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March 7, 2024

March is Women's History Month

2024 Celebrates Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Women's History Month is an annual observance to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Celebrate the remarkable achievements and contributions of women! Honor the strength, resilience, and courage of those who have shaped our nation and advanced women's rights around the world. The National Women’s History Month’s theme for 2024 celebrates “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.” The theme recognizes women throughout the country who understand that, for a positive future, we need to eliminate bias and discrimination entirely from our lives and institutions.

Celebrate the women who make a difference in your community by submitting a nomination for the Office of Women's Advancement and Advocacy's Delaware Women's Hall of Fame and She's on Her Way Awards. Nominations for the She's on Her Way Award will remain open through March 24th. Nominations for the Delaware Women's Hall of Fame will remain open through March 28th.

Celebrating Ramadan

March 10 - April 9, 2024

Ramadan is considered one of the holiest months of the year for Muslims. In Ramadan, Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Qur’an, and fast from food and drink during the sunlit hours as a means of drawing closer to God and cultivating self-control, gratitude, and compassion for those less fortunate. It is a month of intense spiritual rejuvenation with a heightened focus on devotion, during which Muslims spend extra time reading the Qur’an and performing special prayers. Those unable to fast, such as pregnant or nursing women, the sick, or elderly people & children, are exempt from fasting. Since Ramadan is a time for Muslims to be especially charitable and fasting helps Muslims feel compassion for the hungry and less fortunate, many mosques hold food drives or fundraisers for charity during Ramadan and also host open houses for their friends and neighbors of other faiths to join them for their fast-breaking dinner or iftar at the end of the fasting day. The Night of Power known as Lailat al-Qadr, is believed to fall on one of the odd nights during the last ten days of Ramadan, but is most widely observed on the 27th night of Ramadan. It is considered the most blessed night in Ramadan because it is believed to be the night in which the Qu’ran was first revealed. At the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate one of their major holidays called Eid ul-Fitr or the “Festival of the Breaking of the Fast,” to be celebrated on April 10th this year. The greeting Eid Mubarak means “blessed holiday!” Source: Islamic Network Group.

Reminder to "Spring Forward" This Weekend

Sunday, March 10th

Daylight saving time will begin for 2024 on Sunday, March 10th at 2 a.m. local time, when our clocks will go ahead one hour, part of the twice-annual time change that affects millions, but not all, Americans. Daylight saving time will end for the year at 2 a.m. local time on Sunday, November 3. As Delawareans change their clocks this Sunday, the Delaware State Fire Marshal is reminding all residents to also check the batteries in their smoke detectors and test them to ensure they are working. Smoke detectors are required to be installed in every home because properly installed and maintained smoke detectors save lives!!

Congress Reaches Spending Deal

Partially Offsets Cut to Medicare Payments Despite Calls to Fully Reverse the Cut

As reported in Fierce Healthcare, a bipartisan spending bill unveiled Sunday narrows some of this year’s cuts to physician Medicare pay, pushes back scheduled disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payment cuts and increases annual funding for community health centers, among other provisions that would prevent a partial government shutdown on March 8, if signed. The 1,050-page deal between lawmakers outlines the funding for several federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and is backed by leaders in both chambers. A second set of bills would be needed before a March 22 cutoff to fund other portions of the government, including the Department of Health and Human Services.

For this federal budget deal that will continue operating the government, the House of Representatives voted to reduce by 1.68% the 3.37% across-the-board physician pay cut that took effect in January. The Senate is expected to vote for the deal today (Thursday), with the new pay rate starting March 9. The new payment rate is not retroactive. Physicians and patients can visit the AMA’s Fix Medicare Now website to write their congressional representatives to support physician payment reform.

Change Healthcare Cyber-Attack Disruption

Keeping You Informed

On Monday, March 4th, MSD sent a Special Edition of the MSD eNews & Views with information surrounding the cyber-attack affecting Change Healthcare operations. MSD will continue to keep you updated through our digital communications and also our website.

Registration is Open for MSD's Interim Council Meeting!

