March 24

Dear Colleagues:

We have heard your concerns about e-mail overload and the frequency of using mobile devices to read email. We are going to do our best to (1) reduce the number of e-mails we send you by bundling them, (2) format them in a mobile-friendly way, and (3) in the near future, set up and maintain an online archive so that if you need to search for something you can find it.

We hope this will help us share important clinical information with you in the most efficient way possible. We are happy to hear your comments.

Thank you,

Tony Lindsey

Exec. Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Chief of Staff, UNC Hospitals

Katie O’Brien

Strategic Communications Manager, UNC School of Medicine and UNC Health Care

In this issue:


Policy on Obstetrical Consults

Faculty Survey on Technical Skills for Medical Students

Online Inpatient Referrals

A2K Maintenance – Sunday, March 27

Doctor’s Day – Wednesday, March 30

Semi-Annual Medical Staff Meeting – Tuesday, May 31


Policy on Obstetrical Consults

With the assistance of Dr. Robert Strauss, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the medical staff policy regarding Obstetrical consultations has been updated and approved by the Medical Staff Executive Committee.  This policy, copied below, is an attempt to enhance the care of pregnant patients throughout the hospital.

Consultation with the Obstetrical service is required when a known pregnant woman is admitted to a service other than Family Medicine or Obstetrics and Gynecology. A preoperative consultation with the Obstetrical service is also required when an inpatient or outpatient operative or other interventional procedure requiring moderate or deep sedation or anesthesia is planned for a known pregnant woman. This consultation should be requested at the time of surgical scheduling.


Faculty Survey on Technical Skills for Medical Students

We have put together a survey to gauge faculty opinion as to the importance of obtaining competence of basic technical skills during medical school. I have asked the students to take a similar survey and I am interested in comparing the responses of the faculty to those of the students. I appreciate in advance your help in completing this. It should take no more than 3 minutes of your time.  The link below will take you to the survey.

Thank you.

Mike Meyers
Associate Professor of Surgery
Associate Director, Surgery Clerkship
Director 4th Year Integration Selective

Online Inpatient Referrals

Inpatient referrals are now accepted online on the UNC Health Care Intranet. The Admission/Referral Request page is your gateway to submitting an inpatient referral here at UNC Health Care.  Once a submission is completed you will receive an email confirmation.

The website can be accessed via the intranet under Hospital Departments-Revenue Cycle Management-Admissions/Registration.  Please contact or Corrie Piontak with questions or concerns.  Requests for same day admissions will still be taken via the phone 24/7 at 919-966-2041.

System maintenance for A2K – Sunday, March 27

On Sunday, March 27, we are required to do some system maintenance updates that will take approximately two hours to complete. This outage will start at 1500 (3 p.m.) and should be back online at 1700 (5 p.m.). The required downtime will affect Physician Order Entry, A2K and Interfaces to all external system including  e-Chart, WebCIS and Labs.

WebCIS will NOT be down during this time.

eChart will NOT be down during this time.

GE will NOT be down during this time.

We thank you for all your cooperation.

Information Services, 966-5647

2011 Doctor’s Day
All Faculty Physicians are invited to attend a reception celebrating Doctor’s Day from 6 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 30, in the Physicians' Lounge, room 4045 Anderson. Refreshments will be provided.


Semi Annual Medical Staff Meeting – May 31
Please "Save-the-Date" for the Semi Annual Medical Staff Meeting


Date: Tuesday, May 31st @ 5 p.m.

Place:  4th floor Old Clinic Auditorium


We look forward to your attendance. More details will follow.