COVID rate information by ZIP code, and information on Delaware's contact tracing efforts can be found on the Division of Public Health's My Healthy Community data portal.
COVID-19: What Physicians Need to Know
Register Now for Webinar
The American Medical Association (AMA) is hosting a webinar, COVID-19: What Physicians Need to Know, on Tuesday, April 13th at 4:00 p.m. Peter Marks, MD, PhD, Director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will join AMA President Susan Bailey, MD to discuss the most up-to-date information on the rollout of the Janssen Pharmaceuticals vaccine and the other FDA approved vaccines for COVID-19. To register.
Delaware School-Based Wellness Center Virtual Town Hall
Register Now
Delaware School-Based Health Centers (SBHC) are operated by a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals who use a holistic approach to address a broad range of health and health-related needs of students. A strategic plan to expand School-Based Wellness Centers from Delaware high schools to the middle schools and eventually down to the level of elementary schools is being finalized and will be presented to the legislature in June. A SBHC vitual Town Hall will be held on April 19th and April 20th from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. to share the plan. To register.
National Health Service Corp Loan Repayment Program
Applications Accepted Through May 6
Licensed primary care clinicians in eligible disciplines can receive loan repayment assistance through the National Health Service Corp Loan Repayment Program (NHSC LRP). In exchange for loan repayment, eligible physicians serve at least two years of service at an NHSC-approved site in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). Applications are being accepted through May 6th. Read more.
Your Help is Needed
Help Drop the Paywall for Important News Segment Affecting Physicians
This month, 60 Minutes+, the streaming news spinoff on Paramount+, aired a segment on the mental health toll of the pandemic on frontline medical workers. It is available to stream on Paramount+, but, unfortunately, behind a paywall. According to The Physicians Foundation survey, 58% of physicians reported experiencing burnout, but only 13% sought mental health support services related to it. Any public information about this crisis could help increase the number of physicians who get the support they need!

To make this critical information available to everyone, The Physicians Foundation is asking Paramount+ to remove the segment from behind its paywall, making it free access. Please click here to help voice your concern.
Welcome New MSD Members
Joseph M. Deutsch, MD – Bayhealth Medical Center, Dover; Internal Medicine Residency Program Director
Galicano Kai Labio Inguito - Class of 2022, ChristianaCare Branch Campus Student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Frederick B. Klinger, III, DO Infectious Disease Associates, Newark
Beth Renzulli, MD - WELL Primary Care, Middletown
MSD's Membership Department is pleased to announce the newest members of the Medical Society of Delaware. Welcome to the third oldest medical society in the country!
If you know someone interested in joining the Medical Society of Delaware, please contact Michelle Seymour at 302-224-4905 or Michelle.Seymour@medsocdel.org.
Pending Members
David J. Bigley, DO
Adam S. Brownstein, MD
Lauren A. Lynch (medical student)
MSD members are afforded a seven day review period from the date of this publication to comment regarding an applicant applying for membership. Please contact Mary LaJudice at (302) 224-5183 or Mary.LaJudice@medsocdel.org with any questions or concerns.
"Rerum Cognoscere"
The Latin phrase Rerum Cognoscere translates to learn, examine, or become aware of facts or things. In this section we highlight measurable items of interest in health care from MSD, Delaware, the US, and the world.
80%
Approximate percentage drop over the last fifteen years in new HPV infections in women and girls under the age of 25.

Morbidty and Mortality Weekly Report
35%+
Percentage decrease in administered COVID-19 tests in the United States since mid-January.


Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
#3
Ranking of COVID-19 as the third leading underlying cause of death in the U.S. in 2020. Heart Disease and Cancer ranked higher.

CDC
Upcoming Events
April 8 - MSD Interim Council Meeting, 6:00 p.m., open to all MSD members, virtual event.
April 22 - DE AAP - Advocating for Health Equity for Children, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m., virtual event.
April 24 - First Annual GME Research Conference, 8:00 a.m. - noon, virtual event.
April 29 - Campaign for Kids "It's OBVIOUS" presents: The Dangers of Vaping, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., virtual event.
May 3 - 58th Annual William J. Holloway Infectious Disease Symposium, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., virtual event.
June 15-19 - 43rd Annual Eastern Shore Medical Symposium, virtual event.
June 17, 18, 24 & 25 - Certified Medical Office Manager (CMOM) Course and Exam, virtual event.
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