Indulge in Fine Food Prepared by Renowned Local Chef

Registration is now open for the MSD 2024 Interim Council Meeting to be held on Thursday, April 18th at the Smyrna Opera House, located at 7 W. South St., Smyrna, DE. The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with sign-in and a half-hour cocktail social, followed by the Interim Council business meeting beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. As a member of MSD, this event affords you the opportunity to connect with your peers and meet new colleagues, all the while enjoying fine food and beverage at a historic Delaware location!

We have secured a wonderful catering group, led by Robbie Jester, to complement the evening’s experience. Robbie took home top honors as the winner of Netflix’s “Pressure Cooker,” squared off with and beat celebrity chef Bobby Flay, and was featured on the Food Network show “Guy’s Grocery Games.” He has also catered events for then Vice President Biden and the King and Queen of Sweden. Come enjoy great food and network with your peers! Plan to attend this year!

Reports being submitted must be received no later than Monday, March 25th.

Consider submitting a resolution. Resolutions are a vehicle to submit to Council your issues for change. Learn more about writing a resolution from the MSD Resolution Writing Guide or the brief training video developed. Resolution submission deadline is Friday, April 5th. Resolutions must be in final format by this date, with no further modifications accepted (i.e., reviewed, proper format, correct citations, etc.). Please email resolutions to Mary.LaJudice@medsocdel.org.

To register go to: https://reg.planetreg.com/INTERIM2024. Absolute registration deadline is Thursday, April 11 by end of business day.

Don't Let Your Membership Lapse!

Your Membership Benefits are Important to You and Your Staff

Your Society has been working hard on your behalf and 2023 was a big year for accomplishments and 2024 is just as exciting! Renew your membership to take advantage of benefits, events, networking, and educational opportunities afforded to you! Thank you for your continued support as MSD continues leading the way to a healthy Delaware!

Wanted: Information to Determine Membership Diversity

Confidential Questionnaire Developed to Capture Information

The needle is slowly moving forward! Thank you to all who have provided information. The MSD Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is working to support a diverse physician workforce and inclusive organizational culture. As a starting point toward understanding and improving our membership diversity, your help is greatly appreciated in submitting this information. A brief, four-answer questionnaire has been developed for your convenience and will take less than a minute to complete. Your information will remain confidential, however, it will be used in aggregate to assess the diversity of our membership, how that correlates with the diversity of our leadership, and to understanding he diversity of the physician workforce in Delaware. Access the questionnaire.

Governor Delivers 2024 State of the State Address

For the First Time a Female Speaker of the House, Valerie Longhurst, Presided over the State of the State Address

On Tuesday this week, Governor John Carney delivered his 2024 State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly, announcing plans to strengthen Delaware's economy, invest in education, protect the environment, and responsibly manage tax payer dollars. This was Governor Carney's last State of the State address as Governor, as the state constitution prohibits the Governor from running for a third, four-year term. The Governor has already presented his 2025 proposed budget back in January that included plans to address Delaware's increasing health care costs. Read the press release. Photo credit to Governor Carney's Flickr page.

Opportunity to Serve on the Delaware P&T Committee

Contact MSD If You Are Interested In Serving

On April 1, 2005, the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) began implementing a preferred drug list (PDL). The PDL is composed of drugs that are medically appropriate and less expensive than other drugs in the same class. The drugs are chosen for inclusion on the list by a Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee (P&T Committee). The P&T membership includes clinicians from various specialty areas and includes public advocates. The P&T Committee meets to make recommendations to the Division regarding drugs to be considered for inclusion on (or deletion from) the PDL.

MSD has been asked to nominate a physician for consideration in serving on the Delaware P&T Committee. Currently, the state is looking for nominations of an oncologist, gastroenterologist, or pulmonologist to serve. However, if you are interested but do not practice in these subspecialty areas, they welcome all! The P&T Committee meets four times a year on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are three scheduled virtual meetings and one meeting in person that the committee member can either attend or otherwise participate virtually. Physician appointments are made by the Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. Terms are for three years. If you are interested, please email Mary.LaJudice@medsocdel.org and provide an updated CV. It is appreciated to receive a response by Friday, March 15th.

CDC Drops 5-Day COVID Isolation Recommendation

Those with Respiratory Illnesses May Resume Daily Activities if Symptoms Improving and Fever-Free for at Least 24 Hours Without Medications

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released on Friday last week updated recommendations for how people can protect themselves and their communities from respiratory viruses, including COVID-19. The new guidance brings a unified approach to addressing risks from a range of common respiratory viral illnesses, such as COVID-19, flu, and RSV, which can cause significant health impacts and strain on hospitals and health care workers. CDC is making updates to the recommendations now because the U.S. is seeing far fewer hospitalizations and deaths associated with COVID-19 and because we have more tools than ever to combat flu, COVID, and RSV.

According to the new respiratory guidance, those who are recovering from COVID-19 no longer need to remain isolated for five days after symptoms end. The new guidance indicates those sick with COVID-19 should stay at home and away from others until at least 24 hours after symptoms get better and they no longer have a fever, without having used fever-reducing medications. However, CDC said during those five days after a person is feeling better and without a fever, they should still wear a well-fitting mask, keep distance from others, get tested and use enhanced hygiene practices. It was also noted that the guidelines were intended for community settings, not health care settings, like hospitals or nursing homes, where the same five-day isolation guidance remains. CDC emphasized that people need to stay up to date on their vaccines. CDC anticipates that an updated COVID-19 vaccine would be available in the fall. Last week, CDC announced recommendations that people 65 and older get another shot of the current COVID-19 vaccine before the fall.

Pfizer RSV Vaccine Protective Through Second Year

Single Dose of Abrysvo Maintained Ability to Protect in 2nd Year of Respiratory Disease Season in Adults 60 Years and Older

Pfizer Inc. announced top-line ABRYSVO® vaccine efficacy and safety data for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in adults 60 years of age and older following a second season in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres from the ongoing pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial RENOIR (RSV vaccine Efficacy study iN Older adults Immunized against RSV disease). Vaccine efficacy against RSV-associated lower respiratory tract disease (LRTD), defined by three or more symptoms, after disease surveillance in season two was 77.8%; vaccine efficacy following season one was 88.9%, which demonstrates durable efficacy after two seasons.

First OTC Birth Control Pill in US Available Soon

Delaware Introduces Legislation in Response

Perrigo Company announced that Opill® has shipped to major retailers and pharmacies and will be available on shelves nationwide and online later this month. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over-the-counter (OTC) use for all ages in July 2023, Opill® is the first-ever daily birth control pill available without a prescription in the U.S. Opill® is now available for pre-order from select online retailers. When taken as directed, Opill® is 98% effective, making it the most effective birth control method available OTC. Opill® can benefit a broad reproductive age population who want a safe and effective option to avoid pregnancy that is easy and convenient to access. Those who face barriers to initiating use of effective methods and continuing consistent use once started can benefit the most from Opill®. Although FDA approved, the approval came with some concerns by the FDA about whether women with certain medical conditions would understand that they shouldn't take the drug.

In light of this, legislation has been introduced in Delaware to protect those obtaining over-the-counter birth control to be covered by insurance. Most prescribed contraceptives are covered by most insurers, with current federal policy requiring most health insurers to cover FDA-approved birth control methods without co-pays. SB 232 would retain access to contraceptives, with over-the-counter and prescribed methods to be covered equally by insurance. At least eight other states have enacted similar legislation.

Have an Interest in Getting Published?

Check Out the Opportunity Through the MSD Academic Channel on Cureus

What is an Academic Channel on Cureus? The Medical Society of Delaware Academic Channel is a microsite of the Cureus Journal of Medical Science devoted solely to MSD and the articles, meeting abstracts and posters, and other content produced by our physicians, residents and/or students. Take advantage of the benefits provided by the MSD Academic Channel and submit your next article to Cureus through the MSD Academic Channel! View the Academic Channels on Cureus.

Explore the Benefits 

  • Zero Author Publication Fees
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  • Expert Review
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Premier Educational Program Partner Spotlight

MSD is pleased to highlight one of our 2024 Premier Educational Program Partners. Delaware Hospice has been a part of the effort to keep our professional medical and public education programs growing through its partnership with MSD as a Premier Educational Program (PEP) Partner.

Since 1982, Delaware Hospice has committed to its mission of providing the highest quality health care and resources to the communities it serves. At the heart of our care is a passionate concern for individuals and their families coping with the most critical time of their lives. Delaware Hospice empowers individuals and their caregivers with education to provide comfort and personal care. They will work to develop a care plan that includes everything from symptom management, which ensures patient's comfort, to emotional and spiritual support. Their goal is to provide a holistic approach that considers the combined medical, personal, emotional and spiritual needs of the individual, who, along with loved ones, are living with a life-limiting illness. For more information https://www.delawarehospice.org/.

If you would like to become a PEP Partner, please contact Lynn Robinson, MSD's Director of Professional Education. 

Getting Ready for Match Day?

Some Key Trends to Know

Ahead of Match Day 2024 on March 15, the American Medical Association has offered a few trends from recent years that applicants might want to be aware of. The number of applicants, positions and positions filled has been on a steady incline for a number of years, as reported by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), which runs the Match. With 40,375 positions available, the 2023 Match was the biggest on record. It also marked the 20th consecutive year in which the number of positions available through the Match increased. The first Match in 1953 had a total of 6,000 applicants. The figure has risen over the years, with the exception of a slight dip around the turn of the century. Since 2004, the number of applicants has continued to grow. In 2023, the number of applicants—42,952—was also an all-time high. In recent years, the PGY-1 match rate for U.S. MD seniors has been 92–95%. The 2023 Match rate fell within that range, with U.S. MD seniors matching at a 93% clip. Since the first combined Match in 2020 that created a system in which the vast majority of MD and DO applicants matched with residency programs through the same process—the number of DO applicants has grown each year. An all-time high of 7,436 U.S. DO seniors submitted rank-order lists of programs, and the 91.6% match rate was also a record high for that group.

Networking Tips for Job-Seeking Residents, Fellows

Requires Proactive Approach to Securing Employment

For physicians approaching the conclusion of residency or fellowship the transition ahead differs from those that preceded it in that it tends to require a more proactive approach to securing employment than the other phases of training. Knowing where you want to be and the personnel who can help you land a position is a good starting point. Whether you hope to stay local or make a move, going to events put on by specialty societies and state medical associations offer the chance to meet potential leads. Read more.

AMA Pearl of the Week

Write Down Inspiring Patient Stories

Physicians can feel buried with a number of common demands: a full inbox, chart maintenance, and following numerous guidelines and regulations. Taking time to write patient stories as narratives can be a powerful technique to connect with emotions stirred up by patient interaction—and can help reflect on the meaning you find in what you do. Reconnecting with your values and meaning can help protect against burnout.




AMA STEPS Forward® offers a collection of engaging and interactive educational content designed to help put the joy back into medicine.

MIPS Promoting Interoperability 2024

What You Need to Know

Navigating the complexities of MIPS, especially the Promoting Interoperability (PI) measures, can be overwhelming amidst your busy schedules. This week, we're spotlighting the crucial aspects of PI for 2024 to ensure your practice not only complies but thrives under MIPS.


Promoting Interoperability at a Glance:

  • Focus: Enhancing health information exchange between health care professionals and patients, improving patient engagement, and secure data sharing.
  • Key Requirement: A continuous 180-day reporting period utilizing certified EHR technology is mandatory.
  • Who's Exempt: Clinical social workers, and those with special statuses like ASC-based, hospital-based, non-patient facing, and small practices.


Why It Matters: Adhering to PI measures is pivotal for avoiding penalties and securing a positive payment adjustment. This involves:

  • Electronic prescribing, including for controlled substances.
  • Efficient health information exchange.
  • Prompt patient access to their health information.
  • Active engagement with public health registries.


Did You Know?

  • Non-EHR Requirements: Beyond EHR measures, ensuring your systems are certified and submitting attestations like the Information Blocking Attestation and ONC Direct Review Attestation are essential.
  • Bonus Points: Earn extra for participating in optional Public Health and Clinical Data Exchange measures.

Welcome New Members!

Asanthi Ratnasekera, MD - Surgery, Trauma/Critical Care, ChristianaCare

Please join MSD in welcoming the newest members of the Medical Society of Delaware. As the third oldest medical society in the country, MSD has an amazing history. Thank you for taking part in our continued success!

Safety Information and Adverse Reporting Notices

Information on Recent Product Recalls

Hintermann Series H3 Total Ankle Replacement

The FDA alerted patients, caregivers, and health care professionals about a higher-than-expected risk of device failure with the Hintermann Series H3 Total Ankle Replacement system manufactured by DT MedTech LLC. The FDA is evaluating interim post-approval study (PAS) results for the Hintermann Series H3 TAR system. For patients with the Hintermann Series H3 TAR system, the results suggest a higher rate of failure, specifically, additional surgery (removals or revisions of metal components, at least 16.1%) associated with the implanted device compared with the rate in the premarket clinical studies (9.9%). When all types of revisions are included in the interim PAS results (such as revisions of the plastic component as well as the metal component), the rate of additional surgery is at least 28.5%.

EVair Air Compressor Recall

Datex-Ohmeda Inc. is recalling the EVair and Jun-air compressors due to elevated levels of formaldehyde emissions found at high temperature and low gas flow conditions when these compressors are used with the CARESCAPE R860 or Engstrom Carestation or Pro ventilators. The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices for newborn or infant patients may cause serious injuries or death. Please be aware, this recall is a correction, not a product removal.

Medfusion Model 3500 Syringe Pump

Smiths Medical ASD Inc. is recalling Medfusion model 3500 syringe pump due to issues associated with earlier software versions (before v.6) of the medical pump. Issues associated with earlier software versions of the medical pump include high-priority alarms during motor issues, wrong infusion restarts, screen locks, bolus interruptions, incorrect dose displays, low doses, motor errors, wrong settings recall, corrupt configurations, auto locks, and toolbox issues with loading dose time values. The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death. Please be aware, this recall is a correction, not a product removal.

Baxter Healthcare ExactaMix Pro 1200 and 2400

Baxter Healthcare is recalling the ExactaMix Pro 1200 and the Pro 2400 because of a software error that can cause more ingredients than needed to be added to the final solution. An issue was identified in software versions 2.0.8 and 2.1.8 while using the “Use Some Overfill” feature, potentially resulting in extra ingredients being delivered. Baxter is working on a software update to fix this issue, and it's expected to be available in March 2024. The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death. Please be aware, this recall is a correction, not a product removal.

VOCSN Patient Breathing Package

Ventec Life Systems is recalling its VOCSN Patient Breathing Package (Pediatric, Active, Oxygen, Blue) due to a manufacturing issue which causes the bonded spiral wrap to detach before or during ventilation. If the spiral wrap detaches, it can compromise the structural integrity, functionality, or cause blockage, stoppage, or leaks in the breathing package. The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death. Please be aware, this recall is a correction, not a product removal.

Medtronic Duet External Drainage and Monitoring System

Medtronic Neurosurgery is recalling the Duet External Drainage and Monitoring System (EDMS) catheter tubing due to a potential for the catheter disconnection from the patient line stopcock connectors. The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.

Hospital News


Bayhealth, in partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware, recently held a successful food drive aimed at addressing food insecurity within the community. The initiative, titled "Hunger Doesn't Stop After the Holidays," received overwhelming support from community members, businesses, and organizations throughout the state. From January 15-28, Bayhealth collected over 1,300 pounds of non-perishable food items at their Kent and Sussex campuses, as well as Bayhealth at Blue Hen. The generous donations were then delivered to the Food Bank of Delaware in the Bayhealth Mobile Care Unit.

Beebe Healthcare

As part of Beebe Healthcare’s transformational journey to evolve in response to the complex challenges impacting health care, Beebe is partnering with Ensemble Health Partners (Ensemble), one of the industry’s top-ranked revenue cycle firms. In the coming months, Beebe’s revenue cycle department will transition to become part of Ensemble while continuing to do the same great work they do today for Beebe patients. Additionally, three Beebe supply chain employees will be making a similar transition to Premier’s Nexera team, a leading supply chain management and services organization, where they will continue to improve supply chain operations and facilitate cost savings for Beebe.


Leading school science supplier Carolina Biological Supply Company announced an exclusive partnership with the ChristianaCare Gene Editing Institute to manufacture and distribute an affordable CRISPR in a Box™. The educational kit is for grades 9 to 12 and higher education. This innovative lab kit, which includes print materials and hands-on exercises, engages students in learning about CRISPR gene editing, which is one of the most exciting frontiers in science today. The new version of CRISPR in a Box kit is available to schools for purchase through Carolina now. CRISPR in a Box has already been used successfully by more than 750 students in classroom and laboratory activities around the country, providing teachers with a classroom resource for students to try their own hands at being gene editing scientists. Through the toolkit, students learn how to employ CRISPR as a pair of “molecular scissors” to cut DNA at specific locations and delete sections or replace them with alternate sequences. The kit was voted a Best of STEM 2023 Awards Finalist by the National Science Teaching Association, MCH Strategic Data, and the National Association of Biology Teachers.

ChristianaCare has been ranked the No. 5 health system in the nation by Money Magazine in its 2024 hospital rankings. ChristianaCare received an overall grade of A, as well for an A for its commitment to price transparency. ChristianaCare also was recognized for its nuclear medicine specialty and its respiratory infections service.

Highlight on Events

MSD's Pubs & Politics continues to be a successful way for members to spend one-on-one time with state legislators discussing important issues that affect health care across the state. Plan to attend the next Pubs & Politics session hosted by MSD, the Delaware Chapter of the American College of Physicians, and the Delaware Academy of Family Physicians at 9 E Taphouse in Dover on Tuesday, March 12 from 5:30-8 p.m. There is no charge for this event, but registration is requested. Complimentary food and beverages will be provided. This event is sponsored by MSDIS/USI and DELPAC. Please register prior to March 7th.

MSD's Campaign for Kids Promotes the Health and Well-Being of Delaware Youth... "It's OBVIOUS!" Join MSD for a free March lecture series to address issues that impact young Delawareans on March 13, 20, and 27 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the ChristianaCare John H. Ammon Medical Education Center, Newark Campus. Presentations on Obesity, Bullying, Violence, Intelligent Decisions, and Suicide Prevention. Download the flyer. For more information and to register, please visit https://reg.planetreg.com/OBVIOUS%20Lecture%20Series.

The Delaware Academy of Ophthalmology in conjunction with the Henrietta Johnson Medical Center has brought back the annual Eye Screening event, after pausing during the pandemic. This year's FREE eye screening event will take place on Saturday, March 16th from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon at the Henrietta Johnson Medical Center, 601 New Castle Ave., Wilmington. Board certified ophthalmologists will be available to screen attendees for cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. The event is open to adults and children with the goal to provide access to services for the uninsured. Screening is limited and done on a first come, first served basis. No appointment necessary. If you feel you have patients who qualify for this event, please refer them to come.

"What About Our Kids?" film screening and panel discussion will take place on Tuesday, March 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cheer Center, 20520 Sand Hill Rd, Georgetown. Emmy Award winning filmmaker, Sharon Baker will present highlight reels from her new film "What About Our Kids?". Attendees will get a special preview of this must-see film featuring mental health practitioners, educators, and teens themselves directly addressing teen mental health, social media, and how the caring adults in their lives can help them. Panelists will respond and react to the film, increasing awareness and understanding by sharing their unique expertise in brain science, equity and inclusion, trauma-informed care, education, and public health and leading attendees in highly interactive discussions that encourage critical thinking, and collaborative problem solving to empower positive change. Free admission, open to all, but limited seating. Includes a light dinner. See the flyer for more information and to register.

The Division of Public Health’s Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology (OIDE) now has office hours for Delaware health care providers. OIDE is hosting an accessible and informative platform for health care professionals to engage with epidemiologists and other experts to stay informed about key public health topics. The monthly “Epichat” forum is for Delaware health care professionals to learn about Delaware’s reportable diseases, ask questions, and share insights. Resources will be shared. During these meetings, OIDE will provide information and guidance on various public health topics. The Epichat series will feature online discussions with epidemiologists and subject matter experts via DPH’s One Health partnership.

  • Thursday, March 21 at Noon - Lyme disease's epidemiology, geographic distribution, clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and tick prevention and control. Register for the Lyme Disease EpiChat.

  • Thursday, April 18 at Noon - Rabies Education: How to report potential rabies exposures, when rabies post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is needed, and how PEP should be administered.

To receive Epichat notifications, contact Reportdisease@delaware.gov. Click to register for the March EpiChat Lyme Disease session: https://tinyurl.com/MarchLyme. For more information, contact OIDE at 302-622-4149.

Strategies for Improving Maternal and Infant Health Related to Opioid Use - Tuesday, March 26th from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Plan to join this 60-minute, no-cost live webinar, bought to you by Quality Insights, AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware, and the Delaware Division of Public Health, that will take a deeper dive into:

  • The current impact of opioid use disorder (OUD) on women and infants in Delaware;
  • Evidence-based interventions to assess for and address OUD in pregnant and postpartum patients;
  • Resources for pregnant and postpartum patients living with, or in recovery from, OUD.

Download the webinar flyer for additional details. The Medical Society of Delaware has approved this continuing medical education activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Registration deadline: March 22nd. Register.

Navigating AI in Health Care - Thursday, March 28 at 11 a.m. ET. Delve into the practical uses of augmented intelligence (AI) in health care with this webinar, including addressing the risks of AI, exploring its transformational potential and understanding how physicians are navigating this new technology. Learn more.

Get Involved in Earth Month! Registration is now open for the annual Christina River Watershed Cleanup, rallying volunteers to join the effort on Saturday, April 13. Sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, in partnership with the Christina Conservancy and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, the cleanup marks the 32nd year hundreds of volunteers will pick up trash at sites across New Castle County as part of Earth Month activities in Delaware. The cleanup, scheduled from 8 to 11 a.m., will span more than 12 sites from Brandywine Hundred south through Glasgow and Bear. Cleanup volunteers are encouraged to register now through Friday, April 5, on the volunteer tab at ChristinaRiverCleanup.org. Volunteers registered for the cleanup will be provided with gloves, trash bags and safety vests to use during the cleanup. As a thank you, volunteers will receive a Christina River Watershed Cleanup vehicle trash bag or other cleanup swag items while supplies last.

Moving Delaware Forward: From Equity Awareness to Action. Equity Action Summit will take place April 18 & 19 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. Join the ongoing movement to advance equity for all as shared stewards. The goal is to work and learn together to ensure that all people and places in Delaware are thriving - no exceptions. Over two days, gain knowledge of the vital conditions for well-being and explore multisolving to advance equity. Learn about local initiatives, find ways to build momentum, and be ready to inspire action in your communities. This is a safe space to see, support, and align equity efforts in Delaware. Closing celebration at Wilmington Blue Rocks game with fireworks. Free to everyone. Learn more and register.

Is your practice interested in improving appropriate use of antibiotics in telemedicine? The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is currently recruiting practices for a no-cost, 18-month program beginning in June 2024 to promote appropriate antibiotic use while maintaining patient satisfaction and reducing potential side effects in patients seen via telemedicine. Practices will receive training and one-on-one expert coaching to implement sustainable improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of infections in the telemedicine environment. Practices will learn how to improve workflow efficiencies and participants will be eligible for continuing education units (CEUs), continuing medical education (CME) credits, and American Board of Internal Medicine maintenance of certification (MOC) points. Learn more and sign up for an informational webinar on the program website: safetyprogram4telemedicine.org. Refer to the informational flyer.

Physician Employment Contract Negotiation Self-Paced, Online Program. Equip yourself with the vital business skills needed to negotiate fair and sustainable physician contracts. Enroll now to level the playing field and secure favorable outcomes for your professional partnership. This activity has been approved for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credit. Discounted registration fee for MSD members and residents/fellows. For more information and to register, visit https://reg.planetreg.com/PhysicianContractNegotiation. Download the flyer.

On December 29, 2022, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 enacted a new one-time requirement which went into effect on June 27, 2023, for any Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)-registered practitioner to complete eight hours of training “on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders.” You can satisfy this training requirement to meet the conditions of the MATE Act through courses offered online by the American Medical Association. If you have not met this specific eight-hour training requirement yet, the deadline to do so is the date of a practitioner’s next scheduled DEA registration submission.

Other Upcoming Events

March 9 - 28th Annual Diabetes Update, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., John H. Ammon Education Center, ChristianaCare Newark Campus. Registration deadline March 1st. This activity has been approved for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 credit/4.75 ABIM MOC.

March 15 - 6th Biennial Perinatal Palliative Care Symposium: Aspects of Trauma in Perinatal Palliative Care, 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., John H. Ammon Education Center, ChristianaCare Newark Campus. This activity has been approved for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credit.

March 26 - Strategies for Improving Maternal and Infant Health Due to Opioid Use, 12-1 p.m., virtual webinar. This activity has been approved for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit.

April 9 - Delaware Cancer Consortium Retreat, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Bally's Dover Casino Resort.

April 12 - Climate and Health Conference, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., John H. Ammon Education Center, ChristianaCare Newark Campus. This activity has been approved for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 credit. No fee to attend, but registration is required, no late in-person registrations will be accepted. Registration deadline is April 10th.

April 13 - Delaware Academy of Family Physicians Annual Meeting, Bayhealth SIM Center, Dover.

April 17 - 18th Annual Delaware Healthy Mother & Infant Consortium Summit, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Chase Center on the Riverfront.

April 18 - DEAAP Spring Conference, "Paving the Way to Pediatric Wellness: Chronic Disease Management and Mental Health in Primary Care," 2:00-5:30 p.m., Hyatt Place Wilmington Riverfront (760 S. Justison St.). This activity has been approved for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 credit.

May 1 - SAVE THE DATE! Delaware Academy of Medicine/DPHA 2024 Annual Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Hyatt on the Riverfront, Wilmington.

October 29 - SAVE THE DATE! 28th Annual Delaware Healthcare Forum, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Bally's Dover Casino Resort, Rollins Center, Dover.

November 23 - SAVE THE DATE! MSD Annual Meeting and Presidential Reception, Bally's Dover Casino Resort

"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.


Risk reduction for hospitalization, visits to ED or urgent care from the latest COVID-19 vaccines.



Number of measles cases recorded in 16 states since the beginning of 2024, nearing the 2023 yearly recorded total of 58.



Percent of children nationwide who received the MMR vaccine by age 2 as of 2023, below the federal target of 95%


Sign Up for DPH Health Alerts

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) encourages you to sign up for Delaware Health Alert Notifications through the Delaware Health Alert Network (DHAN). The DHAN is an electronic notification system to health care professionals through emailing and faxing. The system is activated when a CDC HAN email message is received. The message is sent out to the distribution lists selected by DPH subject-matter experts. Learn more about Delaware's Health Alert Notification system. If you are not currently receiving health alert messages directly and would like to sign up to receive, please self-register in the Health Alert Delaware system.

Recommended Immunization Schedules, 2024

Influenza Dashboard (2023-2024 Flu Season)

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